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GET TIX NOW: LONG BEACH, CA

CHARLES PHOENIX: LONG BEACHLAND

Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating The Epic City By The Sea ...

 

Art Theater
2025 E 4th St,
Retro Row
Long Beach, CA


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 !!! …

GET TIX NOW: OKLAHOMA CITY, OK

CHARLES PHOENIX RETRO SPACE AGE SLIDE SHOW

Live Comedy Performance Celebrating Mid-Century Life & Style

 

First Christian Church
3700 N Walker Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK


5-4-3-2-1 … BLAST-OFF !!! … Presented by OKLAHOMA MODERNISM WEEKEND

Prepare for your national pride to swell when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, super charges the classic living room slide show into a laugh-out-loud, celebration of mid-century futurism ala vintage Kodachome slides and his retro road trip adventure discoveries.

With keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm and sharp eye for oddball detail, Charles launches us into the super spellbinding stratosphere of out-of-this world suburban style, extreme architecture, car culture, tourist traps, theme parks, and space age other relics – then and now.

Sit back and enjoy the fabulous flight as we time travel to Charles’ fun-filled, action packed, crazy kaleidoscope of peppy pop culture – all in glorious Kodachrome COLOR!
… Your imagination will be inspired and your spirit will soar !!! …

Festive dress is encouraged … but not expected!

First Christian Church
3700 N Walker Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK

GET TIX NOW: HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA

CHARLES PHOENIX: ALOHALAND

Live Retro Hawaiian Vacation Slide Show & Luau Party

 

Don the Beachcomber
16278 Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, CA


– CHARLES’ RETRO HAWAII SLIDE SHOW EXTRAVAGANZA

– LIVE HAWAIIAN BAND & HULA DANCING GIRLS

– MAI TAIS will be served (first ones on us)

– DESSERT ERUPTION – all-u-can eat erupting P.U.D.cano (Volcano shaped PINEAPPPLE UPSIDE DOWN CAKE)

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 !!! …

GET TIX NOW: PORTLAND, OR

CHARLES PHOENIX ALOHALAND AT TIKI KON

Live Comedy Dream Hawaiian Vacation Slide Show

 

Red Lion
909 N Hayden Island Dr
Portland, OR 97217


Presented by TIKI KON … Prepare for your tiki pride to swell when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, super charges the classic living room slide show into a laugh-out-loud, “dream vacation” to Hawaii ala vintage Kodachome slides, taken by tourists in the 50s & 60s.

With keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm and sharp eye for oddball detail, Charles lands us into the super spellbinding stratosphere of vintage island style, fun fashions, exotic architecture, tiki transportation, tourist traps and more.

Sit back and enjoy the fabulous flight as we time travel to Charles’ fun-filled, action packed, crazy kaleidoscope of peppy pop culture – all in glorious Kodachrome COLOR!

… Your imagination will be inspired and your spirit will soar !!! …

Festive dress is encouraged … but not expected!

GET TIX NOW: SOLVANG, CA

I KNOWWW MERLOT

Bottle Signing At Sort This Cellars In Solvang, CA

JULY 22, 2017 @ 5-7PM
 

1636 Copenhagen Drive
Solvang, CA 93463


Be ready to consume Charles’ new wine – perfect for personal slide show viewing !!! …

Click here to purchase bottles.

www.sortthisoutcellars.com

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Los Angeles Times

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.

Read the entire article here

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Charles Phoenix

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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Trailer Family Portrait, Palm Springs, 1955

 

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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Downtown Denver, 1956

 

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

Knott's Berry Farm 1954

An Interview with America's Pop Culture Ambassador, Charles Phoenix

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...

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