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CHARLES PHOENIX: ADDICTED TO AMERICANA
Live Stand-up Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating Classic and Kitschy American Life and Style

The Shannon Center
6760 Painter Ave


Prepare for your national pride to swell when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, launches retro pop culture into the stratosphere. With his keen expertise and unbridled enthusiasm, Charles shares the stories and glories of his…Read More


 

 

PALM SPRINGS, CA

CHARLES PHOENIX: ALOHALAND
Live Slide Show Performance Celebrating Hawaii in the 1950s & 60s

Palm Springs Art Museum
101 Museum Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262


Be prepared for your Aloha spirit to soar when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix sweeps us away on a fun-filled midcentury Hawaiian slide show extravaganza. With his keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm, and eagle-eye for oddball…Read More


 

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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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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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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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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