GET TIX NOW: BREA, CA
Live Comedy Performance Celebrating 50s & 60s Holiday Life And Style!
1 Civic Center Circle
Prepare for your Holiday spirit to skyrocket when retro pop culture humorist, Charles Phoenix, propels classic and kitschy Christmas, New Year’s, Easter, 4th of July, Halloween and Thanksgiving and into the stratosphere!
Lavishing the very best of his ‘found’ vintage holiday slide collection with his quick-witted commentary and keen eye for oddball detail, Charles supercharges the classic living room slide show into a laugh out-loud roast and toast of holiday fun and frivolity, past and present!
Charles also shares his latest eye-popping food crafting creations, frolicking field trip adventures and “best of” guide to unique local landmarks, lore and much more.
Round up your friends and family and turn this holiday celebration into your party.
Festive fashions are encouraged but not expected!
GET TIX NOW: TORRANCE, CA
Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating Classic & Kitschy American Life & Style!
James Armstrong Theater
3330 Civic Center Dr
5-4-3-2-1!!! … BLAST-OFF !!! … Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, launches us into the spellbinding stratosphere of mid-century era futurism ala flea-market found vintage Kodachrome slides and his retro road trip adventure discoveries.
With his keen expertise, sharp eye for oddball detail and gracious sense of humor, Charles explores America’s Tomorrowland era of out-of-this world suburban style, extreme architecture, car culture, tourist traps, theme parks, and much more.
Sit back and enjoy the fabulous flight as we travel to a time and place where your imagination will be inspired and your spirit will soar …
Festive dress is encouraged … but not expected!
GET TIX NOW: PALM SPRINGS, CA
Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating Space Age Automotive Styling
Palm Springs Art Museum - Annenberg Theater
101 N Museum Drive
Palm Springs, CA
Be prepared for your vintage car lovin’ spirit to soar Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, takes us on the ultimate ride to the wondrous world of Detroit’s most extreme era of mid-century motoring.
With his keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm, and eagle eye for odd-ball detail, Charles reveals the most beautiful and bizarre mid-century show cars, sport coupes, stations wagons, luxury sedans and colorful convertibles.
Don’t miss this fun-filled, hi-octane, extravaganza of kitschy and classic car culture!
After the show meet and greet Charles in the sculpture garden. Complimentary Mimosas will be served.
Festive dress is encouraged but not expected
GET TIX NOW: PALM SPRINGS, CA
Presented By Modernism Week
FEBRUARY 20, 2017
MODERNISM WEEK CAMP
350 S. PALM CANYON DRIVE
PALM SPRINGS, CA
Prepare for your Palm Springs loving pride to swell when Ambassador of Americana and tour guide extraordinaire, Charles Phoenix, leads you on this festive and fun-filled 2.5 hour tour atop a modern double decker, open-air bus.
Departing from CAMP, this exclusive tour is a rare opportunity to experience unobstructed views of over walls and hedges of the legendary residential, commercial and civic landmarks that made Palm Springs world famous for great architecture.
Combining his mid-century expertise and keen eye for detail, Charles shares the legend and lore of dozens mid-century modern buildings and other architectural treasures tracing the history of local modernism.
This is a rare opportunity to experience unobstructed views over walls and hedges of legendary homes and hotels such as the Movie Colony, Vista Las Palmas, Twin Palms, and Racquet Club Estates. See Neutra’s iconic Kaufmann House, the Wexler Steel Homes and the spellbinding homes of Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley.
Charles also offers insightful shopping, dining and other sightseeing tips! You will never think of Palm Springs the same way again!
MIDTOUR BATHROOM STOP: at the iconic Tramway Gas Station (1963) by Albert Frey, now the Palm Springs Visitors Center.
Tours happen rain or shine.
All seats are on the upper deck and exposed to the elements. Hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen are recommended; jackets on cooler days.
Stairs are required to reach the upper deck; all tours are wheelchair accessible on the lower level only.
This tour does NOT include interiors, only exterior views.
Sorry, no children under 12.
Charles Phoenix brings his love of kitsch to cooking
For Charles Phoenix, imagination is the magic ingredient. Hence dishes such as the Astro Weenie Party Tree or Bambrosinana.
By Noelle Carter
August 10, 2013
“The colors need to be bright, like saturated neon,” Charles Phoenix says, describing his Seven Layer Soda Pop Rocks cake. “You can’t have too much food coloring. Think Day-Glo!”
Phoenix is visualizing the elements of an ideal summer party. His ideal summer party. “A pool would be nice, because pool parties are classic summer. And there would be those motorized pool toys with remote controls for the gearheads, so they can fight in the water.” A little something for everyone.
“But I think they should be unicorns. Imagine remote-control unicorns fighting in a pool.”
Phoenix is an entertainer who is all about Americana, exploring and celebrating our kitschy pop culture past and present through his books and tours, historic slide shows and unique culinary creations. “I was born on a used-car lot,” he explains, smiling (his father was a used-car salesman), and he calls himself a child of Disneyland. “I’m very theme-oriented.”
Don’t have unicorns for your summer party? No problem. Focus on the spread.
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Charles Phoenix is a performer, humorist, chef and author who explores America's classic and kitschy pop culture -- past and present -- and predicts retro-inspired, future trends.
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Meet the Ultimate ‘Retro Daddy’
Americana expert Charles Phoenix relives road trips to Palm Springs, forays into thrift stores and date farms, and calls for the comeback of the chuckwagon.
Interview by Matthew Link
DRESSED IN A CUSTOM-TAILORED SUIT and trademark rhinestone Colonel Sanders bow tie, Charles Phoenix flips through hilarious and sometimes bizarre slides of strangers and their homes and cars and families, taking a standing-room-only audience at Palm Springs Art Museum’s Annenberg Theater through a rip-roaring Technicolor look at yesteryear.
Twenty years ago, this self-proclaimed “retro daddy” found a shoebox full of vintage Kodachrome slides in a thrift shop marked “Trip Across the United States 1957,” and his obsession with mid-century Americana was born. Today, he lives by this mantra: “Get in touch with your inner Americana, embrace it, have a sense of humor about it, and proudly share it with the whole wide world.”
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Charles Phoenix on Fried Cereal, the Genesis of the Cherpumple and Molded Gelatin
By Susan Froyd
If you know retro — and particularly mid-century — you know retro geek Charles Phoenix, a child of the endless car lots and fast food restaurants of Southern California who is famous across the nation for his mid-mod slide shows and modernist expertise. And you might even know about his sideshow, the most awesome Charles Phoenix Test Kitchen. In that guise, he’s appeared on Martha Stewart’s show and amazed Conan O’Brien with his spectacular Astro-Weenie Christmas Tree, but at the end of July, he’ll be doing it 24/7 in the Denver County Fair Kitchen Pavilion, where he’ll create such delectables of his own invention as Mr. Meatloaf and Fried Cereal, as well as judge such fair food categories as best Molded Gelatin Dessert and best Cake and Egg Decorating.
We chatted with Mr. Phoenix about the recipes and inspirations behind his unique retro food fetishes, and here’s what he had to say.
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An Interview With America's Pop Culture Ambassador
An Interview with America's Pop Culture Ambassador, Charles Phoenix
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By Ryan Stabile
Growing up in Upland, California in the '70s, Charles Pheonix was privy to a hub of SoCal pop culture. "It was just minutes to the beach, minutes to Disneyland and Knotts, minutes to the mountains, and minutes from the desert. Everyone in Southern California has an incredible variety of recreational choices." He goes on to joke about how families often plan a week out of their year to do on vacation what locals do on a whim...