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RETRO DISNEYLAND SLIDE SHOW
CHANDLER, AZ

Live Comedy Performance Celebrating The Magic Kingdom

 

Chandler Center for the Performing Arts
250 North Arizona Avenue
Chandler, Arizona


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: PALM SPRINGS, CA

CHARLES PHOENIX: ADDICTED TO AMERICANA

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: LOS ANGELES, CA

CHARLES PHOENIX: ADDICTED TO AMERICANA – BOOK LAUNCH PARTY

A Retro Pop Culture EXPLOSION Awaits You!

 

Modernica Props
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!

GET TIX NOW: BREA, CA

CHARLES PHOENIX: RETRO DISNEYLAND SLIDE SHOW IN BREA, CA

Live Comedy Performance Celebrating The Magic Kingdom

 

Curtis Theater
1 Civic Center Circle
Brea, CA


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: PALM SPRINGS, CA

CHARLES PHOENIX: PALM SPRINGS BUS TOUR

Presented By Modernism Week

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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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GET TIX NOW: SACRAMENTO, CA

CHARLES PHOENIX: ADDICTED TO AMERICANA – SACRAMENTO

Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating Classic And Kitschy American Life And Style + Book Signing And Ice Cream Social

 

California Automobile Museum
2200 Front Street
Sacramento, CA


Hosted by the California Automobile Museum and presented by SacMod … Prepare for your patriotic pride to swell when the Ambassador of Americana launches retro pop culture into the stratosphere! With unbridled enthusiasm and keen expertise, Charles unleashes his stories and glories of spectacular space-age style, amazing attractions, local landmarks, roadside wonders, fun foods, festive fashions, crazy car culture, futuristic transportation and more galore. Your imagination will be inspired and your American spirit will soar!

Come for the show…stay for the Addicted to Americana book signing, classic cars and ice cream social!

Festive dress is encouraged (but not expected).

EVENT SCHEDULE:

6:30pm – Doors open – California Automobile Museum is opne- join us for a “no host bar.”

7:30pm – Performance – Addicted to Americana.

9:00pm – Book Signing and Ice Cream Social – After the show Charles will sign copies of his new book, Addicted to Americana, while the Museum serves ice cream and root beer floats

SLIDE OF THE WEEK

The Neon Boneyard is the heart and soul of Las Vegas.

To stroll thru this time-travel treasure trove of over-the-top, mostly mid-century, vintage Vegas signage and other extraordinary Sin City artifacts is like being transported to some sort of parallel universe, where you are thrilled to feel about 3 feet tall. The signs are way, way bigger than you thought, when you are standing right next to them.

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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

The Mint casino

A lone soul stands centered on Fremont, the most electrifying street east of the Mississippi. He's probably hypnotized because the moment is rare when sunlight and shade are divided so evenly between the most fashion-forward façade on Earth and the high-gloss, low-price cars parked in front of it....

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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Jackpot City

A just-about-to-turn-night sky glows over the most colorful and electrified downtown on the planet. Welcome to Fremont Street where the dusk-to-dawn display of lights is more than impressive -- it's empowering! The winking, blinking, flashing and glittering lights are magnetic and intoxicating, ultimately seducing us to gamble.

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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

This Is So Many Kinds Of "Yes!"

Shining Shriners

This is so many kinds of “Yes!”

YES to the giant paint-by-number desert sky.

YES to this bizarre brotherhood of man who, for as far as the eye can see, proudly prance in unison.

YES to the fanciful façade of the short-lived Silver Palace and sky-scraping blade sign that, in case anyone forgets, reminds them what city they’re in, on this, the most electrified main street in the USA.

And YES to those uniform festive fezzes, sunshiny satin shirts and poofy pantaloons that are beautifully color coordinated to the City of Sin they are marching through!

Here’s to Shiners marching and matching Fabulous Las Vegas…YES!

Charles Phoenix
February 27, 2012

SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Fremont Street, Las Vegas

A '57 Chevy convertible, ’55 Buick and ’57 Dodge drive down the Main Street USA of Las Vegasland. A ’58 Edsel, with that famous horse collar grille, is parked on the left. Yes, just like downtown Los Angeles, Las Vegas reminds me of Disneyland.

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