GET TIX NOW: LAS VEGAS, NV
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
FREE Live Slide Show Performance Celebrating The Architecture Of Sun, Fun And Fantasy!
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
NO TICKETS OR RESERVATIONS for this show.
Just show up
Go Metro to Union Station
GET TIX NOW: NASHVILLE, TN
Live Comedy Performance Celebrating Classic And Kitschy Country & Western Life & Style
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
Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating The Epic City By The Sea ...
2025 E 4th St,
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
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 !!! …
Everybody loves it when a cow jumps over the moon. But we love it even more when it’s a neon cow jumping over a neon moon perched high-in-the-sky on an erector set platform on the roof of a ranch-style roadside restaurant. Looks like she might even be a tail wagger! I’m sure the ‘59 Chrysler, ’55 Mercury, ’57 Chevy and Ford pickup are enjoying the view from the front row.
According to the long and narrow signage, hamburgers, hot dogs, steaks and fried chicken may be on the menu here, but milk is definitely the main course. It’s all-you-can-drink for 10 cents. If you really like leche you can enter their famous “Who-can-drink-the-most” contest. Win or lose, don’t forget to smell your way back to the pasture to meet and marvel at the milk makers. Cows and restaurants go so well together!
The Milk Farm originated in 1928. In 1986 it closed after, according to the legend, the wind huffed and puffed and blew a big ‘ol hole in the roof. In 2000, what was left of the building was dismantled and put into storage with hopes that someday the Milk Farm would be resurrected.
Today, only the luna hoppin’ Holstein still stands on the property where it serves as an unofficial, yet beloved local landmark.
If the day ever comes when the Milk Farm moos again, I’ll be the first one in line for the milk-drinking contest. Unless your lactose intolerant, or even if you are, I hope you can be there when they plug in the neon cow so we can all be over the moon when she jumps the neon moon once again!
Here’s to the cow, the milk, the Milk Farm and YOU!
May 17, 2011
Los Angeles, CA
A gray-suited man is casually perched on the side steps of San Francisco’s iconic ride as it travels Nob Hill. Before him a ’60 Plymouth taxi follows the dovelike flight of a ’60 Ford Starliner as it blurs into a turn. Behind him, perspective plays games as the cable car heads up that oh-so fashionable hill past a little red side-mounted sign on which Fairmount Hotel Tonga Room is written in neon. It marks the entrance to San Francisco’s most deluxe and enduring tiki bar and restaurant.
Tucked away deep inside the famous Fairmont Hotel, the Tonga Room is the city’s kitschiest tourist attraction. The centerpiece and crowning touch is the pool where, to this day, the live band plays floating on a little stage. And if that’s not exotic enough for you, it fake rains every 20 minutes. And who doesn’t love fake rain while drinking and dining!
So if you are in mood for a Mai Tai and puu-puu platter this is the absolute perfect place for you and your tribe to belly up to the tiki bar and unleash a primal scream of pure joy. Rice-a-Roni isn’t the only San Francisco treat. So is the legendary Tonga Room.
BUT…BIG BUT… whatever you do…don’t dawdle get there ASAP. Developers have been threatening to demo the Tonga Room to build a mondo condo tower for years.
Speaking of SF, I’m deeee-lighted to be debuting my RETRO SLIDE SHOW there, a deep-fried and delicious live comedy performance celebrating classic and kitschy mid-century American life and style…tourist traps theme parks, space age suburbia, car culture and much much more!
Thursday night, April 14th, 8 p.m. at the Roxie Theater.
Here’s to San Francisco, the Tonga Room and YOU!
March 26, 2011
Los Angeles, CA
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Clotheslines and power lines pattern an overcast sky. A trio of gents poses with a ferocious lion, fortune teller, blue-eyed clown and barefoot monkey. They are in the backyard of a classic Van Nuys track home. One of the men, I don't know which one, owns a party store on Van Nuys Blvd. He rents these standees out. Each is a precious one-of-a-kind work of art as you can see...
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Going through other people's old slides I've seen a lot of cakes but this one is unexplainable. Yellow, orange, Chinese red, avocado green and black lumps of mystery matter on top of tan frosting. It's ANOTHER WEIRD CAKE - and the SLIDE-OF-THE-WEEK. Cake is special. It would be unfathomable to celebrate a wedding, anniversary or birthday without one.
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The 1960 Plymouth Fury is one of the most spectacular cars of the space age! First of all, the name, FURY! It's the only car ever named for violent anger or rage. How weird is that? That pointy front fender; the shape of the wheel wells and yes, just in case you didn't notice, those ravishing rooster tail fins! Cock-a-doodle-doo!
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