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CHARLES PHOENIX: RETRO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SLIDE SHOW

Live Comedy Performance Celebrating Classic And Kitschy Local Life And Style

JANUARY 29, 2015 @ 7 PM
WHITTIER COMMUNITY THEATER
7630 WASHINGTON AVE
WHITTIER CA

Presented by Whittier Public Library AFTER HOURS …

With his unbridled enthusiasm, gracious wit and keen eye for oddball detail, your Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix roasts and toasts spectacular found Kodachome images of space age suburbia, car culture, theme parks, into a laugh out loud celebration of SoCal life and style you don’t want to miss!

Charles also shares his latest Test Kitchen extravaganzas, road trip travel adventures and “best of” guide to Whittier attractions.

Be prepared for your local pride to swell!

GET TIX NOW: PALM SPRINGS, CA

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CHARLES PHOENIX: CAROUSELS OF KODACHROME

All-New Live Slide Show Performance Celebrating Mid-Century American Life & Style!

FEBRUARY 14, 2015 @ 10AM
PALM SPRINGS ART MUSEUM
101 MUSEUM DRIVE, PALM SPRINGS, CA

Presented by the Photography Collection Council and Modernism Week

With his trademark enthusiasm, gracious wit, and keen eye for oddball detail, Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix lavishes commentary on a spectacular all-new selection of found vintage Kodachrome from his “slibrary” archive.

This spirited slide show reveals Charles’ favorite and most fascinating slide collecting finds beginning with amazing images from the earliest days of Kodachrome taken at the 1939 World Fair.

From there, fasten your seat belts for a wild ride adventure to the wonderful world of colorful mid-century tourist traps, roadside attractions, car culture, space age suburbia, big cities, America’s heartland, theme parks, world’s fairs, festivals, pageants, parties and much more.

Expect the bizarre and beautiful, ironic and iconic, and historical and hysterical!

Prepare for your American pride to swell!

Festive dress is encouraged but not expected!

GET TIX NOW: PALM SPRINGS, CA

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CHARLES PHOENIX: PALM SPRINGS BUS TOUR

Mid-Century Mod Architectural Drive-by Excursion Extravaganza

FEBRUARY 21, 2015 @ 12PM
SOLD OUT
FEBRUARY 22, 2015 @ 12PM
SOLD OUT
FEBRUARY 22, 2015 @ 8:30AM-11AM
MODERNISM WEEK CAMP
555 N. PALM CANYON DRIVE,
PALM SPRINGS, CA 92262

Modernism Week presents… Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, as your tour guide, for this 2.5 hr open-air bus tour featuring dozens of mid-century modern residential, commercial and civic landmarks that have made Palm Springs world famous for great architecture.

This fun-filled not-to-be-missed tour experience includes Neutra’s iconic Kaufmann House, Wexler Steel Homes, Albert Freys’ Palm Springs City Hall and iconic Tramway gas station, (now the Palm Springs Visitors Center), the one stop on the tour.

You’ll see the legendary homes of Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley, entire neighborhoods of mid-century modern homes plus Spanish style architecture including the O’Donnell House and Villa Paradiso Estate.

All this and more will be seen sitting up high, some locations and viewed over hedges and walls.

In addition to Charles’ spirited architectural commentary he offers insightful tips on lodging, dining, shopping and other must-do area attractions on this comprehensive tour of town

Tour begins and ends at CAMP, festival headquarters for Modernism Week.

Come prepared for lots of sun. All seats are on the upper deck of the bus and EXPOSED to the elements. Weather could be either warm and sunny or cool. Sunscreen and hats and or jackets are recommended. Please plan accordingly.

Advance purchase is required.

One “comfort stop” will be made mid-tour.

Please check in for the tour at least 15 minutes prior to departure

All tickets are sold for upper

All tours have wheelchair access only on the lower level of the bus. Stairs are required to reach the upper deck.

GET TIX NOW: HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA

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CHARLES PHOENIX:
ALOHALAND

... Live Retro Hawaiian Vacation Slide Show & Luau Party At Don The Beachcomber

MARCH 28, 2015 @ 7:00PM
DON THE BEACHCOMBER
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA

- RETRO HAWAII SLIDE SHOW PERFORMANCE

– LIVE HAWAIIAN BAND & HULA DANCING GIRLS

– MAI TAIS will be served (first ones on us)

– DESSERT ERUPTION all u can eat P.U.D.cano (Erupting Volcano-shaped PINEAPPPLE UPSIDE DOWN CAKE)

A Mai Tai and lei greeting awaits you as you enter Don’s exotic “Hidden Village,” swaying alongside hula girls, dancing to a live Hawaiian Hapa-Haole band playing authentic Island tunes.

All this and more before the Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, takes the Tiki Hut Theater stage at 8pm for his first ever Retro Hawaiian slide show of vintage Kodachrome slides, taken by tourists “dream vacationing” in Hawaii in the 50s & 60s.

Following the spirited performance, dessert will be served.  P.U.D.CANO, the latest cake concoction from the Charles Phoenix Test Kitchen, a volcano-shaped Pineapple Upside Down Cake that will erupt pineapple topping and Maraschino cherries right before your very eyes.

This one-night only event is produced in association with SoccerTiki & WoohooWahine of International TIKI Market Place.

Be prepared for your aloha spirit to soar !!! …

 

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CHARLES PHOENIX:
DISNEYLAND TOUR OF DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES

6-Hour Retro Field Trip Tour Adventure Extravaganza!

MARCH 29, 2015 @ 11AM-5PM
UNION STATION
LOS ANGELES, CA

“Rediscover Downtown Los Angeles as I have” says your tour guide Charles Phoenix, “It’s just like a theme park!”

Experience the charm of MAIN STREET USA, exotica of ADVENTURELAND, wilderness of FRONTIERLAND, magic of FANTASYLAND, and future of TOMORROWLAND – all in the heart and soul of the city!

This tour of legendary L.A. landmarks includes Old Chinatown, Olvera Street, Phillipe’s, Bradbury Building, Carroll Avenue, Angel’s Flight, Bob Baker Marionette Theater, Union Station, Walt Disney Concert Hall and much, much more. You will never see downtown L.A. the same way again!

This 6-hour walking tour (we’ll ride on an AIR CONDITIONED bus from location to location) begins at 11am sharp, outside, in front of the main entrance of Union Station, and ends at 5PM, also at Union Station located at 800 N. Alameda, Los Angeles, 90012.

 

Tour attractions include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Union Station, the last grand train station built in the USA. A ride on the Gold Line “Monorail” to Chinatown‘s classic and colorful exotica.
  • Olvera Street landmarks and flavor including a stop for Taquitos at Cileto Lindo, my treat!
  • Phillipe’s for a “no host lunch” at LA’s iconic home of the French Dip sandwich
  • Broadway Arcade, LA’s oldest “shopping center,” followed by extraordinary Batchelder Tile interior at the former Dutch Chocolate Shop as well as the interior of the Bradbury Building.
  • Grand Central Market and a ride on Angel’s Flight up to the futuristic Water Garden on way to the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
  • Carroll Avenue and a stroll through the largest concentration of Victorian houses in Southern California.
  • Bob Baker’s Marionette Puppet Theater for a classic puppet show performance followed by cake and ice cream in the party room and much, much more!

 

PLEASE NOTE: Lunch at Phillipe’s is **no-host,** Museum and show tickets, snacks, souvenirs and transportation are all included in the $99 ticket price. Itinerary may change without notice. This tour happens rain or shine. Wear comfortable walking shoes and PLEASE BE ON TIME! Watch video of a past tour:


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