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GET TIX NOW: TORRANCE, CA

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!

GET TIX NOW: PALM SPRINGS, CA

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.

GET TIX NOW: PALM SPRINGS, CA

CHARLES PHOENIX CAKE & COCKTAILS AT THE MONKEY TREE HOTEL

Mid-Century Poolside Party At The Newly Restored Monkey Tree Hotel, Built In 1962

 

MONKEY TREE HOTEL
2388 E. Racquet Club Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262


Celebrate mid-century modern marvelousness with Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, at this exclusive yellow and turquoise themed poolside party with Monkey Tree Hotel owners, Kathy and Gary Friedle, winners of the Palm Springs Modern Committee 2016 Preservation Award.

The Monkey Tree’s authentic mid-century modern style, décor and cheery color scheme and inspired the festive yellow and turquoise party theme.

Craft cocktails, beer and wine will be served. Following a toast, an eye-popping, taste bud-tantalizing, towering cake, will be served in the tradition of the Charles Phoenix Test Kitchen-meets-Monkey Tree Inn’s classic Palm Springs style.

THINGS TO KNOW:

Festive Turquoise and Yellow dress is highly encouraged … but not expected.

This exclusive event presented by the Palm Springs Modern Committee, takes place during Palm Springs Modernism Week.

Special Parking Instructions: Parking is available just to the west of the Monkey Tree Hotel: at the First School of the Desert, located at 2300 E. Racquet Club Drive, and at the Church of Religious Science, located at 2100 E. Racquet Club Drive.

Sorry, no pets.

Ages: 21 and older.

GET TIX NOW: LOS ANGELES, CA

CHARLES PHOENIX’S “DISNEYLAND” TOUR OF DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES

6-hour Walking And Bus Experience Of DTLA As A Big Theme Park!

 

Union Station
800 N. Alameda, Los Angeles


This tour begins at 11am sharp, outside the main front entrance of Union Station, and ends at 5PM, also at Union Station

“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 experience includes these legendary L.A. landmarks and so much more!

Union Station, the last grand train station built in the USA.

Ride on the Gold Line “Monorail” to exotic and colorful Chinatown.

Olvera Street landmarks and flavor; including a stop for Taquitos at Cileto Lindo, my treat!

Clifton’s Cafeteria, for a “no host” lunch and tour of the newly reopened and reimagined iconic eatery extravaganza.

Iconic 1894 Bradbury Building

Grand Central Market walk-thru to the Angel Flight stairs to the futuristic Water Garden and past the Broad Museum of Art on our way to the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Carroll Avenue for 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 served in the party room and much, much more!

PLEASE NOTE: Tour tickets are good for this date only. Lunch at CLIFTONS is *no-host. Museum, show tickets, snacks, and transportation are all included in the ticket price. Itinerary may change without notice. This tour happens rain or shine. Wear comfortable walking shoes and PLEASE BE ON TIME!

 

 

GET TIX NOW: SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA

CHARLES PHOENIX: RETRO DISNEYLAND SLIDE SHOW

A Live Comedy Performance Celebrating The Original Magic Kingdom In The '50s & '60s!

 

Spanos Theatre - Cal Poly
1 Grand Ave
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407


Be prepared for your Disneyland loving spirit to soar when the Ambassador of Americana takes you to the granddaddy of all theme parks when it was new.

With his spectacular collection of “found” mid-century era Kodachrome images, unbridled enthusiasm and keen eye for detail, Charles shares the early days and backstories of Main Street USA, Adventureland, Fantasyland, Frontierland and Tomorrowland.

See long-gone attractions including the Phantom Boats, Flying Saucers, Indian Village, People Mover, House of the Future and Carousel of Progress and the original Tomorrowland – promoted as “The World of 1986,” and the all-new Tomorrowland in 1967.

Your imagination will be inspired and your spirit will soar !!! …

GET TIX NOW: LAS VEGAS, NV

CHARLES PHOENIX BIG RETRO SLIDE SHOW AT VIVA LAS VEGAS

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

 

ORLEANS HOTEL SHOWROOM
4500 W TROPICANA AV
LAS VEGAS, NV


Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender presents … the Ambassador of Americana roasting and toasting mid-century era pop culture in two different slide shows, Friday at 3:30 pm and Sunday at 5pm

With his keen expertise, sharp eye for oddball detail and gracious sense of humor, Charles spins his fantastic flea-market found vintage Kodachrome slides and retro road trip adventure discoveries into a crazy kaleidoscope of extreme mid-century architecture, car culture, suburban style, tourist traps, theme parks, and much more.

Be prepared for your imagination to be inspired, spirit to soar and American pride to swell!

GET TIX NOW: NASHVILLE, TN

CHARLES PHOENIX RETRO WILD WEST SLIDE SHOW AT NASHVILLE BOOGIE

Live Comedy Performance Celebrating Classic And Kitschy Country & Western Life & Style

 

Opryland Hotel
2800 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN


Nashville Boogie Vintage Weekender and Car Show 2017 presents … Retro pop culture humorist and author Charles Phoenix in an *all-new* slide show extravaganza of “flea-market found” Kodachrome slides and retro field trip discoveries picturing vintage wild west fashions, classic car culture, iconic roadside attractions, tacky tourist traps, legendary theme parks, and much more.

Be prepared for your national pride to swell, imagination to be inspired, and wild west lovin’ spirit to soar!

Fried Chicken

Comedy About Classic and Kitschy American Life and Style
Comes to the National Hot Rod Museum in Pomona For One Night Only on June 4, 2011

Be prepared for your Americana pride to SWELL when pop culture humorist Charles Phoenix brings his hilarious one-man show to the National Hot Rod Museum for one night only at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 4.

The Charles Phoenix Big Retro Slide Show is a deep-fried and delicious mix and mash-up of the very best of Phoenix’s massive collection of flea market-found vintage Kodachrome slides. Together with his infectious enthusiasm and keen eye for oddball detail, Phoenix roasts and toasts mid-century tourist traps, Southern California landmarks, theme parks, space age suburbia, car culture, festive fashions and more…in color! Audiences from coast to coast enjoy his gracious wit, colorful suits and original spin on the great Americana experience.

Phoenix describes his show as “ironic and iconic, historical and hysterical, and all in good fun, of course!”

The Charles Big Phoenix Retro Slide Show takes place 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 at the National Hot Rod Museum, Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona CA 91768. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by going to www.charlesphoenix.com.

Charles Phoenix's Retro Knott's Berry Farm Slideshow

Pop culture humorist Charles Phoenix Presents a Live Performance Celebrating the Story and Glory of the Boysenberry Birthplace that Blossomed into America’s First Theme Park…
by way of a Fried Chicken Dinner!
One Show Only, at the Historic Bird Cage Theater in Knott’s Ghost Town
Sunday Afternoon, May 15, 2 p.m.
$65  (Ticket includes 10am to 7pm park pass and show)

LOS ANGELES, CA – March 16, 2011 –Be prepared for your Southern California pride to swell when Charles Phoenix presents his first ever Retro Knott’s Berry Farm Slide Show at Knott’s at the historic Bird Cage Theater in Knott’s historic Ghost Town for one show only on Sunday afternoon, May 15 at 2 p.m.

With his infectious enthusiasm and keen eye for detail, Charles shares the amazing evolution of Knott’s from the humble berry farm beginnings in the 20’s, to world class theme park in the 40s, 50s and 60s. You’ll learn how Walter Knott discovered the boysenberry, why Mrs. Knott began serving her famous fried chicken dinners and what inspired the creation America’s first permanent theme park, Ghost Town.

Knott’s fans will enjoy the back story of Ghost Town’s historic buildings, unique displays, curio shops, colorful characters, and favorite attractions including the haunted shack, the mine train, log ride and much more! Your imagination will be inspired and your spirit will soar!

“This is my favorite kind of story to tell. The story of a legendary landmark that’s homespun and family run!” says Phoenix. “What Walter Knott and his family contributed to the life and lore of Southern California is off the charts!

Tickets for Charles’ slide show performance show include an all-day Knott’s park pass so fans can explore old ghost town, ride the old train, pan for gold and enjoy a fried chicken dinner just as visitors have been doing for decades!

Charles will be joined onstage by Eric Lynxwiler, co-author of Knott’s Preserved (Angel City Press, 2010).

Charles Phoenix’s Retro Knott’s Berry Farm Slide Show takes place Sunday afternoon, May 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $65. To purchase tickets or more information, visit www.charlesphoenix.com.

Knott’s Berry Farm (www.knotts.com) is located at 12021 Beach Boulevard in Buena Park, California 90602-4001..

Charles Phoenix's Retro Knott's Berry Farm Slideshow

 

I’m very excited to announce my first ever retro slide show celebrating Knott’s Berry Farm in the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s & 60s. The story and glory of the legendary boysenberry birthplace that blossomed into Ghost Town, America’s first theme park, by way of a Fried Chicken Dinner, is something I’ve wanted to show and tell for a long time!

What Walter Knott and his family contributed to the life and lore of Southern California is off the charts! Thank you Knott’s Family!!!

And what makes this event even more special is that it will be at Knott’s in Ghost Town’s historic Bird Cage Theater.

Tickets for this ONE TIME ONLY EVENT include an all-day Knott’s park pass so you can explore the old Ghost Town, ride the old train, pan for gold and enjoy a fried chicken dinner just as visitors have been doing for decades!

My good friend and Knott’s expert, Eric Lynxwiler, co-author of Knott’s Preserved, will join me on stage for this very special heart felt event!

RETRO KNOTTS BERRY FARM SLIDE SHOW
Bird Cage Theater (inside Knott’s)
Sunday, May 15, 2011
AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT! Seating is limited – BUY TICKETS NOW!

Here’s to the Knott’s Family, Their Boysenberries, Fried Chicken Dinner, Ghost Town and YOU!

Charles Phoenix
March 11, 2011
Los Angeles, CA

Charles Phoenix Disneyland slideshow

Charles Phoenix slide show revisits early Disneyland...

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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Slide of a Slide Show

A multi-generational crowd is gathered 'round the heavily-grained, honey stained woodwork in Aunt Myrtle's living room. Framed photos and fresh flowers add to the ambiance. Everyone's eyes are fixed on the screen except the little boy and grandma, who's dozing off. A baby doll sits in grandpa's lap. Many wear glasses. Everyone is well dressed. The man in the middle sporting the snappy white shirt and smart polka-dot tie is the projectionist. He is sliding the slides, one at a time, through the projector. Little did any of them know that they would wind up pictured in a book!

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