O Lounge marks 2 years with week of party themes
THE O LOUNGE celebrates its second anniversary next week, but owner Liz Watanabe
couldn't decide what theme the party should have or who should host it.
So she did the next best thing: She stretched the anniversary into a weeklong celebration with different themes each night. Watanabe will personally host the anniversary kickoff party on Monday, "A Tribute to the Industry." A bartender auction is planned, with giveaways from Tic-Tac Tours
and Pleasant Holidays
. Doors open at 9 p.m.
Check out performances by Sherry Shaoling, Coconut Joe and Joey Caldarone from 6 to 11 p.m. Tuesday. Wednesday will feature a premiere screening of the surf video "Globe" at 9 p.m. before promoters Vertical Junkies move in for their weekly "Endless Summer Camp" party.
As the anniversary week comes to a close, Watanabe will finish on a high note with live performances by Dirty Purple, All Natro, Kanalo and Last Call from 6 to 11 p.m. on Thursday. Friday brings the official Louis Vuitton Honolulu International Film Festival party with DJ Dan the Automator and rap group Far East Movement.
Also keep in mind that besides celebrating two years in business, Watanabe is throwing these parties as a benefit for the National Kidney Foundation in memory of her father, the late Minoru Hata ...
HIP-HOP HEADS, take note: Detox is the place to be once again on Friday night.
The downtown nightspot is the latest stop on the "Paid in Fool's Gold Tour," featuring the Shape Shifters' Radioinactive and DJ La Jae. Bigg Jus and Rheteric will also make the trip.
Doors open at 9 p.m. Friday, with a $12 cover in effect (21 and older pay only $10). Call 526-0200 ...
LOCAL COMEDIAN Andy Bumatai, right, will make a couple of rare public appearances on stage this month, starting on Saturday with the first annual "Laughs for Lions" benefit at Mamiya Theater.
Bumatai will be joined by Rufus DeMarco and Jordan "The Friendly Samoan" Savusa during the event, which is organized by the Kamehameha Lions Club. A $500 Robert Palma Designs jewelry shopping spree will be up for grabs, and the Lions will raffle off Hollywood memorabilia from Tom Cruise, Jennifer Aniston and Richard Gere.
Tickets for "Laughs for Lions" are being sold in advance only; call 528-1073 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Bumatai will also perform Oct. 20 at Pipeline Cafe during a "Late Night with David Letterman" showcase, where a producer from the show will evaluate Hawaii's local talent. Keep your fingers crossed in hopes that Bumatai makes it back into the national spotlight ...
MORE PICKS: Pearl introduces early evening entertainment with Eight-0-Eight this week. They'll play from 7:30 to 10:40 p.m. on Friday, returning Oct. 21 and 28 ... House fans won't want to miss the return of Dieselboy to Honolulu. He spins at NextDoor on Saturday ... And in case you missed it, Dave Stewart's newest Chinatown watering hole, Du Vin, is now open downtown. I'll have more details next week, but trust me -- you don't want to sleep on this new spot ...