Marina Kozak
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WISH YOU WERE HERE: A POST APOCOLYPTIC TIKI PARTY

SHRUB SOCIETY IS MY SIDE HUSTLE. AN OBSESSIVELY-CRAFTED EXPERIENCE, A MULTI-SENSORY HOMAGE TO NICHE AESTHETICS, AN OFF-THE-WALL GATHERING OF FUN /CREATIVE /WEIRD/INTERESTING PEOPLE TO EAT, MEET, AND MAYBE COMPETE. SHRUB SOCIETY IS THE PASSION PROJECT OF ME, MARINA KOZAK, AND MY BEST FRIEND PETER DIAMOND. WE ARE THE CO-FOUNDERS, ART DIRECTORS, FABRICATORS, HYPE MEN AND OCCASIONALLY PERFORMERS FOR THIS SERIES OF ONE NIGHT EXISTENTIAL EXTRAVAGANZAS. 

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Imagine this: It's the 1950's, and In the wake of a nuclear armageddon, only one thing survives. A tiki bar. 'Wish You Were Here' takes the post card sentiment and turns it on it's head, inviting you to the last tiki bar on earth. Here you'll meet your fellow survivors, share stories, chow down, and party like it's the end of the world.

    In what was an old warehouse (and my drumming space) in Humboldt Park, we created a makeshift tiki bar that was equal parts 1950's suburban party and conspiracy theorist bunker.   

 

In what was an old warehouse (and my drumming space) in Humboldt Park, we created a makeshift tiki bar that was equal parts 1950's suburban party and conspiracy theorist bunker.

 

    We built the tiki bar out back using a combination of junk yard trash and salvage from the Chicago Building Exchange. We created cardboard palm trees, makeshift hideaways, and a bar completely made from some old doors, a vintage buffet, and an old kitchen sink where guests would receive custom cocktails served in coconuts or tin cans.

 

We built the tiki bar out back using a combination of junk yard trash and salvage from the Chicago Building Exchange. We created cardboard palm trees, makeshift hideaways, and a bar completely made from some old doors, a vintage buffet, and an old kitchen sink where guests would receive custom cocktails served in coconuts or tin cans.

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 We also encouraged guests to run with the theme of "post apocalyptic tiki" attire. Traditional tiki was paired with caution tape, gas masks, and for some, special FX makeup recreating radiation exposure and other post apocalyptic ailments.   

We also encouraged guests to run with the theme of "post apocalyptic tiki" attire. Traditional tiki was paired with caution tape, gas masks, and for some, special FX makeup recreating radiation exposure and other post apocalyptic ailments.

 

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 Once the sun set, guests were invited inside the bunker for a 5 course meal featuring dishes like the 'Tuna Cha Cha Tin Can Conga', and 'Clash of the Musu-Beasts' featuring bomb shelter favorites like canned tuna and Spam.

Once the sun set, guests were invited inside the bunker for a 5 course meal featuring dishes like the 'Tuna Cha Cha Tin Can Conga', and 'Clash of the Musu-Beasts' featuring bomb shelter favorites like canned tuna and Spam.

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 And of course, like all great parties, we closed out with a dance party. Dancing on top of tables like because it's the end of the world, so why not?

And of course, like all great parties, we closed out with a dance party. Dancing on top of tables like because it's the end of the world, so why not?

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