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ADDICTED TO AMERICANA

Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Launching Retro Pop Culture Into The Stratosphere!

 

Palm Springs Art Museum
101 N. Museum Dr.
Palm Springs, CA


Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix shares the very best of his retro road-trip discoveries and colorful kaleidoscope of found vintage Kodachrome slides from his latest book, Addicted to Americana. It’s a marvelous mashup of mid-century of stories and glories of spectacular space-age style, amazing attractions, local landmarks, roadside wonders, festive foods, crazy car culture, and futuristic transportation and more galore all in glorious Kodachrome COLOR! Be prepared for your national pride to swell, and your American spirit to soar!

BOOK SIGNING RECEPTION: Following the performance, Charles will sign copies of his new book, Addicted to Americana, in the Meyerman Sculpture Garden. Wine will be served.

Presented by the Photography Collection Council of Palm Springs Art Museum.


 

 

PALM SPRINGS BUS TOUR

Presented By Modernism Week

OCTOBER 19, 2017
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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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ADDICTED TO AMERICANA
SACRAMENTO, CA

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
Sacramento, CA


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).

EVENT SCHEDULE:

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


 

 

ADDICTED TO AMERICANA
KANSAS CITY, KS

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)

SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Inn of Tomorrow

How much are we all loving those astro piñatas orbiting alongside that inner galactic galaxy of hanging lamps? They mix and mingle so well with that big blue futuristic video game, early automotive kit craft wall art and pea green armadillo sniffing the beautiful blue green shag carpet. Those blue and green hoops and bubbles glued on the bannister and front desk don't disappoint either...

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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Uncle Watermelon

Patriots partying in polyester pose with the best Fourth of July centerpiece ever! Whoever dreamed up this bicentennial-born vegetable faced fruit head deserves an award and a big box of fireworks.  He’s like Mr. Potato Head but bigger, sweeter and more patriotic.

OK, let’s admit it. Everyone loves it when a big delicious watermelon has red pepper lips, green pepper eyebrows, carrot and olive eyeballs, and dill pickle nose and ears. The defining touch and perfect topper, is a snappy Uncle Sam top hat fresh from the party store.

At last! Uncle Watermelon is just the tabletop mascot for Fourth of July. What Frosty the Snowman is to Christmas, Uncle Watermelon is to July Fourth.

When the party is almost over and the last fireworks are being lit, ask yourself an important question: do we slice and serve him or blow him up?

Let the Uncle Watermelon crafting begin!

Here’s to your Uncle Watermelon centerpiece, polyester patriots, this great country’s 235th B-day and YOU!

Charles Phoenix
June 30, 2010
Los Angeles, CA

SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Comton Drive-In, Compton, CA, 1979

About ten or eleven years ago curiosity got the best of me and I decided that I just had to see the house that my mother grew up in in Compton. My grandparents moved out of it when I was five and I hadn't seen it since. So I looked up the address in the Thomas Guide and headed over there.

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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Phoenix Family Christmas 1970

I’m breaking my own rule this week. This is not a slide, it’s a snapshot. But it’s the only picture I have of my family at Christmas.

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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Rogue River Oregon 1970

Fish are the most photographed creature in the animal kingdom. Dogs come in second, then cats, birds and bears round out the top five. But unlike the other animals the fish are always dead. And of course, just like in this slide, someone is holding them up grinning from ear to ear.

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