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NOVEMBER 16, 2019 • 1:00-3:00pm
PALM SPRINGS, CA

HOLIDAY JUBILEE BOOK SIGNING – JUST FABULOUS
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515 N Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262


-Charles Phoenix Holiday Jubilee Book Signing -at Just Fabulous Gift Shop in Palm Springs! -Festive Dress is always encouraged ABOUT THE BOOK: With more than 500 images and 21 original Charles Phoenix “Test Kitchen” recipes,…Read More


 

 

NOVEMBER 23, 2019 • 1:00-3:00pm
GLENDALE, CA

HOLIDAY JUBILEE BOOK SIGNING – MUSEUM OF NEON ART
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216 S Brand Blvd
Glendale, CA 91204


-Charles Phoenix Holiday Jubilee Book Signing -at Museum of Neon Art in Glendale! -Festive Dress is always encouraged ABOUT THE BOOK: With more than 500 images and 21 original Charles Phoenix “Test Kitchen” recipes, HOLIDAY…Read More


 

 

HOLIDAY JUBILEE LIVE SLIDE SHOW PERFORMANCE

2025 E 4th St
Long Beach, CA 90814


LIVE COMEDY SLIDE SHOW PERFORMANCE - Get ready to celebrate New Years, Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas like NEVER before! HOLIDAY JUBILEE author, Charles Phoenix, super charges the classic living room slide show…Read More


 

 

DECEMBER 1, 2019 • 11:00am-2:00pm
LOS ANGELES, CA

HOLIDAY JUBILEE BOOK SIGNING – WALT’S BARN

5202 Zoo Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90027


-Charles Phoenix Holiday Jubilee Book Signing -at Walt Disney's Barn in Griffith Park - come for the book signing, stay for the tour! -Festive Dress is always encouraged ABOUT THE BOOK: With more than 500…Read More


 

 

HOLIDAY JUBILEE LIVE SLIDE SHOW PERFORMANCE
Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Roasting & Toasting Holiday Life & Style

Palmdale Playhouse
38334 10th St E
Palmdale, CA 93550


LIVE COMEDY SLIDE SHOW PERFORMANCE - Get ready to celebrate New Years, Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas like NEVER before! HOLIDAY JUBILEE author, Charles Phoenix, super charges the classic living room slide show…Read More


 

 

DECEMBER 8, 2019 • 12:00-3:00pm
VAN NUYS, CA

HOLIDAY JUBILEE BOOK SIGNING – VALLEY RELICS MUSEUM
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7900 Balboa Blvd
Stagg St, Van Nuys, CA 91406


-Charles Phoenix Holiday Jubilee Book Signing -at Valley Relics Museum Car Show & Toy Drive in San Fernando Valley! -Festive Dress is always encouraged ABOUT THE BOOK: With more than 500 images and 21 original…Read More


 

 

DECEMBER 10, 2019 • 7:00-8:30pm
PASADENA, CA

HOLIDAY JUBILEE BOOK SIGNING – VROMAN’S
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695 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101


-Charles Phoenix Holiday Jubilee Book Signing -At Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena -Festive Dress is always encouraged ABOUT THE BOOK: With more than 500 images and 21 original Charles Phoenix "Test Kitchen" recipes, HOLIDAY JUBILEE serves…Read More


 

 

DECEMBER 14, 2019 • 5:00-8:00pm
SF BAY AREA, CA

HOLIDAY JUBILEE BOOK SIGNING – MID CENTURY SUPPER CLUB
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2305 Alameda Ave
Alameda, California 94501


-Charles Phoenix Holiday Jubilee Book Signing -Mid Century Supper Club -Festive Dress is always encouraged ABOUT THE BOOK: With more than 500 images and 21 original Charles Phoenix "Test Kitchen" recipes, HOLIDAY JUBILEE serves up…Read More


 

 

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA

HOLIDAY JUBILEE LIVE SLIDE SHOW PERFORMANCE
Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Roasting & Toasting Holiday Life & Style

Lewis Family Playhouse
12505 Cultural Center Dr
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739


LIVE COMEDY SLIDE SHOW PERFORMANCE - Get ready to celebrate New Years, Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas like NEVER before! HOLIDAY JUBILEE author, Charles Phoenix, super charges the classic living room slide show…Read More


 

SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Milk Farm

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!

Charles Phoenix
May 17, 2011
Los Angeles, CA

SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Tonga Traffic - San Francisco, 1960

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.

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Here’s to San Francisco, the Tonga Room and YOU!

Charles Phoenix
March 26, 2011
Los Angeles, CA

P.S. You are cordially invited to join me on Facebook for more Americana goodness!

SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Party Store Rentals, Van Nuys CA

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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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Another Weird Cake

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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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Plymouth Fury

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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