Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - December 08, 2010
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Bruno Mars

WHAT A HEART WARMING STORY ... Bruno Mars learned of his amazing seven nominations just prior to the Grammy telecast this past Wednesday night. His first phone call? To proud papa Pete Hernandez, leader of the Love Notes, who called me to share in the revelry after they talked. Congrats to both! See father and son perform Dec. 19 at Blaisdell Arena when the Love Notes open for Bruno ...

Alan Wong, Hawaii’s master chef, has a new book out.

The Blue Tomato: The Inspirations Behind the Cuisine of Alan Wong features stunning food photography and more than 200 individual recipes. It’s more than just a cookbook, it’s a 284-page personal journey with Chef Alan that includes his own photos, travel anecdotes and the sources of his inspiration. Get your book signed Saturday by attending the Blue Tomato and Kuahiwi Beef demonstration at Kapiolani Community College Farmers Market from 7:30 to 11 a.m. ...

News flash: NPR names Iz one of the 50 greatest voices in recorded history. Wow! ...

Distance makes the heart grow fonder! Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens were all kisses while dining in Waikiki together over Thanksgiving weekend. The two have been separated while Zac’s been promoting his Charlie St. Cloud movie and Vanessa’s been here filming Journey 2: Mysterious Island. Hawaii is among their favorite vacation spots ...

Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron

One of the most apropos names in town has to be Hawaii Youth Symphony’s director of special projects Marla Musick ...

Through Dec. 31, Hard Rock Café on Beachwalk is offering a free ticket to one of Pipeline Café‘s comedy shows to guests over the age of 18 who donate $15 to WhyHunger. You’ll also get an “Imagine There’s No Hunger” wristband! Some great comedians on the bill: Cort McCown, Michael Winslow and Eliot Chang among them. I dropped by this newly opened location last week - wow! Well worth a visit ...

It’s time for the second annual Goth Prom this Friday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at The Venue. Enjoy an evening of promenade, corsages and boutonnieres, tarot card readings, prom photos and the crowning of the Bat King and Queen with music by DJs Nocturna, Modboy and Shadowfaxxx. For more information contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) ...

This week in 1984: Crosby Stills & Nash perform before a sell-out crowd at Blaisdell Arena on the last stop of their current tour. Their first concert here Nov. 22, 1969, was a smashing success ... So when manager Eliot Roberts calls to say they’d like to finish their tour in Hawaii, I happily agree. The twoand-a-half hour, three-encore concert begins with Love The One You’re With and includes everyone’s favorites. Tickets cost $15 ... The No. 1 record in Hawaii is Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go by Wham! ...


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