Pulse Picks: Zombie crawl, 9th Wonder

Oct. 13, 2011 | 0 Comments

HONOLULU PULSE STAFF / staff@honolulupulse.com

Do the ‘Crawl’

The Zombie Pub Crawl winds up with a show by The Blue Ribbons and Go Jimmy Go. (Courtesy photo)

The real beauty of being a zombie is that no matter what you wear, it’s funny. Dania Weinberg, the organizer of a “HI Zombie Pub Crawl” through Chinatown on Friday night, brought this to my attention when I asked what she was going to be — besides a zombie, that is.

“A friend thought of a Pan Am stewardess,” she related. … “I might be a nun. I thought that would be kind-of wicked.”

Business zombie? Nurse zombie? It’s all good. “You can be anything,” Weinberg said encouragingly.

Weinberg, a wedding planner by day who also has worked extensively as a bartender in Honolulu and other cities, made use of her nightlife, organizational knowledge and friendship with the guys of Go Jimmy Go to set up the zombie crawl. It’s a pretty genius idea: For $10, or $13 at the door, you can show up at BambuTwo for a makeup session, then “crawl” (or stagger, depending on how authentic or lush you want to be) to a selection of bars in Chinatown, and finish up with a party and show presided over by Go Jimmy Go.

“I just kinda came up with the idea,” she said. “I’ve lived in other cities where it’s done, and I thought, why doesn’t Hawaii have one? … I just basically wanted to have some fun.”

“Zombie Pub Crawl” starts at BambuTwo, 1144 Bethel St. and The Venue, 1146 Bethel St., with makeup artists on hand at The Venue from 5:30 till 7 p.m. for zombification. Reserve more elaborate treatment at levels costing an extra $10, $30 and $50 — the top price includes a full-on latex mask fitting that will give you Hollywood status — by emailing info@hawaiizombiecrawl.com.

Zombies will break into groups and head out for a scavenger hunt and to a selection of watering holes including O’Toole’s, Hank’s, Dragon Upstairs, Smith’s Union Bar, Bar 35, thirtyninehotel, Downbeat Diner, Indigo, JJ Dolan’s and Mercury Bar. Many are offering drink specials; all are expecting you and have probably prepped by requiring their bartenders to view “Shaun of the Dead.”

Wind up with rock and ska from The Blue Ribbons and Go Jimmy Go at The Venue; there’s a costume contest too. If you can’t make it to the crawl, tickets to the show alone are $8.

Get advance tickets at vitalculture.com/hawaiizombiecrawl.
— Elizabeth Kieszkowski, ekieszkowski@staradvertiser.com

‘Wonder’ful music at HIFF

9th Wonder (Courtesy photo)

It worked to the Hawaii International Film Festival’s advantage that one of hip-hop’s luminaries was touring the country in support of a new documentary about his rise. With hip-hop-friendly, film-loving venue Nextdoor at the ready, Honolulu wins as HIFF presents the film “The Wonder Year” at Dole Cannery on Friday night, followed a special DJ showcase set by 9th Wonder at Nextdoor.

Director Kenneth Price gave the lowdown on the film’s back-story to the blog Shadow and Act: “‘The Wonder Year’ is a year in the life of Grammy Award-winning producer 9th Wonder. However, it’s not just a chronological year,” Price said. “It tells his entire story from growing up in Winston-Salem (North Carolina), to his musical beginnings all the way until teaching at Duke University and producing for Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Destiny’s Child, etc.”

Yes, 9th Wonder (given name Patrick Douthit) is also a college professor and social activist, as well as president, founder and CEO of It’s a Wonderful World Music Group.

Price spent December, 2009, through January, 2011, shadowing 9th Wonder, and he also interviewed other notable hip-hop artists who know and have collaborated with the man, including Drake, Phonte (9th Wonder’s former bandmate in the hip-hop trio Little Brother), J. Cole, Method Man, DJ Premier, Murs, and the Alchemist.

There are three ways to experience 9th Wonder: buy a ticket to “The Wonder Year” screening at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Dole Cannery Stadium 18 for $12 ($10 for seniors, students and military), get a specially priced $20 ticket for both the screening and after-party, or shell out $10 for the 9th Wonder party, which opens its doors at 9 p.m.

To purchase tickets, call the HIFF box office at 447-0577 between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. or visit hiff.org.

— Gary Chun, gchun@staradvertiser.com

Club Hubba Hubba comes back to life

In its heyday, Club Hubba Hubba at 25 N. Hotel St. was the place to be. In the wild days of World War II, during the 1940s, it was where locals rubbed elbows with military and drag queens. It was where strippers did their thing and soldiers stopped before being shipped overseas.

The site of the former Club Hubba Hubba on N. Hotel Street has been renovated and will be the venue for a fundraiser next Thursday. Owners have a variance to refurbish the neon sign, which was still lit in 1993. Photo courtesy of Kristina Larssen aka "Gilda."

Shuttered since 1997, the space has recently been renovated and will be the venue for the Chinatown Improvement District’s fundraiser, “An Evening On Hotel Street” from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20.

“This is our first annual benefit,” said Lee Stack, president of the organization and owner of the building.

Former stars of the show are expected to attend, including dancer Kristina Larssen, aka “Gilda,” and Little Egypt, who worked at the club during the ’80s. Larssen believes she was the last performer to walk the runway, during an event in 1994. Members of the family that originally founded the club are also planning to be there.

There’s a ’40s theme for the event, with jazz music, a photo booth, wine tastings and pupu. There will also be a silent auction, door prizes and artwork. Vintage attire is optional, but encouraged.

Proceeds will go towards the projects and programs of the Chinatown Improvement District, a 501(c)(3) not-profit which works on improving conditions in the neighborhood while preserving the area’s special cultural, ethnic and historical character. Past projects include cultural tours of the district with the Hawaii Heritage Center, sidewalk repairs and a directory of storefront businesses in the district.

The event takes place from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20 at Club Hubba Hubba, 25 N. Hotel St. Tickets are $50 each. Call 589-9927 or 536-7864 or email askus@chinatownimprovementdistrict.org for more information.

— Nina Wu, nwu@staradvertiser.com

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