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ADDICTED TO AMERICANA
Live Comedy Retro Travelogue Slide Show Celebrating Classic and Kitschy American Life and Style!

Haugh Performing Arts Center
Glendora, CA


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


 

 

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PALM SPRINGS, CA

PALM SPRINGS BUS TOUR
Presented by Modernism Week

501 S Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA


Retro pop culture humorist and Addicted to Americana author, Charles Phoenix leads a spirited adventure atop a double-decker, open-air bus highlighting exterior views of spectacular midcentury modern estates and neighborhoods, commercial and civic buildings, and…Read More


 

 

RETRO HOLIDAY JUBILEE
Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating Classic and Kitschy Holiday Life and Style

Chandler Center
250 Arizona Ave
Chandler, AZ


Be prepared for your spirit to soar when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, sweeps you away on a hilarious hi-octane adventure into his wild and wacky world of "flea-market found" vintage Kodachrome slides, and epic…Read More


 

 

CHARLES PHOENIX: FINAL BOB BAKER MARIONETTE SHOW
Experience this beloved local landmark one last time!

Bob Baker Marionette Theater
1345 W. 1st St.
Los Angeles, California 90026


After 55 years, the Bob Baker Marionette Theater is moving to a new location. Experience this beloved local landmark one last time! Don’t miss this very special final performance hosted by Ambassador of Americana, Charles…Read More


 

 

RETRO HOLIDAY JUBILEE
Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating Classic and Kitschy Holiday Life and Style

Curtis Theater
1 Civic Center Cir
Brea, CA 92821


Be prepared for your spirit to soar when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, sweeps you away on a hilarious hi-octane adventure into his wild and wacky world of "flea-market found" vintage Kodachrome slides, and epic…Read More


 

 

CHARLES PHOENIX HOLIDAY JUBILEE
Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating Classic and Kitschy Holiday Life and Style

Grammercy Theater
127 E 23rd St
New York City, NY


Be prepared for your spirit to soar when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, sweeps you away on a hilarious hi-octane adventure into his wild and wacky world of "flea-market found" vintage Kodachrome slides, and epic…Read More


 

 

RETRO HOLIDAY JUBILEE
Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating Classic and Kitschy Holiday Life and Style

Fremont Theater
1035 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo, CA


Be prepared for your spirit to soar when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, sweeps you away on a hilarious hi-octane adventure into his wild and wacky world of "flea-market found" vintage Kodachrome slides, and epic…Read More


 

 

CHARLES PHOENIX & THE THIRD DIMENSION
Live Retro 3-D Slide Show Performance...in 3-D!

The Downtown Independent
251 S. Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012


LACMA and 3-D SPACE present retro pop-culturist and Addicted to Americana author, Charles Phoenix, at the 15th Annual Los Angeles 3-D Movie Festival, celebrating a century of classic and kitschy American life and style in…Read More


 

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We Found Santa In An Unexpected Place.

Went to Knott’s Merry Farm recently to enjoy a fried chicken dinner and a ghost town all decked out for the holidays. As my friends and I scampered in and out of the shops, saloon and general store, we happened by the place to meet and greet Santa. Without skipping a beat I said, “Let's go say hi to Santa!”

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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Knott's Berry Farm Retro Slide Show

A gent sports a slicker, smokes a cigarette and cradles a little girl clad in a cape. She’s sipping something, most likely boysenberry punch. The two of them are both prepped for wet weather, but the lady is not. She has no rain gear to speak of just red painted lips accentuating her cheeky smile and a simple-yet-stylish suit.

As countless visitors of Knott’s Berry Farm have over the years, these fine folks pose proudly with Handsome Brady and Whiskey Bill, gold prospectors permanently benched in Ghost Town. If this isn’t a classic Southern California Kodak moment, I don’t know what is!

Please join me for my all-new show, THE RETRO KNOTT’S BERRY FARM SLIDE SHOW, where I’ll show and tell the story and glory of the boysenberry birthplace that blossomed into America’s first theme park by way of a fried chicken dinner!

Sunday, May 15, at 5pm at Knott’s Birdcage Theater (2pm show – sold out). Tickets are $65 which includes an all-day Knott’s pass!

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Here’s to Knott’s and YOU!

Charles Phoenix
Los Angeles, CA
April, 30, 2011

Charles Phoenix's Retro Knott's Berry Farm Slideshow

Pop culture humorist Charles Phoenix Presents a Live Performance Celebrating the Story and Glory of the Boysenberry Birthplace that Blossomed into America’s First Theme Park…
by way of a Fried Chicken Dinner!
One Show Only, at the Historic Bird Cage Theater in Knott’s Ghost Town
Sunday Afternoon, May 15, 2 p.m.
$65  (Ticket includes 10am to 7pm park pass and show)

LOS ANGELES, CA – March 16, 2011 –Be prepared for your Southern California pride to swell when Charles Phoenix presents his first ever Retro Knott’s Berry Farm Slide Show at Knott’s at the historic Bird Cage Theater in Knott’s historic Ghost Town for one show only on Sunday afternoon, May 15 at 2 p.m.

With his infectious enthusiasm and keen eye for detail, Charles shares the amazing evolution of Knott’s from the humble berry farm beginnings in the 20’s, to world class theme park in the 40s, 50s and 60s. You’ll learn how Walter Knott discovered the boysenberry, why Mrs. Knott began serving her famous fried chicken dinners and what inspired the creation America’s first permanent theme park, Ghost Town.

Knott’s fans will enjoy the back story of Ghost Town’s historic buildings, unique displays, curio shops, colorful characters, and favorite attractions including the haunted shack, the mine train, log ride and much more! Your imagination will be inspired and your spirit will soar!

“This is my favorite kind of story to tell. The story of a legendary landmark that’s homespun and family run!” says Phoenix. “What Walter Knott and his family contributed to the life and lore of Southern California is off the charts!

Tickets for Charles’ slide show performance show include an all-day Knott’s park pass so fans can explore old ghost town, ride the old train, pan for gold and enjoy a fried chicken dinner just as visitors have been doing for decades!

Charles will be joined onstage by Eric Lynxwiler, co-author of Knott’s Preserved (Angel City Press, 2010).

Charles Phoenix’s Retro Knott’s Berry Farm Slide Show takes place Sunday afternoon, May 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $65. To purchase tickets or more information, visit www.charlesphoenix.com.

Knott’s Berry Farm (www.knotts.com) is located at 12021 Beach Boulevard in Buena Park, California 90602-4001..

Charles Phoenix's Retro Knott's Berry Farm Slideshow

 

I’m very excited to announce my first ever retro slide show celebrating Knott’s Berry Farm in the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s & 60s. The story and glory of the legendary boysenberry birthplace that blossomed into Ghost Town, America’s first theme park, by way of a Fried Chicken Dinner, is something I’ve wanted to show and tell for a long time!

What Walter Knott and his family contributed to the life and lore of Southern California is off the charts! Thank you Knott’s Family!!!

And what makes this event even more special is that it will be at Knott’s in Ghost Town’s historic Bird Cage Theater.

Tickets for this ONE TIME ONLY EVENT include an all-day Knott’s park pass so you can explore the old Ghost Town, ride the old train, pan for gold and enjoy a fried chicken dinner just as visitors have been doing for decades!

My good friend and Knott’s expert, Eric Lynxwiler, co-author of Knott’s Preserved, will join me on stage for this very special heart felt event!

RETRO KNOTTS BERRY FARM SLIDE SHOW
Bird Cage Theater (inside Knott’s)
Sunday, May 15, 2011
AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT! Seating is limited – BUY TICKETS NOW!

Here’s to the Knott’s Family, Their Boysenberries, Fried Chicken Dinner, Ghost Town and YOU!

Charles Phoenix
March 11, 2011
Los Angeles, CA

SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Knotts' Berry Farm

Two dapper gentlemen flirt with Cecelia and Marilyn, the most popular ladies in Buena Park. They never need to be fed or paid -- just repainted. Over the years these fiberglass females inspired countless Kodak moments for millions visiting Don Knott's Berry Farm. Claude Bell, the man that built the big dinosaur in Cabazon, California sculpted them in the late 40s. They're so masculine. They look like men in drag!

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