The Charles Phoenix Test Kitchen Puttin' the Kitsch in Kitchen!
Eye-popping edible party centerpieces and potluck pleasers made with legendary American brand name products. These festive original recipes reflect the retro sensibility Charles is famous for. Don’t just eat your food, have fun with it too! And serve it up with a great big helping of American pride!
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 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 !!! …
Prepare for your national pride to swell when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, super charges the classic living room slide show into a laugh-out-loud, celebration of mid-century futurism ala vintage Kodachome slides and retro road trip adventure discoveries.
With keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm and sharp eye for oddball detail, Charles launches us into the super spellbinding stratosphere of out-of-this world suburban style, extreme architecture, car culture, tourist traps, theme parks, and space age other relics – then and now.
Sit back and enjoy the fabulous flight as we time travel to Charles’ fun-filled, action packed, crazy kaleidoscope of peppy pop culture – all in glorious Kodachrome COLOR!
… Your imagination will be inspired and your spirit will soar !!! …
Be prepared your for your national pride to swell when the Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, supercharges the classic living room slide show into a laugh-out-loud celebration of spectacular mid-century car culture, space age style, landmark attractions, festive fashions, outrageous architecture, theme parks, and much, much more.
With his keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm, and eagle eye for oddball detail, Charles presents a crazy kaleidoscope of his “found” vintage Kodachrome slides, hi-octane road trip discoveries, eye-popping test kitchen creations and “best of guide” to local attractions, past and present.
Don’t miss this fun-filled, action packed, extravaganza of great American pop culture all in glorious COLOR !!!
Mid-Century Mod Architectural Drive-by Excursion Extravaganza
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OCTOBER 23, 2016
Palm Springs Parking Lot
350 S. Palm Canyon Drive
Experience Palm Springs with the Ambassador of Americana! Humorist and tour guide extraordinaire, Charles Phoenix, will lead you on an entertaining adventure atop a double-decker, open-air bus.
With his unbridled enthusiasm, design expertise, and keen eye for oddball detail, Charles’ spirited tour highlights exterior views of dozens of spectacular Midcentury Modern estates and homes, commercial and civic buildings, famous neighborhoods and other treasures that have made Palm Springs world famous.
Peer over the walls and hedges of landmark homes and hotels in legendary neighborhoods, including Vista Las Palmas, the Movie Colony, Twin Palms and more. Marvel at Elvis’ “House of Tomorrow” honeymoon hideaway and the famed “Twin Palms” home of Frank Sinatra.
Charles also shares his favorite local restaurants, resorts, bars, boutiques and other not to be missed local attractions in Palm Springs.
The tour concludes on foot at the Village Green, a historic enclave where Charles guides you inside historical and cultural museums, followed by everyone’s favorite local treat, a date shake.
Museum admissions and date shake included in the tour price. Note: The final stop at the Village Green concludes the bus portion of the tour. The tour’s original starting point is 1½ blocks south.
Come prepared for lots of SUN, SUN and more SUN. All seats are on the upper deck of the bus and EXPOSED to the elements. Sunscreen and hats and or jackets are recommended. Please plan accordingly.
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 deck
Wheelchair accessibility is on the lower level only.
Free parking is available on the street or at the covered parking structure on the corner of W. Baristo Road/S. Indian Canyon Drive.
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!
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.
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..
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!
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!