Sleeping Beauty’s Castle is slightly double exposed on the House of the Future. Its medieval meets mid-century! Medievalism and modernism have never been so close. For a mere, but marvelous ten years, between 1957 and 1967, Disneyland’s legendary all-plastic House of the Future was just outside of Tomorrowland, perched on a pedestal, steps from the castle. They both represent fairy tales – one speaks of the future and the other of the past.CLICK FOR MORE!
Presented By Modernism Week
501 S. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA
Experience Palm Springs with the Ambassador of Americana! Humorist and tour guide extraordinaire, Charles Phoenix, will lead you on an entertaining adventure atop a double-decker, open-air bus.
With his unbridled enthusiasm, delightful design expertise, and keen eye for oddball detail, Charles’ spirited tour highlights exterior views of dozens of spectacular mid-century modern 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” and the 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.
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Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating Classic And Kitschy American Life And Style + Book Signing And Ice Cream Social
California Automobile Museum
2200 Front Street
Hosted by the California Automobile Museum and presented by SacMod … Prepare for your patriotic pride to swell when the Ambassador of Americana launches retro pop culture into the stratosphere! With unbridled enthusiasm and keen expertise, Charles unleashes his stories and glories of spectacular space-age style, amazing attractions, local landmarks, roadside wonders, fun foods, festive fashions, crazy car culture, futuristic transportation and more galore. Your imagination will be inspired and your American spirit will soar!
Come for the show…stay for the Addicted to Americana book signing, classic cars and ice cream social!
Festive dress is encouraged (but not expected).
6:30pm – Doors open – California Automobile Museum is opne- join us for a “no host bar.”
7:30pm – Performance – Addicted to Americana.
9:00pm – Book Signing and Ice Cream Social – After the show Charles will sign copies of his new book, Addicted to Americana, while the Museum serves ice cream and root beer floats
Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating Classic And Kitschy American Life And Style & Book Signing Party
Johnson County Museum
8788 Metcalf Ave
Kansas City, KS, 66212
Presented by Johnson County Museum … the Ambassador of Americana Charles Phoenix, launches retro pop culture into the stratosphere! With unbridled enthusiasm and keen expertise, he shares his stories and glories of spectacular space-age style, vintage attractions, local landmarks, roadside wonders, fun foods, crazy car culture, futuristic transportation and more galore. American spirit will soar!
Come for the show … stay for the Addicted to Americana and book signing party.
Festive dress is encouraged (but not expected)
The iconic Space Needle is the most famous landmark from the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. Understandably so, since it was the expo’s centerpiece and crowning touch! To this day, thank goodness, it remains the super star of the Seattle skyline! But, it’s not the fair’s only mid-century modern leftover.
The beloved Bubbleator also survived. During the brief, but meaningful, run of the fair, then all the way until 1984, the world’s only bubble shaped elevator transported peeps for a short, memorable ride up and down one floor.
As if the turquoise upholstery, multi-colored, giant bubble carpet and grass shaky ceiling isn’t enough to count the Sip ‘n Dip as an honest to goodness great American kitsch classic, it is one of two remaining vintage bars in the country, with a window into a motel swimming pool.CLICK FOR MORE!
Behold the glory of the iconic Holiday Inn sign. So gigantic it simply miniaturizes the trio of tourists posing beside it. The optimistic "hand-written" font blazing the name across the sky is nearly hypnotic. The colors are clownish and cartoonish...CLICK FOR MORE!
White Front started in Watts in 1955. Mr. Blackman was the owner. He drove a white Cadillac. The name refers to the white fronts of refrigerators he sold. He didn’t offer the decorator colors of the day as other dealers did...CLICK FOR MORE!