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  • atypicalLIVING 12:45 pm on November 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Downtown Shop Around 

    You want a sign that this Black Friday is gonna be crazy? Even CHINATOWN boutiques are getting into the act with the DOWNTOWN Shop Around. Local shops Fashionista’s Market, Fighting Eel, Louis Pohl Gallery, Roberta Oaks, and Super Citizen present a special art and fashion based Black Friday event. Not only will the  boutiques be running specials (like Fashionista’s Market insane sale, which you can get the details of here) but there will also be free martinis or coffee available at Bambu Too with proof of purchase.

    This all goes down this Friday from 8am to 6pm in Chinatown. Get ready, this is gonna get crazy fun.

  • atypicalLIVING 12:31 pm on March 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    St. Patrick’s Day Block Party in Chinatown 

    It’s St. Patrick’s Day, so you know there’s gonna be some drunken debauchery tonight at all the bar spots. The biggest spot of them all being Murphy’s on Merchant St.

    The block party overtakes all of Merchant and even spills into the parking lot adjacent to the block.

    If that gets too crazy for you, there’s also some block party action at Aloha Tower down the street. Either way, the party should still be going on after you get done with work.

    Both block parties get going around 4pm, but knowing the Chinatown diehards, they’re probaby drinking right now.

  • atypicalLIVING 6:15 am on February 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    DJ Kool Herc LIVE at Next Door 

    Celebrate the first TRUE First Friday of 2010 tonight in Chinatown.  January didn’t count, as New Year’s Day was a Friday, so it was more of a New Year’s party.

    BUT, this Friday is highlighted by a performance from one of the Godfathers of Hip-Hop, Kool Herc.  He’ll be at Next Door spinning the dopest hits tat you may or may not remember, along with putting down a lesson on how the originators got down with hip-hop.

    If this show matches the buzz that came out of his first show on Wednesday, everyone will be in for a treat.

    This goes down tonight in Cinatown at Next Door (43 Hotel St.).  Get there early to make sure you get a good spot.

  • atypicalLIVING 6:31 am on October 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Hallowbaloo Music + Arts Festival 


    As if Chinatown couldn’t get any more nuttier on Halloween, there’s an all out attack on your senses going on this Saturday night.

    Hallowbaloo is a music and arts festival spanning the length of Nu’uanu Avenue and all throughout Chinatown.  Art will be up in the streets, performers will be littered throughout Chinatown on various stages and clubs.  Some of the highlights include Doolin Rakes at 6:30pm on the street, DJ ESKAE at 9pm on the street and 11pm at Indigo, The Deadbeats at SOHO at 10:30pm, URSULA 1000 at Indigo at 10:30pm, then at the LOFT at 12:30pm, and mixtape king DJ BENZI at NextDoor at 11:30pm.

    This is gonna be an action packed night of entertainment.  Did I also mention that there’s gonna be thousands of people roaming the streets in costume? Yeah, that’s gonna add an interesting wrinkle to this event.

    This all goes down this Saturday night all throughout Chinatown. $10 wristbands will be available on site and that one wristband will get you into all venues that evening. So, come out and get there early. Last year, over 8000 people crowded the Chinatown streets for the inaugural festival. That number is expected to jump to over 10,000 this year.

    For more info and to check out the FULL lineup, hit up http://www.hallowbaloo.com

  • atypicalLIVING 6:03 am on October 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    3 Deep 


    Contrast magazine is celebrating the launch of their 3rd issue this Saturday night with “3 Deep,” a music festival spanning three of Hawaii’s best Chinatown spots: The Loft, Next Door and Manifest.

    The party starts at 7pm and will span across the three venues until 2am. This coincides with the 3rd Issue being called “The Downtown Issue.”

    At Manifest, there’s an art display by DALEK and Kristen Lee Lim, with live music from Kimie Miner and the Super Handsome DJ’s crew.

    The Loft will host Maui’s own, The Throwdowns, along with one of Hawaii’s best, The Jumpoffs.

    Next Door will feature a showcase of Hawaii’s top bands, including Girlfriends and Clones of the Queen. DJ’s Kause 1 and Marika will be keeping the vibe going throughout the night.

    Headlining the show and the entire event will be The Jumpoffs. Not only are they the featured band in the 3rd Issue of Contrast Magazine, but they are also releasing their debut, self-titled album at Next Door.

    The bands will be performing at alternating times, so everyone has a chance to venue hop and check out each band throughout the night.

    This all goes down this Saturday night in Chinatown. For more info, check out Contrast Magazine at http://www.ContrastMagazine.com

  • atypicalLIVING 5:08 am on August 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    The NEW! Fashionista’s Market Store 


    Yes, you read that right. Fashioista’s Market, the traveling bazaar full of hard to find clothes and amazing deals, will be opening a retail location in the heart of Chinatown.

    This location is so new, they haven’t finished renovating yet, BUT! they’re down to let their loyal patrons bless the spot before the paint goes on.

    They’ll be rolling deep in discounts, between 20-50% off of the entire inventory.

    Join them today, First Friday, starting at 3pm all the way until 10pm. If you miss out on today’s shopping and party event, they’ll be open tomorrow from 10am-5pm.

    The Fashionista’s Market is located at 1183 Bethel Street, next to Q Laser Center.

    For more, check out the Fashionista’s Market website.

  • atypicalLIVING 7:10 am on July 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Grand Opening of Otto Cakes 


    Otto, the bassist for the rock band The 86 List, will be opening his own bakery this weekend.

    Otto & his Otto Cakes have been featured at coffee shops around town & now, they’ll have a place to call their own right now.

    The bakery, located at 1160 Smith St., will feature 86 different flavors of cheesecake, ncluding Key Lime, Neapolitan, Chocolate Chocolate Chip and the original, plain New York cheesecake.

    The grand opening party for the Bakery is tonight during First Friday in Chinatown. If you want some cake, it’s $5 a slice  or $30 for a whole 10-inch cake.

  • atypicalLIVING 11:47 pm on January 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Chinatown Open House 

    This week’s Month in Chinatown Festival presents a couple of events this weekend.  The biggest, of course is happening today with the Narcissus Festival and the Chinatown Open House.  This event will feature a special lion dance blessing at the Chinatown Cultural Plaza.  This is open to the public and will start at 6pm.

    For more info on this event, check out the Chinatown website.

  • atypicalLIVING 5:41 am on September 18, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    2nd Annual Taste of the Arts in Chinatown 

    (flick courtesy HNLnow.com)

    This Friday night marks the second annual “Taste of the Arts” Festival.  This event features Chef demonstrations, wine tasting from Chinatown’s dopest restaurants and music on three stages.

    The chefs on display will include Dave Cruz of Indigo, Kamal Jemmari of Soul de Cuba, David Hoffman of Restaurant EPIC, and Scott Nelson of Brasserie Du Vin.

    Wine tasting will be conducted by sommeliers Eric Chandler and Tiana Kahauwila, Du Vin.

    Food will be provided by Bale, Cafe Joy, Brasserie Du Vin, EPIC, Indigo, Kevin’s Two Boots, Little Village, Soul de Cuba, and Tea at 1024.  All restaurants lie withing two blocks of the venue and each restaurant’s culinary artist will feature fare that is unique to their restaurant.

    Don’t forget about the music… three stages around the venue will feature hot jazz, silky smooth blues and the main stage, featuring the sounds of Inter Session, The Spacifics (featuring EMIRC) and Go Jimmy Go!

    Nuuanu Avenue will be closed form Chaplain Street (in front of Mark’s Garage) to King Street and Hotel will be closed from Bethel to Smith.  This provides plenty of crusing area for all the Friday night owls in Chinatown.

    This all goes down this Friday night in Chinatown.  The festivities start around 6pm-ish to 10pm.

    For more info, check out the Honolulu Culture and Arts District Association.

  • atypicalLIVING 9:57 am on September 17, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    Strange Fruit at Mercury Bar 

    Chinatown’s newest jazz/hip-hop/soul/R&B fusion event is going down this Saturday night at the Mercury Bar.  Last we saw the Strange Fruit event, they tore it down with the Deadbeats… this time around, they’ll ahve the combined epic forces of Bless’dChil’, Maryanne, Tolua, AND! Rocket Powered Cadillac.

    If that isn’t epic, then I don’t know.

    Starting the night off, and helping to round the night out, is KTUH favorite, DJ Mr. Nick, who’ll be spinning that soulful, jazzy, downtempo steez you like.

    This all goes down this Saturday night at the Mercury Bar, on the corner of Bethel and Chaplain.  $5 gets you through the door and this is a 21+ event, so leave the kids at home.

    For more info, you can check out the Strange Fruit MySpace page.

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