Live Slide Show Performance Celebrating Hawaii in the 1950s & 60s

Palm Springs Art Museum
101 Museum Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Be prepared for your Aloha spirit to soar when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix sweeps us away on a fun-filled midcentury Hawaiian slide show extravaganza. With his keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm, and eagle-eye for oddball…Read More



Live Retro 3-D Slide Show 3-D!

The Downtown Independent
251 S. Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

LACMA and 3-D SPACE present retro pop-culturist and Addicted to Americana author, Charles Phoenix, at the 15th Annual Los Angeles 3-D Movie Festival, celebrating a century of classic and kitschy American life and style in…Read More



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

California Automotive Museum
2200 Front St.
Sacramento, CA 95818

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



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

Petroleum Club
3636 Linden Ave
Long Beach, CA

Presented by the Historical Society of Long Beach ... Be prepared for your local pride to SWELL when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, sweeps us away on a then and now time travel slide show…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!