Our Picks for the Weekend
Girls are dandy, just like candy, so you can't have a proper Girl's Day celebration March 3 without sweet things to eat.
Girly pink mochi, representing peach flowers and cherry blossoms, is plentiful at Shirokiya, Ala Moana Center, which is celebrating the Hina Matsuri through the weekend.
A trio of sakura mochi filled with azuki bean paste and wrapped in a delicate salted cherry leaf to represent new growth is $3.50.
More playful sorts might go for rice crackers wrapped in cellophane printed with kokeshi doll images. A bagful sells for $4.49.
Beautifully crafted namagashi manju ($2.40 each) are shaped to represent spring blossoms. A pink version filled with sweet white bean paste is topped with a candy leaf and flecks of gold leaf. These would be a welcome treat for girls of any age.
Betty sez ...
Oscar night is Sunday, but big deal. All expectations seem to point toward "Brokeback Mountain" for the big win. Can you say, anticlimactic? This doesn't mean you can't make a night of it. The key: gambling.
Invite over some movie-lovin' friends. Stock up on finger food and turn on KITV/ABC at 7 p.m. Before that, though, spend 30 minutes placing bets. Forget the main categories -- focus on the supporting acting categories and down, where the winners aren't so obvious. Sound Mixing, for example -- anybody's guess!
Make it as simple as a quarter per category and divvy up the pot as the winners are announced. It'll keep things lively, even if the show drags on. A printable ballot can be downloaded at www.oscar.com.
Take a chance this weekend and check out an all-ages concert at Coffee Talk on Waialae Ave.
Saturday is your last chance to see Little Wings and Anonymous Inc., two California bands with Hawaii ties that performed last weekend at Detox. The Marriot Hatchet, Gateway Drug, Laissez Faire, Self-Inflicted and Explore will also perform.
Cover is just five bucks, and the show's 7 p.m. start time means you'll be pau early enough to hit the clubs afterwards.
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