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Tiki Oasis is a family produced Polynesian Pop lifestyle weedender 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 lifestyle. 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 2000 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 15 seminars, 100 vendors, numerous sponsors, a slew of talent including live bands, disk jockeys, burlesque and go-go dancers, visual artists and carvers, guitar and ukulele instructors, vintage cars, mixology experts and well over 3000 attendees.
This year, Tiki Oasis 14: “Beat-Tiki” offers a unique pairing of the Beatnik and Tiki ethos. Like the Beat Generation of legend and lore, today’s Tiki aficionados are drawn to primitivism and thirst to reconnect with the primal past, celebrating it in a modern context. Spend a carefree weekend in an urban oasis amidst fellow barefoot bohemians, reveling in the kind of art, music, literature and mixology that is sure to flip your lid!
Tiki Oasis’ “Beat-Tiki” weekender will quell your wanderlust, quench your thirst, and leave you with life-fulfilling memories. In the spirit of Beat literati, The Beat Musem (San Francisco) will host a pop-up bookstore as well as an expanded booksigning event. There will be several scheduled and spontaneous poetry readings by well-known and unknown authors and poets. And we have increased the number of educational symposiums: Learn about the proto-hippie, flute-playing poet, composer, naturalist, and urban explorer Eden Ahbez with researcher/author Brian Chidester; The heart of the Venice Beach Beatnik scene is examined by author Domenic Priore; Beat era artist, original Disney Imagineer, and creator of the Tiki Room Tikis, Rolly Crump, shares his thoughts; and many more.
Tiki Oasis Producers:
Baby Doe von Stroheim
Baby Doe is the Artistic Director and Producer of the first ever burlesque convention Tease-O-Rama (created in 2001). Baby Doe was featured in a 2012 San Francisco Chronicle article about parents who rock. In 2011, Baby Doe was honored by the Burlesque Hall of Fame with the “Sassy Lassy Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Art of Burlesque,” in recognition of Tease-O-Rama’s impact. Baby Doe has been both a Guest of Honor (2009) and Guest Speaker (2011) at Burlycon in Seattle. She has been a judge at many burlesque competitions including Burlesque Hall of Fame and Viva Las Vegas. Over the past 14 years, Baby Doe has served as the Artistic Director and Choreographer of The Devil-Ettes. San Francisco’s first (and only!) synchronized 60’s go go dance troupe. Her passion for preserving the historical dances of the 60’s has led Baby Doe to create showcases such as The Go Go Spectacular and Pip Squeak-A-Go-Go, a children’s dance party that teaches the lost art of go go to the next generation. Little Known Fact about Baby Doe: in 1994 she created a webpage called Baby Doe’s Obsessed. It covered her love of tiki, tiki collectors and other wacky collections. This mysterious tiki lover sparked interest in a young man named Otto… and the rest is… well… Tiki history!!
Baby Doe’s events have been covered in the NY Times, LA Weekly, Bust Magazine, The Village Voice, Newsweek, Playboy, ABC News, LA Times, SF Chronicle, Hustler, Spanish GQ, The New Orleans Times-Picayune, Mademoiselle, Utne Reader, NPR, USA Today and more!
Otto von Stroheim
Otto was born and raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles. Young Otto was never more than a short car ride away from various Tiki restaurants, hotels, and apartments, Disneyland, and the beach.
After 10 years of backyard Tiki parties, in January of 1995 Otto launched Tiki News zine to chronicle his Tiki travels and network the then-tiny Tiki community. He started a tradition of hosting art exhibits for the cover artists of Tiki News and later curated art shows as his Tiki Art Now! series. With each of the three Tiki Art Now! exhibits a full color catalog was printed to further document the Tiki art scene. Meanwhile he began booking his own Disc Jockey nights as well as larger Tiki events in an effort to bring Tiki to the masses.
Since 1995 he has published seventeen issues of his Zine, and written liner notes for Exotica reissues of Arthur Lyman and Don Ho, introductions to books, and magazine articles. He has appeared on local and national television (Home and Garden’s “That Sixties Home” and Food Network’s “Unwrapped”), National Public Radio’s “California Report”, Internet Culture Guide “Flavorpill”, and has been quoted in nearly every major newspaper in America. Otto has a monthly DJ gig each first Wednesday at Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge.