Weekend Picks – April 2, 2009

www.leichic.comLei Chic’s guide to the weekend’s best events.

Real Life Runways
So many local fashion shows are happening this weekend, it feels like Honolulu Fashion Week. Check out the latest looks at these shows:

What: A fashion show of spring looks from local stylist Blaine Ashley’s e-boutique, complimentary champagne, 42Below Vodka cocktails and cheesecake nibbles, and an after-party at Nobu.
When: Tonight, 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Parc Blue, the rooftop pool terrace at the Waikiki Parc Hotel
Details: Get on the list by emailing rsvp@blaineashley.com

What: Pearl Ultralounge’s Ready to Wear event with shows from 11 local designers.
Details: Get the full scoop here.

What: Local girl Lornnie Louie just returned from NYC for the Hawai‘i launch of her lingerie line with a show at Next Door in Chinatown.
When: Friday. Read all the details in tomorrow's Lei Chic.

What: Check out Anne Namba's latest collection, which was inspired by her work designing costumes for the Hawai‘i Opera Theatre (HOT) production of Madame Butterfly. Donate at least $10 to HOT and get 20 percent off your Anne Namba purchase.
When: Saturday, 1 p.m.
Where: Macy's (third level, sportswear dept.), Ala Moana Center
Details: For more info, call 808.945.5894.

It's A Stretch
Try a yoga class at Kailua's Koa Yoga and score a two-week unlimited class pass for only $30. The offer is only for new students and current students who bring a friend.
When: Through April
Where: Koa Yoga, 35 Kainehe Street, Kailua
Details: Call 808.780.8544 for more info.

Two's Company
What: Stage Restaurant celebrates its second birthday with a 2-for-1 dining offer. Get 50 percent off all appetizers, entrees, desserts and soft drinks for lunch and dinner. Alcohol, tax and tip excluded.
When: Monday, April 6 through Saturday, April 18
Where: Honolulu Design Center, 1250 Kapiolani Blvd. (at Pi‘ikoi St.)
ails: Dine-in only. Reservations required. Call 808.237.5429 for more info or visit www.stagerestauranthawaii.com.

Spring It On
Oeno Winemaking hosts "Spring for Wine and Sweets," an evening of wine, desserts and complimentary services by Honu You Spa. Enjoy door prizes and gift bags with exclusive offering from your favorite Kailua businesses, including Cake Lava, Uahi Island Grill, Mu‘umu‘u Heaven, Koa Yoga and more.
When: Tuesday, April 7, 5 to 8 p.m.
Where: Oeno Winemaking, 26 Hoolai St., Kailua.
Details: Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Call 808.263.6366 for more info.

Art Me Up
Check out these art events around town:

What: ArtMania, a showcase of UH student and faculty artwork, demonstrations, activities, food and music.
When: Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
University of Hawai'i at Manoa’s Art Building
Details: Free. For more info, click here

What: Macy’s Ku'u Home Art Exhibit and Sale, featuring local artists Spencer Chang, Christie Fujii, and Rowland Fujii.
When: Friday, 7 p.m to 9 p.m., regular store hours Saturday and Sunday
Macy’s Ala Moana Special Events Room, across from the Pineapple Room
Details: For more info, call 808.945.5894.

What: Affordable Art Show and Sale, for frugal and first-time collectors. All artwork is under $1000.
When: Tonight, Artists Reception, 6 to 8 p.m. First Friday Artwalk, Friday, 5 to 10 p.m.
Bethel Street Gallery, 1140 Bethel Street, Chinatown
Details: For more info, call 808.524.3552.

What: ConTempo 2009 Art Reception and Sale. Meet the artists and buy the art selected for ConTempo 2009.
When: Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.
The Contemporary Museum
Details: For more info, call 808.237.5210.

For Those About to Shop
What: Shopping, music, art and cocktails at The Rock Shop. Pick up fresh new finds by local designers, or bring in your own stuff for trading at the Swap Shop. Rock out to DJ Toki and Swampa ZZ.

When: Friday, 3:30 to 8 p.m.
LOFT, 115 N. Hotel Street, Chinatown
Details: Free. For more info, call 808.521.8008.

Go Green
What: Make plans now to attend Hawai‘i Fashion Incubator's annual eco-fashion weekend Green Style on the Big Isle April 10-11. Fashion shows, an eco-market with green products from local businesses, and cocktail parties are all on the agenda.

When: April 10 and 11.
Locations around Kona.
Details: Check out www.hawaiifashion.org for all the info on going.