Flam Chen

New circus and fire theater

Spring 2010

Experience paradise, Tucson style, as the Kon Tiki Restaurant and Bar (located at 4625 E. Broadway Tucson, AZ) presents Relight the Night on April 10, 2010. Admission to all performances is $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Tickets purchased before March 31st will include a free Kon Tiki shot glass. For out of town travelers, the Viscount Suites (4855 E. Broadway, 520.527.9666) is offering a Relight the Night special of $125 per night.

Unlit for 25 years, Tucson’s oldest tiki bar will join forces with Flam Chen, Tucson’s renown fire performance group, to make the grand relighting of the Kon Tiki’s signature tiki torches a truly scorching affair. The evening festivities will include a relighting ceremony by Flam Chen, accompanied by local drumming troupe The Disillusionists, a dinner show with The Tikiyaki Orchestra, the muscial stylings of Tucson’s own Shrimp Chaperone and the hypnotic rhythms and hula-hooping gyrations of Las Vegas’ Thee Swank Bastards.

The Kon Tiki is one of the last remaining, operational tiki temples from American’s mid-century tiki past. The interior is almost completely original from the opening day – including, what some tiki historians call, the largest collection of Milan Guanko tikis, still in situ, in the world. The collection is about to get bigger as two more recently discovered Milan Guanko tikis, original to the Kon Tiki, will be returned to their proper place and unveiled for Relight the Night.

We have many local and California artists that have donated items for our charity raffle, proceeds from which will benefit Hope Animal Shelter, Tucson’s only no kill dog and cat shelter.

Produced by the Kon Tiki and local mosaic artists Velvet Glass, this cultural event illuminates the future while reigniting a beloved piece of Tucson history.

Rhythm Industry and Flam Chen present The Carpetbag Brigade’s


April 15, 16 @ 8 p.m. 1013 S. Tyndall Ave. Tucson, AZ 85719


Allan Amundsden Eureka Times Standard, California


A twisted physical comedy with live instrumentation and athletic physicality spins a wickedly inventive tale of surreal worlds and real nightmares…

The Carpetbag Brigade adds a jungian twist with a dash of PTSD to Jack and the Beanstalk. You don’t know Jack is the surreal tragic comedy of an alcoholic dead man and the shadow of his wild dysfunctional family. Inspired by Robert Bly’s The Sibling Society, this funny nightmarish fairy tale excavates the echo of trauma created by the casual and constant contact soldiers have with war. Young Jack grows up in a world overshadowed by the ghosts of his grandfather’s death from alcohol and war-induced Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Trying to make sense of a mother who sings disturbing lullabies, teachers who eat children and a puzzling world of contradictory voices and dreams emerging from the grave, Jack plunges into a parallel inner world. Here, amidst a crew of grotesque characters shipwrecked between myth and reality, for whom life is a struggle not to become monsters, Jack penetrates the upside-down fairy–tale world enveloping him.

With original and traditional music played live onstage by the performers and a rich tapestry of objects and poetry, YOU DON’T KNOW JACK is a theatrical response to the moral and emotional wars that soldiers return home with. It invites us to dig in the dirt of our own imaginations and plant new seeds, stories and songs.

“The immensely talented cast of five are such strong performers that they imbue their dark, deliciously odd tale of a dead alcoholic and his messed-up family with a hypnotic intensity; it’s impossible not to enter their dysfunctional, fragmented worlds”

Tina Jackson, The Metro, Glasgow, Scotland

!8th Annual RADIO ELECTRA Fundraiser!

Friday April 23rd, 2010 @ THE HUT 305 N 4th Ave *directions*

$10 or $8 in costume

A Bombastic Night of Live Music and Entertainment with:

Mission Creeps, Alter de Ruine, 8 minutes to Burn, Flam Chen hosts an open Fire Jam-open to all fire dancers and circus performers, erupting TIKI head action all night long and more TBA!

Radio Electra is a local mobile FM radio station that streams shows world wide during the Burning Man event. They provide and ever changing unique blend of music, news, weather, commentary and public service announcements for event attendees. This station is entirely funded by donations. Electra FM also offers social interaction year round with projects that teach children about radio and broadcasting.

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