GET TIX NOW: NORTHAMPTONSHIRE, ENGLAND
Two Live Comedy Slide Show Performances Celebrating Classic & Kitschy American Life & Style!
Ambassador of Americana super charges the classic living room slide show into laugh-out-loud celebration of 1950s & 60s Americana.
With his unbridled enthusiasm, keen expertise and eagle eye for oddball detail, Charles presents two shows filled with legendary car culture, space age suburbia, drive-ins, iconic theme parks, fun fashions, parties, parades, and much, much more … all in glorious Kodachrome COLOR! … your imagination will be inspired and your space age spirit will soar!
GET TIX NOW: CHANDLER, AZ
Live Comedy Performance Celebrating The Magic Kingdom
Chandler Center for the Performing Arts
250 North Arizona Avenue
Join Ambassador of Americana Charles Phoenix for a live comedy performance celebrating the original Magic Kingdom in the 1950s and 60s. With his spectacular collection of “found” mid-century era Kodachrome slides, unbridled enthusiasm, and keen eye for detail, Charles takes you to the quintessential theme park when it was new.
Experience the early days of Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, and Tomorrowland. See long-gone attractions, including the Phantom Boats, Flying Saucers, Indian Village, Rainbow Mountain Stage Coaches, PeopleMover, Carousel of Progress, and more.
See the original Tomorrowland when it was promoted as “The World of 1986,” and as well as the new Tomorrowland in 1967. Charles also shares the flaming backstory of the Monorail, reveals there was more than one TWA Rocket to the Moon, and takes you inside Monsanto’s legendary House of the Future.
In addition to all the Disneyland delights, tour Freedomland USA— New York City’s ill-fated Disneyland-wannabe theme park, plus over-the-top Disneyland area themed-motels, and more.
Your imagination will be inspired and your spirit will soar!
Festive dress is encouraged … but not expected!
GET TIX NOW: LOS ANGELES, CA
A Retro Pop Culture EXPLOSION Awaits You!
2805 Gilroy Street
Los Angeles, CA
Join Charles Phoenix for the launch of his new book, ADDICTED TO AMERICANA*
*EACH TICKET INCLUDES A SIGNED BOOK
AT MODERNICA PROPS – World’s Greatest Collection and Display of Mid-Century Home Furnishings, Accessories and Electronics …. housed in the former Twinkie and Ho-Ho factory
LIVE ORGAN MUSIC by DOMINIC -World’s greatest Roller Rink Organist.
CAKE & PUNCH – enjoy sweetness from the Charles Phoenix Test Kitchen.
SPACE AGE SHOWCAR DISPLAY – fabulous fins, chrome and color.
ABOUT THE BOOK: Addicted to Americana is a colorful kaleidoscope of retro pop-culture. Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix launches us into the stratosphere of space-age style, amazing attractions, roadside wonders, festive foods, crazy car culture, and futuristic transportation via his road trip discoveries and found vintage Kodachrome slides. Sit back and enjoy the fabulous flight as he guides us through his action-packed, fun-filled wondrous world of mid-century marvels. Your imagination will be inspired and your spirit will soar!
PARKING: plenty … and it’s FREE
GET TIX NOW: PALM SPRINGS, CA
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.
GET TIX NOW: PALM SPRINGS, CA
Presented By Modernism Week
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.
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Charles Phoenix brings his love of kitsch to cooking
For Charles Phoenix, imagination is the magic ingredient. Hence dishes such as the Astro Weenie Party Tree or Bambrosinana.
By Noelle Carter
August 10, 2013
“The colors need to be bright, like saturated neon,” Charles Phoenix says, describing his Seven Layer Soda Pop Rocks cake. “You can’t have too much food coloring. Think Day-Glo!”
Phoenix is visualizing the elements of an ideal summer party. His ideal summer party. “A pool would be nice, because pool parties are classic summer. And there would be those motorized pool toys with remote controls for the gearheads, so they can fight in the water.” A little something for everyone.
“But I think they should be unicorns. Imagine remote-control unicorns fighting in a pool.”
Phoenix is an entertainer who is all about Americana, exploring and celebrating our kitschy pop culture past and present through his books and tours, historic slide shows and unique culinary creations. “I was born on a used-car lot,” he explains, smiling (his father was a used-car salesman), and he calls himself a child of Disneyland. “I’m very theme-oriented.”
Don’t have unicorns for your summer party? No problem. Focus on the spread.
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Charles Phoenix is a performer, humorist, chef and author who explores America's classic and kitschy pop culture -- past and present -- and predicts retro-inspired, future trends.
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Meet the Ultimate ‘Retro Daddy’
Americana expert Charles Phoenix relives road trips to Palm Springs, forays into thrift stores and date farms, and calls for the comeback of the chuckwagon.
Interview by Matthew Link
DRESSED IN A CUSTOM-TAILORED SUIT and trademark rhinestone Colonel Sanders bow tie, Charles Phoenix flips through hilarious and sometimes bizarre slides of strangers and their homes and cars and families, taking a standing-room-only audience at Palm Springs Art Museum’s Annenberg Theater through a rip-roaring Technicolor look at yesteryear.
Twenty years ago, this self-proclaimed “retro daddy” found a shoebox full of vintage Kodachrome slides in a thrift shop marked “Trip Across the United States 1957,” and his obsession with mid-century Americana was born. Today, he lives by this mantra: “Get in touch with your inner Americana, embrace it, have a sense of humor about it, and proudly share it with the whole wide world.”
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Charles Phoenix on Fried Cereal, the Genesis of the Cherpumple and Molded Gelatin
By Susan Froyd
If you know retro — and particularly mid-century — you know retro geek Charles Phoenix, a child of the endless car lots and fast food restaurants of Southern California who is famous across the nation for his mid-mod slide shows and modernist expertise. And you might even know about his sideshow, the most awesome Charles Phoenix Test Kitchen. In that guise, he’s appeared on Martha Stewart’s show and amazed Conan O’Brien with his spectacular Astro-Weenie Christmas Tree, but at the end of July, he’ll be doing it 24/7 in the Denver County Fair Kitchen Pavilion, where he’ll create such delectables of his own invention as Mr. Meatloaf and Fried Cereal, as well as judge such fair food categories as best Molded Gelatin Dessert and best Cake and Egg Decorating.
We chatted with Mr. Phoenix about the recipes and inspirations behind his unique retro food fetishes, and here’s what he had to say.
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An Interview With America's Pop Culture Ambassador
An Interview with America's Pop Culture Ambassador, Charles Phoenix
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By Ryan Stabile
Growing up in Upland, California in the '70s, Charles Pheonix was privy to a hub of SoCal pop culture. "It was just minutes to the beach, minutes to Disneyland and Knotts, minutes to the mountains, and minutes from the desert. Everyone in Southern California has an incredible variety of recreational choices." He goes on to joke about how families often plan a week out of their year to do on vacation what locals do on a whim...