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CHARLES PHOENIX: ADDICTED TO AMERICANA
Live Stand-up Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating Classic and Kitschy American Life and Style

The Shannon Center
6760 Painter Ave


Prepare for your national pride to swell when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, launches retro pop culture into the stratosphere. With his keen expertise and unbridled enthusiasm, Charles shares the stories and glories of his…Read More


 

 

PALM SPRINGS, CA

CHARLES PHOENIX: ALOHALAND
Live Slide Show Performance Celebrating Hawaii in the 1950s & 60s

Palm Springs Art Museum
101 Museum Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262


Be prepared for your Aloha spirit to soar when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix sweeps us away on a fun-filled midcentury Hawaiian slide show extravaganza. With his keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm, and eagle-eye for oddball…Read More


 

SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Toy T-Birds

How much do we love it when a dozen Shriners don their fezzes, dress up in uniform yellow shirts and bolo ties and then cram themselves into matching mini 1965 Thunderbirds and parade down the avenue?!

I want to live in a world where this happens a little more often.

These little cars give compact a whole new meaning. Where do the Shriners put their legs? Where did they get those baby birds, anyway? They all kept their fezzes, but what happened to the cars?

Here’s to the Shriners, their toy T-birds and YOU!

Charles Phoenix
July 13, 2011
Los Angeles, CA

SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Edsel on Parade

I know, it’s mesmerizing! That double-decker horse collar grill and all-around “Queen From Outer Space”-age styling is more than we mere Earthlings are hard-wired to comprehend.

We’re lovin’ the trio of beauty queen wannabees mistaking the back seat as a throne for three.

In 1957, the Ford Motor Company introduced their all-new and ballyhooed Edsel not as a new model, but rather as a new marque, an entirely new line of cars.

According to legend, a famous automotive journalist declared, “It looks like an Oldsmobile sucking a lemon.” The public must’ve thought so too because after just three years of production,  Ford discontinued the Edsel in 1960.

People often ask me if I have a favorite vintage slide. Right now it’s definitely this one! Make no mistake:  it’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood when one of these mid-century marvels motors by.

Here’s to Edsels and YOU!

Charles Phoenix
May 10, 2011
Los Angeles, CA

SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Mashall Field Window

Paisley prints, palm fronds, wicker monkeys and a shirt-waist dressed mannequin having a moment with a banana. And why not? Bananas are good, and good for us! Bananas on an overflowing bowl of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, frozen bananas, banana splits, Banana’s Foster (a flaming dessert created in New Orleans in 1951), and banana pudding - all Americana classics!

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