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DECEMBER 10, 2017 • 12pm-4
CHATSWORTH, CA

ADDICTED TO AMERICANA
BOOK SIGNING AT VALLEY RELICS MUSEUM
Free Event

21630 Marilla St.
Chatsworth, CA 91311


Join Charles at Valley Relics, alongside an intoxicating treasure trove of spellbinding mid-century San Fernando Valley artifacts and the 9th annual toy drive and car cruise in. Books will be available for purchase. Festive retro dress is encouraged but not expected.


 

 

ADDICTED TO AMERICANA
BOOK SIGNING AT LOS ANGELES BREAKFAST CLUB
Breakfast will be served … YUM!

Friendship Auditorium
3201 Riverside Dr.
Los Angeles, CA


Join Charles Phoenix for a BREAKFAST, (yes, breakfast) a slide “showette” performance, and book signing at LA’s historic breakfast club where they’ve been serving it every Wednesday since 1925. Books will be available at the venue.


 

 

DECEMBER 16, 2017 • 2-4pm
LOS ANGELES, CA

ADDICTED TO AMERICANA
BOOK SIGNING AT BAUER POTTERY SHOWROOM
FREE EVENT – Be Prepared for COLOR !!!

Bauer Pottery Showroom
3051 Rosslyn St
Los Angeles, CA


Join Charles at the EPIC Bauer Showroom, an EPIC extravaganza display timeless classic California pottery. Books will be available for purchase.

Festive retro dress is encouraged but not expected.


 

 

PALM SPRINGS, CA

ADDICTED TO AMERICANA
Live Comedy Slide Show Performance

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


Prepare for your national pride to swell when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, launches retro pop culture into the stratosphere! With his keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm and eagle eye for oddball detail, he shares the very best of his retro road-trip discoveries and colorful kaleidoscope of found vintage Kodachrome slides from the pages of his latest book, Addicted to Americana.

This is 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, futuristic transportation and more galore in glorious Kodachorme COLOR! Your imagination will be inspired and your American spirit will soar!

A reception and book signing will follow the performance in the Meyerman Sculpture Garden where Charles will sign copies of Addicted to Americana.

Presented by Palm Springs Art Museum’s Photography Collection Council with support from Alcazar and Lenora Hume.


 

 

PALM SPRINGS BUS TOUR
Mid-Century Mod Architectural Drive-by Excursion Extravaganza

Modernism Week CAMP
230 Museum Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262


Tour the mecca of mid-century atop a double-decker, open-air bus with Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix. With his unbridled enthusiasm, delightful design expertise, and keen eye for oddball detail, Charles’ spirited tour highlights exterior views of dozens of spectacular classic 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” Hideaway and 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 in Palm Springs.

Special Instructions

Check-In: Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your tour departure time.
Seating: Tickets are for upper deck only. Hats and sunscreen highly recommended for sun exposure. Wheelchair accessible for lower deck only.
Prohibited: Alcoholic beverages, smoking, vaping, food, glass containers, and pets.
Comfort Stop: Yes
EXTERIOR VIEWS ONLY
AVOID DISAPOINTMENT – GET YOUR TIX NOW!


 

SLIDE OF THE WEEK

I Love A Beautiful Family Portrait.

Shotgun Family Portrait

I love a beautiful Family Portrait.

It’s especially wonderful when everyone’s clad in warm weather woolens and cool cottons, it’s dark outside, there’s a beanbag ashtray sneaking into the picture and… Junior’s got a gun!

And that’s OK because everybody knows that sometimes someone in the family might just need to be “eliminated!”

Here’s to family portraits, beanbag ashtrays and you!

Charles Phoenix
March 8, 2012

SLIDE OF THE WEEK

1956 Dodge Hood and Fender Family Portrait

 

I suggest that you let this be an inspiration to you to pose your family on the family car and take a picture!

Charles Phoenix
March 11,2011
Los Angeles, CA

SLIDE OF THE WEEK

TWO MEN, FOUR LADIES, THREE LITTLE BOYS AND A BABY.

Family Portrait, 1955

Aqua cinderblock walls with peeling paint and matching rumpled plush carpet provide a perfect monotone backdrop for this week's slide: FAMILY PORTRAIT, SOMEWHERE, USA, 1955...

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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Phoenix Family Christmas 1970

I’m breaking my own rule this week. This is not a slide, it’s a snapshot. But it’s the only picture I have of my family at Christmas.

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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Southern California Family Portrait

Last week I had a pop-culture experience of the highest order. I was headed south on the 405 just past Long beach on my way to a Southern Californialand book signing at Book Soup at South Coast Plaza. It was rush hour and traffic was stop-and-go, of course. Then suddenly my spirit was soaring in a way that it never had before. I spotted the Oscar Meyer Weenie Mobile a few cars in front of me. Soon we were side-by-side and stayed that way a few miles. Getting stuck in traffic with the Oscar Meyer Weenie Mobile is WONDERFUL!!

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