Don the Beachcomber and the Origins of the American Tiki Bar

Prepare for some full-on tiki immersion therapy. Don the Beachcomber and the Origins of the American Tiki Bar is an examination of the career of the legendary adventurer/entrepreneur/boozehound, presented by tiki savant/author/all-around authority Sven Kirsten, the cat responsible for Taschen must-haves Book of Tiki and the new Tiki Pop, America Imagines Its Own Polynesian Paradise (which Kirsten will be signing today). The inimitable Donn Beach first ignited tiki fever right here in Hollywood, opening the first of what became many rum-soaked facilities just across the boulevard from the Egyptian Theatre in 1934. To celebrate, the Egyptian will be shaking up a frosty, exotic cocktail tasting in the lobby, followed by a screening of 1958's wildly Technicolor, island-themed, tiki-studded Enchanted Island, starring Dana Andrews ("He dared to love a cannibal princess!") and (would you believe?) Jane Powell. It promises to be a truly kaleidoscopic confluence of crazy cool Tinseltown exotica culture, and since it's an early event, you'll have plenty of time to hit Tiki-Ti or the Tonga Hut after. Suck 'em up! Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Sun., July 27, 4 p.m.; $15, $12 seniors & students, $10 members. (323) 466-3456, americancinemathequecalendar.com.
Sun., July 27, 4 p.m., 2014 (Expired: 07/27/14)

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