One Night – Three Acts: Live Exotica Music & Charles Phoenix Alohaland, Tikiayki Orchestra, and The Hula Girls ... presented by Stellar Shows

Yost Theater
307 N Spurgeon St.
Santa Ana, CA

Prepare to swept away by a typhoon of tiki sounds an style on this very special one night only experience of island style tunes, vintage Hawaiiana, and dancing girls at the historic Yost Theater in…Read More



Live Comedy Slide Show Performance & Car Show Celebrating Space Age Auto Styling

Automobile Driving Museum
610 Lairport St.
El Segundo, CA

Be prepared for your classic car lovin’ spirit to soar when Charles Phoenix, launches the wondrous world of mid-century motoring into the stratosphere With his keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm and eagle eye for detail, Charles…Read More



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



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



Edsel on Parade

I know, it’s mesmerizing! That double-decker horse collar grill and all-around “Queen From Outer Space”-age styling is more than we mere Earthlings are hard-wired to comprehend.

We’re lovin’ the trio of beauty queen wannabees mistaking the back seat as a throne for three.

In 1957, the Ford Motor Company introduced their all-new and ballyhooed Edsel not as a new model, but rather as a new marque, an entirely new line of cars.

According to legend, a famous automotive journalist declared, “It looks like an Oldsmobile sucking a lemon.” The public must’ve thought so too because after just three years of production,  Ford discontinued the Edsel in 1960.

People often ask me if I have a favorite vintage slide. Right now it’s definitely this one! Make no mistake:  it’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood when one of these mid-century marvels motors by.

Here’s to Edsels and YOU!

Charles Phoenix
May 10, 2011
Los Angeles, CA