Weekend Picks – August 20, 2009

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

Sake Situation
What: Sip 271 different sakes and taste sake-friendly dishes from 14 restaurants at the Joy of Sake, the largest sake-tasting event outside of Japan.
When: Friday, 6 to 9 p.m.
Honolulu Academy of Art, 900 S. Beretania Street
Details: Tickets, $70 in advance, $80 at the door. For more info call 808.532.6099 or 808.222.0195 or click here.


Mixed Bag
What: Find cool locally designed Scout Hi Superette bags handmade from recycled fabric, street and surf wear for him from B-Ware, plus retro-cool Dork shades for guys and girls at Rock Shop’s Mix Fashion Bar. Want to sip while you shop? Buy an Amuse wine card – get $50 of value loaded on your card for only $30.

When: Monday August 24, 6 to 9 p.m., and every other Monday to follow.
Where: Honolulu Design Center, 1250 Kapi
olani Blvd.
Details: Free. Call 808.258.2900 for more info.

Lights, Camera, Fashion!
What: The launch of local line Acid Dolls at the Fashion Unleashed runway show and party, plus a trunk show of the line's shoe collection.
When: Tonight, 6 to 10 p.m.; fashion show, 8 p.m.
Where: Honolulu Design Center, 1250 Kapi‘olani Blvd.
Details: VIP tickets (guaranteed runway seat) $45; preferred ticket (standing room) $35; and general admission $25. After party $10 in advance, $15 at door.

A Starry Night
What: Schmooze with Hollywood celebrities at the Tag the World triathlon red carpet luau. Mingle with supermodel Amber Valletta and 20 other celebs while you sample from various food-tasting stations, a dessert bar, and martini and wine bars. Meanwhile bid or enter to win items in the auction and giveaways, plus check out an informal haute couture fashion show and a live musical performance. The first 100 Lei Chic readers who buy tickets online will receive a free gift bag, plus one prize drawing ticket. Proceeds from the event will benefit the It Takes An Ohana charity, which helps Hawai‘i’s foster kids.
When: Sunday, 6 to 10 p.m.
Where: Royal Hawaiian Hotel, 2259 Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki.
Details: Tickets, $100; reserved seating, $150 (no-host bar); VIP reserved seating, $200 (includes hosted cocktails and butler service). VIP sponsor tables for 10, $3,000. Purchase tickets and get more info here.

Swap Shop
What: Bring your unwanted threads to the "Switch and Bitch" clothing swap at Fresh Café and trade them for new-to-you pieces. Enjoy champagne, cocktails, muffins and music. Proceeds will benefit the YWCA.
When: Wednesday, August 26 at 7 p.m.
Where: Fresh Café, 839 Queen Street.
Details: Pre-sale tickets, $10. Reserve tickets by emailing TheQueensHawaii@gmail.com.

Grin and Beer It
What: Sit down to a beer-pairing evening at 12th Avenue Grill’s Last Summer Beer Dinner. Donato Loperfido of wholesale beer-and-wine business Flavors of Italy will share his knowledge of rare beers from around the world while you try dishes like sweet and sour braised duck tart with chevre and Hamakua mushrooms paired with Ise Kadoya Brown Rice Ale from Japan.
When: Wednesday, August 26. First seating, 5:30 & 6 p.m.; second seating, 7:30 & 8 p.m.
Where: 12th Avenue Grill, 1145 12th Avenue, Kaimuki
Details: $55/person (plus tax and tip). Early reservations recommended. Call 808.732.9469.