In The Mix
Pro Bowl activity is off and running
ARE YOU ready for Pro Bowl weekend? There's a ton of stuff to do through Sunday night, so I hope you're rested and ready to go!
The fun has already started, as evidenced by last night's fourth annual "All-Star Pro VIP Kickoff Party" hosted by Ashley Lelie, Ruben Brown, Lance Briggs and Tommie Harris at Zanzabar. More than a few NFL legends are in town as well -- Eric Dickerson was spotted having dinner at Hiroshi on Tuesday, and Warren Moon will team up with Tony Gonzalez once again to host their annual party at the W Honolulu tonight ...
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS of Pro Bowl weekend: The Roots are in concert tonight at Pipeline Cafe, and the O Lounge has the biggest performances on lock. Petey Pablo will be there Friday, followed by E-40 on Saturday and Chamillionaire on Sunday ... It's been a year since the Stone Groove Family introduced "Bitchen Kitchen" on Thursdays at Sam Choy's Kapahulu. I'm not sure how involved they are in promoting the party these days, but it continues tonight with scheduled appearances by cast and crew from ESPN and the program "NFL Live" ... Dancers from Cirque Hawaii will perform at 11:30 p.m. tomorrow at Fashion 45 as part of "Pussycat Lounge." If you go, be sure to look for DJ Jrama and ask him for a copy of his limited-edition Pro Bowl mix tape ...
NOT FEELING the hip-hop action? Give "Marley Fest" a try instead.
Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park will host the festival on Friday night, boasting numerous stages and with some of the biggest names in reggae performing after midnight.
Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 18-and-over crowd, but don't worry if you're on Hawaiian time. Local heavyweights B.E.T. and Ooklah the Moc don't play until midnight, and you'll have to choose between Morgan Heritage and Gregory Isaacs -- they'll be playing at the same time on two different stages around 1:30 a.m. or so ...
AND YOU can enjoy more than a few laughs this weekend when Laugh Factory Hawaii features Andy Bumatai as the headliner for a stand-up show at the Blaisdell Center's Pikake Room.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, with tickets priced at $25 each and available at all Ticketmaster outlets. Fellow comics Augie Tulba and Paul Ogata also have gigs coming up -- Tulba hosts "Augz and Kisses" on Sunday and Tuesday aboard the Alii Kai Catamaran, while Ogata headlines a dinner show on Valentine's Day in the Pikake Room ...
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