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Entertainment briefs for May 24

Celebration of life for John Parker

Jazz bassist John Parker, who died Monday, will be remembered in a musical memorial and celebration of life Saturday from 4-6 p.m. at the Hilo Town Tavern, 168 Keawe St. in downtown Hilo.

The sound system will be up and a sign-up sheet will be posted for those that wish to say a few words or play a few songs in his memory. Pizza will be served from 4-6pm. A no-host bar will be open for refreshments and the full Tavern menu is also available.

Others are choosing to bring their own dish for sharing which is also appreciated. You’ll need to remember paper plates and forks if you choose this option. A basket will be set up where you can drop donations, cards or mementos for the family.

The Jazz Mele band, in which John was a permanent fixture, is scheduled to perform from 6-9 p.m. Jazz Mele will open up spots in each of their sets to feature those of you who may want to say a few words or perform a few songs along with the Jazz Mele rhythm section.

Please bring charts or choose a chart from the Jazz Mele songbook.

Hawaiian music legends to perform

Hawaiian music icons Keola Beamer and Jeff Peterson have teamed up with the exquisite dancer Moanalani Beamer for a special concert event to benefit Volcano Art Center on Sunday, June 2, at 2 p.m. at VAC’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano village.

This unforgettable performance of Hawaiian slack key guitar music accompanied by hula, chant and traditional instrumentation is sponsored in part by Netcom Enterprises and Kilauea Lodge. Seating is limited. Tickets are $25, available online at or by phone at (808) 967-8222. Discounted tickets are not available for this special engagement.

“We are exceptionally grateful to Keola, Jeff and Moanalani for choosing us for this benefit concert,” said VAC’s CEO Tanya Aynessazian. “They have generously offered up their time and talents for us, believing in us and supporting us, and it means the world to all of us.”

For more information, visit VAC’s website at or contact VAC’s Program Coordinator Julie Callahan at (808) 967-8222 or

‘Four Weddings & an Elvis’ wrapping

Waimea Community Theatre’s spring production, “Four Weddings And an Elvis,” will be onstage for its final weekend this weekend at Parker School Theatre in Waimea. This is a romantic comedy by Nancy Frick, directed by B. Lee Drew.

Setting: Sandy’s Chapel of Love. Nothing is easy in Sandy’s Las Vegas Wedding Chapel, where Sandy struggles with wedding misfits, erratic Elvis impersonators, serial marriages, uncooperative décor and a host of other problems while attempting to provide Las Vegas’ nuptial prospects with cheerful and convenient matrimony on the fly.

Curtain times are at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday, with a Sunday matinee at 3 p.m. Tickets are available at the box office prior to each show and can also be purchased in advance from cast members or from Waimea General Store and Without Boundaries in Waimea, and from Suite Possibilities in Kailua-Kona.

The play is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc. Additional information can be obtained by calling WCT at 885-5818; visit

New Pearl S. Buck book to come out

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A newly discovered novel by the late Nobel Prize-winning author Pearl S. Buck is to be released this fall.

New York-based Open Road Integrated Media says Buck wrote the novel, “The Eternal Wonder,” shortly before she died in 1973. Someone found the manuscript in storage in January. It will be published Oct. 22 in paperback and digital formats.

The publisher announced the decision Wednesday, describing the book as the coming-of-age story of a gifted young man whose search for meaning leads him to New York, England, Paris and Korea.

Buck’s novel “The Good Earth” won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932 and helped earn her the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938.

Monroe’s photos for exhibit stolen

PRAGUE (AP) — A publicist for an upcoming Marilyn Monroe exhibition in Prague says that photographs of the star have been stolen.

Alice Titzova of the PR agency 2media says the photos, stolen late Monday, were to be on display starting May 30 at the Prague Castle.

Titzova says mannequins and display cases which were part of the exhibition also disappeared. There was no word Wednesday whether the exhibition will be delayed or canceled.

The collection of various items including Monroe’s dresses, shoes, photographs and diaries was assembled by curators at the Salvatore Ferragamo museum in Florence, Italy last year to mark the 50th anniversary of Monroe’s death.

After Prague, the exhibition was to be moved to Tokyo.


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