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FEBRUARY 29, 2020
LOS ANGELES, CA

FREE EVENT – BOB BAKER DAY 2020
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Los Angeles State Historic Park
1245 N Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90012


Celebrate the 6th-annual Bob Baker Day with an all-day carnival at the beautiful Los Angeles State Historic Park, complete with puppets, music, games, and more fun! FREE and OPEN to all on February 29th! “Ambassador…Read More


 

 

JOSHUA TREE, CA

CHARLES PHOENIX: ADDICTED TO AMERICANA
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59700 Twentynine Palms Highway
Joshua Tree, CA 92252


The Whole Arts Auxiliary presents an Evening with Retro Pop Culture Humorist, Charles Phoenix! The first of our Desert Dinner Series events. The event will include: - A Tour of the Joshua Tree Retreat Center's…Read More


 

 

CHARLES PHOENIX: MID-CENTURY IS MY MUSE
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3rd Street Theater at Phoenix Center for the Arts
1202 North 3rd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004


Spirited live slide show performance by Holiday Jubilee author Charles Phoenix, celebrating classic and kitschy American life and style. With his unbridled enthusiasm, quick-wit and keen expertise, he reveals an eye-popping array of space age style, car…Read More


 

 

CHARLES PHOENIX: MID-CENTURY IS MY MUSE
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Viva Las Vegas - Orleans Showroom


Show tickets are included with Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender tickets. Spirited live slide show performance by Holiday Jubilee author Charles Phoenix, celebrating classic and kitschy American life and style. With his unbridled enthusiasm, quick-wit and keen…Read More


 

 

CHARLES PHOENIX: MID-CENTURY IS MY MUSE

Curtis Theatre
1 Civic Center Cir
Brea, CA 92821


Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix roasts and toasts space age suburbia, car culture, road trips, theme parks, googie architecture, vintage fashion, home decor and more … With his unbridled enthusiasm, gregarious wit and keen eye…Read More


 

SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Paint-by-number Blonde

Who is this perky girl’s colorist? Whoever they are, give them a raise!  But what we really want to know is what kind of toxic chemicals it took to get her curls so glossy so flossy they look like spun sugar?

We do know she poses proudly before a pleasant peanut butter-colored wall adorned by a trio of paint-by-numbers.  Though the honey blond wood framed scenes depict the Old World they are most certainly products of the New World.

Not only do we have Detroit to thank for the automobile and Motown, the legendary city is also responsible for bestowing upon the world one of our all-time favorite Americana crafts: paint-by-numbers.

Detroit’s Palmer Paint Company introduced the kits at the 1952 New York Toy Show. The new instant-art form allowed anyone and everyone to be an artist and quickly became a craze that swept the nation. By 1955 more than 12 million kits had been sold.

Paint-by-numbers are to the art world what TV dinners are to the food world.

Today, vintage paint-by-numbers are prized collectables.

If you love them the way I do, may I suggest you add the Paint-by-Number book, by William L. Bird, to your personal library. My bookshelf wouldn’t be complete with out it!

Here’s to spun sugar hair, peanut butter walls, paint-by-numbers and YOU!