Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’

Tom Moffatt
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Wednesday - November 09, 2011
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It’s not the “End of the Road” just yet…tickets are still available for Boyz II Men, performing live on Sunday, Dec. 11th at 7:30 p.m. at Blaisdell Arena. I’m really looking forward to this one…We sure are getting our share of great concerts: Reo Speedwagon, Chris Issak, Steve Miller and Dave Mason, Jane’s Addiction, Elton John and Neil Diamond...

Congrats to my former employee Luke Wurpel, who’s now an Army Airborne Ranger officer! Luke will be back for a little R&R before reporting for duty in Italy. We salute you, Luke ...

Battleship, the Universal Studios $200 million plus mega-movie has returned for filming this week on the USS Missouri. Tentative release date is May 2012 ...

Aloha, Dennis Quaid! The talk is that he’s selling his 420-acre southern Montana ranch near Yellowstone for $14 million and will move to Hawaii. We probably have the film he shot on Kauai last year to thank, Soul Surfer, the inspiring story of Bethany Hamilton ... Quaid played the role of Bethany’s father…


Eighteen students, alumni and teachers from Nanakuli Performing Arts Center (NPAC) traveled 7,000 miles from Oahu to Edinburgh, Scotland a life-changing journey to participate in “Festival Fringe,” the world’s largest arts festival. Their stories are revealed in the PBS Hawaii Presents documentary Dream Big: Nanakuli at The Fringe, premiering this Thursday at 9 p.m. ...

I guess it was fitting that the VH1 Basketball Wives L.A. Hawaii trip aired on Halloween ... it was scary indeed! There’s lots of buzz about former Hawaii resident Jackie Christie ...

Aretha

Terrific coffee table book: Todd Oldham‘s addictive monograph of Alexander Girard, one of the 20th century’s most prolific and influential designers. Girard’s playful yet sophisticated artistry touched every artistic discipline, including textile design, graphics, typography, illustration, furniture and interior design and so much more. Todd’s book is available at amazon.com…

This week in 1968: Aretha Franklin performs in a wheelchair for her Hawaii debut, taking that ol’ stage adage “break a leg” to a new level! The First Lady of Soul breaks her leg in a late-night boating accident off the Colony Surf, so we have to postpone the first of two scheduled concerts and make it up a couple nights later. Her manager Ruth Bowen and I are concerned that she’ll have a problem performing in a wheelchair, but not to worry…once the show begins, Aretha gets the audience on their feet with Respect, her mega-hit from the summer of ‘68. She’s rockin’, the wheelchair’s rockin’ ... the whole arena’s rockin’! ...


And the No. 11 record in Hawaii is Little Green Apples by O.C. Smith…

 

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