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NOVEMBER 25, 2017 • 11am-1pm
PALM SPRINGS, CA

ADDICTED TO AMERICANA
BOOK SIGNING IN PALM SPRINGS
FREE EVENT - at Just Fabulous … and it is!

Just Fabulous
515 N Palm Canyon Dr,
Palm Springs, CA


FREE EVENT: Join Charles at the desert’s greatest gift and book store, Just Fabulous, in the heart of Palm Springs exciting mid-century shopping district. Books will be available for purchase. Festive retro dress is encouraged but not expected.


 

 

ADDICTED TO AMERICANA
BOOK SIGNING AT FLYING MISS DAISY VINTAGE MARKET
10. at door

The Hangar at O.C. Fair and Event Center
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA


Join Charles alongside 65 vendors at Orange County’s premier holiday market. Books will be available for purchase.

Festive retro dress is encouraged but not expected.


 

 

RETRO HOLIDAY JUBILEE
ON RETRO ROW
Live Comedy Slide Show Celebrating Mid-Century Holiday Life & Style

Art Theatre Long Beach
Long Beach, CA


Presented by INRETROSPECT … Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix super charges the classic living room slide show into laugh-out-loud roast and toast of classic and kitschy New Years, Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas!

With his keen expertise, quick wit, and eagle eye for oddball detail, Charles lavishes commentary on the very best flea market-found vintage Kodachrome slides, of dining, drinking, dressing up, decorating, gifting and glamming it up for the holidays in the 50s and 60s.

Charles also shares his latest eye-popping Test Kitchen recipes, and best of guide to local holiday attractions.

This fun-filled, action packed, crazy kaleidoscope of seasonal life and style is sure to get you on the mood for the holidays like NEVER before!

Festive dress is encouraged … but not expected!

The show is a the historic Art Theatre (doors at 10:30) on Retro Row – world’s greatest shopping street!

AFTER SHOW BOOK SIGNING & CAKE PARTY … across the street at INRETROSPECT …

Charles will sign his new book, ADDICTED TO AMERICANA – Cake will be served !!! …

ALLOW EXTRA TIME FOR STREET PARKING


 

 

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!


 

FAN GALLERY

Cook Pumpum

For Thanksgiving I created the Pumpumpum, a variation on the Cherpumple, except with only pumpkin pies. For Christmas, I decided to go a bit further and place cookies INSIDE the pies as well!

While only two layers, one pumpkin pie had sugar cookies, and the other had chocolate chip. The cakes (chocolate and butter) were dyed red and green for the holiday occasion. Iced with buttercream, crushed Oreo cookies were placed on the side, and Mint Milano’s on top of the cake(s) with M&M’s in the middle.

FAN GALLERY

Laid Back Frosty

The bottom layer cracked and our Frosty the Cheeseball Man kept falling over. We ended up putting a chop stick down through to keep him vertical. Once the heat started he just laid over on his back in his pool of Rotel. I kept the heat low and he smiled up at us throughout the party, so happy we were devouring him!

FAN GALLERY

Christmas Cherpumple

Created for the office holiday baking competition, hence the Christmas Tree theme. Needless to say it was a success! Used homemade pies with store-bought cake mixes and icing.

FAN GALLERY

AstroTree

This recipe was brought to my attention by a colleague informing me that my label design for Burgundy Pearls was featured in your fabulous blog...

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FAN GALLERY

Gobble

This was our third year, and it just keeps getting better. This year I used the icing as a crumb coat, then covered it with cool whip. Oh, and a turkey made out of gum paste to finish it off.