Joji Yoshida
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Friday - November 10, 2006
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Susanna Kondrath, Marisa Wahl, Elizabeth Daley and Steven Spielberg at the groundbreaking of the new film complex at the USC School of Cinematic Arts
Susanna Kondrath, Marisa Wahl, Elizabeth Daley and Steven
Spielberg at the groundbreaking of the new film complex at
the USC School of Cinematic Arts

Iolani alumna Marisa Wahl was invited to the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts celebration of the proposed new facilities. The unprecedented donation of $175 million was given to the USC film school by director George Lucas. My all-time favorite movie is American Graffiti, directed by Mr. Lucas. Marisa’s parents, Susan and Wendell Foo, were on hand to mingle among the who’s who of Hollywood filmmaking. Those in attendance were Dean Elizabeth M. Daley, Susannah Kondrath, Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg. Marisa is currently in post-production of her horror film Finale directed by John Elfers and lensed by Ryan Harris. Both were her classmates at the film school. She’s currently taking break in the islands before going back to the grind of moviemaking ...

Former mixed martial arts contestant turned musician is none other than Kai Laigo. His band, Magnum Carnage, began a decade ago as heavy metal rockers. The other member is rhythm guitarist Daniel Fernandez. They’ll be auditioning for a new drummer and bass guitarist soon. Their latest CD, titled Evil Never Dies, was released recently. Check out their website at www.myspace.com/magnumcarnage to get the lowdown. Kai still practices jujitsu and kick-boxing for exercise. Magnum Carnage continues to mesmerize their audience with their black metal sound and show-manship ...

Hawaii’s contribution to the film and entertainment industry can be credited to the following people: Karina Abrams, Ray Abregano, Anita Allison, Gerard Elmore, Dustin Geiger, Flo Jalin, Kerry Liu, Michael Nakada, Gina Saldania and Traci Toguchi. It’s their birthday celebration this week, and I wanted to thank each of them personally ...

The Lanikai Mortgage Players present their melodrama, Black Bart: Bon Vivant Bandit or San Quentin is his best hiding place. It opens at the Lanikai Community Center Playhouse Friday, Nov. 10. Curtains rise at 8 p.m. and the show will run through the weekends of Nov. 10, 11, 12 and 17, 18, 19. The cast features Carol Nichols, Buck Ashton, Caron Dian Nielsen, John Wilson, Courtney Doyle, Keith Merriam, Kathleen Thompson and Michael Rainey. The production is directed by Jack Morse and was penned by Nelson Shreve. The story, which takes place in the late 1880s, is about a stagecoach robber in the California desert.

After the play, the musical entertainment, directed by Theodore Rodgers, will conclude the evening. Call Debbie Jackson at 262-7549 to reserve your tickets. Free popcorn comes with your ticket price, which also will support the Lanikai Park Community Center. Parking is free on the corner of Kaiolena and Aalapapa drives. I became a big fan of LMP after experiencing one of their earlier plays under the moonlight ...

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