Thursday, June 05, 2008

TIKI TV at The HUKILAU, Saturday June 14, 2008

Cricket Blake in the Shell Bar - Hawaiian Eye 1963
A plug for my upcoming show at HUKILAU in Fort Lauderdale, Florida THIS SATURDAY. 12:30 to 1:30 (a last-minute schedule change!)
Hope to see you there!!

TELEVISION AND TIKI – two phenomena that appeared in American pop-culture at exactly the same time. As the A-frame and gas torch were sprouting on the urban landscape in the 1950s, the TV set was fast becoming a new member of the family at home. Armchair voyagers and would-be beachcombers could enjoy a round-trip ticket for the imagination via the glowing tubes of the magic box.
Robert Conrad and Myrna Fahey on a soundstage beach, Hawaiian Eye, 1963
Behind the scenes, the designers and movie magicians of Hollywood were busy turning studio backlots and the surrounding hillsides into the tropics. Artificial blue lagoons and lush gardens were fabricated on indoor soundstages, and Los Angeles’ burgeoning Chinese and Filipino communities were called upon to portray the exotic inhabitants of faraway lands – both real and imagined.

Join artist Kevin Kidney for a highly entertaining hour of vintage televised Tiki Style through the seldom-seen classics ADVENTURES IN PARADISE and HAWAIIAN EYE. Often glamorous, always stylish, (and sometimes really hokey) clip highlights from the shows themselves guarantee this to be the most fun you’ll have watching TV in a long time!

TIKI TV at The HUKILAU, Saturday June 14, 2008


gmaletic said...

Wow; that photo of Connie Stevens is beautiful. Can't wait to see clips from the show, which I've long heard of but never seen.

Greg Maletic said...

Hey, I'm just now realizing: is this a presentation that's only given at the Hukilau, or can I watch it on the Net?

Kevin Kidney said...

Hi Greg,
It will only be at the Hukilau! So what you just had a baby - that won't stop you from hopping on a plane to Florida, right? ;-)

Greg Maletic said...

I'd go...but when I came back I'd probably find the locks changed.

This is too important a piece of pop culture history to simply let it evaporate after your presentation ends. If you could figure out some way to get your presentation online, it would be greatly appreciated.

Good luck!

CROZ said...

Really wish I could be there!!! Can't wait for the recap!

Megan Brain said...

Hi Kevin,
I've just scrolled through your lovely blog and I love your work! That Tiki cover is stunning. Glad to have found a fellow paper sculptor! I have very similar inspirations. Maybe it's our animation business background. I'm so glad that symposium in music has had a resurgent in interest. I think people are responding to tangible art since there is so much CG art out there. Take Care!

Megan Brain said...

One other weird is it that we both have organs for last names?

Kevin Kidney said...

croz! I wish you were here with us, too! You'd have such a great time. We'll recap the highlights when we get home.

Hi Megan! Thanks for your terrific comments. I love your work, too - You are SO inspiring to me. I wholeheartedly agree that handmade art and imagery is making a bit of a comeback. To know that something was made on a computer diminishes a lot of my curiousness on how it was made, yet I still MARVEL in awe at people who sculpt, draw, paint, sew, whatever, the old-fashioned ways. Paper sculpture has long been my personal favorite choice of expression, probably since designing theater sets in college. Also I like the low cost of the materials!

Yeah, and what's up with our last names? Wasn't fourth grade simply horrible? ;-)

Hope to meet you one of these days!

johnny dollar said...

hey kevin,

i totally agree, such a great topic deserves to enter the public lexicon. if your presentation is not recorded, will there at least be any handouts, illustriations, powerpoints etc that can be shared? pretty please? :D

Patrick Lehman said...

I can't believe I'm just finding out about this fab event now that it's over. I am a huge tikiphile, and a twenty year collector of Martin Denny/ Les Baxter music. I have a house a few blocks from the MaiKai, and majorly raided their dumpster after hurricane Wilma caused alot of damage to the place. I usually take every visitor there for dinner.
When I was in the corporate world I would set up job interviews at the Tonga Room and Trader Vics in San Francisco, just to see if the prospective hire was cool enough to get it(they usually weren't). As a co-host of New Yorks Dachshund Octoberfest, ( a 17 year weiner dog love-in in Washington Square park)I'm a great believer in building momentum over long periods of time. Why is this the last one?