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    'STEFANIE WITH AN "F"' AT DHT | 1. John Rampage, left, Howard Bishop, Melina Lilios, Randl Ask and Larry Paxton were among the featured performers in "Stefanie with an 'F'...LIVE!," a memorial show for Stefanie Smart, Aug. 21 at Diamond Head Theatre. Smart, who died Aug. 17 at age 45, planned the multimedia production during the final weeks of her life and summoned Ask to her hospital room the day before she died to make the final arrangements. She insisted there be "no blubbering" -- the show opened and closed with a recording of her hearty laughter -- but Rampage, Ask and Paxton said getting through the numbers she'd picked for them without breaking down was the toughest performance they'd ever been asked to give. When Bishop was on stage, he also looked like he was about to lose it.
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    5. Cast members Julius Mina, left, Jon-David Crawford and dancer/choreographer Philip Amer Kelley chilled with Mahi'ai Kekumu, who returned to Hawaii for the show and appeared in four numbers. Kelley stole another one when he performed with burlesque dancers. Proceeds from the show will fund programs for people with developmental disabilities.
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    BABIES IN 'CLASS' AT LCC | 4. Honolulu Broadway Babies founder Kristian Lei, second from left, celebrated the success of this year's three-night fundraiser revue, "Head of the Class," with her brother Joshua Hegwood, left, husband Gavin HJK Vinta and cast members Ria Sappal and Haley Kagimoto Aug. 20 at Leeward Community College. Lei starred as the comically dictatorial principal of a performing arts school, with Vinta playing the custodian who loves her. Lei's solo rendition of "Impossible Dream" and her tango number with Carlos Chang were two highlights in the show.
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    2. The overflow audience included Peter Kamealoha Clark, who said afterward the show inspired him to not wait for another funeral before catching up with old friends. Mary Gutzi, another member of the audience, opens in "Sunset Boulevard" at DHT Sept. 30.
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    GEPPERT WELCOMES LEATHER TO TIFFANY | 3. Tiffany Leather Collection designers Richard Lambertson, left, and John Truex were the guests of honor at a luxurious private reception hosted by Tiffany & Co. Director John C. Geppert Aug. 18 at Tiffany Waikiki. Tiffany has been known for fine jewelry since 1837, but designer leather goods are an exciting addition to the line.

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