Weekend Picks – August 19, 2010

Lei Chic Lei Chic's guide to the weekend's best events.

From the HIFF
What: Love film? Love mingling? Love prizes? Get it all and more at the Second Annual I Heart HIFF Member Mixer and Open House. Check out film trailers, get a sneak peek at select fall entries to the Hawai‘i International Film Festival (that takes place in October), score a discounted HIFF membership, eat free pizza courtesy of J.J. Dolan’s, and enter to win fab prizes, including BAMP Project concert tickets.
When: Today, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Nextdoor, 43 N. Hotel St.
Details: Free admission. For more info, call 808.792.1577 or visit www.hiff.org
Fresh Fashion Benefit
What: Get your tickets now for Fresh, a fashion benefit party from Valerie Joseph Boutique and the P.I.N.C. team. Check out the live runway fashion show, featuring debut collections from three emerging fashion students. Plus, groove to live music from The Ka‘ala Boys, nosh on free pupu, dive into the dessert bar, scoop up sweet deals from the silent auction and more. Best of all, the proceeds go directly to Community Helping Schools, a local non-profit that provides Hawai‘i schools with much-needed supplies.
When: Get your tickets now! The event is on Sunday, August 29 from 4 to 8 p.m.
Where: Rumours nightclub at Ala Moana Hotel
Details: 21 and over. $20 admission, all of which goes to Community Helping Schools. Purchase tickets at Valerie Joseph Boutique in Ala Moana Center, or online here. For more info, call 808.942.5258 or click here.

Eelin’ It
What: Everything! Must! Go! Fighting Eel is having a close-out moving sale, where you can score their super-stylish designer dresses for $20 to $50. Stay tuned for more info on the new flagship store that will open in September.
When: Now through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: 47 N. Hotel St., Honolulu
Details: Cash only. For more info, call 808.524.1472 or e-mail info@fightingeel.com

Takin’ it Slow
What: Hit up Slow Art Friday and enjoy extended hours and leisurely events at galleries such as The ARTS at Marks Garage and the Studio of Roy Venters, nibble on plates from Du Vin, Soul de Cuba and Otto Cakes, sip organic wine and hear live acoustic music. No parking? No problem. Hop on your bike and check it with the bike valet.
When: Friday, 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Pauahi St., Honolulu
Details: For more info, call 808.521.2903 or e-mail rich@artatmarks.com

Swap It Like It’s Hot
What: Get your tickets now for the Fashionista’s Market Closet Swap – there are only 250 available, and they sell out every year! Simply drop off your fashionable, gently used clothing and accessories, and you’ll get tickets redeemable for the same amount of items. On the day of the event, enjoy a champagne breakfast, prize giveaways and games as you swap with your fellow fashionistas. Best of all, a portion of the proceeds and remaining clothing will be donated to the Leeward Domestic Abuse Shelter.
When: Saturday, October 9, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Luana Hills Country Club, 770 Auloa Rd., Kailua
Details: $30. To purchase tickets or for more info, call 808.537.1115 or visit Fashionista’s Market Boutique at 1185 Bethel St. Your items must be dropped off by October 6.

Home Grown
What: Cruise the booths at The Made in Hawaii Festival for a plethora of locally-made goods, from spa products to jewelry to delicious eats, from vendors like Ahhhloha Bath Salts, Ginger 13, [ki•ele], Ali‘i Kula Lavender, Naked Cow Dairy and more. Also check out cooking demos by culinary hot shots, including Chef Chai Chaowasaree and Iron Chef Masahuru Morimoto.
When: Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Blaisdell Exhibition Hall and Arena, 777 Ward Ave.
Details: $3 admission. For more info, call 808.533.1292 or visit www.madeinhawaiifestival.com

To a Tea
What: Aside from the dainty scones and tea sandwiches, A Cup of Tea will be offering its First Vintage Sidewalk Sale. See what surprise finds await you among the shabby chic items such as tea cups and pots, candles, Victorian treasures and more. Reserve a spot in the tea room if you plan on dining before or after shopping.
When: Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Courtyard of A Cup of Tea, 407 Uluniu St., Ste. 101, Kailua
Details: For more info, call 808.230.8832 or visit www.acupoftea.com.