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JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM JAKE?AND?FRIENDS?PLAY THE?BLAISDELL: Jake Shimabukuro, third from left, celebrated backstage with Vernon Sakata (guitar), left, Noel Okimoto (drums) and Dean Taba (bass) after the Second Annual Jake Shimabukuro and Friends concert Nov. 30 in the Blaisdell Concert Hall. Okimoto and Taba joined Shimabukuro for several songs early in the show. Sakata was his partner on “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Isn’t She Lovely” and “Spain.” All four friends joined in on a spirited arrangement of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” just before Shimabukuro closed the show with a solo rendition of “Akaka Falls.”
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM ‘NOTHING’ OPENS?AT?HTY: Cast member Alvin Chan (Mits), second from left, welcomed Moses Goods, left, Therese Olival and Dezmond Gilla to the opening-night reception for Honolulu Theatre for Youth’s revival of “Nothing Is the Same,” Nov. 29 at Tenney Theatre. Chan has the key role of a young Japanese-American whose world is turned upside down when the Japanese attack Hawaii in 1941. “Nothing Is the Same” closes with a performance at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Visit www.htyweb.org.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM ‘NINES’ MAKES THE WEEKEND AT CHEF CHAI: Sean Sonoda, left, and Kia London accompanied Ryan “Goldenchild” Wong as he checked out the late-night scene.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM ‘NINES’ MAKES THE WEEKEND AT CHEF CHAI: Ciroc vodka reps Aimee Nelson, left, and Elizabeth Polson distributed illuminated bracelets and other promotional items until well past midnight.
JOHN BERGER / JBERGER@STARADVERTISER.COM ‘NINES’ MAKES THE WEEKEND AT CHEF CHAI: Photographer and club event promoter Russell Tanoue shared his table with Cathy Tanaka, left, and Donna Chun at “Nines,” his monthly party, Nov. 29 at Chef Chai at the Pacifica. Tanoue is one of the last old-time club event promoters, the “dean of scene” if you will, and “Nines” maintains the ambience of his memorable “Piranha Room” events at the original Ocean Club.