Weekend Picks – March 24, 2011

Lei Chic Drink
Hop Scotch
Sip your way around the world with the Hawaiian Scottish Association’s scotch tasting. Sample up to 20 different kinds; highlights include the 17-year-aged Signatory’s Ladig, Ardbeg and Laphroaig lines. To soak it up, Willows Chef Jay Matsukawa is cooking up a Scot-inspired menu of fresh corned beef, bangers, petite meat pies, fish and chips, and top it off with butterscotch bread pudding.
When: Friday, March 25.
Where: The Willows, 901 Hausten St.
Details: $65 advance tickets, $75 at the door. Call 808.952.9200 for reservations or click here for more information.

Stop, Shop, and Score
Shop a Le'a

Wake up early to stake out a good parking spot, because there’s no reason to leave Ala Moana Center this weekend. For the final days of Shop a Le'a, you can still score more than 150 in-store specials and deals. But the spotlight is always on Centerstage; tonight Project Runway finalist Andy South unveils his edgy and infinitely wearable line South. Tomorrow, pump it up with Lululemon’s athletic gear, sway to the strains of Makana, and top it off with Ala Moana Magazine’s Spring Runway Show Saturday night.
When: Today through Sunday.
Where: Ala Moana Center, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd.
Details: Click here for a full list of specials and shows.


Dinner and a Movie
The Doris Duke Theatre and Melt Food Truck have a deal that’s anything but cheesy. Grab a specialty sandwich curbside, and dine outside in the Academy of Arts courtyard. Then feed your soul with Two Funerals, an award-winning comedy about a casket catastrophe (it’s funnier than it sounds)
When: Saturday. Melt starts service at 5:30 p.m. The movie begins at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Honolulu Academy of Arts, seats are set up in the courtyard between Ward Avenue and Victoria Street.
Details: Movie tickets are $8.50, $7.50 for students, senior citizens, and military. Call 808.532.8700 for more information.

Sea & Shop
Shrug off the windy weather and get beach ready with 1979’s new swimwear collection. Creator Suzanna Kuhlemann will be showing off her latest styles on the runway at Ala Moana. Think corset seaming, saturate colors and one -pieces. The suits won’t be in stores until summer. But you can score one of her samples right after the show.
When: Friday, 2 p.m. Then shop for 1979 suits and meet Kuhlemann at the HIFI Pop-up, bottom level, between Hilo Hattie’s and Sam Goody’s.
Where: Ala Moana, Centerstage.
Details: Check out 1979 now at its website. This is the last weekend for the Pop-Up shop where you can browse the best from local designers. Click here for the full schedule.

Fash Stop
Jewelry, clothing, bikinis, bags and beauty tips take over the Blaisdell for the first Hawaii Fashion and Beauty Expo. Wander through the almost 50 vendors to check out the latest from favorites like Laakea and Wishing Bridge jewelry, Fashionista’s Market and men’s wear store Noteworthy, or discover new shops. There’s also various fashion shows, and Hawaii’s own version of Top Model and Project Runway competitions. When: Friday, 4 – 9 p.m. Saturday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m.– 5 p.m.
Where: Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, 777 Ward Ave.
Details: Tickets are $7. Click here for the full schedule and list of vendors.

Block It
Sight Unsheen
Will Charlie go to Fox? CBS? Who cares. If you’re LOSING your battle against celebrity news every time you log on, check out new brower app “silence of the celebs”. Type in your not-so-favorite newsmaker (Lindsey Lohan is done right?) and the app will delete all mentions from websites, even rearranging it so you don’t even know it was there.
Details: The application only works with Google Chrome. Click here to start deleting now.

Treasure Hunt
Chick Clearance
The Clothes Chick is clearing out old inventory. So that means markdowns and a room packed with items all going for $5 at the consignment shop.
When: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily
The Clothes Chick, 415 B Kapahulu Ave.
Details: Check out the stock of designer bags on The Clothes Chick website.

Bop as Bot
Work the Circuit

Art & Flea goes 80s with the Short Circuit Robot Party. In addition to their lineup of local artists, including traveling boutique Roam, Mish Mash Vintage, Mad House Mind Works’ watch gear jewelry, and work by UH fashion students, dress like a robot and vie for prizes in the dance your bot off contest. Better practice those isolation moves.
When: Tonight, 5 – 11 p.m.
Where: Fresh Café, 831 Queen St.
Details: $2 entrance fee. Click here for the full list of vendors and events.