2022 Sunday Seminars
Join us as we celebrate Tiki and Mid-Century style in a variety of educational seminars.
If a seminar is noted as 21+, that means no babes in arms or strollers allowed.
- 11:00 am –12:30 pm
More Than A Mocktail
Jupiter Jones & MeduSirena the Fire Eating MermaidNote this event is 21+ Options will be served that contain no alcohol and low alcohol. Who said you have to go heavy on booze to enjoy a delicious, well-balanced Tropical beverage? Jupiter Jones with help from her side-kick MeduSirena the Fire Eating Mermaid will bring to life the world of better-for-you cocktails for those looking to cut back on their alcohol and/or sugar consumption. Learn how to create classic and contemporary libations, featuring low-octane Cocktails and spirit-free Mocktails.
Jupiter Jones & MeduSirena the Fire Eating MermaidJupiter Jones: Event producer and retro personality, Jupiter Jones is known for her immersive events held in bars & restaurants all over the world. Coming from a background in hospitality, experiential marketing, and event management, Jupiter mixes her craft cocktail and marketing knowledge to produce experiences with a heavy focus on community involvement, spirit education, and environmental sustainability and responsibility. Special guest co-presenter: MeduSirena the Fire Eating MermaidSponsored by Dhōs by Ransom Spirits Town & Country Ballroom $30
- 9:30 am –10:30 am
Tiki Tot Tour
King KukuleleCreate lasting memories for your kids with the annual Tiki Tour. The kids will have a blast as they tour the resort grounds with King Kukulele meeting up close and personal many ‘tiki’ friends. Every year this event features many (secret-to-the-tots) Tiki celebrities!
King KukuleleKing Kukulele is a comedian, actor, and ukuleleist with inexorable energy who has performed around the world, singing hapa haole and novelty songs at all kinds of shows from Hollywood movie premieres to Disneyland. He composed a promotional song about tropical fruits and fish for the Orange County Fair, as well as "I Don't Eat Poop," a song written for the California Board of Public Health. The latter song was not used. TBD
- 10:00 am –11:00 am
Charles PhoenixA Mid-Century Dream Vacation Slide Show Tour of the Sunshine State with Charles Phoenix! Sport your sun suits, slip on your sunglasses and slather on the suntan lotion, Charles is roasting and toasting fun, fabulous, Florida in the 50s & 60s. This rip roarin’, whirlwind, time travel, road trip, adventure extravaganza explores roadside attractions, tourist traps, souvenir shops, marvelous motels, landmark hotels, mid-century Miami Beach, and more galore! Be prepared for your imagination to be inspired and your retro Florida lovin’ spirit to soar like never before.
Charles PhoenixCharles Phoenix is a showman, tour guide, food crafter, and author. He is known for his live comedy slide show performances, madcap Test Kitchen videos, “field trip” tours, and colorful coffee table books, all celebrating classic and kitschy American life and style. On TV, Charles has appeared as a judge on Food Network’s Cake Wars: Christmas. He’s also guested on Storage Wars, Jay Leno’s Garage, Conan, and Martha Stewart, and is often heard on NPR. The Los Angeles Times says, “Call him the King of Retro,” and LA Weekly anointed him “the Kodachrome King.Licor 43 Pacific Ballroom $35
- 1:00 pm –2:00 pm
Tiki Oasis Diversity & Inclusion Council Special GuestsThis free-to-attend event is brought to you by the Tiki Oasis Diversity & Inclusion Council. The Tiki Oasis D&I series focuses on subjects of history, appropriation vs appreciation of cultures, minority cultures, Tiki Culture and Mid-Century Americana. The goal of this series is to provide a forum for education, knowledge and conversation. Through this series we invite marginalized groups to amplify their voices to share their knowledge and experiences, we invite advocates and allies to ask questions, and we invite all to contribute to the broader discussion on diversity, inclusion, representation and equality in the Tiki community. Anya Kurennaya will share highlights of her doctoral dissertation, "Authenticity, Exoticism, and Revival: Contemporary Tiki Bars and their 20th Century Predecessors," and B4Change will share the work they are doing with Conscious Tropical and highlighting the cultures Polynesian Pop has drawn inspiration from, the issues they face, and organizers/activists to follow. A welcome cocktail for those 21+ will be served!
Tiki Oasis Diversity & Inclusion Council Special GuestsAnya Kurennaya is an art and design professor at Parsons School of Design, The New School, with a background in fashion studies, communication, and media. Kurennaya has published and presented on the relationships between fashion, music, and youth culture. Her doctoral dissertation, "Authenticity, Exoticism, and Revival: Contemporary Tiki Bars and their 20th Century Predecessors," looks at the history and culture of the contemporary Tiki scene, considering how participants in the scene negotiate tensions about the cultural symbolism of objects within the space, which both reference history and also re-imagine and re-invent it. @tartmandel // B4Change is a grassroots organization of BIPOC hospitality professionals, dedicated to reshaping the industry and community to be more inclusive and equitable. B4Change focuses on anti-racist education through posted action items, allowing people to engage with progressive movements, and helping disenfranchised people. When not working with the Tiki community, they work with San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood and distribute clothing, shoes, and apparel for anyone in need. They have recently partnered with @feedthepeoplecollective to provide hygiene kits and food. @b4.changeCo-Sponsored by by Kové and Tanduay Rum Pacific Ballroom E $FREE
- 3:00 pm –4:30 pm
Squeezed UP: SPEED! TIKI! PINUPS!
Stefan Immke and Shane BagnallTen Days, Nineteen Cities, Twenty-Eight Locations, Two Hot Rods, Five Guys, and a Race. Squeezed Up is an unforgettable road trip across Southern California, combining Hot Rodding, Polynesian Pop, Tiki culture, Tattoos, and Kustom Kulture into a stunning and crazy 80 minutes movie master-piece. Book and Movie by photographer and filmmaker Dirk Behlau, Executive producer Stefan Immke, Co-producer Shane Bagnall.Town & Country Ballroom $FREE
- 2:30 pm –4:00 pm
8th Annual San Diego Bartender BattleThis event is 21+. The Ultimate Fighting Championship, the Celebrity Death Match, the Thunderdome; none of these contests of grit and skill included cocktails. Shame on them. The Tiki Oasis Bartenders Battle will pit some of the best bartenders in San Diego against each other in a no-holds-barred, head-to-head cocktail throw-down. Sample some of the best, most innovative Tiki cocktails in San Diego while you cheer on your bartending champion. They all may battle but only one can win!Co-Sponsored by Copalli Rum and Liber & Co. Town & Country Ballroom $40