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The undead alive and up for a party


Usually, I make a concerted effort to cover up the bags under my eyes before I head out 'On the Town.' But I needn't have bothered for the special presentation of A Little Bit Zombie last week. Fans of the living dead genre were decked out in their finest brain-eater makeup for the pre-screening party.

Presented by the First Weekend Club (a non-profit organization that helps promote Canadian films), A Little Bit Zombie follows a hapless brain eater as he struggles to feed his newfound brain-eating habit, avoid a zombie hunter and keep his wedding plans on track. For added horror-film street cred, the event was hosted by Jacques Lalonde, Vancouver's go-to zombie guy. Who knew we had one?

Before the highly anticipated rom zom com screened, ghoulish guests mingled in the Denman Cinemas lobby, sipping wine, touching up their fake blood and listening to some killer beats courtesy of DJ Emilita Hayzee. After the film, actors Crystal Lowe and Emilie Ullerup took centre stage, along with director/producer Casey Walker (via Skype), to field questions from living dead and Canadian film supporters. By all accounts, the whole thing was a bloody good time.

Clothes, Cars and Canucks Place

The big Yaletown party last week was at Chinois. That's where Regency Lexus held its packed-to-the-rafters charity and customer-appreciation event. The focal point of the night was a two-part men's and ladies' wear fashion show, which was emceed by Romeo + Juliet clothing store owners Lisa Pham and Tracy Nguyen.

In between runway showcases, Michael Jackson impersonator, Reza "Jackson," entertained the fashionistas with a short performance. Like I always say, it's not a party until someone does a moonwalk.

But it wasn't all about fashion and frivolous fun. There was also a silent auction component where proceeds were donated to the Canucks Place children's hospice. Nice.