April 8, 2013 by joesonotheque
Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar presents
TIKI TUESDAY: Featuring Special DVD Screening of “Dancing For The Dead: Funeral Strippers in Taiwan”
Featuring Beachcombing Lounge Lizard DJ Richard Pierson
Tuesday April 30 – 8PM-2AM – Free, No Cover
960 W. 31st Street, Chicago, Il. 60608 – 773.890.0588 – http://www.community-bar.com
Spurred on by exotic films, a swarm of architects and designers emerged from the grayness of the Depression, specializing in tiki style. In 1934, the first tiki bar, Don the Beachcomber, opened in Los Angeles. It was a favorite haunt of Clark Gable. Fishing nets, life jackets, and pieces of wreckage decorated the walls, evoking the Pacific. Later, Vic Bergeron was inspired to open up Trader Vic’s, the first in a series of exotic restaurants with the same name, frequented by Richard Nixon, among other illustrious patrons.
– Francesco Adinolfi: Mondo Exotica
Tiki is a sub-type of mid-century modern A-frame architecture, a mode of ersatz primitive interior décor, a cocktail menu with associated specialty mugs, and every effigy of the first man of Polynesian creation myth. Sonically, it’s the audio immersion tank that passes as music genre, with an architecture all its own in the geodesic acoustics of a late, lamented Hawaiian Hilton Kaiser Dome filled with a timbrally eclectic cocktail of the bebop concurrent latin piano and vibes sound of Noro Morales, George Shearing, Joe Loco, etc. in full rhumba rhapsody mode, but accompanied by museum quality South Seas slit drums and Pacific Rim gong chimes with a vaudevillian splash of rainforest fauna impressions floating on top like the over-proof rum in a Zombie.
Tiki music per se was developed by mainland haole Martin Denny and Kaui born hapa Arthur Lyman, both of whom spent the bulk of their careers sound-tracking Tiki themed tourist lounges in Waikiki. Those who insist that Tiki music has nothing to do with Hawaii forget that it’s a music of ports of call rather than territories, sounds borne along a web of trade routes linking Havana and Hong Kong, Mexico South and Manila, with Honolulu as hub.
With those thoughts of a tropical paradise in mind, Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar is hosting its monthly tribute to exotica titled Tiki Tuesday on Tuesday, April 30. Tiki Tuesdays will offer rare pearls plucked from a deep dive of the musical catalogue of Denny, Lyman, et. al., along with cut gems from rarities like Provocatif by John McFarland and Music of Les Baxter by Don Tiare and his Orchestra Exotique. Hosted by lounge lizard and global groove deejay Richard Pierson, Tiki Tuesday will take our modern jet-set wanderers into the intoxicating realms of mystery and primitive passions (especially with the assistance of some potent potables and other specially concocted Tiki cocktails from Maria’s expert mixologists).
As a special addition to this passage to adventure Tiki Tuesday will screen @ 8PM anthropologist Marc L. Moskowitz’s bizarre yet enlightening film “Dancing for the Dead: Funeral Strippers in Taiwan” which documents the rather unorthodox practice of Taiwanese pole dancers and stripteasers performing at religious festivals and processions in order to appease the wandering spirits. “The groups attract crowds to our events and they perform for the gods and the spirits to seek blessings,” recounted Chen Chung-hsien, an official at Wu Fu Temple, a Taoist landmark in north Taiwan’s Taoyuan county. “They have become part of our religion and folk culture.”
We’ll also be showing a tropical video collage featuring rare films including lavish Hollywood Technicolor spectaculars, ethnographic films and vintage south seas travelogues.
The passage to adventure leaves port at 9PM and skirts the globe until it returns to its home dock at 2AM. All tickets are free.