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CHARLES PHOENIX: ADDICTED TO AMERICANA
Live Stand-up Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating Classic and Kitschy American Life and Style

The Shannon Center
6760 Painter Ave


Prepare for your national pride to swell when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, launches retro pop culture into the stratosphere. With his keen expertise and unbridled enthusiasm, Charles shares the stories and glories of his…Read More


 

 

PALM SPRINGS, CA

CHARLES PHOENIX: ALOHALAND
Live Slide Show Performance Celebrating Hawaii in the 1950s & 60s

Palm Springs Art Museum
101 Museum Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262


Be prepared for your Aloha spirit to soar when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix sweeps us away on a fun-filled midcentury Hawaiian slide show extravaganza. With his keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm, and eagle-eye for oddball…Read More


 

SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Jackpot City

A just-about-to-turn-night sky glows over the most colorful and electrified downtown on the planet. Welcome to Fremont Street where the dusk-to-dawn display of lights is more than impressive -- it's empowering! The winking, blinking, flashing and glittering lights are magnetic and intoxicating, ultimately seducing us to gamble.

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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Pumpkin Art 1963

The striped-stamped, two-tone turquoise and white aluminum siding of a travel trailer is a dramatic backdrop for three works of pumpkin art displayed on a classic redwood patio table protected by an early American patterned plastic table cloth...

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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Atlanta International Airport

Two businessmen toting briefcases have just arrived. From the bias-cut control tower down, this is a perfect ultra-modern mid-century scene. A T L A N T A marks the spot; a boxy building dressed in stripes; streetlights with dinosaur necks, giant lasagna noodle roofline, elevated streets and covered sidewalks. The turquoise and white color scheme is perfectly coordinated. Even the sky matches...

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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Newport Balboa Savings

Collecting and going through other peoples old slides is always a time-travel adventure. A couple of weeks ago a friend invited me over to see his family slides. In between wonderful shots of his grandparents living the life on Lido Isle in Newport Beach in the 50s and 60s, I ran across this one and just about fell out of my chair backwards! -NEWPORT BALBOA SAVINGS, NEWPORT BEACH, 1963, with a big, beautiful 1958 Cadillac Coupe de Ville front and center - (just like my grandma had; only hers was pink!) I don’t see too many slides of buildings like this probably because there weren’t any others like it! If it hadn’t been remodeled beyond recognition, just think, we could all open accounts there.

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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

John F. Kennedy on TV

This slide of the week, PRESIDENT KENNEDY ON TELEVISION, 1963, was inspired by my visit to the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealy Plaza in Dallas last week. Having just watched a video of an ABC NEWS special aired last November about that fateful day in Dallas forty years ago, my Kennedy-curiosity was as peaked as it could possibly be.

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