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Jesika von Rabbit: Coachella’s Best – NYE DJ – Jan Shows

Photo credit: Guillermo Prieto

Photo credit: Guillermo Prieto

Jesika von Rabbit has won Best Local Musician in Coachella Valley (CV) Independent’s Best of Coachella Valley 2015-2016: Readers’ Picks. An award ceremony will take place tonight at BART Lounge in Cathedral City.

von Rabbit will be ringing in the New Year with a New Year’s Eve DJ gig at TRYST in Palm Springs, which will include a guest set from her bassist, and DJ Lee Joseph. The two intend to fill the dance floor with a full night of up-tempo tracks. There is no cover charge! TRYST is centrally located, next to the HardRock at 188 S Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262.

On January 30th, von Rabbit opens for the legendary Wanda Jackson at Pappy & Harriet’s – we just learned that the SHOW IS SOLD OUT!

Jesika von Rabbit January 2015 Shows:
1/9: Boondocks Tavern in Banning
with Drug, Jason Nutter, Boss Pilgrim and Ricochet.
Boondocks Tavern: 4296 W Ramsey St, Banning, California 92220
1/29: Soda Bar San Diego
with The New Kinetics & Nervous Wreckords
Soda Bar: 3615 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104
1/30: Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown
opening for Wanda Jackson
Pappy & Harriets, Pioneertown, CA. 92268 –  SOLD OUT

von Rabbit is currently working on a video for the song “Looking for a Weirdo” which will be the third video from her album “Journey Mitchell” (CD and digital on Royal Order, vinyl on Dionysus Records) directed by Jessica Janos who also directed the videos for the tracks “Psychic Spice” and “Glamorous Misery”.

An excellent fan-uploaded live video of Jesika von Rabbit and crew performing “Psychic Spice” on stage at Iron City, Birmingham, opening for Eagles of Death Metal in September has popped up on YouTube at this link. JvR, Gram Rabbit and crew give their their love, sympathy, and support to all involved with the tragic Paris attacks of November 13.

Check out Jesika von Rabbit’s most recent EPK here


12/4: Preview the Holiday Pop Up Show at La Luz de Jesus!

popupHoliday Pop Up Show
showing with Boombox Creators

December 4, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Artist reception: Friday, December 4th; 8-11PM

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 666-7667

La Luz de Jesus Gallery is located inside the Soap Plant / WACKO complex, widely regarded as the greatest gift store in Los Angeles, if not the world. As such, this is basically ground zero for holiday shoppers. This December, we’re hosting a month long Holiday Pop Up Show of new work that can be bought directly from the walls for immediate shipping and gifting and at prices low enough to diminish the guilt of self-gifting. More than a mere extension of our Art in the Hallway collection, we approached 20 of our favorite artists and asked them to create multiple pieces priced $400 or less specifically for this event. The artists in this show are among the first people to sellout in our group shows, and many have larger exhibitions booked elsewhere in the upcoming months–making this a prime opportunity to get their work under our special one-time price ceiling.

Holiday Pop Up Show Artists
Adrian Cherry, Brice Eichelberger, Frank Forte, Jel Ena, Jinx, Kimberly Zsebe, Lauren Chang, Lauren Gardiner, Maya Peterpaul, Michelle Lee, Ming Ong, Nathan Anderson, Nicole Bruckman, Nicole Waszak, Sadie Han, Sean Chao, Sean Stepanoff, Susanne Apgar, Tanny Chang, Walt Hall.























9/13: Alessia Iannetti – In the Footsteps of My Shadow

Alessia Iannetti “In the Footsteps of My Shadow”
Showing with Zoe Lacchei, Aaron Bo Heimlich, and Renee French 
October 2 – November 1, 2015
Artist reception: Friday, October 2nd; 8-11PM

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027


I have recently read about a painter of the early Sixteenth Century strolling around the countryside in Northern Italy on board of an astonishing carriage. It was fully decorated with all sorts of figures and landscapes he was able to paint.

When, after a few days, Alessia kindly asked me to write something about her work, my mind immediately went to that very image. I tried to imagine her beautifully decorated carriage, full of dangerous, bright beauties, of birds, butterflies, luxuriant vegetation, shadows and lights – equally dangerous, imbued with blood and pulsing wounds.

The peasants staring at Bertolino’s colorful carriage – from the book La Chimera, by  Sebastiano Vassalli -, must feel something similar to those who admire  the works of art of a young artist as Alessia is. Her artworks engender a sort of dizziness – of restless spell. They wrap you up in a fragile, though powerful, cobweb. In the meantime, they urge you to tirelessly explore the rational – and yet magic! – accuracy in every detail.

This kind of rapture can keep you in a sort of hypnosis for an indefinite period of time. And yet, even a furtive glance to her works of art – and, if possible, to the artist herself -, would make you wonder which enchanted kingdom she comes from.

Whatever you may think, Alessia Iannetti lives in our same world. She was born in Italy, in a small town in Tuscany, Carrara, in 1985. Since her childhood, she has always loved drawing. Her father, Vittorio, supported her in this spontaneous passion. He himself used to draw for her, instilling in his daughter interest and fascination for what is mysterious and unknown. A teaching that would never leave her. In Carrara, Alessia studied at the Academy of Fine Arts with Professor Omar Galliani. Discipline and rigor, combined with the fascination of what we may refer to as the Romantic and dark epopee ,from its highest peaks to the more modern and common forms of it. Her work is a precious composition, rich of hidden quotes and suggestions. In such a fertile soil, inspired by cinema, arts, music, Alessia keeps modeling and transforming her creations and creatures. The more she draws and paints, improving her technical abilities, the more she strongly delineates one of the core of her art; that absolute ease with which reality, obsessively pursued in every detail, intertwines with an endless, other dimension. The latter is so strongly vivid that, in the end, turns out to be as true as the former.

All the above is clearly visible in the new series entitled “In the Footsteps of my Shadow”. Here the artist wants to originally reexamine the classical vampire myths.

Taking inspiration from the Gothic fiction par excellence, Alessia has reinterpreted such a universal myth for the benefit of her beloved subjects. Always suspended between good and evil, they are now rewarded with this new seal of immortality.

They are girls in their innocent lace dresses, with rosebuds in their hair, colorful butterflies, and leaves. Or even Lolitas trapped in their dark, Dorothy-Valens-like sheath dresses, musing on their mysteriously bloody hands. Or little girls whose smiles hide extremely delicate, yet pointed, canines.

All this reminds us, again and again, that nothing is merely like it seems. It reminds us that the most luminous face may conceal the most cruel and unexpected chasm.

Who among you would not let these new Carmillas and Vespertilias in? Who would not host these tiny and terribly delicious guests?

Evil comes by chance and so we meet our shadow. When we experience the dark side each of us carries within ourselves, nothing is like it appeared before. Our luminous reality reveals a dreadful, perverse world. It is a world as dark and gloomy as a thorny wood where no sunbeam could pass. For good is never absolute, nor is evil. They coexist, indissolubly bound together. Through my new series of artworks – ten, unreleased, small format works made with graphite, watercolors, acrylic on paper -, I have elaborated feelings of death, panic, fear and distrust. I wanted to represent evil, painted on innocent faces. The portrayed subjects emerge from a natural landscape, plunged into darkness. The only light comes from tiny, distant stars. Dualism dominates every creature. Darkness and light hold each soul simultaneously. Cruelty lies behind candid and childish smiles. Female characters are apparently innocent girls and children almost vanishing in their candid halo. And yet they possess a dual, evil nature. Posing like princesses on their thrones of branches, they are creatures sent to drain, hiding their sharp teeth behind gentle smiles. They play hide-and-seek behind trunks whose cavities are deformed into dreadful faces. Some remain silent, hidden among the leaves like wild beasts lurking. Others hide their crimes in the dark, in the middle of the night. When the body and its shadow merge into one entity.

I dedicate this exhibition to the memory of my Father. And to Our Shadow – Alessia Iannetti



10/2: Aaron Bo Heimlich “Notes From Before” at La Luz de Jesus

Aaron Bo Heimlich “Notes From Before”
Showing with Renee French, Zoe Lacchei, and Alessia Iannetti
October 2 – November 1, 2015
Artist reception: Friday, October 2nd; 8-11PM

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Here is a collection of time. A collection of our history. A few photographs to remember what was. — Aaron Bo Heimlich

Aaron Bo Heimlich’s work captures a desire to explore the unseen and the magical idea of make-believe vs. reality. His work is both humorous and macabre, stemming from the idea that what we think we see is not what is actually there. Inserting his own visions into vintage photographs, he reworks the story of our past to include a character that he calls a Shedim. Shedim is a Hebrew word for benevolent demon which he feels correctly conveys the general premise of the figure. Their intent is in the viewer’s perspective, allowing everyone to interpret their presence individually. They are silent watchers, fairy godmothers, invisible friends, best friends, tricksters, helpers, confidants and everything in between. Shedim were among us but now they are gone.

Born in 1983, Aaron Bo Heimlich was raised by Hippie Scientists which gave him a unique experience in the world and give clue to his unique vision!


Wisconsin Native Jesika von Rabbit Returns to Open for Eagles of Death Metal

Wisconsin Native Jesika von Rabbit returns to her home state to open for Eagles of Death Metal.


Jesika von Rabbit returns to her old stomping ground to perform Varsity Theater in Minneapolis on September 9 and her home-state to perform at High-Noon Saloon in Madison on September 10 

Dubbed “California’s ultimate postmodern, intergalactic pop provocateur “ by the LA Weekly, and voted Best Front Woman of Coachella Valley at the 2015 Coachella Valley Weekly Music Awards, Jesika von Rabbit grew up in Green Bay and moved to Minneapolis after high school to persue her musical career and shortly after moved to Los Angeles to continue her career path. She then found her home in the hi-desert town of Joshua Tree, CA. where she met Todd Rutherford and formed the band Gram Rabbit.

Momentum grew quickly landing Gram Rabbit a slot on the main stage of the Coachella Music and Art Festival while Gram Rabbit’s fan base grew steadily as they honed their live chops playing or touring with the likes of Le Tigre, Maximo Park, the Raveonettes, Satellite Party, Kinky, Ima Robot, West Indian Girl, Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros, The Handsome Family, The Lovemakers, Electrolane, The 88, John Doe, The English Beat, and many more.

The group produced six albums and and received numerous TV and film licenses. NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, CW, FX, BRAVO, STARZ, and MTV have all used the band’s music in shows and movies such as CSI, Life, the Real World, Sons of Anarchy, Crash, Hit & Miss, Crazy Stupid Love and War Inc., just to name a few. Gram Rabbit also landed a commercial spot for Fruit of the Loom that aired during the 2012 Summer Olympics. Their unique hybrid of psychedelic rock and electro-pop redefined and modernized the old-school labels of retro and synth-pop.

Armed with a stockpile of songs celebrating von Rabbit’s love of electronics she has created and released her first solo album, a playful, poppy, and psychedelic ‘adult theme park-pop’ experience titled Journey Mitchell which she is supporting with an entertaining stage show featuring her entourage of ‘prairie gangsters’.

Jesika von Rabbit, will be supporting Eagles of Death Metal on the Midwest / East Coast leg of their 2015 worldwide tour. von Rabbit will be performing songs from her recently released Journey Mitchell album, released on CD and digital by Rabbit’s own Royal Order label and on vinyl by Dionysus Records.

Prior to the Eagles of Death Metal dates, von Rabbit will grace her local desert following with two shows, including the Campout 11 fest with Cracker and Camper van Beethoven at her home base, Pappy and Harriet’s.

von Rabbit desert dates:
Aug 28 2015: Schmiddy’s Tavern – Palm Desert, CA
Aug 29 2015: Campout 11 at Pappy & Harriet’s with Cracker and Camper van Beethoven –Pioneertown, CA

with Eagles of Death Metal
Sep 09 2015 – Varsity Theater – Minneapolis – Minneapolis, MN
Sep 10 2015 – High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI
Sep 12 2015 – St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
Sep 14 2015 – Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA
Sep 15 2015 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
Sep 16 2015 – The Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
Sep 17 2015 – Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
Sep 18 2015 – Brighton Music Hall – Allston, MA
Sep 21 2015 – Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH
Sep 24 2015 – Cannery Ballroom – Nashville, TN
Sep 25 2015 – Iron City – Birmingham, AL

von Rabbit will re-unite with Gram Rabbit in October for four shows with Eagles of Death Metal before playing their annual two-night Halloween ball at Pappy & Harriet’s.

After trailblazing high-desert rock as the front woman in her band Gram Rabbit, Jesika now steps out on her own with a solo project, Journey Mitchell. Part pop princess parody, part desert gypsy, Jesika takes us on a strange trip. Journey Mitchell, is laden with new wave influenced synths, keyboard melodics and infectious dance beats. But make no mistake, this is not a collection of pop songs that induce a brief sugar high; Jesika von Rabbit wants to penetrate and disturb you. The undercurrent of Gothic industrial baselines, ghostly echoes and Jesika’s hallowing voice, leaves resin in your system that will bewitch you long after the music fades.–Coachella Magazine


A Universe of Tiki Oasis 15 Info in One Orbit!


Tiki Oasis 15 “Yesterdays Future Today
August 13-16, 2015
San Diego, CA.

Tiki Oasis is the Class M hyper-giant of the Tiki scene – the biggest Tiki Weekender in the solar system!

More information, tickets, hotel info, email signup:
2014 Festival Re-Cap and Press Links:

August 13: Meet and Greet at Bali Hai, Shelter Island, San Diego
August 14-16: Main Event at Crown Plaza, Hotel Circle, San Diego

Tiki Oasis is a family produced four-day Polynesian Pop lifestyle convention / party which takes place in Southern California each August, and is the only event of its’ kind on Planet Earth. Each year Tiki Oasis presents a different theme which explores, celebrates, and preserves mid-century aesthetics via entertainment, fashion, food, drink and education, while showing its’ relevancy in contemporary culture. Tiki Oasis attendees experience four days of mixology, live and dj music sets, educational, symposiums, book signings, marketplace shopping, art, burlesque, comedy, vintage cars, fashion, food, kids events, and more!

Tiki Oasis was conceived in 2001 as a fundraiser to support the rehabilitation of the mid-century Palm Springs Caliente Tropics Motel which attracted a small gathering of tikiphiles. The event, which moved to San Diego in 2006 and has grown to include two locations, three hotels, over 28 symposiums, 100 vendors, numerous sponsors, a slew of talent including live bands, disk jockeys, burlesque and go-go dancers, visual artist and carvers, guitar and ukulele instructors, vintage cars, mixology experts and well over 3000 attendees.

Tiki Oasis 15 “Yesterday’s Future Today”
This year’s Tiki Oasis Theme is “Yesterdays Future Today” The Space Age ran parallel to the Modern Primitivism of Tiki Culture. While technology propelled modern man to the moon, the common man celebrated isolated islander cultures that were equally unattainable. Tiki Oasis celebrates this mid-century take on the future. Expect to be entertained, educated and visually stimulated. Tiki Oasis attendees always go full-throttle with event theme costuming!

At Tiki Oasis 2015, Pull on your jet pack and jump into the air; grab your raygun and become a space invader; or just relax poolside soaking in the sights and sounds of your own moonage daydream.

Symposiums and Special Events…
TO15_Kelly PattersonTiki Oasis is offering over 35 Symposiums this year. Be prepared to blast off into a universe of music, mixology, yoga, dance, architecture, fashion, Science Fiction, tiki history, art, pin-up hair and make-up and a whole score of book signings! Special events include the Miss Tiki Oasis Pageant, Cigar and Rum Pairing Lounge, Tiki Oasis Beauty Bungalow and Glamour Pin-Up Packages! Special symposium educators feature the likes of original Mothers of Invention keyboardist Don Preston, Rodenberry Entertainment CEO Rod Roddenberry, legendary author and Tiki expert Sven Kirsten, mid-century historian and entertainer Charles Phoenix and many more!

Tiki Oasis 15: “Yesterday’s Future, Today” entertainment includes…

on the main stage:
man_or_astroman_lgHost: King Kukulele, Man or Astroman?, The Chocolate Watchband, Tikiyaki Orchestra, The Phenomenauts, The Phantom Surfers, Clouseaux, Fono66, The Devil-Ettes, Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid, The Neptunas, Project: Pimento, The Outta Sites, The Little Richards, The Rosalyns, The Ding Dong Devils, Diddley Daddies, The Angel and Robot Show, Point Doom, Slim Jenkins, and more!

DJs for the weekend include:
Howie Pyro, Lee Joseph, Anja and Mike Stax, Tanoa Samoa Boy, Agent Kari, El Nova, Duke Weiss, Lukino Ungawa, Johnny Bartlett, Tiki Tena & Jeff BigTikiDude, Axle, Eric Musick, Switched on Audrey, Astro 138, Jon Burchard, Nuria Alsina, Patrick Robinson, Sid Presley, Strike, Suzy Moran, Xerox, Burnie Gipson, and the crew of!

TikisMarketplace Information
Tiki Oasis is the crossroads of the Tiki world. Craftsmen, artists, tinkerers, and traders haul their wares to the Oasis creating an Exotica emporium unmatched throughout the world. Many vendors create limited edition items specifically for Tiki Oasis weekend shoppers!

Tiki Oasis 2015 Art Show “Yesterday’s Future Today”…
Our 6th annual art show features over 30 top Tiki artists from around the globe. All original artwork is for sale. Meet the Tiki Oasis Artists and the 2015 Winner of the Miss Tiki Oasis Pageant, Saturday from 1-2!

TikiOasis2015ArtShowartist include:
Arnold Pander, Atomikitty, Big Toe Art, Chris Crites, Christine Benjamin, CraigR, David Krys, Dawn Frasier, Derek Yaniger, Doug Dorr, Doug Horne, Eddy Crosby, Edmund Gabriel, Erin Joy, Eric October, Harry Decker, Ken Ruzic , Kymm! Bang, Maya Rodgers, Michael Fleming , Michael Grider, Mike Mass, Norm Daniels, REESENIK, Robert Jimenez, Ryan Hungerford, Sandra Fremgen, Scott Saw, Tiki King, Tiki Pop, Tiki Tony, Vestige Photography, Woody Miller and more!

Burlesque Show – Midnight at Tiki Oasis!
Check out a cavalcade of captivating burlesque stars that are out of this world! Once you enter the Lagoon Room you will lose all sense of time and space as you are engulfed in the sights and sounds of wild burlesque dancers and frantic, primitive intoxicating sounds from Howie Pyro and on Saturday only Slim Jenkins.

Tiki Oasis 7th Annual Car Show
Two days of vintage and specialty cars, plus vendor marketplace, tiki carver village, DJs spinning, the Beauty Bungalow, and on Sunday we will feature these food trucks: Devilicious, My Urban Eats and Chubbys! The car show will feature live music from The Els A Phonics and The Millionaire Kids.

Sunday night at Tiki Oasis Garage Rock Showcase!
60s legends, The Chocolate Watchband! Also featuring The Rosalyns (all girl band!), Diddley Daddies (Mike Stax, Ugly Things Magazine), The Devil-Ettes (San Francisco), Emcee: Otto von Stroheim, Sid Presley Disc Jockeying

for times and details please visit:

Tiki Oasis Yoga
Singalong with King Kukulele
Out of this world Fitness Class
Oblong Box Shop – Poolside Fashion Show
Tiki Oasis Bookclub: A Wrinkle in Time
Miss Tiki Oasis – Poolside Strut

Let’s Get Hip to Hula!
Tiki Oasis 2015 Booksigning with Merrell Fankhauser, Domenic Priore, Jeff Chenault, Danny Biederman, Java from Bachelor Pad, Neil Norman
7th Annual Car Show

Tiki Tots Tour with King Kukulele
Hula Hooping with Szandora
7th Annual Car Show
Uke Jam

All Weekend Long
Tiki Oasis Marketplace
2015 Pop-Up Artshow
Tiki Tot Playroom
DJ’s and Bands: Poolside, Sushi Bar, Car Show


Tiki Oasis 15: Spotlight on Mixology and Party Symposiums!


Tiki Oasis 15 “Yesterday’s Future Today”
August 13 – 16, 2015

Thursday Meet and Greet at the Bali Hai
Main Event at Crowne Plaza, San Diego

Tiki Oasis is a four-day Polynesian Pop lifestyle convention / party which takes place in Southern California each August, and is the only event of its’ kind on the West Coast. Each year Tiki Oasis presents a different theme which explores, celebrates, and preserves mid-century aesthetics via entertainment, fashion, food, drink and education, while showing its’ relevancy in contemporary culture. Tiki Oasis attendees experience four days of mixology, live and dj music sets, educational symposiums, book signings, marketplace shopping, art, burlesque, comedy, vintage cars, fashion, food, kids events, and more!

Each year the event takes on a unique theme. This year’s Tiki Oasis theme is “Yesterdays Future Today”. The Space Age ran parallel to the Modern Primitivism of Tiki Culture. While technology propelled modern man to the moon, the common man celebrated isolated islander cultures that were equally unattainable. Grab your tiki mug and let’s BLAST OFF!!!

Spotlight on Educational Mixology and Party Symposiums!

A full list of Tiki Oasis 15 Symposiums with ticket links can be found here

TO15_Ram UdwinBartending Techniques for the Atomic Age
with Ram Udwin
Sponsored by Cruzan Rum and The Cat Eye Club

Friday August 14th 1:00PM – 2:30PM
Grand Hanalei Ballroom, Crowne Plaza
Attendees: MUST be 21 years and older to attend. Entry included with the Deluxe Cocktail wristband.
Price: $20.00

Home bartenders, space cadets, and cocktail-crazy tikiphiles will all enjoy this interactive symposium that is one part molecular mixology, one part basic science, and all cocktail quaffing fun! Join Ram Udwin of Boy Drinks World as he guides you on a spirited scientific journey that will blast your tiki drink game into outer space with modern techniques and culinary flavors. During the symposium, attendees will enjoy a hands-on learning experience in applying space age techniques to tiki cocktails, with the opportunity to sample a selection of cocktails created in class. Ram Udwin is the founder and creative mind behind Boy Drinks World, maker of fine cocktail bitters, tinctures, and other delightful things.

TO15_richard_fossMyths, Mysteries, and Misconceptions About Rum
with Richard Foss
Sponsored by Ballast Point

Friday August 14th, 3:30PM – 5:00PM
Grand Hanalei Ballroom, Crowne Plaza
Attendees: MUST be 21 years and older to attend. Entry is included with ONLY Cocktail wristbands.
Price: $25.00

Everything about rum is wrong: it wasn’t invented where or when popular histories claim, and the most famous sea chantey about it was invented by a novelist, not a pirate. The truth is more interesting: rum helped spark the American Revolution, was currency in Australia, entered 18th Century medical cabinets as a health tonic, and is still a sacramental offering among voodoo worshippers. Rum made sea voyages bearable in the 1850’s and tikis fashionable in the 1950’s, and it once fueled the economy of half the world.

TO15_Kelly PattersonCountdown To A Spectacular Celebration
with Kelly Patterson from the Velveteen Lounge Kitsch-en
Sponsored by Apocalypto Tequila

Saturday August 15th, 10:00AM – 11:00AM
Grand Hanalei Ballroom, Crowne Plaza
Attendees: Entry is included with BOTH Deluxe Cocktail and Deluxe wristbands.
Price: $15.00

You’re T minus sixty minutes from planning the mid-century space age party of your dreams! From Project Mercury to Teenagers From Outer Space, whether you pilot a swinging bachelor pad or a swank couple’s escape pod, we’ll provide inspiration, recipes and tips that will send your celebrations straight into the Milky Way!

TO15_MartinCate2012Where Did My Rum Come From? with Martin Cate
Sponsored by the Cat Eye Club
and Duncan Taylor Ind. Bottlings

Saturday August 15th, 2:00PM – 3:30PM and 4:00 – 5:30PM
Grand Hanalei Ballroom, Crowne Plaza
Attendees: MUST be 21 years and older to attend. Entry included with the Deluxe Cocktail wristband.

A History of Merchant Bottlers & Private Labels That is Tastier than it Sounds. Explore the history of the rum trade through the fascinating stories of the merchants and brokers who helped bring interesting rums to the taverns of Europe and America. This centuries-old tradition continues to this day with modern brands taking on the role of offering unique and rare rums to consumers, often with unique cask finishes and creative blends. You’ll taste rare rums that illustrate both the role of the merchant bottler as well as the vast diversity of rums that are in the market today. Prepare for a sumptuous and flavorful journey into some of the best rums you’ll ever have!

San Diego Bartenders Tiki Battle at Tiki Oasis
Sponsored by Old Harbor Distilling Co.

Sunday August 16th, 2:00PM – 3:00PM
Peacock Room II, Crowne Plaza
Attendees: MUST be 21 years and older to attend. Entry included with the Deluxe Cocktail wristband.
Price: $15.00

This is your chance to watch a battle for the ages as the best tiki bartenders in San Diego meet to test their skills at Tiki Oasis! This is a space age battle with intergalactic implications as the harrowed inhabitants of Space Station TK-015 test these bartenders to determine which one has the skill and creativity to satisfy the rum hungry space pirates of PewPewPlaatar. The best tiki bartender will save the space station, win the San Diego Tiki Bartender Throwdown and wear our laurels for the coming year. Come for the spectacle and a taste (or three!) of victory



Rum Cabana / Cigar and Rum Pairing Lounge

Which Cigars Pair Well With Deadhead Rum? Visit the Tiki Oasis Rum Cabana August 15th – 16th and Experience a Guided Tasting to Find Out! Tickets on sale soon…



Angostura Rum and Bitters
Channel Islands Rum
Deadhead Rum
Apocalypto Tequila
Caribbean Rum
Papa’s Pilar
Pusser’s Rum
Ballast Point
The Real McCoy
Forbidden Island
The Golden Tiki
Coco Real
Bali Hai
5 Minutes of Rum
Rob’s Rum Guide/Miami Rum Fest
The Space Needler’s Intergalactic Bar Guide
The Rum Lab/California Rum Festival
Don The Beachcomber


7/3: Christopher Bales – Archetypal Memory at La Luz de Jesus Gallery

Archetypal Memory
Showing with Click Mort, Aaron Rivera, Edward Robin Coronel

July 3 – August 2, 2015
Artist reception: Friday, July 3rd; 8-11PM

4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 666-7667



Garage sales, flea markets, antique stores, junk yards: these are places you might find me rummaging over display tables or inside water stained boxes looking for any object that asks me politely to take it home. I place my excavations on one of dozens of dusty shelves where they may sit for years waiting to be put to use.

My sculptures are created in a similar way. I start by collecting a pile of objects. The artwork defines itself as these seemingly unrelated items are constructed. Sometimes the concept is immediately clear, other times I have to wait for it to be finished to find the meaning. This subliminal way of working preserves the mystery and spontaneity in my art, managing to keep the process fresh.

My work represents oddities I have discovered stumbling around the attic of my subconscious, touching on universal icons that find their way to the surface. My hope is that the viewer will be disturbed, amused, intrigued, or at least curious about what I have created.- Christopher Bales

It seems cheap to pigeonhole assemblage artist Christopher Bales‘ work as merely steampunk: His aesthetic is older than that. Although he sometimes uses antique and vintage materials associated with the genre, such as metal cogs, the final product often looks more like an altar constructed from the rubble of a pre-Victorian cathedral. Bales, who has been assembling these intricate sculptures since 1989, said he sources “an enormous amount of objects”-like broken wooden boxes, dolls, clocks, picture frames, figurines-from his weekly visits to flea markets and thrift stores. When he starts a new piece, he says he doesn’t have a preconceived notion of what the end result will be, but following his intuition when layering cutouts of classic paintings over etchings with skulls and religious imagery creates enough detail for the viewer to stay engaged but not overwhelmed. -Shoka, Sacramento Bee


Jesika von Rabbit Summer 2015 Shows!

Jesika von Rabbit Journey Mitchell LP on Dionysus Records / Royal Order
exclusively available at shows until official street date via ILD Distribution July 14!
CD available now at this link – Digital via iTunes available now here


There will be Jesika von Rabbit LPs, CDs, and T-Shirts for sale at the shows!


June 4: Harvard and Stone, 5221 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles (East Hollywood), CA 90027
June 11
: DNA Lounge,  375 Eleventh St., San FranciscoCA 94103
June 13Portland Gay PridePortland OR, main stage, 5:30 show-time
June 14Deadbeat Olympia,  226 Division St NW, Olympia, WA 98502
June 15El Corazon 109 Eastlake Ave. East, Seattle, WA 98109
June 25The Flycatcher 340 E. 6th ST. Tucson, AZ 85705
June 26The Rogue Bar 423 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85257
June 27Backstage Bar & Billiards 601 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101
July 9: LP Release Party at Pappy and Harriet’s with Voodoo Organist
53688 Pioneertown Road, Pioneertown, CA 92268
July 11: LP Release Party at BAR with Voodoo Organist
340 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
July 18: Club Underground at The Grandstar,
943 N Broadway Los Angeles, CA (Chinatown) 90012
August 27-29: Campout 11 at Pappy and Harriet’s with Cracker, Camper van Beethoven and others – JvR performs Friday the 28, more info here

Journey Mitchell LP cover collage by mrtamale – T-shirt design by Eric Tolles.


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