On December 8, The Doors’ Jim Morrison would have celebrated his 65th birthday. This year, the momentous occasion will be marked at Barney’s Beanery, the legendary West Hollywood hangout on Route 66, which served as a stomping ground and home away from home for the rock icon. Continue Reading »

Tired of the Rockettes’ Christmas Spectacular at Radio City? Feeling ho-ho-hum about the entertainment offerings this holiday season? Well, goodfella Mickey Marchello has a year-end offer you can’t refuse, with a swingin’ musical showcase that will have you ring-a-ding-dingin’ in the holidays in style! Continue Reading »

Voodoo Vacation on Zombie Island

Tiki lovers, retro-fanatics, and lovers of pop culture kitsch can experience a full weekend of live exotica and classic surf tunes, peruse art and imbibe tropical cocktails poolside at the eighth annual Tiki Oasis extravaganza, happening August 14th-17th in sunny San Diego.

The festivities kick off on Friday night with live music performances and a special Tiki fashion show. For the rest of the weekend, guests can mingle with live Tiki carvers, shop for art and decorative home accessories in the

Painting by Brad Parker (www.tikishark.com)
Painting by Brad Parker (www.tikishark.com)
Tiki-themed marketplace, learn about the history of Polynesian pop culture during one fo the educational symposiums, or simply kick back by the pool of the Crowne Plaza (the erstwhile Hanalei Hotel) and relax with a tasty Mai Tai or Pina Colada as DJs spin lounge, surf and exotica favorites from then and now. Oh, and did we mention the Zombie Dress-up Contest, the likelihood of impromptu uke jams by the Koi fish pond, or the special B-movie screening hosted by RetroRadar contributor Will “The Thrill” Viharo?

A family produced event by Otto and Baby Doe von Stroheim of Tiki News Magazine, Tiki Oasis is the largest and longest running Tiki event in the world, and a place where the Tiki community from across the U.S. gathers for its annual reunion. Limited access tickets and deluxe passes for this year’s event are on sale now, and advanced room reservations are recommended. For the full scoop, visit www.TikiOasis.com.

American Cinematheque to Host “Enchanted Tiki Luau Blowout”

Tiki lovers from across southern California will descend on The American Cinemateque’s famed Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood from July 25-26 for an Enchanted Tiki Luau Blow-Out, featuring old-school island adventure pics FAIR WIND TO JAVA (1953), ALOMA OF THE SOUTH SEAS (1941) and HER JUNGLE LOVE (1938), all in gorgeously saturated color. The two-day event will also feature artist Kevin Kidney’s collection of rare, island-themed TV surprises, a bountiful luau dinner, exotic musical entertainment from King Kukelele and his Friki Tikis and the Polynesian Paradise Dancers, and a number of Tiki vendors hawking exotic wares. Continue Reading »

Swing House Promises Summer Sizzle
Fans of big band music, hot jazz and ragtime, lindy hoppers, hepcat hipsters and lovers of all that is retro cool are invited to the last Swing House vintage dance party of the season on July 26th at Public Assembly (the erstwhile Galapagos Art Space) in Brooklyn, NY.

Billed as a mixture of modern and vintage entertainment, the next installment of the popular monthly happening will feature free a swing dance lesson, live music from the Neon Swing X-perience and the Big Bang Big Band, DJs spinning the best in remixed early jazz and vintage bass, firebreathers, aerialists, and stunning burlesque and dance performances. Guests are encouraged to wear their full-on vintage best, circa 1920s-40s. For more details and to RSVP, visit the Swing House website.

GI Film Festival Celebrates its Second Year

The Second Annual GI Film Festival will be held over Armed Forces Weekend, May 14-18, 2008, in Washington, DC. The mission of the festival is to honor the American Armed Forces through the medium of film.
The festival will feature numerous movie screenings, presented by world-famous actors, entertainers and directors, including Gary Sinise (Forrest Gump), James Franco (Fly Boys, The Great Raid, Annapolis), Academy Award-winner John Voight, and Captain Dale Dye (Saving Private Ryan, The Great Raid). The event will also feature documentaries, VIP receptions, musical performances, military exhibits, and several special guest appearances. Continue Reading »

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