Comedian Augie T tried but failed to score tickets to Bruno Mars' upcoming concerts here April 18, 19 and 21. He realizes many locals are in the same boat, so Augie will take on this problem when he and funnyman buddy Rex Navarrete present an all-island fundraising tour to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Is Pepsi courting Bruno Mars for a post-Super Bowl relationship following his halftime show and soft-drink commercial last month? Apparently so. Mars, the Hawaii-born superstar, has not yet signed on to extend the Pepsi pipeline to fame and fortune, according to online buzz.
Singer-actress Loretta Ables Sayre, the Tony-nominated Bloody Mary from Broadway's "South Pacific" revival a few seasons back, will be among the guest celebs taking part in a live reading for Honolulu Theatre for Youth's 60th-season announcement, 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at Tenney Theatre.
A week after Bruno Mars wowed 'em with his halftime show at Super Bowl XLVIII, the buzz and momentum just won't stop. His two Blaisdell Arena concerts were a quick sellout Monday, and an additional third sold out in an hour. Mars fans are hoping for a fourth show.
Johnson Enos' original environmental musical, "Honu by the Sea," is on a seven-performance tour of the Pacific Northwest this weekend. A reduced cast of eight is presenting a revamped show, themed "Guardians of the Sea," today through Monday at the Seattle Aquarium.
Jack "Tihati" Thompson, co-founder of Tihati Productions, is Hawaii's new honorary consul of Samoa. He was appointed before the holidays by Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Malielegaoi and already has received the proper credentials and set up an office in his Portlock home.
Three community leaders — singer Jimmy Borges, businessman Seymour Kazimirski and music and recording exec Leah Bernstein — have launched a spirited Make 'Em Smile campaign, tapping local luminaries and celebs to join in and visit and entertain youngsters afflicted with cancer.
With the clock ticking to bring 2013 to a close, it's time to unveil the Waynies, this column's annual flashback recap of the year. There's little doubt who the Show Biz biggie was this year -- Bruno Mars -- and his streak likely will extend through 2014. A hot ticket, Mars was all over the map.
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Underground art went wildly public Feb. 8-15 on the streets of Kakaako, where more than 100 local and international street artists installed a colorful splash of murals across area buildings and walls, while also gathering throughout the week for art-focused lecture series, films and a block party – a movement known as Pow! Wow! Read More »