Live Comedy Retro Slide Show Performance Celebrating Sin City in the 50s & 60s!

Liberace Mansion
4982 Shirley Street
Las Vegas, NV 89119

Be prepared for your local loving spirit to soar, Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix is celebrating vintage Vegas, at the Liberace Mansion. With his keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm, and eagle-eye for oddball detail, Charles shares…Read More



Live Comedy Performance Celebrating the World’s Most Famous Valley

Valley Relics Museum
7900 Balboa Blvd #C3
Van Nuys, CA 91406

Surrounded by the electrifying collection pop culture treasures of Valley Relics Museum, Ambassador of Americana Charles Phoenix roasts and toasts the iconic San Fernando Valley. With his rousing enthusiasm, gracious wit and keen eye for…Read More



Live Retro Slide Show Performance Celebrating SoCal's Enchanted Island!

Avalon Casino Theatre
1 Casino Way
Avalon, CA 90704

Catalina Island Museum presents ... Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, at the iconic Casino's spectacular 1929 Art Deco movie palace. Be prepared for your Catalina loving' spirit to SOAR when Charles sweeps us away on…Read More




Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating the Epic City by the Sea

Art Theatre
2025 E 4th St
Long Beach, CA

Be prepared for your Long Beach lovin’ pride to SWELL when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, sweeps us away on a “then and now” time travel slide show adventure extravaganza exploring Long Beach’s landmarks and…Read More



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.”


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!