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CHARLES PHOENIX: ADDICTED TO AMERICANA
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


 

 

PALM SPRINGS, CA

CHARLES PHOENIX: ALOHALAND
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


 

SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Dyeing Eggs

The eggs aren’t really ‘dying’ — they’re just getting colorized.  And who doesn’t LOVE the all-Americana tradition of dyeing eggs???

To do the traditional Easterly duty of egg dyeing, year after year, decade after decade, most of us choose Paas to accomplish our rainbow-colored assortment of eggs to hide, hunt and fill our plastic grass-padded Easter baskets.

We owe a big colorful Easter Eggy thanks to druggist, William Townley who invented Easter egg dye tablets in his Newark, New Jersey drug emporium in 1880. He branded his five-color dye kits, Paas, which comes from the word Passen, the Pennsylvania Dutch name for Easter. Who knew???

Thank you, Mr. Townley for facilitating all our eggshell dyeing needs! What would Americana’s eggiest holiday be like without you???

Here’s to Mr. Townley, his Easter eggshell dye and YOU!

HAPPY EASTER!

Charles Phoenix
April 18, 2011
Los Angeles, CA

SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Holiday Buffet, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1958

The candles are lit, the Christmas-ball Christmas tree centerpiece is in place and a very special dinner is served. At each end of the table, Lazy Susans offer carrot sticks, green olives and a half red cabbage studded with sputnik-style multi-colored toothpicks bearing olives, sweet pickles and pearl onions. On either side of the fatty ham being sliced (topped with Maraschino cherries and pineapple slices), a pyramid of carbs and roast turkey.

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