Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - March 17, 2010
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Ari Shapiro

PINK MARTINI intoxicated us with its outstanding performance at Blaisdell Concert Hall. It was fun joining the group on stage with a pair of maracas on its exciting finale, Brazil. Also on stage: an incredible guest singer who had ladies in the audience aglow. Who was that dashing lad? Ari Shapiro, correspondent for National Public Radio who reports on Department of Justice and national legal affairs for NPR news and talk programs ...

Fun fact:You can hear Shapiro on Pink Martini’s fourth album singing But Now I’m Back. He exclaimed on stage the other night that “singing with Pink Martini is a lifelong dream come true.”

Julio Iglesias fans ... hold on to your tickets! They’ll be honored April 20 at the Concert Hall. Looks like he wants to end up in Hawaii after his current tour ...

A gala premiere was held Sunday on the USS Missouri, hosted by HBO for its new mini-series The Pacific.

Not only were the series’ stars on hand, such as Jon Seda, they also paid tribute to Hawaii’s World War II vets. The Pacific is the most expensive mini-series ever made, with a price tag of $195 mil ...

Jon Seda with Hawaii Motor Vehicle Preservation Association members

Fun fact: Seda was an amateur boxer. He got his first break in films in 2000 in the movie Gladiator, soon followed by a role in Selena, playing opposite Jennifer Lopez as Chris Perez ...

Calling all MCs and lyrical geniuses! Go to “Planet Cypher” to test your lyrical ability every Monday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at King’s Pub. MCs are accompanied by a live band playing classic hip-hop instrumentals as well as on-the-spot jams with Ikaika Tecson, Mark Lindberg, Aaron Friedman and Juan Reyes. Check out DJ Monkey and Positive Regime Sound System between sets ...

This week in 1973: America makes its first appearance in Hawaii before a sold-out crowd at HIC Arena a couple weeks after winning a Grammy as “Best New Artist.” They introduce their soon-to-be-released single Muskrat Love during this show. Of course, the song would go on to become a favorite in Hawaii ...

The No. 1 record is Killing Me Softly With His Song by Roberta Flack ...

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