Kudos: Laughter, performance art and getting your hula on

The Examiner spotlights good people and good work on its daily Kudos page. Here’s a look at Bay Area residents who are serving their community, reaching milestones, making discoveries and celebrating accomplishments.

NATHAN HABIB

“The support I get from my family, friends and other inspirational comedians in the Bay Area is what truly allows me to entertain an audience.”

Occupation: Stand-up comic, student

Home: Palo Alto

Achievement: The UC Santa Cruz student, who began doing stand-up at 14, has produced four sold-out comedy shows at his high school and has performed with his favorite comedian, Arj Barker.

MERCEDES SEGESVARY

“I’m having a lot of fun along with my co-star, Dalia Vidor, in creating a comedy that will hopefully bring out the tourist in every local.”

Occupation: Playwright, actress

Home: San Francisco

Achievement: Inspired by funny experiences as a tour guide, the performer created a piece called “theatre that Moves.” The show is part of the San Francisco Fringe Festival, which opens Sept. 3.

LORETTA GRECO

“I am thrilled to be producing this lineup of exciting plays by such a vast array of writers.”

Occupation: Artistic director

Home: San Francisco

Achievement: The award-winning theater director, who has worked extensively in New York and the Bay Area, celebrates her inaugural season at the Magic Theatre. The innovative company opens its season in September with “The K of D.”

BART LALLY

“Success usually comes to those people who are too busy to look for it.”

Occupation: Publisher

Home: San Francisco

Achievement: The executive at Bay Area Meetings, a business guide aimed at event planners, recently finished the Olympic Club Trans Tahoe Relay, an 11.5-mile roughwater swim that goes from from Sand Harbor, Nev., to Tahoe City.

PATRICK MAKUAKANE

“Who knew that hula would find a home in the Bay Area? I’m continuously impressed that it remains a vibrant and relevant part of San Francisco’s dance culture.”

Occupation: Dance troupe director

Home: San Francisco

Achievement: Celebrating his 23rd year as director of San Francisco’s renowned Hawaiian dance troupe Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu, the producer unveils his highly anticipated “The Hula Show 2008” in October. The presentation includes several world premiere dances and a tribute to acclaimed Hawaiian singer Lena Machado.

Bay Rising spotlights local musicians, benefits music programs at schools

Five Bay Area bands are in the running to win $10,000 in cash prizes — and a touch of fame — in a contest designed to foster local musicians as well as provide music education for kids.

The event, called Bay Rising and sponsored by Yonas Media, seeks to discover and promote unsigned Bay Area talent.
Vying in this week’s battle of the bands are Bay Area bands Dynamic, Joel Streeter, Weather Pending, French Cassettes and The Dandelion War. The show starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., San Francisco.

Established performers, including Megan Slankard, Jeff Campbell (Pine & Battery) and Mike Gibbons also will play acoustic sets during the show. Soulati from Felonious, last year’s Bay Rising winner, is the master of ceremonies.
Tickets cost $10 to $15. Proceeds will benefit Music In Schools Today, a nonprofit working to provide sustainable music-in-education programs that improve student achievement. For details, visit www.gamh.com.

Before the show, musicians are invited to a Bay Rising Music Expo, offering information about navigating digital distribution and online search strategies that increase fan exposure. The expo starts at 5:30 p.m. at the ArtHouse Gallery, 1360 Mission St., San Francisco.

Giants’ ballpark recognized for veggie-friendly menu options

It’s a modern dietary dilemma — what can a vegetarian eat while attending an average dog ’n’ suds baseball game? Well, rest assured, Giants boosters, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is on your side.

The group just compiled a list of the top 10 vegetarian-friendly ballparks, and awarded The City’s AT&T Park a prestigious second place for its healthy, hormone-free treats like veggie dogs, garden burgers, portobello mushroom sandwiches and vegetarian sushi and pot stickers. (Top on the PETA list was the Philadelphia Phillies’ Citizens Bank Park, which trumped us slightly with faux Philly steaks and mock-chicken sandwiches.)

“The food vendors at AT&T Park are swinging for the fences when it comes to offering fans great vegetarian options that are kind to their health and animals,” PETA Assistant Director Dan Shannon said. The Giants will receive a framed certificate and congratulatory letter from PETA for their heart-conscious efforts.
For a complete list, visit www.goveg.com.

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