Best of Honolulu 2011: Celebrations

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Sparkles A. Clown won editor's pick for best kids' face painter.

Photo: Mark Arbeit

Editor's Picks

Kids' Face Painter

Mary Ann Changg, aka Sparkles A. Clown has done hair and makeup for TV (Off the Map, LOST), film (Battleship) and theater (The Lion King), and she’s also talented at face painting. Just a few months after she started painting in 2006, Changg won first place in a face-painting competition at the annual Clowns of America International Convention. Since then, Changg, as Sparkles A. Clown, has spent her weekends at baby birthday parties and other events. “I always have adults in my lines,” laughs Changg. “They have no shame.” Butterflies are the most popular designs with little girls, she says, while boys prefer Spiderman, Batman and tribal art. Regardless of which design you choose, it’s guaranteed to sparkle. “I picked the name Sparkles because I love glitter,” she says. 955-2188, sparklesaclown.com.

Event Performers

At a time when iPods are replacing live music at most events, it’s nice to know there are still musicians who are available to play for any occasion. For an intimate, acoustic sound, Tahiti Rey can sing any cover or original piece for your first slow dance as a married couple, or at a relaxed cocktail party. If you’re looking for a more diverse musical experience, Hot Club of Hulaville is the band to book. With front-woman diva Ginai at the mic, the band brings back the sultry sounds of gypsy jazz from famed guitarist Djengo Reinhardt from the first half of the 21st century. For more information on Tahiti Rey, call 839-7311, or visit tahitirey.com. For more information on Hot Club of Hulaville, call 393-6393, or hotclubhulaville.com.