ISLAND LIFE SHORTS
Now it's bachelors' turn to speak up
After we raised the question about whether it's hip or not to be a single lady, we asked a few single ladies for their reactions. Most answered, "We're not single by choice, but we're picky and looking for the right guy: one with a steady job, handsome, charming, and doesn't live with his parents. Know where can we find him?"
So the question has now become, "Where are all the eligible bachelors?" We've perused our catalogue of From the Hip features, and sent readers to Football Night at Pearl Ultralounge and Nightclub, a Johnny Cash tribute at O'Toole's Pub, and even to lurk the trendy denim selection for men at Second Skin Boutique so why are these men so hard to find?
Are you a single and eligible bachelor? Where do you hang out, shop, and go to have a good time or meet the ladies? Send in your answers to Lacy.FromTheHip@gmail.com. Include a photo, if you dare!
GET FUNKY AT TCM
From postcards to canvas bags, baby onesies and salt shakers, Gruntled Funk has established a presence at the Contemporary Museum and it could take over your home. Local artist Ryan Higa (above), who set up camp late last month at The Contemporary Museum to paint a mural of his brainchildren, also held a coming-out party at the museum for his new line of artsy creatures on bags, T-shirts, baby onesies and other useful objects. The out-of-this-world characters include wide-eyed pink monsters, tall fuzzy thingies with blazing unicorn horns and flying capes, and grazing sheep, in a world where anything can happen and stories are told. Want to rock some of his gear? Pick it up at The Contemporary Museum Gift Shop, 2411 Makiki Heights Drive; 526-0232, www.tcmhi.org, www.gruntledfunk.com.
LOUD AND PROUD
It's hard to keep that sexy house music secret when the pulsating beats are being produced by some of Hawai'i's best electro DJs like Mr. Nick, DJ Trigg and T.H.E.M. and special guests like G-Spot. At Hush Hush Tuesdays, the secret's out of the bag. What started off as an underground party with some of the electro scene's elite has now become one of the most consistent weekly electro events.
"I'm really proud of this event; there are so many good-looking people that come, and it's always a good time," says promoter Ricky Ricardo. The cheap door cover ($5 with a local or college ID) and drink specials might be a draw, but it's the music that has really built a fan base. Wanna join the party? Check it out at Hush Boutique, 444 Niu St.; 479-9152, www.hushhawaii.com.
NEW YEAR, NEW TUNES
The outlook for rock in 2010 might cheer fans, as some of big names return.
• The Red Hot Chili Peppers may make those who bought 55 million of their records happy with a sequel to 2006's "Stadium Arcadium." Work started in October, with the band talking of a release date this year. A strong return by the Californian rockers would be welcome after a two-year hiatus, though they haven't confirmed a replacement for guitarist John Frusciante.
• Canada's Arcade Fire is expected to bring out its first album in three years in May. The group's previous CDs are among the best of the past decade, providing walls of sound with orchestras, a military choir, mandolins and bouzoukis.
• Also worth watching: a reformation by Seattle grunge band Soundgarden; and the prospect of new material by Eminem, Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Goldfrapp, the Strokes, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Midlake and (just maybe) Amy Winehouse.
Mark Beech, Bloomberg News Service
SALES & BARGAINS
• Celebrating Valentine's Day at home because you're on a tight budget? Papa John's heart-shaped pizza special gets you a large pizza, Cinnapie and a long-stemmed rose for $20.99 from Friday to Feb. 14. Pop in a romantic DVD and you're all set. Order online at www.papajohns.com or call 979-7272.
• If you skip the chocolates and jewelry on Valentine's Day, you might be able to afford to treat each other to a day of pampering and afternoon tea at the Moana Surfrider. Say "I love you" with a gift for two at the Moana Lani Spa: a buy one, get one half off deal, from Thursday to Feb. 15. For reservations call 237-2535, or visit www.moanalanispa.com for pricing. Mention the offer when you book to receive the discount. After the spa, head to the Veranda for a First Lady Tea Service, including a fragrant sandalwood fan, afternoon tea service, a plate of fresh berries with creme fraiche and a glass of ros , at $48 per person; that fancy cake and dainty tea service will make you feel like a princess for a day. For reservations call 921-4600, or e-mail TDRC.firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Need a gift for your guy? Visit T&C Surf Designs at Pearlridge and get a free T-shirt worth $20 with any $40 purchase of men's Volcom apparel. T-shirt designs include the Islands, and reggae prints. Visit www.tcsurf.com for more store locations.
• Fashionista's Market has a sale going on tomorrow through Wednesday, with 20 percent off all regular-priced dresses. Find the shop at 1183 Bethel St.; 537-1115, www.fashionistasmarket.com.
• Love is in the air at Let's Party Hawaii. Check out the goodies: heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, heart-shaped roses and candies, and plush teddy bears. Valentine's Day cards are 99 cents. Let's Party Hawaii, Windward Mall; 247-7000, www.windwardmall.com.
• Have a heart and give back with Aeropostale's Teens for Jeans program, through Feb. 14. Bring in any brand of gently worn jeans to your local Aeropostale store, and Aeropostale and www.DoSomething.org will donate the jeans to a local shelter or charity. In appreciation, Aeropostale will give you an additional 25 percent off your next pair of jeans. Aeropostale, Windward Mall, 236-0658; Ala Moana Center, 947-7173. www.aeropostale.com.
• Feeling lucky? From now until Feb. 14, enter to win Windward Mall's Valentine's Day Staycation Giveaway. Two winners will get a two-night stay at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa. Drop off entries at the mall's Center Court; www.windwardmall.com.
Amanda Stevens. Read Sales & Bargains first at http://hawaiisfashionforum.honadvblogs.com.