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FEBRUARY 29, 2020
LOS ANGELES, CA

FREE EVENT – BOB BAKER DAY 2020
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Los Angeles State Historic Park
1245 N Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90012


Celebrate the 6th-annual Bob Baker Day with an all-day carnival at the beautiful Los Angeles State Historic Park, complete with puppets, music, games, and more fun! FREE and OPEN to all on February 29th! “Ambassador…Read More


 

 

JOSHUA TREE, CA

CHARLES PHOENIX: ADDICTED TO AMERICANA
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59700 Twentynine Palms Highway
Joshua Tree, CA 92252


The Whole Arts Auxiliary presents an Evening with Retro Pop Culture Humorist, Charles Phoenix! The first of our Desert Dinner Series events. The event will include: - A Tour of the Joshua Tree Retreat Center's…Read More


 

 

CHARLES PHOENIX: MID-CENTURY IS MY MUSE
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3rd Street Theater at Phoenix Center for the Arts
1202 North 3rd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004


Spirited live slide show performance by Holiday Jubilee author Charles Phoenix, celebrating classic and kitschy American life and style. With his unbridled enthusiasm, quick-wit and keen expertise, he reveals an eye-popping array of space age style, car…Read More


 

 

CHARLES PHOENIX: MID-CENTURY IS MY MUSE
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Viva Las Vegas - Orleans Showroom


Show tickets are included with Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender tickets. Spirited live slide show performance by Holiday Jubilee author Charles Phoenix, celebrating classic and kitschy American life and style. With his unbridled enthusiasm, quick-wit and keen…Read More


 

 

CHARLES PHOENIX: MID-CENTURY IS MY MUSE

Curtis Theatre
1 Civic Center Cir
Brea, CA 92821


Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix roasts and toasts space age suburbia, car culture, road trips, theme parks, googie architecture, vintage fashion, home decor and more … With his unbridled enthusiasm, gregarious wit and keen eye…Read More


 

SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Diner Dining

Circular signs of Gulf and Coca Cola dot in the distance across the parking lot where bright-eyed, dull-colored cars, parked outside boxy double white windowpanes, wait for their owners...

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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Bowling? 1953

This is an action shot!

With a short-stepping start to harmonize might, balance and aim, a gent blurrily hurls a heavy three-holed, big melon-sized ball down a hardwood lane. His hopes are high to send a set of pins into a spinning splat. His attentive teammate audience of two share his chartreuse shirt, styled and named for the sport they are playing.

Little do these bowlers know that their ball and pin sport is about to get a mid-century modern makeover. New automatic pin spotters and deluxe Googie space age style will sanitize the sport, make it sparkle and send it into the stratosphere of suburbia where it will become a favorite good-time grownup pastime.

But why, I wonder, is bowling called BOWLing when there are no bowls involved. Shouldn’t it be called BALLing?

Here’s to bowling and BALLing!

Charles Phoenix
Los Angeles, Calif.
September 21, 2011

SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Steak Lady

A woman posing proudly with a fatty porterhouse steak, loosely wrapped in plastic, is letting all of the cold air out of the hardest working appliance in the house – it never stops! Between the big slab of meat, wheel of cheese, two jars of mayonnaise, bottle of mystery sauce, single tomato, bag of carrots, can of apple juice and quart of Borden’s homogenized milk the food pyramid is well represented here. A refrigerator’s job is simple – to preserve food. General Electric introduced the first in 1939.

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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

It is thanks to the Mid-Continent Supply Company of Fort Worth that we have the largest freestanding statue in the world, the "Golden Driller." They first introduced the 76 foot giant at Tulsa’s annual International Petroleum Exposition in 1953. In 1959 he was temporarily displayed again for the show. But it wasn’t until 1966, after he was slightly remolded –he no longer looks like a giant academy award wearing a hard hat saying "how sweet it is," that he was permanently posed in Tulsa at 21st Street and Pittsburg Avenue.

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