Seminars: Saturday, April 25 2020
Hotel Valley Ho Magical History Tour w/ACE BAILEY
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
ESQUIVEL! The Man Behind the Exclamation Point! w/ Brother Cleve
Brother Cleve began a correspondence with The King Of Space Age Pop – Esquivel! – in 1994, and was soon invited to “come on over” to Jiutepec, Mexico to JGE’s home, to which he returned often. In this seminar, Cleve will show films of Esquivel, his 1960s photo collection, rare recordings, and more. Of interest to Tiki fans is JGE’s Aku Aku Las Vegas memorabilia!
Musician/DJ/Bartender Brother Cleve discovered Tiki in 1972 at The Kowloon, outside of Boston, and has enjoyed tropical cocktails from that day forward. He helped lead the Lounge Music and Cocktail revivals in the ’90s, performing with exotic music artist Combustible Edison and creating cocktails for DJ events.
Signs of Tiki w/ Heather David
There was a time… and not too long ago, when no respectable Tiki temple was without at least one eye-popping, car stopping, Kodachrome capturing, roadside sign. From Yesco’s Aku Aku in Las Vegas, Nevada to Ad-Art’s Islander in Stockton, California – these signs were a celebration of creativity and craftsmanship – each sign, a one-of-a-kind. Today, sadly, few of these cultural landmarks still stand. But we can still celebrate the SIGNS of TIKI, their creators (when known), and the rare survivors.
Heather M. David is a California-based cultural historian and freelance writer. She is the author of the books Mid-Century by the Bay, Motel California, and numerous articles on American popular culture and historic preservation. She is an advocate for the preservation of Mid-Century modern architecture, art, and signage – with a focus on California Modernism. | website
Ukulele Strum and Sing
Learn to play the ukulele in one day. Join Kehau Kuhi Leitz and Steve Conrad for a strum and sing session where you will learn basic chords and how to play 4-5 songs. No experience necessary, beginners welcome. Bring a ukulele and play along.
Kehau Kuhi Leitz and Steve Conrad have been teaching ukulele classes around Arizona for several years together. They are also in the band the Ukebilly Gypsies and perform locally. | website
Tiki Lindy’s Luau 101 w/ Tiki Lindy
Want to throw a Tiki shindig but feel overwhelmed at the planning and work? Want to avoid breaking the bank but not skimp on a quality luau? Tiki Lindy breaks it down for you into 5 easy steps, complete with sample menus, cocktail recipes, detailed planning guide, and tips and tricks from everything from invites, decorations, entertainment and more!
Author of “Tiki Lindy’s Field Guide to Pupus, Tidbits & Exotic Provisions,” mixologist Tiki Lindy has been in the cocktail and catering industry for more than two decades, with her longest stint as a private events bartender and consultant on Tiki bar menus and event cocktails. She regularly represents at industry sponsored events and guest bartends at tiki bars nationwide. | website
Book Club w/ Karen Finlay
You’ve read the book, now you can share your thoughts and discuss it in detail with fellow avid readers.
Karen Finlay will once again be hosting the The Tiki Oasis Book Club and Storytelling seminar. When she’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. When in Vallejo, CA visit Karen at Alibi Bookshop. Tiki Oasis is her favorite holiday. | website
The Aloha Coat, A Brief History of Sandwich Isles Sportswear w/ Kenn Watson
Little Information has been compiled on the men’s fashion brand from Honolulu, until now. Kenn Watson has excavated long forgotten archives in order to dig up the rich and colorful past of Malia-Hawaii and the creators of this cultured sports coat. Join Watson and take a journey to the “Isle with tropical style” and learn all there is to know about the history of Sandwich Isles Sportswear.
Kenn Wason is a devoted father and husband, creative designer, adventurous carver of wood, and an enthusiastic collector of aloha fashions from the 60s and 70s. He has taken his passion for all of these characteristics and blended them into a compelling exploration of the Aloha Coat.
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.
Tiki Femme: The Badass Women of Tiki w/ Erin Behrenhauser
Tiki culture is rich with history of men and their visions, which is great – but what about the women? Join Erin Behrenhausen for a seminar focusing on the women of tiki, both past and present. This seminar also includes a panel of some of current-day tiki culture’s most influential women – hear their stories and ask them your own questions. Includes a delicious cocktail featuring Montanya rum, a women-owned business, and your choice of fan pins to take with you!
Erin is an art director and Tiki enthusiast living in Denver, Colorado, with her husband and her cat, Yma. Additionally, Erin is a member of LUPEC (Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails) Denver Chapter, and is a huge proponent for women’s visibility in history, in the workplace, behind the bar and everywhere else.
How the British Navy Influenced the Birth of Tiki w/ Matt Pietrek
A century before Don the Beachcomber made the first Zombie, the British Navy was blending the same type of rums Don used for the Daily Ration. In this talk, we’ll look at some newly uncovered and very surprising information about what the Navy Victualling board was making, and how it influenced early Tiki classics like the Zombie and Navy Grog. We’ll finish with a look at modern “Navy style” rums, and evaluate how authentic they are.
In 2008, Matt Pietrek donned a Hawaiian shirt, made a proper 1944 Mai Tai and his life changed. Penning works such as his renowned CocktailWonk.com site and other publications; he’s been nominated for several prestigious writing awards. He’s authored two books – One entitled “Minimalist Tiki”, focused on home enthusiasts, the other about British Rum history. Check out CocktailWonk on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. | website