First Fridays at the Museum: Taller Tiki Tales

First Fridays at the Museum: Taller Tiki Tales

Join us in welcoming Sven Kirsten back to the island for the June edition of First Fridays at the Museum: Taller Tiki Tales on Friday, June 2 from 7-9:30 pm. 

With his customary boat load of eye-candy imagery, Sven will go into detail about some of the key exhibit pieces expanding their meaning with additional materials and information that could not be included in the various sections of the exhibition. More Polynesia Americana mysteries will be revealed and no questions will be left unanswered!

7-8:15 pm (Schreiner Family Plaza) - Explore the Tall Tiki Tales: Catalina as a South Seas Island exhibition and the other museum galleries, talk with Sven, enjoy pulled pork and/or veggie sliders with macaroni salad, and try our specialty cocktail (or another beverage). 

Shag (artist Josh Agle)

During this time, Shag (artist Josh Agle) will be on hand to sign the exhibition poster he created specifically for the Tall Tiki Tales exhibition. Posters can be purchased in our Museum Store during the event. No outside materials can be brought in for signature. 

Shag is a painter, designer and illustrator working in Southern California. His distinctive artistic style draws from commercial illustration from the past five decades, but the work is imbued with an attitude and sly sense of humor which is unmistakably of our time. Solo exhibitions of Shag's work have been held in the United States, Europe, Japan, Australia and South America.

Also during this time, author Matthew B. Locey will be on hand to sign his new book, "White Lens on Brown Skin: The Sexualization of the Polynesian in American Film." 

Matthew B. LoceyMatthew was born in Hilo, HI to a Hawaiian mother and a Chinese/Scottish father.  He was raised on the island of O'ahu and Washington State with a broad life experience and perspective.  Back on the islands, he worked for many years in the Hawaii film industry as a member of the prestigious Directors Guild of 
America.  He is also a founding member and president of the South Seas Cinema Society, which is based in Honolulu.  Matthew has earned a master’s degree in Pacific Island Studies from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa and has lectured and authored on the subject.  Although he lived in Hawai'i for most of his life, he currently resides in Rancho Cucamonga, California.


8:15 pm (Ackerman Family Amphitheater) - Taller Tiki Tales Presentation by Sven Kirsten

Tickets are $20 for Members and $25 for Not-yet-members. 

Food is included with your ticket. A specialty cocktail, wine, beer and other refreshments are available for purchase. 


Date & Time

June 2, 2023 @ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM


217 Metropole Avenue, Avalon, CA 90704 View Map

Contact Information

Name: Kellie Costello

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