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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: LOS ANGELES, CA

CHARLES PHOENIX: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIALAND

FREE Live Slide Show Performance Celebrating The Architecture Of Sun, Fun And Fantasy!

APRIL 21, 2017 @ 8:30 PM
 

LOS ANGELES
UNION STATION


Metro Art Presents FREE Live Slide Show Performance Celebrating The Architecture Of Sun, Fun And Fantasy!

Metro Art Presents … Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, and his fun-fueled whirlwind slide show adventure exploring SoCal’s undiscovered, underrated and misunderstood mid-century architectural gems past and present.

With his trademark enthusiasm, eye for odd-ball detail, and keen expertise, Charles roasts and toasts spectacular suburban style, space-age drive-ins, coffee shops, bowling alleys, shopping centers, extreme homes, dingbat apartments, fast food restaurants, theme parks and much more all in glorious color … in color!

Be prepared for your local pride to swell!

Festive dress is encouraged … but not expected.

APRIL 21, 2017 8:30pm
LOS ANGELES
UNION STATION

NO TICKETS OR RESERVATIONS for this show.

Just show up

Go Metro to Union Station

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!

GET TIX NOW: LONG BEACH, CA

CHARLES PHOENIX: LONG BEACHLAND

Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating The Epic City By The Sea ...

 

Art Theater
2025 E 4th St,
Retro Row
Long Beach, CA


Presented by Inretrospect on Retro Row … Be prepared for your local pride to SWELL when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, sweeps us away on a time travel slide show adventure exploring Long Beach’s classic and kitschy landmarks and lore then and now.

With his gracious sense of humor, unbridled enthusiasm, and keen eye for oddball detail, Charles reveals his guide to undiscovered and iconic local landmarks, and the very best of his found vintage slides taken in Long Beach in the 50s and 60s.

Experience the Pike Amusements, local oddities, legendary attractions, Art Deco and mid-century mod architecture, vintage neon signs, classic mom and pop businesses, nifty neighborhoods, the glory of googie, story of Miss Universe, and much more all in glorious Kodachrome color!

Festive Dress is HIGHLY encouraged but not expected !!!

This performance is two-acts with an intermission

Show begins at 11am ends at 1pm

AFTERSHOW CAKE & PUNCH PARTY

Meet Charles across the street at INRETROSPECT following the performance … and enjoy cake form the Charles Phoenix Test Kitchen creations then shop til you drop on Retro Row, the greatest vintage shopping street on earth !!! …

NOTE: PLEASE do allow extra time for street parking !!! …

GET TIX NOW: HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA

CHARLES PHOENIX: ALOHALAND

Live Retro Hawaiian Vacation Slide Show & Luau Party

 

Don the Beachcomber
16278 Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, CA


– CHARLES’ RETRO HAWAII SLIDE SHOW EXTRAVAGANZA

– LIVE HAWAIIAN BAND & HULA DANCING GIRLS

– MAI TAIS will be served (first ones on us)

– DESSERT ERUPTION – all-u-can eat erupting P.U.D.cano (Volcano shaped PINEAPPPLE UPSIDE DOWN CAKE)

A Mai Tai and lei greeting awaits you as you enter Don the Beachcomber’s exotic “Hidden Village” swaying alongside hula girls dancing to a live Hawaiian Hapa-Haole band playing genuine authentic Island tunes.

All this and more before Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, takes “Tiki Hut Theater” stage for his Retro Hawaiian slide show of colorful vintage Kodachrome slides, taken by tourists “dream vacationing” in Hawaii in the 50s & 60s.

Following the spirited performance, a dessert eruption will happen … P.U.D.Cano, a volcano shaped Pineapple Upside Down Cake, will spew pineapple topping and Maraschino cherries right before your very eyes !!! …

Be prepared for your aloha spirit to soar !!! …

Festive Island style attire is highly encouraged !!! …

FREE on site parking …

Arrive early and enjoy a delicious dinner at Don’s and or an exotic drink or two in the bar !!! …

SLIDE OF THE WEEK

3 Minutes to Hollywood!

 

Snapdragons snuggled up to a knee-high, white-washed picket fence border the front yard of a rural Los Angeles motel. Apparently, Little Miss Redhead is quite happy to be close to glamourland where she can breathe easily as she smiles and clutches a flowerless bouquet!

This slide comes to us courtesy of “Little Miss Redhead” herself whom I had the pleasure of meeting recently in Palm Springs. No sooner did we meet than she’s telling me she has slides of the motel her grandparent’s owned in San Fernando Valley “after the war.” Without skipping a beat I politely asked to see the slides. (OK, I demanded to see them!)

My imagination was inspired and my sprit soared when I happened upon this charming image of her politely posing in front of the charming sign her grandma and grandpa posted promoting the air quality at their motel and time it took to get to Hollywood.  Who knew smog was a concern in 1954?

Do YOU have vintage fun family slides to share??? If so please don’t hesitate!

Here’s to little Miss Redhead, Hollywood, clean air and YOU!

Charles Phoenix
March 28, 2010
Los Angeles, CA

SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Wiltern Theater

A bus heads east, a motorcycle heads west and a cop sits waiting to pull someone over. Pedestrians stand at the crosswalk. Behind them an American catches the breeze...

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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Avalon Catalina

With the exception of the two docked steamships, The S.S. Catalina, which provided transportation to and from the island until 1975, and the S.S. Avalon -- until 1951, Catalina looks virtually the same today as it is in this slide taken nearly sixty years ago. I was just there yesterday - and what an adventure I had. I arrived about 11am in a very big and speedy boat. My tour guide, a life-long island resident, was as entertaining as he was fact-filled.

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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

Los Angeles Chinatown 1948

Looking for a spectacular color scheme to liven up your home’s exterior? Let Chinatown be your influence. Decades have passed since the masses considered Chinatown a “must-see” tourist attraction, but it’s still the most colorful place in town. And in the last few years has become the address to the city’s smartest new shops, galleries and bars.

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