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




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


Charles Phoenix!

NPR LogoHear Charles on NPR’s ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, Searching For The Soul Of L.A. Through Kitsch.

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NPR Logo“Clifton’s Cafeteria is authentic Los Angeles. It is at the corner of Seventh and Broadway. Clifton’s has been here since 1935 and it’s still going strong today… It is not only the grandest cafeteria, it is the largest restaurant in all of Los Angeles. Six hundred people can be seated at once. No other restaurant even comes close.”

Hear Charles talk about this incredibly rare Los Angeles institution here on NPR.


NPR Logo“I wept when I found this slide. I mean, people back then were not taking pictures of where they had dinner. You can see all the neon on all the gas stations going down the street and there’s a corner sign for another, I guess, restaurant or club you can’t see. It’s called the Hawaiian Garden. It says `Entertainment’ and then, in neon, it says `Chicken, Steak and Squab.’ Squab in neon? I challenge you to go out today and find ‘squab’ written on a sign in neon.”

Click here and listen to NPR’s Madeline Brand exploring the slideshows of Charles Phoenix.