The Charles Phoenix Test Kitchen Puttin' the Kitsch in Kitchen!
Eye-popping edible party centerpieces and potluck pleasers made with legendary American brand name products. These festive original recipes reflect the retro sensibility Charles is famous for. Don’t just eat your food, have fun with it too! And serve it up with a great big helping of American pride!
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!
FREE Live Slide Show Performance Celebrating The Architecture Of Sun, Fun And Fantasy!
APRIL 21, 2017 @ 8:30 PM
Metro Art Presents FREE Live Slide Show Performance Celebrating The Architecture Of Sun, Fun And Fantasy!
Metro Art 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!
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!
Presented by Inretrospect on Retro Row … Be prepared for your local pride to SWELL when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, sweeps us away on a time travel slide show adventure exploring Long Beach’s classic and kitschy landmarks and lore then and now.
With his gracious sense of humor, unbridled enthusiasm, and keen eye for oddball detail, Charles reveals his guide to undiscovered and iconic local landmarks, and the very best of his found vintage slides taken in Long Beach in the 50s and 60s.
Experience the Pike Amusements, local oddities, legendary attractions, Art Deco and mid-century mod architecture, vintage neon signs, classic mom and pop businesses, nifty neighborhoods, the glory of googie, story of Miss Universe, and much more all in glorious Kodachrome color!
Festive Dress is HIGHLY encouraged but not expected !!!
This performance is two-acts with an intermission
Show begins at 11am ends at 1pm
AFTERSHOW CAKE & PUNCH PARTY
Meet Charles across the street at INRETROSPECT following the performance … and enjoy cake form the Charles Phoenix Test Kitchen creations then shop til you drop on Retro Row, the greatest vintage shopping street on earth !!! …
NOTE: PLEASE do allow extra time for street parking !!! …
A Mai Tai and lei greeting awaits you as you enter Don the Beachcomber’s exotic “Hidden Village” swaying alongside hula girls dancing to a live Hawaiian Hapa-Haole band playing genuine authentic Island tunes.
All this and more before Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, takes “Tiki Hut Theater” stage for his Retro Hawaiian slide show of colorful vintage Kodachrome slides, taken by tourists “dream vacationing” in Hawaii in the 50s & 60s.
Following the spirited performance, a dessert eruption will happen … P.U.D.Cano, a volcano shaped Pineapple Upside Down Cake, will spew pineapple topping and Maraschino cherries right before your very eyes !!! …
Be prepared for your aloha spirit to soar !!! …
Festive Island style attire is highly encouraged !!! …
FREE on site parking …
Arrive early and enjoy a delicious dinner at Don’s and or an exotic drink or two in the bar !!! …
“Make a gingerbread house fly” was one of my answers when the fine folks at the L.A. CO Arts Commission asked me what I was planning to do this year to get in the mood for the holiday season. They said “Great!, can we make a video of you and your attempt at gingerbread house flying?” Of course, I said, of course!
So off to Streit’s German Bakery I went (featured in last week’s slide) where under the watchful eye of gingerbread expert, Oscar Streit, I built and decorated a little a-frame gingerbread house.
With the finished gingerbread house in hand, I met up with Ballusionist, Brian Potvin who was standing by with bunches of bright colored, helium-filled balloons. We carefully attached the balloons to the gingerbread house and with a proper “5-4-3-2-1 BLASTOFF!” launched it. But did it go where no gingerbread house has gone before? You’ll have to watch the video above to see if gingerbread houses can fly!
Watch this video and more Charles Phoenix Holiday Videos on TV during the 55th annual Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration – Live on KCET-TV on Christmas Eve.