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DECEMBER 16, 2017 • 2-4pm
LOS ANGELES, CA

ADDICTED TO AMERICANA
BOOK SIGNING AT BAUER POTTERY SHOWROOM
FREE EVENT – Be Prepared for COLOR !!!

Bauer Pottery Showroom
3051 Rosslyn St
Los Angeles, CA


Join Charles at the EPIC Bauer Showroom, an EPIC extravaganza display timeless classic California pottery. Books will be available for purchase.

Festive retro dress is encouraged but not expected.


 

 

ADDICTED TO AMERICANA
Live Comedy Performance Celebrating Classic and kitschy American Life and Style

Gramercy Theater
127 East 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010


5-4-3-2-1 … BLAST-OFF! Prepare for your national pride to swell when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, launches retro pop culture into the stratosphere. With his keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm and eagle eye for oddball detail, Charles shares his rollicking road-trip discoveries and colorful kaleidoscope of found vintage Kodachrome slide images.

This marvelous mid-century mashup of stories and glories of spectacular space-age style, amazing attractions, unsung landmarks, roadside wonders, festive foods, crazy car culture, and futuristic transportation will inspire your imagination and make your American spirit will soar!


 

 

PALM SPRINGS, CA

ADDICTED TO AMERICANA
Live Comedy Slide Show Performance

Palm Springs Art Museum
101 N. Museum Dr.
Palm Springs, CA


Prepare for your national pride to swell when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, launches retro pop culture into the stratosphere! With his keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm and eagle eye for oddball detail, he shares the very best of his retro road-trip discoveries and colorful kaleidoscope of found vintage Kodachrome slides from the pages of his latest book, Addicted to Americana.

This is a marvelous mashup of mid-century of stories and glories of spectacular space-age style, amazing attractions, local landmarks, roadside wonders, festive foods, crazy car culture, futuristic transportation and more galore in glorious Kodachorme COLOR! Your imagination will be inspired and your American spirit will soar!

A reception and book signing will follow the performance in the Meyerman Sculpture Garden where Charles will sign copies of Addicted to Americana.

Presented by Palm Springs Art Museum’s Photography Collection Council with support from Alcazar and Lenora Hume.


 

 

PALM SPRINGS BUS TOUR
Mid-Century Mod Architectural Drive-by Excursion Extravaganza

Modernism Week CAMP
230 Museum Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262


Tour the mecca of mid-century atop a double-decker, open-air bus with Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix. With his unbridled enthusiasm, delightful design expertise, and keen eye for oddball detail, Charles’ spirited tour highlights exterior views of dozens of spectacular classic estates and homes, commercial and civic buildings, retro 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” Hideaway and famed “Twin Palms” estate of Frank Sinatra. Charles also shares his favorite local restaurants, resorts, bars, boutiques, and other not to be missed local attractions in Palm Springs.

Special Instructions

Check-In: Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your tour departure time.
Seating: Tickets are for upper deck only. Hats and sunscreen highly recommended for sun exposure. Wheelchair accessible for lower deck only.
Prohibited: Alcoholic beverages, smoking, vaping, food, glass containers, and pets.
Comfort Stop: Yes
EXTERIOR VIEWS ONLY
AVOID DISAPOINTMENT – GET YOUR TIX NOW!


 

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The Refabricated 1955 Chevrolet Biscayne Had My Eyes Buggin' Outta My Head.

It was the 1955 Chevrolet Biscayne, a one-off General Motors concept car, once a darling of the Motorama show circuit, that had my eyes buggin' outta my head, ratfink style!

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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Breasty Billboard

Everyone knows turkeys have big breasts. But we don't usually think of them as going topless. I've never ever seen one of these buxom fowls with a bra strapped on it, have you? But thanks to some 1950s creative advertising genius we have now. And it's about time...

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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Mobile Secretary

A heavy metal typewriter is not something you often see perched on the lap of a young lady sitting in a powder blue '54 Olds 88 Convertible. Especially when parked with the top down and the door open in the forecourt of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the greatest star factory in all of Hollywoodland.

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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Turkey Twister

A joyful trio of well-dressed, well-pressed gents entangle themselves carving a parsley garnished roast tom turkey centered on the Christmas dinner table. Mini Santa's in boxes, an upside down bowl-shaped jellied cranberry sauce mold in a tall green-stemmed glass, and the ladies are all watching.

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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

The Swinger

Seven spectators clad casually in classic clothing are all eyes on the swinger. Turban-topped, striped-skirted and shirted, she’s in deep, do-not-disturb, clubbing concentration mode hoping for what every golfer hopes for — a hole in one.

Golf is a stick and ball sport like hockey and baseball. But its closest cousin is croquet. Like most sports, its origins are debatable. Nobody really knows who started hitting balls with sticks first.

I’ve only regular-sized golfed once. But like so many people, I do enjoy a good game of golf, especially if castles, windmills and Astroturf are involved. Frankly, I’ve never met a miniature golf course I didn’t like. Even when they are bad, they are good.

Here’s to both scales of golf, swingers and YOU!

Charles Phoenix
Los Angeles, CA
May 31, 2011