Weekend Picks October 30, 2008


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

The Halloween Spirit
You've heard all the scary stories about drinking absinthe, which makes it the boo-ze of choice for this weekend. Bartender Joey Gottesman of E&O Trading Co. has mixed up the Gargoyle, a minty/licorice tasting brew with absinthe, sour mix and simple syrup. But sip it slow – absinthe has a high alcohol content, and thanks to the herbal wormwood extract in the liquor, the effect can feel like a trippy body buzz.
When: Anytime
Where: E&O Trading Company, Ward Center

Dress You Up

What: Lei Chic co-hosts a sale and cocktails at Club Monaco Ala Moana Center. Make your costume a better dressed version of yourself. Shop for a sharp new black and white look, and enter it to win a $250 shopping spree. Plus, save 15 percent on all purchases. Free chocolate martinis from Three Olives, and complimentary cupcakes from Hokulani Bakery. Jam to tunes from DJ Rayne and check out the black and white pictures from local photog Mark Arbeit.

When: Tonight, 6 to 8 p.m.
Club Monaco, Ala Moana Center
Details: Read more here, or call the store at 808.941.4277 for more info.

Ghost Town
Dress to thrill at these Halloween parties.

What: Monster Mosh is the last Art After Dark of the year at the Academy of Art.
When: Friday, 6 to 9 p.m.
Details: Prizes for best costumes. Check www.artafterdark.org for more info.

What: Dress in your best gothic costume (the creepier the better) for the Monster Ball at Honolulu Design Center's Cupola Theater.
When: Friday, 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Details: $10 cover, call 808.237.5462 for more info.

What: Hallowbaloo street festival in Chinatown with three stages of live music and trick-or-treat gallery walk.
When: Friday, starts at 5:30 p.m.
Details: Free, check here for more info.

What: Heroes and Villians at Pearl will give $1,000 in cash and prizes to the best costumes of the night.
When: Friday, 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Details: Cover $15, or $20 for no costume. Visit www.pearlhawaii.com for more info.

Shear Giving
What: Donate your locks to Beautiful Lengths to benefit women who lose their hair to diseases like cancer. Free haircut and styling to those who part with their ponytails.
When: Monday, 4 to 8 p.m.
Where: Chop Salon, Restaurant Row
Details: Call 808.585-7400 or visit www.chopsalon.com

You've Got Sale
What: It's baaaack. Fashionista's Market reloads with all new holiday inventory. Find party dresses, and gifts for your girls. Lots of gifts for $10 or less, summer inventory is up to 60 percent off, plus local designers, a waxing bar with $5 treatments and complimentary scalp and hand massages from Waikiki Plantation Spa.
When: Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Honolulu Design Center, 1250 Kapiolani Blvd.
Details: Visit www.fashionistasmarket.com

Diva Days

What: Shop for a cause this weekend. Buy a shopping pass at The Wedding Cafe for $10, and use it at more than 20 boutiques, spas, and online retailers to save 20 percent on all your purchases. Proceeds from the pass go to buy Christmas gifts for kids at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children.

When: Saturday and Sunday, all day
Shop at Alliway, Fashionista's Market, Pualani Swim, and make spa appointments at Pure Joy, Touch, plus shop online at lots of local sites.
Details: Read more here, or call 808.591.1005 for more info.