The Tide is High
[DVD] Stephanie Sanchez, lovingly deemed “Hawai‘i’s Funniest Actress,” kind of reminds me of a local, pre-ghoul-husband Jennifer Lopez–at least in the looks department. She stars in The Tide is High, a local sitcom produced by Jon Brekke, Michael Wurth and Bree Bumatai. The original music for the show is by Barry Flanagan. The Tide is High revolves around two best friends (played by Sanchez and Jenn Boneza) who open a coffee shop in Honolulu. I’ve been trying to figure out how to describe this show. My initial thought is that its kind of Saved by the Bell meets Friends. The humor is family-friendly, but adolescent. Hawai‘i tweens will probably get a kick out of the show. I’m hoping that it lasts long enough to gel and develop into something as entertaining as it potentially can be.
[CD] I could gush about Na Hoku Hanohano winner Paula Fuga forever. Her album Lilikoi is the absolute bomb. Fuga’s vocals are chilling and soothing all at once. So many of her songs give me chicken skin, especially her title song “Lilikoi.” On this album, Fuga’s message is empowering, yet very vulnerable. She sings like a woman whose heart has been broken, but is strong enough to get up and say, “I can change my own world even if I hurt inside.” Her style ranges from soulful ballads to classic island roots–sometimes all mixed in. She’s been compared to Fiona Apple, and while similar, I think she sounds better. If I had to pick my two favorites songs of Fuga’s, I would say “Tangerine”—which is about lost love and saying goodbye—and “Sweetness,” a classic love song that’s sung with so much power it’ll make you instantly randy. Don’t believe me? Check it out yourself. www.paulafugamusic.com.
How to Tell if Your Boyfriend is the Antichrist
[BOOK] Ladies, this little manual by Patricia Carlin is a must-have for your dating arsenal. Not only does the book expose key traits that may prove your boyfriend (or hubby) is a serial killer, pimp, cult leader, ex-convict, hit man, narcissist, nympho, vampire, the antichrist or is simply trying to kill you, it raises the question, “If he is, should I leave?” If you’re wondering whether your BF is married with children, look for these signs: crumbs in the backseat; wears novelty boxers; Care Bears bandage on his shaving cut; automatically takes out your trash after you’ve had sex because he assumes it’s Tuesday. This book is more than handy, it’s priceless. MTW