GET TIX NOW: DOWNEY, CA
FREE Space Capsule Holiday Lighting Ceremony & Donut Exchange Party
DECEMBER 3, 2016 @ 4:30-6:30PM
Columbia Memorial Space Center
12400 Columbia Way
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.
Charles Phoenix hosts first ever Apollo Space Capsule Holiday Lighting & Donut Exchange at Columbia Memorial Space Center CA, Saturday, December 3, 5-7pm.
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.
Cement tepee-shaped motel rooms seen from a rolled-down driver’s side window glisten in the rain-soaked sky blue blacktop. This is not any ‘ol motel. Oh no! Wigwam Village is Southern California’s most precious and famous Route 66 landmark.
Built in 1950, it was the last in the chain of eight Wigwam Motels. Miraculously this and two of the other locations, Cave Creek, Kentucky, and Holbrook, Arizona, are still standing in all their Americana glory for us to cherish (and stay in) today.
Thanks in part to the Disney movie “Cars” they are enjoying a well deserved revival in popularity. What have we all been waiting for? They’re adorable!!!
In the ‘70s I can remember driving past the Rialto Wigwam Motel when the slogan beneath the sign said “Do it in a Tepee!”
A few years ago I spent my first night in a wigwam in Holbrook, Arizona. I walked in my room, um wigwam, and immediately felt an unexplainable mystical magical force field of pure Americana energy like I’d never experienced before (and no, I hadn’t been smokin’ anything!) There is something powerful about standing, sitting, showering and laying down inside one these icons of the Americana roadside.
You haven’t really lived the Americana dream until you too have spent a night in a wigwam. Whatever you “Do in a Tepee,” do something! Your imagination will be inspired and your spirit will soar!
Here’s to all Wigwam Motels and YOU!
April 5, 2011
Los Angeles, CA