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RETRO DISNEYLAND SLIDE SHOW
Live Comedy Performance Celebrating the Original Magic Kingdom in the 50s & 60s

Zion Lutheran Church
Anaheim, CA


All proceeds benefit the 95th Annual Halloween Parade … The Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, takes you back in time to the granddaddy of all theme parks when it was new. With his unbridled enthusiasm,…Read More


 

 

ADDICTED TO AMERICANA
Live Comedy Retro Travelogue Slide Show Celebrating Classic and Kitschy American Life and Style!

Haugh Performing Arts Center
Glendora, CA


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


 

 

OCTOBER 18, 2018
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PALM SPRINGS, CA

PALM SPRINGS BUS TOUR
Presented by Modernism Week

501 S Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA


Retro pop culture humorist and Addicted to Americana author, Charles Phoenix leads a spirited adventure atop a double-decker, open-air bus highlighting exterior views of spectacular midcentury modern estates and neighborhoods, commercial and civic buildings, and…Read More


 

 

RETRO HOLIDAY JUBILEE
Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating Classic and Kitschy Holiday Life and Style

Chandler Center
250 Arizona Ave
Chandler, AZ


Be prepared for your spirit to soar when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, sweeps you away on a hilarious hi-octane adventure into his wild and wacky world of "flea-market found" vintage Kodachrome slides, and epic…Read More


 

 

RETRO HOLIDAY JUBILEE
Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating Classic and Kitschy Holiday Life and Style

Curtis Theater
1 Civic Center Cir
Brea, CA 92821


Be prepared for your spirit to soar when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, sweeps you away on a hilarious hi-octane adventure into his wild and wacky world of "flea-market found" vintage Kodachrome slides, and epic…Read More


 

 

CHARLES PHOENIX HOLIDAY JUBILEE
Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating Classic and Kitschy Holiday Life and Style

Grammercy Theater
127 E 23rd St
New York City, NY


Be prepared for your spirit to soar when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, sweeps you away on a hilarious hi-octane adventure into his wild and wacky world of "flea-market found" vintage Kodachrome slides, and epic…Read More


 

 

RETRO HOLIDAY JUBILEE
Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating Classic and Kitschy Holiday Life and Style

Fremont Theater
1035 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo, CA


Be prepared for your spirit to soar when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, sweeps you away on a hilarious hi-octane adventure into his wild and wacky world of "flea-market found" vintage Kodachrome slides, and epic…Read More


 

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Americana The Beautiful

While feverishly putting together Americana the Beautiful: Mid-Century Culture in Kodachrome, I was forced to ask myself the question: What is Americana anyway? Yes, its baseball and apple pie but we all know there’s a lot more to it than that! So I took a stab at trying to explain it in the book…

“Americana doesn’t discriminate between classic and kitsch, high-tech or homespun, mass produced or one-of-a-kind, the authentic or make-believe. It draws no borders between town and country. It embraces Mother Nature and man-made, the future and the past. Americana is the essence of American culture.”

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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Southern Californialand

This week’s Slide of the Week is the cover of my new book: Southern Californialand: Mid-Century Culture in Kodachrome, which has just been released. Wouldn’t you just love to hop in that 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz and be whisked away on a tour of Southern California in the 1940’s, 50’s, and 60’s? Well you can! With more than 170 spectacular images in living color, Southern Californialand shows “the land of plenty” as the locals saw it, through the lenses of their cameras back in the day.

Enjoy the stories and images of the Luer Quality Meat Rocket, Jalopy races, monorails, Disneyland’s House of the Future and Pacific Ocean Park. See the Vista Dunes Trailer Park in Indio, The Covina Bowl, Compton Drive-in Theater, Shriner’s Arabian Bazaar, fast food stands, Muscle Beach, Tiki parties, and Mayor Motor City Used Car Lot. You’ll even go behind the scenes of Cecil B. DeMille’s “The Ten Commandments.” And there’s a lot more too!