The Tiki Times – December 2017 Events Calendar: Spirited holiday happenings in California and beyond

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DECEMBER 2017 TIKI EVENTS CALENDAR
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Forbidden Island events

Dec. 2 – Holiday Party & Print Release at Shag the Store in West Hollywood. Artist Josh Agle will be on hand to sign the new “Duet for Two Cats” prints as well as merchandise. Wear a leopard print and get a special gift. Complimentary cocktails, plus DJ Wyatt Magnum spinning an all-vinyl, holiday-themed set.
Duet for Two Cats by Shag

Dec. 2 – The Art of Tiki Book Signing Party with author Sven Kirsten at Trader Vic’s in Munich. The new book by Kirsten and Otto von Stroheim documents the 21st anniversary Art of Tiki show in Los Angeles. The author will also be signing any of his previous books.
The Atomic Grog: Coverage of the show at La Luz De Jesus Gallery
The Art of Tiki

Dec. 3 – Tiki Wonderland 12 at Tonga Hut in Los Angeles. The city’s oldest Tiki bar celebrates its 12th annual holiday event featuring a parking lot sale and art show with holiday tunes provided by Big Tiki Dude. Inside, High Tide will play The Ventures iconic Christmas album in its entirety.
* More on Tiki Central
Tiki Wonderland 12

Dec. 9 – Shag the Store Holiday Party in Palm Springs featuring complimentary cocktails, music and small bites. Artist Josh Agle will be greeting guests and signing prints and merchandise. In-store specials, plus new merchandise releases.
Shag the Store Holiday Party

Dec. 9 – Don’s Tiki Makeke “Holiday In Tiki Paradise” at Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach, Calif. More than 50 vendors selling their wares, plus authentic Polynesian music and hula dancers, live bands, food and drinks, plus more.
Holiday In Tiki Paradise

Dec. 9 – The Original Tiki Market Place Happy Hula Days in Garden Grove, Calif. Featuring vendors, live Hawaiian entertainment, food, friends, and more at the Garden Grove Elks Lodge.
The Original Tiki Market Place Happy Hula Days

Dec. 15 – A Very Vintage Christmas with the Martini Kings at The Mayflower Club in North Hollywood. This evening of music and burlesque also features musical guests Ding Dong Devils, Emmett Hadley’s Olde Tyme Christmas Band, and Ukulena. Enjoy vendors, cocktails, food, top burlesque stars, plus a special appearance by Santa.
A Very Vintage Christmas

Dec. 15-17 – Tiki Caliente Christmas Weekend at The Reef and Tonga Hut in Palm Springs. The two Tiki bars join forces with Tiki Caliente for a three-day holiday celebration featuring live music (Zulluu, TikiTronic), holiday cocktails, and more. A charity event benefiting Toys 4 Tots and the Palm Springs No Kill Animal Shelter. Special room rates at the Caliente Tropics Resort.

Dec. 28 – 61st anniversary Customer Appreciation Party at The Mai-Kai in Fort Lauderdale. The historic Polynesian restaurant celebrates its 1956 opening date with an extended happy hour and music by Rose Marie. There will be three “lost cocktails” from the early drink menus plus two “lost appetizers.”
* Atomic Grog past coverage

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ONGOING MONTHLY EVENTS

Dec. 2 – Unsteady Freddie’s Surf-Rock/Pop Shindig at Otto’s Shrunken Head in New York City.

First Thursday – Otto’s Grotto at Forbidden Island in Alameda, Calif. Tiki Oasis mastermind and DJ Otto von Stroheim spins his favorite exotic tunes.

Third Wednesday – Primativa in Hi-Fi at Otto’s Shrunken Head in New York City. DJs Jack Fetterman and Gina of the Jungle spin the best exotica, lounge and cocktail music.

Last Thursday – Shipwreck’d at Porco Lounge & Tiki Room in Cleveland. DJ Max Payola of WCSB 89.3 spins rare vinyl that celebrates the crushed velvet lounge scene of the ’60s and ’70s.

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SAVE THE DATE: 2018 SPOTLIGHT EVENTS

Feb. 15-25 – Modernism Week in Palm Springs, Calif. [Atomic Grog coverage]

April 14 – Chicago Rum Festival.

April 19-22 – Viva Las Vegas rockabilly weekend. [Atomic Grog coverage]

June 6-10 – The Hukilau in Fort Lauderdale. [Atomic Grog coverage]
The Hukilau 2018

June 9-10 – Rum Renaissance Festival in Fort Lauderdale. [Atomic Grog coverage]

June 28-July 1 – Ohana: Luau At The Lake at The Tiki Resort, Lake George, N.Y. [Atomic Grog coverage]

July 13-15 – Tiki Kon in Portland, Ore. [Atomic Grog coverage]

July 17-22 – Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, La. [Atomic Grog coverage]

Aug. 8-12 – Tiki Oasis in San Diego, Calif. [Atomic Grog coverage]
Tiki Oasis 2018

Aug. 18 – Asbury Park Surf Music Festival on the New Jersey shore. [Atomic Grog coverage]

Sept. 6-9 – Huka Pele Tiki Weekender in Las Vegas.

Sept. 8 – California Rum Festival in San Francisco.

Sept 29 – New York Rum Festival in New York City.

Oct. 20-21 – UK RumFest in London.

More events coming soon!
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About Hurricane Hayward

A professional journalist and Florida resident for more than 30 years, Jim “Hurricane” Hayward shares his obsession with Polynesian Pop and other retro styles on his blog, The Atomic Grog. Jim’s roots in mid-century and reto culture go back to his childhood in the 1960s, when he tagged along with his parents to Tiki restaurants and his father’s custom car shows. His experience in journalism, mixology, and more than 20 years as an independent concert promoter make him a jack-of-all-trades in the South Florida scene. A graduate of the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications, Jim is a longtime web producer for The Palm Beach Post. In his spare time, he has promoted hundreds of rock, punk, and indie concerts under the Slammie Productions name since the early 1990s. In 2011, he launched The Atomic Grog to extensively cover events, music, art, cocktails, and culture with a retro slant. Jim earned his nickname by virtue of both his dangerous exotic drinks and his longtime position producing The Post’s tropical weather website.

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