Return with us now to the days of tiki bars and bachelor pads, cigarettes, Sinatra and sexism. If you wish life today was a little less Jersey Shore and a little more Mad Men, Oct. 22-24 is your weekend. That’s when Mondo Lounge 3 celebrates everything hip, cool and swingin’, circa 1960.
Mondo Lounge first appeared in Los Angeles in 2004, when founder Mary-Margaret Stratton decided to create an event that embodied her appreciation for the class and style of the Rat Pack era. She was involved in preserving historic buildings in Los Angeles, she curated an online style guide for the Atomic Age called Lotta Livin’ and she liked Frank Sinatra. Why not bring it all together?
“It’s just so tasteful,” she says. “Either you get it or you don’t. Either you like Frank Sinatra or you don’t.”
That first go-round included a vintage car rally, exhibitions, entertainment and vendors. Mondo Lounge moved to Las Vegas in 2007, because this is the place after all, and got a catchy new subtitle: the Atomic Frolic. The second edition included DJs, burlesque acts and pinup girls from around the country. Stratton had plans for a 2008 show in Las Vegas, but then the whole economy thing happened and she was forced to take a hiatus.
Which brings us to Mondo Lounge 3. This year’s shenanigans include film screenings, tours of “vintage” Las Vegas, vendors, parties and, perhaps best of all, a hands-on vintage men’s magazine museum. Naughty!
Stratton hopes that this year it will really stick and become an annual event. “If people show up, we’ll do it every year,” she says. “If you love the Vegas vibe, come on down.”
Tickets are $40 in advance, and the Palms is headquarters for the event. Check MondoLounge.com for more information.