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*LUPEC Boston’s latest ruminations, in case you missed ‘em in this week’s Dig.

by Pink Lady

Did you wake up after the LUPEC Boston Tiki Bash with dry mouth, a pounding head and a bad case of UPDA (unexplained paranoid drinking anxiety)? It’s OK, so did we. If you’re the lucky recipient of one of the gift certificates we raffled off, we hope you chose to spend it on a little hair of the dog, as that is truly the only way to reset your off-balance nervous system once afflicted with a hangover.

The winner of a $100 gift certificate to Eastern Standard, for example, had many delicious brunch beverage options from which to choose. Roll right from our 1950s tiki party into the swingin’ ’60s with classic morning sips, like a Greyhound or a Harvey Wallbanger. When’s the last time you had Galliano?

Brunch cocktails at Toro are offered in pitchers, which is exactly what the winner of that gift certificate needed for the morning after. The Blood Orange Mimosa is a lovely, dark pink take on the classic that looks oh-so inviting in large quantities. And a pitcher of Bloody Marys is packed with nourishing Vitamin C and lycopene, which has been extensively studied for its possible antioxidant and cancer-preventing properties. There’s got to be a hangover cure in there somewhere, too.

For the recipient of a gift certificate from the Franklin Café, we’d suggest brunch at the Franklin Southie over an Improved Toxic Moxie Cocktail, featuring Rittenhouse Rye, Fernet Branca, Moxie and angostura orange bitters. True New Englanders know Moxie makes everything better … as does the bacon that we suggest you add to your hangover-snuffing sirloin burger.

Can’t make a move without coffee? Lucky news for the lucky winner of 4 pounds of coffee from the 1369 Coffeehouse. If only it came with a personal barista/masseuse to rub away the pain.

Did you sleep till 4pm? There, there. Sleeping in is the best way to sleep it off. No one needs to know your early-bird dinner at Hungry Mother is the first meal of the day. The lucky winner of that gift certificate had a smorgasbord of rich, Southern-style, hangover-healing comfort food to choose from. Baked grits with tasso ham and cheddar and a bowl of potlikker soup with turnips, braised greens and ham hock should do the trick. Wash it down with a No. 56—gin, Aperol, sour and cava—the bitters and bubbles are sure to settle your stomach.

Perhaps the luckiest winner of all received a free round-trip ticket to anywhere JetBlue flies, allowing a chance to run from their hangover with real-life escapism. Actual sand and surf, and some R&R, could make you forget bitter, cold Boston and our faux tropic Tiki Bash. And Bloody Marys always taste better at 30,000 feet.

Tiki cocktails are potent stuff, but you can’t say we didn’t warn you. Thanks to all who turned out for donating your dollars—and your livers—to help support our fall beneficiary, On the Rise. We hope you had fun … perhaps enough to relive the night—maybe in a few weeks—with this modern tiki creation, a LUPEC Boston original.

KEN-TIKI

1.5 oz bourbon

0.5 oz Campari
rinse Herbsaint
0.75 oz Falernum
0.5 oz passionfruit

0.5 oz lemon

Put all ingredients except Herbsaint in a shaker and shake. Rinse glass with Herbsaint (or absinthe). Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

CIN-CIN!

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Mahalo!

Erik Jacobs for the Boston Globe

Thanks to all who turned out to support On The Rise at the LUPEC Boston Tiki Bash this weekend! Our night of “cocktailing for a cause” included classic Tiki cocktails, delicious appetizers, ukulele and hula performances, and Tiki-inspired burlesque. Guests danced the night away and a good number of people went home with fabulous prizes!

Over 400 people attended our sold out event – most of whom arrived exactly at 8 o’clock. The line for the bar snaked through the lobby at intervals, the cocktail snacks on offer ran out quickly, and the tickets we’d hoped to allot for sale at the door ran out before we could even open the event. Based on guest feedback from last year, we made many improvements to this year’s event. Nevertheless, the amazing turnout and support for our benefit for On The Rise exceeded our expectations! As our fall event grows it continues to be a work in progress and we are already working on ideas to make next year’s party better.

We’re still tallying the funds and will announce the total amount of money raised for our fall beneficiary, On The Rise, very soon. ‘Til then, Mahalo! And thanks for making this event such a wonderful, lucrative, fundraising success!

Relive the evening through this photo gallery at Boston.com, or this awesome event write-up on Tea Party Boston.

Cin-cin!

LOST AND FOUND ANNOUNCEMENT! A guest’s IPhone went missing at the Tiki Bash this Saturday. It is a black phone with a black case. If you grabbed it by accident and arrived home with two IPhones instead of one, please contact us ASAP at lupec@lupecboston.com so we can return the phone to it’s owner.

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***SOLD OUT***

The LUPEC Boston Tiki Bash!
Saturday, November 14th, 7pm-11pm

Aloha, friends and fans! We’re writing to announce that tonight’s LUPEC Boston Tiki Bash is SOLD OUT!

Thank you for your generous support of LUPEC Boston and our fall beneficiary, On The Rise. Not to worry if you weren’t able to make it to this weekend’s event – we have lots of great parties in store for you in the future.

For frequent updates, stay connected to us here, on Facebook, and on Twitter. And why not enjoy a LUPEC original Tiki cocktail ’til then, like the Ken-Tiki!

KEN-TIKI

1.5 oz Bourbon

.5 oz Campari

rinse Herbsaint

.75 oz Falernum

.5 oz passionfruit

.5 oz lemon

Put all ingredients except Herbsaint in shaker and shake. Rinse glass with Herbsaint (or absinthe). Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Cin-cin!

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ONLINE TICKETING ENDS AT MIDNIGHT TONIGHT!

The LUPEC Boston Tiki Bash

Saturday, November 14, 7pm-11pm

Tickets are nearly sold out for the Tiki Bash tomorrow! You can still purchase tickets online HERE through MIDNIGHT tonight [be sure to PRINT YOUR RECEIPT - this is your ticket.] We will also be selling tickets at the door, $45/each while supplies last.

Tomorrow, November 14, LUPEC Boston will transform the Villa Victoria Center for the Arts
into a 1950’s-themed Tiki party featuring retro-libations, live entertainment, dancing, delicious hors d’oeuvres, and our famous prize raffle.

This is LUPEC Boston’s third annual fall fundraising event, created to benefit On the Rise, a Cambridge-based non-profit that supports the initiative and strength of women living in crisis or homelessness.

Tickets are $35 in advance/ $45 at the door and can be purchased – while supplies last - at Grand in Somerville, Toro in the South End, Drink in Fort Point, Trina’s Starlite Lounge in Somerville, Buckaroo’s Mercantile in Cambridge, or online until midnight tonight at www.thebostonshaker.com.

Read about the Tiki Bash in Bostonist, Thrillist, Urban Daddy, and on Boston.com! Visit lupecboston.com for more information.

Click HERE to buy your tickets now!
(All credit card ticket purchases will be subject to a $3 per ticket processing fee)

Aloha!

Villa Victoria Center for the Arts
85 West Newton Street
South End, Boston, MA 02118
www.villavictoriaarts.org

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1. Tickets are just $35 and include four exotic Tiki cocktails + food and entertainment.

2. You’ve never had a proper Mai Tai.

3. You get to drink and dance the night away while supporting women at Cambridge-based non-profit, On The Rise.


3. Island Creek Oysters, Dan Dan noodles from Myers + Chang, Taza Chocolate, and more delicious snacks from Toro, Green Street, Trina’s Stalite Lounge, and The Franklin Cafe.

4. Free hula lessons and show by the Hula Aloha Dancers.

5. Cut a rug to tunes by the godfathers of Exotica, spun by Boston music & cocktail legend, DJ Brother Cleve.

6. Throw up devil horns to “the Boss” as interpreted by Uke Springsteen on his tiny guitar.

7. See steamy Tiki burlesque acts by Sparkles McTitsy & Tallulah Starlight of Thru the Keyhole.

8. Your coconut bra/grass skirt/Hawaiian shirt is just gathering dust in your closet.

9. Hey, remember when it snowed two weeks ago? Warm up before the real thing comes our way.

10. Preserve Endangered Cocktails while supporting a local charity – and having a fancy, fun time!

On November 14 from 7-11 pm, LUPEC Boston will transform the Villa Victoria Center for the Arts into a 1950’s-themed Tiki party featuring retro-libations, live entertainment, dancing, delicious hors d’oeuvres, and our famous prize raffle.

This is LUPEC Boston’s third annual fall fundraising event, created to benefit On the Rise, a Cambridge-based non-profit that supports the initiative and strength of women living in crisis or homelessness.

Tickets are $35 in advance/ $45 at the door and can be purchased at Grand in Somerville, Toro in the South End, Drink in Fort Point, Trina’s Starlite Lounge in Somerville, Buckaroo’s Mercantile in Cambridge, or online now at www.thebostonshaker.com.

Visit lupecboston.com for more information.


Click HERE to buy your tickets through MIDNIGHT on Friday!

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*LUPEC Boston’s latest ruminations, in case you missed ‘em in this week’s Dig.

The LUPEC Boston Tiki Bash is this Saturday! To gear up for the big event, we’ve been introducing readers to the fabulous and exotic tiki cocktails they’ll have a chance to sample at our shindig. Guests will have a chance to try the Mai Tai and the Fogcutter, two cocktails that date back to the early days of tiki in the 1940s. We’ll also be serving drinks from the opposite end of the tiki cocktail spectrum, like the Painkiller, which was invented in the 1970s.

As many cocktail aficionados will agree, the ’70s were a pretty bleak time for the American bar. The favored cocktails of the era were little more than spirit, juice and maybe a little liqueur served on the rocks. This was also the era of powdered sour mix and preservative-filled, pre-fab mixers, meaning that many of the delicious tiki drinks invented in earlier decades were declining in quality. But somewhere in the West Indies, a tiny bar accessible only by boat was mixing up a cocktail with a high-test brand of Navy rum called Pusser’s that was particularly popular with sailors, dubbed the “Painkiller.”

The Painkiller was invented by a British gal named Daphne Henderson, who owned the Soggy Dollar Bar, so named because guests had to swim ashore to it, inevitably drenching the contents of their wallets on the way. The bar offered a clothesline on which guests could hang their dollars as they knocked back cocktails. Daphne’s drink was wildly popular, but she was very secretive about the recipe, even to her close friend, a sailor and entrepreneur named Charles Tobias. Frustrated by her secrecy, Tobias took matters into his own hands one fateful Sunday afternoon, and stole away with a drink—through the surf, to his boat and back to his home kitchen on the island of Tortola, where he eventually figured out the recipe.

About a decade later, Tobias obtained the rights and all the blending information, and sought to resurrect the Pusser’s brand. Once issued daily to members of the British Royal Navy, a decree from the Admiralty Board abolished the practice in 1970, leaving the brand dormant until Tobias breathed new life into it in 1980.

You can try LUPEC’s take on this delicious coconut concoction at the Tiki Bash this Saturday. Or give it a run-through at home with Tobias’ recipe.

PAINKILLER

2 oz Pusser’s rum

1 oz Coco Lopez

4 oz pineapple juice

1 oz orange juice

Shake ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Strain over ice into a tall glass. Garnish with nutmeg.

CIN-CIN!

PURCHASE TICKETS TO THE LUPEC BOSTON TIKI BASH ONLINE AT THEBOSTONSHAKER.COM, GRAND IN SOMERVILLE, TORO IN THE SOUTH END, DRINK IN FORT POINT, TRINA’S STARLITE LOUNGE IN SOMERVILLE, OR BUCKAROO’S MERCANTILE IN CAMBRIDGE. VISIT LUPECBOSTON.COM FOR MORE DETAILS.

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by Fancy Brandy

Last year guest instructors taught our USO Show crowd to swing dance, and this year we again have instructors partaking in the festvities to teach us a thing or two about Hula!

What has been your experience teaching and performing Hula and other dances in New England? It’s been great. We are primarily a performing group; and our New England audiences are always very appreciative. Many people we do shows for have been to Hawaii and loved it, and are excited to bring an authentic touch of the islands to their own luau-themed event.

v4053296What’s your favorite dance to teach? We usually like teach an auwana (modern) hula called the Hukilau during our shows. We like to teach it because the mele (song) has a good variety of hand/arm gestures, and the footwork is very basic so people can follow along fairly easily.

What is something you think most people wouldn’t know about the Hula? I think most people know that the hula is a form of story telling and that each gesture has a meaning, which helps tell the story. But one thing people may not know is that today’s modern style of hula actually evolved from an ancient, sacred form of hula.

Another thing people may not know is that there are many different styles of hula, including whether the hula is ancient or modern, standing or seated, and with or without percussive implements. The hula is much loved around the world, with hula halaus (schools) and performing groups not only in Hawaii and the mainland US, but in such diverse countries such as Japan, Columbia, Mexico, the Philippines, France, Germany, Australia, and many others.

Don’t miss the Hula Aloha Dancers at the LUPEC Boston Tiki Bash this Saturday! Click HERE for more info and HERE to buy your tickets today!

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by Fancy Brandy

If you’re at all familiar with Tiki & lounge music and culture in Boston, you’ve probably heard of Brother Cleve. We asked him a couple questions so you could get to know your host behind the laptop at this Saturday’s event…

What is your favorite cocktail? My favorite tropical drink is the Jet Pilot

If you were a LUPEC member (or DUdePEC, for the gents), what would your namesake cocktail be? I think I’d like to just be Old Mr. Boston, cuz I ain’t gettin’ any younger!

Favorite bar? Probably the one in my living room, as I have all the necessary/hard-to-find ingredients and my huge collection of Tiki mugs!That said, my friends at Drink will make you a Mai Tai or a Zombie with the original recipes.

Favorite place to sip a mai tai? Locally, the back room at the South Pacific in Newton; the decor hasn’t changed since 1957. Beyond Boston, the Mai Kai in Ft Lauderdale and Tiki Ti in Los Angeles have the best tropical cocktails, the way Donn Beach and Trader Vic created ‘em.

What do you like most about tiki? The lure of the tropics, the retreat to an ersatz Disneyland world comprised of perfect calm.

960601_bluebeardIf you were putting together a playlist to your tiki party, what would you put on it? I have made that playlist, and it includes around 150 songs, from the godfathers of Exotica [Les Baxter, Martin Denny] and the cool concept albums of the late 50’s/early 60’s ["Jun'gala", "White Lotus", "Tropical Fantasy", "Surfer's Paradise"...], Elvis hits from films like “Blue Hawaii” & “Paradise Hawaiian Style”, surf music, and modern day practitioners like Combustible Edison, which I was a member of, and Waitiki, whose last 2 albums I produced.

How have you been involved in Boston’s tiki history? How have you seen it change? The sad change has been the closure of the fantastic Polynesian restaurants from the era’s heyday of the 50’s/60’s : Bob Lee’s Islander, Aku Aku, South Seas, Diamond Head, Trader Vic’s, Kon Tiki Ports; these were fantasy island outposts in the midst of our urban grit. Fortunately, a few places like the Kowloon and South Pacific have survived. As for my own involvement, I’ve worked/presented many a Tiki event over the last dozen years, here and all over the world, along with shows in the lounge and burlesque worlds.

What is your the crown jewel of the tropical tunes? Les Baxter’s “Quiet Village” is the ultimate exotica song, in any of its myriad versions; my personal fave, if I had to name just one, would be Alex Stordahl’s recording of “The Moon Of Manakoora”.

Don’t miss Brother Cleve at the LUPEC Boston Tiki Bash this Saturday! Click HERE for more info and HERE to buy your tickets today!

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by Fancy Brandy

Every year LUPEC events get amazing support from the community in the form of food & drink donations, raffle items, volunteers, local media and of course our fabulous performers. We thought we’d take a minute to get some inside info on the talented folks you’ll see up on the stage this Saturday. Stay tuned for their thoughts on tiki & hula culture! First up: Uke Springsteen!

Favorite cocktail: A whiskey cocktail called a Gingered Gentleman. It’s Maker’s and some crazy ginger concoction made by the folks at the Red Fez in Providence.

If you were in LUPEC (or DUdePEC, for the gents), what would your namesake cocktail be? Tanqueray and Wine.

Favorite bar? Either Highland Kitchen or Razzy’s, because they have been in stumbling distance of where I live for a few years and served me well. (Favorite place to sip a mai thai: The Hong Kong.)

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Uuuuuuuuuke!!!

What first drew you to the ukulele? I got a ukulele for my birthday a few years ago,and I didn’t know how to play it. Some friends were having a Bruce Springsteen party and I already knew the songs from years of loving them, so I figured it was a good way to learn how to play that instrument. Imagine if I had been given a tuba, and my friends were having a John Mellencamp party? Tuba Mellencamp just doesn’t have the same ring, does it?

Who inspires you? The Boss!

What do you like most about tiki? Hmmm. I guess floral shirts. But maybe I don’t fully understand tiki. [We'll take you under our wing, don't worry!]

What would you put on your tiki party playlist? Probably not Bruce Springsteen music, but maybe Don Ho, the Dixie Cups, Desmond Dekker, the Folkes Brothers.

How do you pack so much punch with that tiny little guitar? I plug it in and step on distortion pedals, and my digital audio accompanist, the D.A. helps out quite a bit.

Who are your ukelele & musical heroes? The highway’s jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive, so basically if the highway is jammed with heroes, I guess that means there’s too many to mention

When the chips are down, what keeps Uke rockin’? “I believe in the hope and I pray that some day It may raise me above these BADLANDS!!!”

Don’t miss Uke Springsteen at the LUPEC Boston Tiki Bash this Saturday! Click HERE for more into and HERE to buy your tickets today!

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by Fancy Brandy

Joining us again this year are Thru the Keyhole Burlesque ladies Sparkles McTitsy & Tallulah Starlight!

l_b2491cc257f577257299fe741c7e57f7Favorite cocktail: We like our cocktails showy & accessorized, martinis, mai tais & mint juleps.

If you were a LUPEC (or DUdePEC, for the gents), what would your namesake cocktail be? The Tipsy McTitsy & the Tallulah Stardust.

Favorite bar: Sparkles prefers a night on the town at Local 121 in Providence, while Tallulah often finds herself sipping cocktails at home on her tiki patio after the kiddies go to bed.

Favorite place to sip a Mai Tai? Kowloon, preferably by the volcano, in the boat!

What first drew you to burlesque? The glitter & glamour of course! But we were also excited by the oddball talent, wackiness & off-color humor found in the modern burlesque community.

Where do you draw your inspiration from? We are inspired by classic burlesque queens to John Water’s & everything in between. Our musical selections vary from the B-52’s, Laurence Welk, Martin Denny to Goldfrapp. We’ve danced as lobsters, chicken, marshmallow fluff, mermaids & gorillas. I would say no subject is safe from our shimmy!

What would you put on your Tiki party playlist? Our old friends Waitiki; there is nothing like a watermelon sacrifice to put you in the sipping mood.

Have you ever done Tiki-inspired burlesque before? Yes! It is one of our favorite themes!

How did you prepare? Many hours of research involving Martin Denny, scorpion bowls & coconut bras, plus help from our tiki-mentor Br. Cleve. (Speaking of….)

Don’t miss Sparkles McTitsy & Tallulah Starlight at the LUPEC Boston Tiki Bash this Saturday! Click HERE for more info and HERE to buy your tickets today!

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