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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

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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