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Don The Beachcomber/Enchanted Island Synopsis

“Don The Beachcomber & The Origins of the American Tiki Bar,” Tiki guru Sven Kirsten will give an illustrated presentation about the charismatic world traveler Donn Beach, aka Ernest Gantt, the originator of the Tiki Bar in the 1930s with his Don the Beachcomber bar and the man credited with the invention of over 80 cocktails such as the Zombie. Following the presentation is a signing of Sven’s book Tiki Pop: America Imagines Its Own Polynesian Paradise published in connection with an exhibition at the prestigious Musée du quai Branly. ENCHANTED ISLAND. “He dared to fall in love with a cannibal princess!” Director Allan Dwan brought his trademark lyrical romanticism to this kitschy adaptation of Herman Melville’s Typee. Shot on location as well as on some studio sets, this tiki-laden story of a deserting sailor who falls in love with a native princess gets the full Technicolor treatment.

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