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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

GET TIX NOW: PALM SPRINGS, CA

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

Edsel on Parade

I know, it’s mesmerizing! That double-decker horse collar grill and all-around “Queen From Outer Space”-age styling is more than we mere Earthlings are hard-wired to comprehend.

We’re lovin’ the trio of beauty queen wannabees mistaking the back seat as a throne for three.

In 1957, the Ford Motor Company introduced their all-new and ballyhooed Edsel not as a new model, but rather as a new marque, an entirely new line of cars.

According to legend, a famous automotive journalist declared, “It looks like an Oldsmobile sucking a lemon.” The public must’ve thought so too because after just three years of production,  Ford discontinued the Edsel in 1960.

People often ask me if I have a favorite vintage slide. Right now it’s definitely this one! Make no mistake:  it’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood when one of these mid-century marvels motors by.

Here’s to Edsels and YOU!

Charles Phoenix
May 10, 2011
Los Angeles, CA

SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Children's Costume Parade

The Rose Parade, each New Year's Day, is the superstar of all parades. Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is a distant second. They are the only annual parades that are broadcast on national television. But they are just two of countless annual parades held in communities across America. And going through other peoples' old slides I've seen plenty of them. But I've never run across slides from a parade as bizarre as this one, which leads me to this week's slide: CHILDREN'S COSTUME PARADE, EPHRATA, PENNSYLVANIA, 1961.

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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

New Years Day, Pasadena 1948

Last week I was invited to share some of my vintage Rose Parade slides on KTLA’s live Rose Parade pre-show. My segment was scheduled at 6:10am. Frankly, I’m not used to getting up that early and I was worried my 1977 SEARS alarm clock that I got while still in high school, wouldn’t go off. Sure enough it didn’t. Thankfully I managed to wake up just in the nick of time. Nearly in a panic, I raced in the dark to Pasadena and found my way to “the set,” on the front lawn of the Tournament of Roses Mansion, the Former Wrigley Chewing Gum Estate. Before I knew it the segment was over and I was free to go.

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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Rose Queen & Her Court

In the kingdom of Southern Californialand we don’t have a king, but we do have a queen - the Rose Queen. Her reign is brief - just a year. The Queen and her court work their way up through the charm schools and debutant balls of the San Gabriel Valley. The highest call of duty for the bevy of beauties is waving very properly to their subjects and cradling a super-sized bouquet of red roses like a baby while being strapped on a flower covered barge-like vehicle riding toward the morning sunshine of the New Year. Palm trees and crystal clear blue sky provide the picture perfect backdrop.

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