July 25, 2009
Staring at the wooden rod like a math problem she needed to solve, Leilani Caluya tugged at her snug jeans, arched her back, and shimmied beneath the 3-foot-high limbo challenge to an earsplitting ovation. “I used to be a hula dancer,” said the former adult movie actress known as Lani Lei as she clutched her first-place prize — a $40 restaurant gift certificate and free porn. Welcome to another Tuesday night at Sardo’s Grill and Lounge in Burbank. Each week, throngs of men and women fill the 41-year-old restaurant to ogle a favorite pastime among adult entertainers — karaoke.