Our Picks for the Weekend
Gay friendly Aloha White blast at O Lounge Sunday
One of Honolulu's biggest gay-friendly events happens this Sunday night. It's the Aloha White Party -- and, believe me, wearing white will show you off big time as there will be blacklight in the spacious O Lounge.
Featured artists will be gay club fave DJ Cary Stringfellow from Los Angeles and the fabulous Flava (pictured) in performance starting at 11.
According to promoters, there should be quite a mix of locals and mainlanders at the shindig, so get ready to make new friends. And with the next day being a holiday, Presidents' Day, the party's going into the wee hours of the morning ... for those 21 and over only, of course.
Tickets are $25, but if you buy five presale tickets or more at the following outlets, it'll just be 20 bucks, cash only: 80% Straight, Waikiki Grand Lobby (923-9996); Over Easy Down Under, Waikiki Town Center (926-4994); Diamond Head Video, 1745 Kalakaua Ave. (943-6066); Tapa's, 407 Seaside Ave. (921-2288); and SureShot Cafe, Makiki Shopping Village (523-2324).
The party's also a fundraiser for the Gregory House, Hawaii's statewide AIDS housing agency, and the Foodbasket, providing nutrition services for people of low income living with HIV/AIDS.
'Aging Is Not for Sissies' returns to Hawaii Loa
The reader's theater presentation of "Aging Is Not for Sissies" returns to the local stage this weekend, this time at the Paul and Vi Loo Theatre at the Hawaii Loa campus of Hawaii Pacific University on the Windward side. Called "real stories told by real women" aged 60 and older, they were collected by Dr. Pratibha Eastwood, a psychologist by trade. The project grew out of a research project that surveyed elderly, single women in a variety of living situations.
Directed by Joyce Maltby, Eastwood will be joined by stage vets Maltby, Jo Pruden, Sylvia Hormann-Alper and Blossom Lam-Hoffman, and Roshani Shay, executive director of the Hawaii Wellness Institute.
Tickets are $15 general and $10 seniors, military and students. Call 375-1282.
Winpenny will conduct improvisation classes
Honolulu native Shannon Winpenny, who spent the last 10 years performing and studying with some of Chicago's best known improv teachers and groups, has returned home to offer a series of improvisation classes starting Wednesday.
The classes will focus on improvisation for its own sake as well as on enhancing acting skills. No previous improv training is necessary, though some prior acting training will be helpful.
And the study of the skills and techniques of improvisation can strongly influence one's competence in business, personal life, and/or in the arts.
Winpenny studied and performed improv at all of Chicago's major theaters, including Second City, IO (ImprovOlympic), and the Annoyance, as well as touring around the country and Canada with various groups.
Classes from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. will be held at 1121 Nuuanu Avenue, 2nd floor. Registration fee is $175. To register, call 384-3392.
For classes, call 255-5927.
617 Kapahulu Ave. (at Mooheau Street) / 732-1211
There are probably equal numbers of people who love or run from Tenkaippin Ramen's kotteri ramen, more from a tactile standpoint than anything to do with flavor, which is the essence of chicken.
That's because the broth, with noodles made locally from a secret recipe exclusive to Tenkaippin, is thick enough to plant your chopsticks. To some, it's too close to what they call "gravy." To others, it offers a velvety richness unmatched by any other bowl of noodles.
Others simply don't care about any of the above, simply showing up for a collagen boost gleaned from stock made by boiling down bones, and most certainly chicken feet.
Research doesn't yet back the notion that ingesting collagen will replace the loss of those protein fibers that support skin and give it youthful resilience. But some refuse to wait for science in favor of self-experimentation, especially because collagen supplements have been shown to improve joint mobility and flexibility in tests on athletes and those suffering from arthritis.
A bowl of kotteri ramen is $7.75, and three set menus have been devised for those who need other food on the side. The ramen plus fried rice is $10.75, with three gyoza is $9.45 and with three pieces of fried chicken is $10.75.
Basic soy sauce-based assari ramen is $7.75, and miso ramen is $7.85. The fried rice is excellent, with a slightly sticky, bouncy texture.
Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Costs about $10 to $15 per person.
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