Gather girlfriends for night of fashion, film
Chic in the City, to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure Hawai'i, is set up as a girlfriends' night out, with style.
The evening takes place at 6 p.m. May 28, in the Dole Ballrooms and Theatres, and includes cocktails, heavy pūpū, fashion on display, giveaways and a silent auction. Kāne'ohe-based fashion and jewelry designer Sierra Dew is coordinating a fabulous fashion show, "Cirque du Culture," featuring innovative local designers including Doug Jago, Jodi Salmonson and Suzanna Kuhlemann.
The evening will be highlighted by a screening of the movie "Sex & the City 2." Presale tickets are $65; www.dreamonhi.com.
SALES & BARGAINS
• Catherine's Closet Vintage Boutique will feature a mini fashion show and free teenie martinis at its First Friday Sexy City Soiree, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. The downtown haunt is gearing up for the excitement surrounding the "Sex and the City 2" movie, which premieres at the end of this month. Inspired by this slammin' glam flick, she's pulled out a slew of treasures that speak to the characters. We found a Carrie-worthy slinky metallic gold 1970s dress for $89; a Samantha-like 1950s silk chiffon red wiggle dress for $79; and a dress Miranda would love — a rust tweed suit from the 1960s, for $59.
Catherine's Closet Vintage Boutique, 125 Merchant St.; 386-2746. Convenient parking available at Harbor Court.
• Celebrate Mother's Day with a Mommy and Me mani and pedi treatment at Luxe Nail Spa. This eco-friendly, kid-friendly nail salon is literally green: A living wall of fern improves air quality and gives the place a futuristic spa-meets-urban jungle vibe, and nail polish lines such as Color Club, OPI, Essie, Zoya and China Glaze are free of formaldehyde and other toxins. Their monthlong Mother's Day special includes a mani and pedi for children 10 and under. The Mommy and Me mani premium package is $35; a pedi premium package is $55. Both include massage and exfoliation. Luxe Nail Spa, Kahala Mall; 732-4055, www.luxenailspa.com.
• Give Mom an extra surprise. From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and Saturday, in honor of Mother's Day, Ward Centers is giving away pretty hydrangea plants plus free gift wrapping to customers who spend $50 or more on those days, while supplies last. Show receipts at Ward's redemption counters; www.wardcenters.com.
• Savvy savers, reward yourself while you shop for mom. Ala Moana Center is giving away a $10 gift card if you spend $100 in one day, through May 9. Redeem same-day receipts at the Customer Service Center; www.alamoanacenter.com.
— Amanda Stevens
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CINCO DE MAYO
On Wednesday, the Honolulu Culture and Arts District hosts its second annual Cinco de Mayo street festival, showcasing Latino culture in Hawai'i with music, dance, cuisine and the arts. Mexican Ballet Folklorico, headliners Son Caribe, the Santana Tribute Band, Espiritu Libre and more will provide live music and entertainment on two stages. Mexican restaurants including El Palenque, Cha Cha Cha Salsaria and CJ Salsa will be there, too.
Look for a special appearance by K-108's longest-running Hispanic radio show in Hawai'i, "Alma Latina," led by Nancy Ortiz, spinning Latin music on the corner of Nu'uanu and Pauahi. KTUH DJs will be set up at a tent on Hotel Street; lowriders will hunker down along Nu'uanu.
Another choice: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Waikīkī with the Royal Hawaiian Grove's outdoor party: $5 beers and margaritas, $5 chips and salsa, tacos (two for $5) and other food from Senor Frog's, supporting Ke Ali'i Pauahi Foundation's scholarship fund. Stick around for live music and the after-party at Senor Frog's.
Cinco de Mayo Street Festival 2010, 6-10 p.m. Wednesday, Chinatown Arts District; free, all ages; $3 wristbands and ID required for alcoholic beverages.
Cinco de Mayo at the Royal Hawaiian Center, 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Royal Hawaiian Grove; $5, all ages.
— Tracy Chan, www.Honolulu.Metromix.com
1979 IN THE SWIM
Suzanna Kuhlemann, creator of 1979 swimwear, has got it all together, and her chic and comfy line of swimsuits is taking off.
The inventive, creative Kuhlemann found plain white fabrics boring — so she decided to handpaint them. The result: sexy, flattering one-of-a-kind suits in four styles, including one that can be worn high-waisted or rolled down to become a bikini.
Find the hand-painted, special-edition suits (above) at etown in Chinatown, 1164 Smith St. Stop in this upcoming First Friday, when etown is open late — until at least 10 (or 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. weekdays, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays); www.1-9-7-9.com. Etown: 225-2727.
— Paula Rath
FIRST EXHIBIT AT NEW ARTS LOFT
The Ycenter for Visual Arts, a new alternative art space, has a high-ceilinged space and a Greenwich Village-esque vibe. Its inaugural exhibition, "Body/Mind," showcases emerging artists throughout the 9,000 square feet of cool industrial loft space, with paintings, prints, sculpture, photography, fiber, ceramics, glass and mixed-media installations. There's a free reception 5-8 p.m. Friday, or check in 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. "Body/Mind" runs until May 14.
Ycenter for Visual Arts, 900 N. Nimitz Highway (enter from Alakawa Street, and park behind Home Depot); 956-7647.
— Amanda Stevens