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By Tom Dunkel and Tom Dunkel,Sun Reporter | May 12, 2007
"There's nothing not fun about it," Scott Wolfson, a Germantown news photographer, says of tiki culture. But this can be serious fun. Wolfson and his wife, Jen, spent $12,000 transforming their basement into a Polynesian-flavored "immersion environment" - and he now has his eye on the backyard. If you'd like to try sticking a toe into the tiki waters, here are a few possibilities: Festivals: Hukilau will be held June 14-17 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Includes a trade show, concerts (including a performance by Baltimore's Keri Burneston and Adam Krandle, better known as Trixie Little and the Evil Hate Monkey)
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By Lane Page | August 26, 2012
Given how quickly dogs learn by food reward, how long does it take them to recognize the sound of Tiki's Playhouse doggie ice-cream truck? Probably with one sample, since the possibilities include tantalizing banana, blueberry, molasses and peanut butter in various tasty combinations, plus fruit cups, soft biscuits, dental bones and nice cold water.  “They're actually pretty good!” says Kelvin Abrams, 42, owner of both the truck and Tiki's Playhouse Doggie Day Care in Glenelg, as he acknowledges giving the cool canine treats a try himself.
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By C. Varkonyi Schaub and C. Varkonyi Schaub,SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL | August 22, 2004
Paradise lost has been found. Tiki torches are burning in back yards across America. Thatched-roof bars are serving mai tais, rumrunners and pina coladas. The hula girl has become the motif du jour - on everything from kitschy lamps to dinnerware. After a 30-year disappearance, it's tiki time once again. We have seen some indications of the trend for the past few years, but now the Polynesian drums are beating so loud they can't be ignored. Until recently, most folks who wanted a tiki motif had to search yard sales, thrift stores and the Internet.
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May 2, 2012
If you're like us, you're itching for Tiki Barge weather. If you're bartender Megan Morstein, it's already started. It's the Columbia, MD native's second season serving drinks on the Barge, and she could not be more excited. "[Tiki Barge] is the only place in Baltimore where it doesn't feel like you're in Baltimore anymore. " Now living in nearby Federal Hill, Morstein is also a teacher, but started working at the Barge after spending an entire summer on the opposite side of the bar. When last summer was coming around, she contacted the owner, and management, and the rest, as they say, is history.
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By STEPHANIE SHAPIRO and STEPHANIE SHAPIRO,SUN STAFF | June 30, 2002
Pass the mai tais, don the leis; the tiki bar is open! Don't fret if you chucked your tiki mugs in 1964, the mass market is suddenly swamped with these ersatz totems, along with swaying hula girls, aloha shirts, tropical briefs, bedding, lighting and other "Polynesian pop" paraphernalia. The tiki lifestyle trend of the 1950s and early 1960s left a garish imprint on the American landscape. Wanton strains of architecture, art, music, fashion and mixology reflected tiki's blissfully inauthentic take on South-Seas culture.
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By Tom Dunkel and Tom Dunkel,Sun Reporter | May 12, 2007
Pay an arm and a leg for a drinking mug shaped like a severed head? You might as well kiss your common sense aloha. "Every once in awhile one would pop up on eBay," says Chris Bannister, who normally goes crazy for anything remotely related to so-called tiki culture. "The first time I saw one it was probably $125." That was six years ago. The going price is now about $1,400 - an amount most people would find hard to swallow even after they've had a few too many mai tais. Bannister, a 39-year-old information-technology technician from Nottingham, decided to bide his shopping time.
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By Nita Lelyveld and Nita Lelyveld,KNIGHT RIDDER-TRIBUNE | April 13, 1999
Velvet Elvis lives a lowdown life, stuck in cheesy motel rooms, smoky barrooms, swap-meet sales. Velvet Jesus gets hawked by the highway, sold from the backs of pickups with Velvet Sinatra and Velvet John Wayne.For sheer kitsch value, black velvet paintings have always had fans. But respect for the highbrow variety -- yes, there is such a thing -- has been hard to come by until recently.But in places such as chic, white-walled Huntington Beach Arts Center in Southern California, an art form generally scorned and reviled in museum circles is now being celebrated.
NEWS
March 6, 2005
Martin Denny, 93, who recorded 38 albums that defined a genre of tropical mood music dubbed "Exotica," which reflected tiki lounge culture, died Wednesday at his home in Hawaii Kai, near Honolulu. He created a sound that he described as a fusion of Asian, South Pacific, American jazz, Latin American and classical. His relaxing compositions were frequently punctuated by wildlife sounds. His original Exotica album was recorded in 1956. Several other albums played off the Exotica theme.
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By Sherry Stripling and Sherry Stripling,Seattle Times | September 8, 1993
By day, No. 6 in the karaoke contest doesn't get much feedback from her boss.Almost certainly, she doesn't hear "Awesome!" or "You were so good."But No. 6, Tiffany, is bombarded with such accolades as she comes off the stage at a restaurant in Seattle on a recent work night. She was terrific, her mates tell her. Too bad she doesn't win the singing contest, but she basks in the praise.The need for a moment in the spotlight is what's given The International Karaoke Intelligence (TIKI) its galloping circulation since it started 18 months ago in Seattle, one of the first if not the first newspaper in the country devoted to karaoke.
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By Rich Fisher and Rich Fisher,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 11, 1997
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- After just two NFL games, Tiki Barber has become a reflection of the Giants' fortune, be it good or bad.On opening day, Barber, a rookie running back from Virginia, gained 88 yards on 20 carries, scored one touchdown and set up another in New York's 31-17 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.In Sunday's 40-13 loss at Jacksonville, Barber scored on a 4-yard run, but was held to 17 yards on 11 carries and his second-quarter fumble set up the Jaguars' first touchdown. He left in the fourth quarter with a sprained shoulder but will start Sunday against the Ravens.
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By Vivienne Machi | May 1, 2012
If you're like us, you're itching for Tiki Barge weather. If you're bartender Megan Morstein, it's already started. It's the Columbia native's second season serving drinks on the Barge, and she could not be more excited. "[Tiki Barge] is the only place in Baltimore where it doesn't feel like you're in Baltimore anymore," she said. Now living not far from the Barge in Federal Hill, Morstein is also a Title 1 research teacher and provides Baltimore private school children with extra support in reading or math.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | April 6, 2012
Mark your calendars. The Tiki Barge has set April 13 as its opening date for the season. Tiki's manager Bud Craven confirmed the news Thursday. Craven is still nursing his wounds from a March Liquor Board hearing that denied his plans to build a seafood restaurant and raw bar barge right next to the existing Tiki. At the time, the board concluded that the foot traffic to the combined barges would be too heavy for Harborview Marina.  When the old Tiki Barge re-opens next Friday, it'll be back to what fans have gotten accustomed to for the past two years, Craven said.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2012
The Tiki Barge won't have a twin barge this Spring after all. Owners of the popular and controversial floating barge had planned to build a seafood and raw bar aboard a second barge this Spring, but the Baltimore Liquor Board Thursday sided with neighbors who opposed the idea. The decision was a major disappointment for Tiki manager Bud Craven, who was ready to start construction Monday.  "I'm real surprised," Craven said after the hearing. "A lot of time and a lot of money has already been spent on this project.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2012
Of the seven charges against Dubai nightclub at the Baltimore Liquor Board Thursday, it was the accusation the club allowed guests to smoke pot that piqued commissioner Elizabeth Smith. On September 2 of last year, police officer Stephen Wilson was called to the club, the former Velvet Rope , for crowd control after rappers Jim Jones and Juelz Santana had performed. Wilson "walked into a visible cloud of smoke that had a strong odor of marijuana," he told the board.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | February 2, 2012
The controversial and popular Tiki Barge may have a sister barge this Spring. The people behind the Tiki Barge - including Harborview developer and liquor license holder Richard Swirnow and general manager Bud Craven - asked the Baltimore Liquor Board Thursday to add a seafood restaurant and sushi bar aboard another barge to their existing liquor license. That license covers Tabrizi's Restaurant, Sorso Cafe and the Tiki Barge. After what chairman Stephan Fogleman desribed as a "vibrant discussion," the Liquor Board said it will have a decision on the expansion in two weeks.
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By Beth Aaltonen | September 28, 2011
Episode 3 is called "You Reap What You Sow. " Oh, if only that were true. We start at Redemption Island.  Hurry up with the complaining, and get to the smackdown. But no; first, we catch up with Upolu after tribal council. Mikayla is mystified as to why Brandon wanted her voted out; it won't make sense, honey -- he's crazy.  But he also realizes that lying came back to bite him in the butt fairly quickly.  What the majority of Survivor contestants don't realize is that lying is a skill.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | September 23, 2000
ASHBURN, Va. - After announcing running backs Ron Dayne and Tiki Barber would be co-starters before the season opener, New York Giants coach Jim Fassell didn't get approval from either one. "Ron told me, `Tiki is the veteran,' " Fassell said. " `He has been here. Go ahead and name him.' " "Then Tiki said, `Ron is the first-round pick, and I don't need it. Name him.' " The selfless attitudes re-affirmed Fassell's original decision. Most team don't rotate running backs because one is usually better than the others.
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By CHILDS WALKER | November 30, 2006
After telling you all not to play Shaun "201 yards on Monday night" Alexander, I might deserve a week in the prognostication penalty box. But this is probably the most important weekend of the fantasy season. I know I have a 7-5 team that's tied for the division lead and needs to win to keep playing. And I imagine many of your squads are in the same boat. Unfortunately, this is the time of year when real injuries ruin your fantasy prospects. Tatum Bell, Kevin Jones, Ronnie Brown, Marques Colston and Hines Ward have all been vital fantasy contributors this season, but they're all sketchy options Sunday because of various injuries.
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September 7, 2011
Not worth the trouble Kevin Van Valkenburg Baltimore Sun According to his agent, Tiki Barber supposedly is "flabbergasted" that no NFL team was interested in giving him a shot to make their team this preseason, even though he's 36 and has been out of the NFL for four years. The fact Barber didn't see this coming in further proof that, despite his intelligence, he's one of the most tone-deaf athletes the NFL has seen. No team is going to give Barber a shot, even after the season begins and injuries mount, because he's not worth the trouble.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2011
The Tiki Barge , the legally waterlogged Inner Harbor party barge, will stay afloat in July after all. The liquor board Thursday "formally reconsidered" its April 28 decision that would have suspended its liquor license for the month of July. The Tiki Barge has paid a $3,000 fine in lieu of a 14-day suspension under an agreement between the owners and some of its neighbors. The board had suspended its liquor license after saying patrons disturbed the peace and the bar's counsel gave misleading statements.
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