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JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM 1. POPS GOES COUNTRY; Country music star Jo Dee Messina, center, relaxed backstage with Hawaii Pops Executive Director Donna Bebber, left, Pops personnel manager Steve Jones, Artistic Director Matt Catingub and board member Peter Shaindlin after her concert with Catingub and the Pops orchestra Sept. 14 at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. See my review at www.honolulupulse.com.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM 5. LYNN AND BORGES HEADLINE ‘SUNSET JAZZ’: Shari Lynn, second from left, was the emcee and star of the show, and Jimmy Borges, fourth from left, her charismatic leading man for “Sunset Jazz” Sept. 8 at La Pietra-Hawaii School for Girls. Sterling Yee, left, and Phoebe Fox were featured entertainers. La Pietra Head of School Mahina Eleneki Hugo enjoyed the show.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM 4. TOXIC’ OPENS AT MANOA VALLEY: Manoa Valley Theatre Vice President Matt Pennaz, right, celebrated with cast members Michelle Boudreau (Sarah) and Joshua Haili-Silva (Melvin/Toxie) at the opening-night reception for “The Toxic Avenger Musical” Sept. 12. The show blends elements of two previous MVT offerings — “Bat Boy:?The Musical” and “Urinetown” — with ideas from the off-Broadway musical comedy “Zombie Prom.”
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM 3. HUI HELPS CENTER FOR SEX ABUSE TREATMENT: Slopes of Diamond Head Hui members Anisa Charucksiri, left, Lucy Cabiles, Donna Chun, Houng Lam and Lori Yano displayed the group’s donation to the Sex Abuse Treatment Center at “Crazy, Sexy, M” Sept. 12 at M nightclub. The party was the run-up for “Crazy, Sexy, GHOUL,” the Hui’s annual Halloween costume party Oct. 19 at Aloha Tower Marketplace.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM 2. LEE PERFORMS TO PACKED HOUSES AT O’TOOLE’S: Los Angeles actor/comedian Nancy Lee, center, and comedy promoter Jose Dynamite, right, talked with Tai Hong, left, Marie Yoo and Pat Hong after the first of Lee’s two sold-out shows Sept. 13 at O’Toole’s. An engaging comedian, Lee has a supporting role in “The Wedding Palace,” a romantic comedy written and directed by Yoo’s daughter, Christine Yoo, which opens in Honolulu on Friday.