Weekend Picks – June 9, 2011

Lei Chic Eat
Dash to Dine
You flipped over the slow-cooked flavor of their gourmet Big Island beef burgers. But you'll need to speed up for a shot at EAT Catering & Cafe's intimate dinner. The special five-course EATnPrivate event is limited to the first 10 lucky diners to sign up. We're already getting a rush from Chef David Passanisi's one-night-only menu (revealed this morning) which includes crispy skin weke with a banana blossom, fresh water chestnut and hearts of palm salad and char siu prawns with crispy pork belly, sesame ferns and a coconut vinegar glaze.
When: Reservations are accepted now for tomorrow's dinner, 7 p.m.
Where: EAT Catering & Cafe, Gentry Pacific Design Center, 560 N. Nimitz Hwy.
Details: The meal is $75 and BYOB. Check out the full menu on EAT Honolulu's website then e-mail jocelyn@EAThonolulu.com ASAP for your shot at reservations.

Straight From the Source
Steep yourself in Hawaiian culture at the first Kumu Ao (Learning from the Source) Festival. You'll get hands on with free how-tos on lomilomi massage, kapa dyeing, fish hook carving, and sculpting by expert Hawaiian practitioners.
When: Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Windward Community College, Hale Akoakoa Atrium & Lanai
Details: Snacks and all materials will be provided. Call 808.235.7393 or e-mail clessary@hawaii.edu for more information.

Lei ChicPhoto Finishes
They're less than picture perfect, but that's exactly why Hawaii-based artist Brian C. Lo's digital print, paint and ink pieces will captivate you. Tear yourself away from the visual noise of his new solo show to chat with Lo, then view, for one-night only, the debut of his newest video installation.
When: The opening party is tomorrow, 7-10 p.m.
Where: Gallery of Hawaii Artists, 1888 Kalakaua Ave. Ste C312.
Details: You can view Lo's work until Sept. 5. Call 808.447.8908 for more information.

Moving House
Celebrate House of Aria's new, bigger digs (just two doors down from the old shop) with chocolate strawberries, half-off the sale rack, and a special 20 percent off discount just for Lei Chic readers.
When: Today only. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: House of Aria, 450 Kamehameha Hwy. Waiau Center.
Details: Mention Lei Chic at check out for the 20 percent discount. Call 808.626.5982 for more information.

Lei ChicShop
Suit Yourself
Attention Pualani Hawaii fans – now you can swap out your well-worn bikini without traveling into Waikiki. Pualani's new Kailua store just opened and is celebrating with a "buy one suit, get one 50 percent off" deal for the entire month of June.
When: Mon. – Thurs. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Fri. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: 111 Hekili St., Kailua
Details: Click here for your coupon or to browse the latest suit styles.

Queen's Night Out
Taboo turns one and the popular bi-monthly event knows how to party. Celebrate in royal style with a special performance by RuPaul Drag Race star, Ongina.
When: Friday, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Where: Ka Restaurant & Lounge, Ward Center
Details: Free admission until 10 p.m. Bottle service is available by calling 808.551.9995.

Well Shred
Get rid of those piles of old magazines, unwanted phone books and flyers without filling up your trash can. Recycle your stacks at Hagadone Printing's once-a-month Saturday drop off.
When: Saturday, 8 a.m. – noon
Where: Hagadone Printing, 274 Puuhale Rd.
Details: You can also drop off items through the week at Hagadone or any Lex Brodie's location.