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GET TIX NOW: PALM SPRINGS, CA

CHARLES PHOENIX: PALM SPRINGS DOUBLE DECKER BUS TOUR

Presented By Modernism Week

FEBRUARY 20, 2017
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MODERNISM WEEK CAMP
350 S. PALM CANYON DRIVE
PALM SPRINGS, CA


Prepare for your Palm Springs loving pride to swell when Ambassador of Americana and tour guide extraordinaire, Charles Phoenix, leads you on this festive and fun-filled 2.5 hour tour atop a modern double decker, open-air bus.

Departing from CAMP, this exclusive tour is a rare opportunity to experience unobstructed views of over walls and hedges of the legendary residential, commercial and civic landmarks that made Palm Springs world famous for great architecture.

Combining his mid-century expertise and keen eye for detail, Charles shares the legend and lore of dozens mid-century modern buildings and other architectural treasures tracing the history of local modernism.

This is a rare opportunity to experience unobstructed views over walls and hedges of legendary homes and hotels such as the Movie Colony, Vista Las Palmas, Twin Palms, and Racquet Club Estates. See Neutra’s iconic Kaufmann House, the Wexler Steel Homes and the spellbinding homes of Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley.

Charles also offers insightful shopping, dining and other sightseeing tips! You will never think of Palm Springs the same way again!

MIDTOUR BATHROOM STOP: at the iconic Tramway Gas Station (1963) by Albert Frey, now the Palm Springs Visitors Center.

Tours happen rain or shine.

All seats are on the upper deck and exposed to the elements. Hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen are recommended; jackets on cooler days.

Stairs are required to reach the upper deck; all tours are wheelchair accessible on the lower level only.

This tour does NOT include interiors, only exterior views.

Sorry, no children under 12.

GET TIX NOW: PALM SPRINGS, CA

CHARLES PHOENIX CAKE & COCKTAILS AT THE MONKEY TREE HOTEL

Mid-Century Poolside Party At The Newly Restored Monkey Tree Hotel, Built In 1962

 

MONKEY TREE HOTEL
2388 E. Racquet Club Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262


Celebrate mid-century modern marvelousness with Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, at this exclusive yellow and turquoise themed poolside party with Monkey Tree Hotel owners, Kathy and Gary Friedle, winners of the Palm Springs Modern Committee 2016 Preservation Award.

The Monkey Tree’s authentic mid-century modern style, décor and cheery color scheme and inspired the festive yellow and turquoise party theme.

Craft cocktails, beer and wine will be served. Following a toast, an eye-popping, taste bud-tantalizing, towering cake, will be served in the tradition of the Charles Phoenix Test Kitchen-meets-Monkey Tree Inn’s classic Palm Springs style.

THINGS TO KNOW:

Festive Turquoise and Yellow dress is highly encouraged … but not expected.

This exclusive event presented by the Palm Springs Modern Committee, takes place during Palm Springs Modernism Week.

Special Parking Instructions: Parking is available just to the west of the Monkey Tree Hotel: at the First School of the Desert, located at 2300 E. Racquet Club Drive, and at the Church of Religious Science, located at 2100 E. Racquet Club Drive.

Sorry, no pets.

Ages: 21 and older.

GET TIX NOW: LOS ANGELES, CA

CHARLES PHOENIX’S “DISNEYLAND” TOUR OF DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES

6-hour Walking And Bus Experience Of DTLA As A Big Theme Park!

 

Union Station
800 N. Alameda, Los Angeles


This tour begins at 11am sharp, outside the main front entrance of Union Station, and ends at 5PM, also at Union Station

“Rediscover Downtown Los Angeles as I have” says your tour guide Charles Phoenix, “It’s just like a theme park!” Experience the charm of MAIN STREET USA, exotica of ADVENTURELAND, wilderness of FRONTIERLAND, magic of FANTASYLAND, and future of TOMORROWLAND all in the heart and soul of the city!

This experience includes these legendary L.A. landmarks and so much more!

Union Station, the last grand train station built in the USA.

Ride on the Gold Line “Monorail” to exotic and colorful Chinatown.

Olvera Street landmarks and flavor; including a stop for Taquitos at Cileto Lindo, my treat!

Clifton’s Cafeteria, for a “no host” lunch and tour of the newly reopened and reimagined iconic eatery extravaganza.

Iconic 1894 Bradbury Building

Grand Central Market walk-thru to the Angel Flight stairs to the futuristic Water Garden and past the Broad Museum of Art on our way to the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Carroll Avenue for a stroll through the largest concentration of Victorian houses in Southern California.

Bob Baker’s Marionette Puppet Theater for a classic puppet show performance followed by cake and ice cream served in the party room and much, much more!

PLEASE NOTE: Tour tickets are good for this date only. Lunch at CLIFTONS is *no-host. Museum, show tickets, snacks, and transportation are all included in the ticket price. Itinerary may change without notice. This tour happens rain or shine. Wear comfortable walking shoes and PLEASE BE ON TIME!

 

 

GET TIX NOW: SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA

CHARLES PHOENIX: RETRO DISNEYLAND SLIDE SHOW

A Live Comedy Performance Celebrating The Original Magic Kingdom In The '50s & '60s!

 

Spanos Theatre - Cal Poly
1 Grand Ave
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407


Be prepared for your Disneyland loving spirit to soar when the Ambassador of Americana takes you to the granddaddy of all theme parks when it was new.

With his spectacular collection of “found” mid-century era Kodachrome images, unbridled enthusiasm and keen eye for detail, Charles shares the early days and backstories of Main Street USA, Adventureland, Fantasyland, Frontierland and Tomorrowland.

See long-gone attractions including the Phantom Boats, Flying Saucers, Indian Village, People Mover, House of the Future and Carousel of Progress and the original Tomorrowland – promoted as “The World of 1986,” and the all-new Tomorrowland in 1967.

Your imagination will be inspired and your spirit will soar !!! …

GET TIX NOW: LAS VEGAS, NV

CHARLES PHOENIX BIG RETRO SLIDE SHOW AT VIVA LAS VEGAS

Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating Classic And Kitschy American Life And Style!

 

ORLEANS HOTEL SHOWROOM
4500 W TROPICANA AV
LAS VEGAS, NV


Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender presents … the Ambassador of Americana roasting and toasting mid-century era pop culture in two different slide shows, Friday at 3:30 pm and Sunday at 5pm

With his keen expertise, sharp eye for oddball detail and gracious sense of humor, Charles spins his fantastic flea-market found vintage Kodachrome slides and retro road trip adventure discoveries into a crazy kaleidoscope of extreme mid-century architecture, car culture, suburban style, tourist traps, theme parks, and much more.

Be prepared for your imagination to be inspired, spirit to soar and American pride to swell!

GET TIX NOW: LOS ANGELES, CA

CHARLES PHOENIX: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIALAND

FREE Live Slide Show Performance Celebrating The Architecture Of Sun, Fun And Fantasy!

APRIL 21, 2017 @ 8:30 PM
 

LOS ANGELES
UNION STATION


Metro presents … Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, and his fun-fueled whirlwind slide show adventure exploring SoCal’s undiscovered, underrated and misunderstood mid-century architectural gems past and present.

With his trademark enthusiasm, eye for odd-ball detail, and keen expertise, Charles roasts and toasts spectacular suburban style, space-age drive-ins, coffee shops, bowling alleys, shopping centers, extreme homes, dingbat apartments, fast food restaurants, theme parks and much more all in glorious color … in color!

Be prepared for your local pride to swell!

Festive dress is encouraged … but not expected.

APRIL 21, 2017 8:30pm

LOS ANGELES
UNION STATION

NO TICKETS OR RESERVATIONS for this show. Just show up

GET TIX NOW: NASHVILLE, TN

CHARLES PHOENIX RETRO WILD WEST SLIDE SHOW AT NASHVILLE BOOGIE

Live Comedy Performance Celebrating Classic And Kitschy Country & Western Life & Style

 

Opryland Hotel
2800 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN


Nashville Boogie Vintage Weekender and Car Show 2017 presents … Retro pop culture humorist and author Charles Phoenix in an *all-new* slide show extravaganza of “flea-market found” Kodachrome slides and retro field trip discoveries picturing vintage wild west fashions, classic car culture, iconic roadside attractions, tacky tourist traps, legendary theme parks, and much more.

Be prepared for your national pride to swell, imagination to be inspired, and wild west lovin’ spirit to soar!

Charles lights up Big Boy at Bob's Broiler in Downey, SoCal!!!

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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Diner Dining

Circular signs of Gulf and Coca Cola dot in the distance across the parking lot where bright-eyed, dull-colored cars, parked outside boxy double white windowpanes, wait for their owners...

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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Bob's Big Boy

Who can ever forget the Bob's Big Boy Combo? That signature mushy double burger littered with wilted shredded lettuce, dressed with their own hamburger relish and gobs of mayonnaise served with a bonus bun in the middle. Not only was it difficult to swallow, but it was the inspiration for the Big Mac.

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