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CHARLES PHOENIX APOLLO SPACE CAPSULE HOLIDAY LIGHTING

FREE Space Capsule Holiday Lighting Ceremony & Donut Exchange Party

DECEMBER 3, 2016 @ 4:30-6:30PM
 

Columbia Memorial Space Center
12400 Columbia Way
Downey, CA


FREE EVENT – no tickets needed … just bring donuts !!1

5-4-3-2-1 BLASTOFF … Columbia Memorial Space Center presents … Charles Phoenix hosting the first ever Apollo Space Capsule holiday lighting ceremony and party. This FREE, out-of-this-world event takes place on the very site where all six Apollo Space Capsules that successfully transported astronauts to the moon were designed and built.

Classic outdoor Christmas lights will illuminate the iconic Apollo Space Capsule at the entrance of the Columbia Memorial Space Center.

The bright idea to light up the Apollo Space Capsule for Christmas came from Charles, who dared to ask Columbia Memorial Space Center director, Ben Dickow, “Has anyone ever lit up a Apollo Space Capsule like a Christmas tree before?
Ben said, “I don’t think so, lets do it!”

Please bring donuts to exchange and enjoy while singing along to festive Christmas carols and engaging in the spirit of the season.

Coffee and Hot Chocolate will be served.

Festive outer space age holiday dress is encouraged

FREE parking, and plenty of it

Tell your friends to spread the word … and arrive with donuts!

Columbia Memorial Space Center directions and info: www.columbiaspacescience.org

The Columbia Memorial Space Center is a science museum California. The center’s mission is to “ignite people’s passion in science, technology, engineering, and space while honoring Downey’s aerospace history.” The site of the museum is the former Boeing/Rockwell/North American plant where all of the Apollo Command/Service Modules were built and the Space Shuttle was conceived.

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Charles Phoenix hosts first ever Apollo Space Capsule Holiday Lighting & Donut Exchange at Columbia Memorial Space Center CA, Saturday, December 3, 5-7pm.

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CHARLES PHOENIX: RETRO HOLIDAY SLIDE SHOW – BREA

Live Comedy Performance Celebrating 50s & 60s Holiday Life And Style!


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!

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CHARLES PHOENIX: THIS IS AMERICANA

Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating Classic & Kitschy American Life & Style!

 

James Armstrong Theater
3330 Civic Center Dr
Torrance, CA


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!

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CHARLES PHOENIX: FINS, FLAIR & FUTURISM

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

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CHARLES PHOENIX: PALM SPRINGS DOUBLE DECKER BUS TOUR

Presented By Modernism Week


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.

SLIDE OF THE WEEK

neon boneyard

The Neon Boneyard is the heart and soul of Las Vegas.

To stroll thru this time-travel treasure trove of over-the-top, mostly mid-century, vintage Vegas signage and other extraordinary Sin City artifacts is like being transported to some sort of parallel universe, where you are thrilled to feel about 3 feet tall. The signs are way, way bigger than you thought, when you are standing right next to them.

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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

The Mint casino

A lone soul stands centered on Fremont, the most electrifying street east of the Mississippi. He's probably hypnotized because the moment is rare when sunlight and shade are divided so evenly between the most fashion-forward façade on Earth and the high-gloss, low-price cars parked in front of it....

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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Jackpot City

A just-about-to-turn-night sky glows over the most colorful and electrified downtown on the planet. Welcome to Fremont Street where the dusk-to-dawn display of lights is more than impressive -- it's empowering! The winking, blinking, flashing and glittering lights are magnetic and intoxicating, ultimately seducing us to gamble.

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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

This Is So Many Kinds Of "Yes!"

Shining Shriners

This is so many kinds of “Yes!”

YES to the giant paint-by-number desert sky.

YES to this bizarre brotherhood of man who, for as far as the eye can see, proudly prance in unison.

YES to the fanciful façade of the short-lived Silver Palace and sky-scraping blade sign that, in case anyone forgets, reminds them what city they’re in, on this, the most electrified main street in the USA.

And YES to those uniform festive fezzes, sunshiny satin shirts and poofy pantaloons that are beautifully color coordinated to the City of Sin they are marching through!

Here’s to Shiners marching and matching Fabulous Las Vegas…YES!

Charles Phoenix
February 27, 2012

SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Fremont Street, Las Vegas

A '57 Chevy convertible, ’55 Buick and ’57 Dodge drive down the Main Street USA of Las Vegasland. A ’58 Edsel, with that famous horse collar grille, is parked on the left. Yes, just like downtown Los Angeles, Las Vegas reminds me of Disneyland.

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