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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

LAX Theme Building

A '64 Ford yellow cab, couple of cross walkers, lot full of cars, and cocktail pick-starburst-octopus-skinless umbrella-like parking lot light fixture are picture perfect accessories to one of the most stylish structures on the planet, The Theme Building...

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Tony the Tiger

A flat board cut and painted in the likeness of the world’s most famous striped advertising mascot and his offspring, Tony Jr., provide a picture perfect backdrop for tourists visiting Kellogg’s World headquarters.

The contented posers wear their promotional paper headpiece hand-outs with ease of comfort like a king or queen wears a crown.

Kellogg’s legendary Corn Flakes is the morning milk mate that started Americans on a glutenous breakfast cereal eating binge in 1898.

In 1953, someone in the Kellogg’s test kitchen apparently didn’t think American’s blood glucose count was high enough. So they came up with the brighter than bright idea to take the granddaddy of all boxed breakfast cereals and make it sweeter than sweet by dousing each little corn flake with a dose of high fructose corn syrup. Frosted Flakes were born.

Ever since that fateful day human taste buds have been sending enthusiastic signals to the brain saying what Tony’s been saying since the beginning:  “They’re Grrrrreat!”  Even when they are milk-logged, they’re still Grrrreat!

Here’s Tony, his Frosted Flakes and YOU!

Charles Phoenix
September 27, 2011
Los Angeles, CA

SLIDE OF THE WEEK

JFK Airport, 1964

A pilot stands waiting for a ride. Five station wagons including a black ’63 Ford Falcon Squire and white ’64 Dodge crowd the loading and unloading zone. Suitcases sit on the curb. Yes, a typical airport scene with one exception - the terminal is straight out of a sci-fi fantasy.

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Los Angeles Farmers Market 1964

I had lunch at Farmers Market today and oh, was it good! It’s never easy for me to decide what to have there but upon a trustworthy recommendation I tried Magee’s famous corned beef on rye for the first time. It was the best I’ve EVER had. Far thicker than average slices of succulent, salty pink meat between two pillows of rye bread. I dabbed each bite with delicious homemade horseradish and occasionally added a forkful of slaw to the mix. It was truly a taste treat sensation of the highest order.

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