Brad Pitt’s Coach; Grown Up ‘Rent’

The cast of Rent

Yo, actors! Whether prepping for the big screen or your own life’s stage, Jason Blake‘s giving a shout for you to come out for an Aug. 29 workshop at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Lihue. He’s working with Margie Haber, who’s coached talented actors such as Brad Pitt, Halle Berry, Vince Vaughan and more. Get ahead on life and onstage. Call 652-5210 or email for details. Visit Haber online at

Speaking of acting, put the Hawaii Children’s Theatre Alumni production of the musical Rent on your calendar for any weekend night through Aug. 1 at the Puhi Theatrical Warehouse. Not for everybody and definitely a pass for the keiki – under 17 not recommended – but this Pulitzer Prize and Emmy Award-winning rock musical jammed with all those kids you used to see in Ugly, Beauty and the Beast, Big River and more – why shucks, they’re all growed up and getting standing ovations for a modern day La Boheme played out in the tenements of New York City. Another HCT program grad, Jennifer Downs, directed it.

Broadway should take a look…

Artist Lynn Taylor, with pals Denice Sheffer and Kathy Leonard, volunteered their time for a day at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center to work with about

30 youngsters (including four aides) during the county Summer Fun program. The theme for the program is “3 R’s: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.” Says Taylor, “The parents sent in quite a bit of wonderful junk treasure for us to use. I collected bits and bobs for a couple of weeks and enlisted my mom and a couple of friends for their help in clearing out their junk drawers – so we had more than enough supplies. Attendees designed their own dolls from the found treasures.” …

Fine art photographer Lilian Demello dashed home from the opening of the Kaua`i Society of Artists juried show “Byte Me: Third Annual Digital Challenge” with these words tumbling from her keyboard: “Feeling elated. I have had many awards over all these years, but today, this was the best – the juror gave me the BEST IN SHOW AWARD for my “body of work”!! “Byte Me” continues through Aug. 27 in Kukui Grove Exhibition Hall – Unit B-6…

Lynn Taylor helped Shelbie Burley make a doll from recycled materials

The County of Kaua`i will hold meetings on August 25 and 26 at locations yet to be announced, with the intent to educate residents and business owners on upcoming flood insurance rate map changes and how the changes will affect property owners. Staff from the Department of Land and Natural Resources and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be present to answer questions and help property owners determine their flood risk. To preview the new maps, check out the Hawaii Flood Hazard Assessment Tool at For information, call241-4873.

Due to losses caused by this year’s drought, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack has designated Kaua`i an agricultural disaster area. Farm operators and producers are eligible to be considered for Farm Service Agency emergency loans and the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program. The Farm Service Agency will consider each emergency loan on its own merit by taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. Declaration date was July 19. Eligible farmers have eight months from that time to apply for emergency loan assistance. Call the USDA Farm Service Agency at 245-9014, ext. 353…

Ever craved home-cooked Indian food? Kaua`i now has two such dining opportunities. Barely was the ink dry on an article about Chutney in MidWeek Kaua`i when we got word about another Indian food restaurant, Shivalik Indian Cuisine. Rotarian Pam Brown, half Indian on her father’s side, knows the cuisine intimately. “It’s delicious with fabulous flavors and a bit of heat in some dishes,” she says. A daily lunch buffet and evening dinners provide a range of items. Call 821-2333…

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