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ADDICTED TO AMERICANA

Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Launching Retro Pop Culture Into The Stratosphere!

 

Palm Springs Art Museum
101 N. Museum Dr.
Palm Springs, CA


Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix shares the very best of his retro road-trip discoveries and colorful kaleidoscope of found vintage Kodachrome slides from his latest book, Addicted to Americana. It’s a marvelous mashup of mid-century of stories and glories of spectacular space-age style, amazing attractions, local landmarks, roadside wonders, festive foods, crazy car culture, and futuristic transportation and more galore all in glorious Kodachrome COLOR! Be prepared for your national pride to swell, and your American spirit to soar!

BOOK SIGNING RECEPTION: Following the performance, Charles will sign copies of his new book, Addicted to Americana, in the Meyerman Sculpture Garden. Wine will be served.

Presented by the Photography Collection Council of Palm Springs Art Museum.


 

 

PALM SPRINGS BUS TOUR

Presented By Modernism Week

OCTOBER 19, 2017
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501 S. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA


Experience Palm Springs with the Ambassador of Americana! Humorist and tour guide extraordinaire, Charles Phoenix, will lead you on an entertaining adventure atop a double-decker, open-air bus.

With his unbridled enthusiasm, delightful design expertise, and keen eye for oddball detail, Charles’ spirited tour highlights exterior views of dozens of spectacular mid-century modern estates and homes, commercial and civic buildings, retro neighborhoods and other treasures that have made Palm Springs world famous.

Peer over the walls and hedges of landmark homes and hotels in legendary neighborhoods, including Vista Las Palmas, The Movie Colony, Twin Palms and more. Marvel at Elvis’ “House of Tomorrow” and the famed “Twin Palms” estate of Frank Sinatra. Charles also shares his favorite local restaurants, resorts, bars, boutiques, and other not to be missed local attractions.

AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT – GET YOUR TIX NOW!


 

 

ADDICTED TO AMERICANA
SACRAMENTO, CA

Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating Classic And Kitschy American Life And Style + Book Signing And Ice Cream Social

 

California Automobile Museum
2200 Front Street
Sacramento, CA


Hosted by the California Automobile Museum and presented by SacMod … Prepare for your patriotic pride to swell when the Ambassador of Americana launches retro pop culture into the stratosphere! With unbridled enthusiasm and keen expertise, Charles unleashes his stories and glories of spectacular space-age style, amazing attractions, local landmarks, roadside wonders, fun foods, festive fashions, crazy car culture, futuristic transportation and more galore. Your imagination will be inspired and your American spirit will soar!

Come for the show…stay for the Addicted to Americana book signing, classic cars and ice cream social!

Festive dress is encouraged (but not expected).

EVENT SCHEDULE:

6:30pm – Doors open – California Automobile Museum is opne- join us for a “no host bar.”

7:30pm – Performance – Addicted to Americana.

9:00pm – Book Signing and Ice Cream Social – After the show Charles will sign copies of his new book, Addicted to Americana, while the Museum serves ice cream and root beer floats


 

 

ADDICTED TO AMERICANA
KANSAS CITY, KS

Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating Classic And Kitschy American Life And Style & Book Signing Party

 

Johnson County Museum
8788 Metcalf Ave
Kansas City, KS, 66212


Presented by Johnson County Museum … the Ambassador of Americana Charles Phoenix, launches retro pop culture into the stratosphere! With unbridled enthusiasm and keen expertise, he shares his stories and glories of spectacular space-age style, vintage attractions, local landmarks, roadside wonders, fun foods, crazy car culture, futuristic transportation and more galore. American spirit will soar!

Come for the show … stay for the Addicted to Americana and book signing party.

Festive dress is encouraged (but not expected)

SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Wigwam Drive By - Rialto, CA 1957

 

Cement tepee-shaped motel rooms seen from a rolled-down driver’s side window glisten in the rain-soaked sky blue blacktop. This is not any ‘ol motel. Oh no! Wigwam Village is Southern California’s most precious and famous Route 66 landmark.

Built in 1950, it was the last in the chain of eight Wigwam Motels. Miraculously this and two of the other locations, Cave Creek, Kentucky, and Holbrook, Arizona, are still standing in all their Americana glory for us to cherish (and stay in) today.

Thanks in part to the Disney movie “Cars” they are enjoying a well deserved revival in popularity. What have we all been waiting for? They’re adorable!!!

In the ‘70s I can remember driving past the Rialto Wigwam Motel when the slogan beneath the sign said “Do it in a Tepee!”

A few years ago I spent my first night in a wigwam in Holbrook, Arizona. I walked in my room, um wigwam, and immediately felt an unexplainable mystical magical force field of pure Americana energy like I’d never experienced before (and no, I hadn’t been smokin’ anything!) There is something powerful about standing, sitting, showering and laying down inside one these icons of the Americana roadside.

You haven’t really lived the Americana dream until you too have spent a night in a wigwam. Whatever you “Do in a Tepee,” do something! Your imagination will be inspired and your spirit will soar!

Here’s to all Wigwam Motels and YOU!

Charles Phoenix
April 5, 2011
Los Angeles, CA