Seminars: Saturday, April 13
In Search of Tiki in the Sunshine States w/ Sven Kirsten
Arizona was one of three “Sunshine States” in the mid-century that advertised themselves as vacation and retirement destinations for Americans. Together with Florida and California, Arizona beckoned the weather-weary to a land of eternal sunshine and tropical heat. It is no wonder that Tiki, the god of recreation, was summoned to welcome these sun seekers to mainland islands in the form of Tiki hotels, motels, restaurants and bars. Sven Kirsten invites you to a tour of long forgotten Tiki temples under the Arizona sun.
It was his love for visuals that inspired Sven to collect and photograph the remnants of the forgotten culture of Polynesian pop in America, leading him to identify the Tiki as its icon. As a hunter and gatherer of lost artifacts and ephemera of this phenomenon, he began to see the pattern of a unique art form, publishing his findings in The Book of Tiki in September 2000. For the first time, the book presented all the aspects of Tiki style–its design, graphics, architecture, social culture, and cocktail mixology. The book put Tiki firmly on the map of American pop culture and is regarded as the standard work on the style. In 2007, Sven followed suit with his second book, Tiki Modern, then with Tiki Pop in 2014, and The Art of Tiki in 2017. | website
Vintage Hair Styling w/ Lauren and Severely Mame
Learn tips and tricks to get that perfect vintage hairstyle from the 1940s-1960s. Lauren and Severely Mame will demo on hair models how to use hairpieces, hair flowers and clip in extensions to get those classic updos.
Lauren works and owns a private hair studio, Mint Hair Studio, in Scottsdale. From classics to trends, nostalgic to futuristic, reinvention to restoration, Lauren makes it all a reality. Lauren’s indie venture—no wait—ADVENTURE brings “hair for everyone” where guys and ladies of all ages strut out with serious style. Her top five hair crushes: Bridget Bardot, Gwen Stefani, Betty Grable, Rita Hayworth, and Barbie, because she let Lauren practice on her the most. | website
On the Road: Visiting East Coast Tiki and Mid-Century Modernism w/ Darren Bradley and Sam Lubell
Join photographer Darren Bradley and author Sam Lubell as they chronicle their adventures visiting the East Coast’s Tiki and Mid-Century Modern architectural treasures. The team travelled from the Canadian border to Miami to explore the region’s most iconic works, as well as its hidden gems by lesser known but equally wonderful architects. Along the way, the intrepid duo faced many obstacles – such as hurricanes, overzealous security guards, and illegally parked delivery vans – to bring you a very comprehensive guidebook that highlights the breadth and depth of Modernist architecture, in all of its forms across the entire Eastern Seaboard.
Darren Bradley is a San Diego-based architectural photographer and historian with a passion for mid-century modern architecture and design. He has a degree in history from the University of Paris (Sorbonne). Darren’s photography has appeared in many publications, from large-format books to magazines and trade journals around the world. He has been an active participant of Tiki Oasis since the earliest days. | website
Sam Lubell is based in New York, has written nine books about architecture, and writes for multiple publications including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Wallpaper, Dwell, Wired, the Atlantic, the Architect’s Newspaper, Architectural Record, and Metropolis. He co-curated the exhibition Never Built New York at the Queens Museum, and the exhibitions Never Built Los Angeles and Shelter: Rethinking How We Live in Los Angeles at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles. | website
The Art of Trader Vic’s with Eve Bergeron
Granddaughter of Trader Vic, Eve Bergeron, will present the illustrators of the books, menu covers and other works along with “Trader Vic” Bergeron’s paintings and sculpture that are showcased in Trader Vic’s around the globe.
Eve Bergeron journey began at Trader Vic’s in London 1997 before taking a position as assistant manager at Trader Vic’s in Dubai. In the 2000’s, she participated in the opening of multiple Trader Vic’s properties around the world as a trainer and has a vast experience with new restaurant installations and pre-opening details. Prior to working at Trader Vic’s, Eve managed a restaurant in Paris and has worked at restaurants in San Francisco. She now serves as PR & Marketing Manager for Trader Vic’s Worldwide and is currently collaborating on a book with Sven Kirsten on Trader Vic’s. | Website
House Industries: From Sub to Pop Culture w/Andy Cruz
Join Andy Cruz as he shares the House Industries recipe for using Tikis, Hot Rods and Mid-Century Architecture to create design tools that help the world communicate. Besides being an award-winning designer, Andy is a forerunner in the Tiki scene: House Industries created the now-legendary, and ubiquitous, “Tiki Fonts.” After the lecture and at book signing, Andy will sign their latest book; House Industries: The Process is the Inspiration.
Andy Cruz is the founder and creative nerve center of House Industries, the design company born with one foot in the analog world and one in the digital. House is known for their fonts and far-reaching collaborative work with Hermès, Jimmy Kimmel, The Eames Office, Muji, Heath Ceramics, and the New Yorker. Cruz continues to experiment by exploring personal interests to fuel projects ranging from simple children’s blocks to digital fonts. His work is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, and the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. Andy’s book, The Process is the Inspiration, co-authored with longtime conspirators, Rich Roat and Ken Barber, is an honest and personal look at how to turn curiosity into successful work. JJ Abrams wrote the book’s introduction. | website
Modern Phoenix: The Three Hour Tour w/ Alison King
Join Alison King for a three hour bus tour featuring favorite destinations of Modern Phoenix and its delicious midcentury architecture.
Alison King is the designer and historian behind ModernPhoenix.net, Arizona’s go-to source for midcentury modern design in Arizona. Since 2003 Modern Phoenix has published in-depth biographies, neighborhood reports, photo archives, vintage drawings, ads, photography and graphic design galleries spotlighting Arizona’s midcentury heritage. Their popular annual home tour of midcentury modern homes is a valley favorite. Alison wrote the authorized biography of architect Ralph Haver, AIA and works closely with the Beadle family to preserve architect Al Beadle’s legacy. When she’s not living in the past she enjoys mentoring students for the future as a professor of design and history.
New Traditionalists w/ Garret Richard
Can cutting-edge science revive Tiki’s forgotten cocktails? How does 21st century style bartending restore flavors that were lost to time? Learn techniques such as brix adjusting, acid manipulation, and clarification to unlock some of tropical drinking’s modern mysteries. See host Garret Richard apply these ideas to several golden age favorites and explain the process he goes through behind the bar to craft the perfect drink. Guests will compare and contrast recipes learning how these new techniques can be used in their home bars. Find what it takes to craft that all-elusive classic drink and become a New Traditionalist.
Garret Richard left a career in radio to pursue his love of exotic cocktails. He worked under Julie Reiner at Monkey Bar in 2011 before moving to Prime Meats where he built a following culminating in his Tiki Takeover series. In 2015 Garret joined the opening team of The Happiest Hour and Slowly Shirley injecting his passion for Tiki in both programs. Currently, he works at the Michelin starred ZZ’s Clam Bar and helms his pop up, EXOTICA, at Raines Law Room. He recently joined the opening team at the newly opened Existing Conditions by Dave Arnold and Don Lee. | website
Arizona Tiki Oasis Book Club presents.. Kon-Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl!
In 1947, Thor Heyerdahl and five explorers set sail on The Pacific Ocean from Peru to Puka Puka on a balsa wood raft, launching a great adventure and a fascination of all things “tiki.” Translated into sixty-five languages, Kon-Tiki is a classic, inspiring tale of daring and courage—a magnificent saga of men against the sea. Read about their epic journey and come join the discussion of the classic book that captivated the world. Hosted by Karen Finlay.
When Karen Finlay’s not poolside in a caftan sipping mai-tais or exploring classic restaurants with her girl gang, she’s reading her stories at Bay Area events and throwing fabulous fetes as the co-founder of The Mid-Century Supper Club Potluck, a star-studded extravaganza of questionable foodstuffs. Tiki Oasis is her favorite holiday.
Create a World of Tiki in your Home w/ Pam Kueber
Pam Kueber of Retro Renovation is ready to reveal all the secrets of creating a world of Tiki in your home. Starting with six blank walls — yes, the ceiling matters, too! – learn how professionals tackle the process of creating a tiki paradise so that you, too, can transform any room in your house into your own great escape. Based on interviews with top professional tiki bar designers, along with countless hours of research to transform her living room & dining room into her own “Mahalo Lounge”, Pam has distilled this creative project into nine distinct steps. You’ll hear about tiki-theory essentials, design concepts, options for materials and where to get them, the big no-no’s, and more. Creating a home tiki bar can be an intimidating project – “more is more” here, but you can do it, if you take it step-by-step!
Pam Kueber is the creator and publisher of RetroRenovation.com, a website focused on helping owners of mid-century homes find resources and inspiration to renovate them in period style. The New York Times in 2011 called the site “the go-to destination for enthusiasts who want to restore houses built during the post-World War II boom.” Kueber launched the site in October 2007, after she had struggled to find resources to renovate the kitchen and bathrooms in her own 1951 colonial-ranch house. She uncovered many hard-to-find products and, after she was done, she decided to share her research with others. | website
Ukulele Jam & Singalong w/ Steve Conrad and Kehau Kuhi
Join us for the first ever Arizona Tiki Oasis strum-along and sing-along! There is no fee to join in, and don’t worry about being experienced in your playing, just bring a ukulele OR come up and just sing-along!
Steve Conrad and Kehau Kuhi Leitz have been teaching ukulele together for several years. They formed the band, the Ukebilly Gypsies, in 2017 and love sharing their passion for the ukulele. Together Conrad and Leitz run a group called Ukulele AZ, which is an online resource for ukulele events throughout Arizona. | website
Hotel Valley Ho Magical History Tour
Designed by architect Edward Varney and Associates, Valley Ho is considered one of the best-preserved mid-century-modern hotels in the country. Enjoy a 90-minute walking tour of the buildings and grounds while exploring the hotel’s classic design elements. Did you know that Hotel Valley Ho was a true Hollywood hideaway? In its heyday, host to Bing Crosby, Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh, Natalie Wood and Zsa Zsa Gabor, among others!
Ace Bailey has worked in the arts and tourism fields for 20 years. Prior to establishing Ultimate Art & Cultural Tours she designed and conducted art tours both locally and throughout the Southwest, Seattle, and the Northwest coast. In 2010, Ace was appointed to the Scottsdale Tourism Development Commission. Currently she hosts the Magical Mystery Tour at the Hotel Valley Ho. | website
Catch The Wave: Women Leading Rum w/ host Shannon Mustipher
Discover the who, how, where, and why of women working in all aspects of the spirits and beverage industry: distilling, bar ownership, bartending, and new opportunities opening up to people who are breaking into the industry. Expect a lively panel discussion hosted by author/bartender Shannon Mustipher featuring members of Women Leading Rum.
Shannon Mustipher is a cocktail consultant, spirits educator, and the author of Tiki: Modern Tropical Cocktails (Rizzoli/Universe). After launching a Caribbean rum-focused bar at Glady’s Caribbean in 2014, she went on to found Women Who Tiki, a tropical cocktail-centric pop up that gathers a team of women bartenders to share their talents and collaborate on creating a one night only experience. Shannon’s writing, cocktail recipes, and opinions have been featured in a number of publications, including Imbibe, Punch.com, GQ.com, and Liquor.com. She currently resides in Brooklyn and enjoys traveling, cooking, and collecting “too many books”. | website
“Bosko and the Rebirth of Tiki,” with Bosko Hrnjak and special guests
The film follows Bosko through his childhood in Los Angeles, education at Art Center College of Design and his unsung, pioneering work as the first individual to revive the lost art of carving Tikis, sculpting Tiki ceramics, building the first proper home Tiki bar and more. Much of what Polynesian Pop devotees take for granted today began with Hrnjak 30 years ago. Even the many who know his work have not yet heard his story. The film is directed by Kurt Mattila (Stuntman, and Peter Gabriel’s The Veil), produced by Rob Wilson (Oliver Stone’s The Putin Interviews and Jim Jarmusch’s Gimme Danger). Based on extensive interviews with Hrnjak and his wife and collaborator Truus De Groot, it contains further commentary from fellow Polynesian Pop luminaries, Jeff “Beachbum” Berry and Sven Kirsten.
Bosko Hrnjak was raised in Southern California’s San Gabriel Valley among its mid-century splendor. He received a B.F.A. in 1988 from Art Center, Pasadena. Bosko was the first to revive carving full size Tikis and the art of Tiki ceramics. He designed the Kapu Tiki Room, the first elaborate home bar and museum, and outfitted Taboo Cove in Las Vegas, the first commercial Tiki bar in North America since the ’70s. Bosko’s works have been exhibited at numerous galleries including La Luz De Jesus, Track 16, Outré Gallery, Tamara Bane, Roc La Rue, Huntington Beach Art Center, and many others throughout the world. Bosko and his works have been featured in newspaper, magazine, radio, and television stories, as well as documentaries, short films, and most recently, a major feature documentary, Bosko and the Rebirth of Tiki. | website