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DECEMBER 10, 2017 • 12pm-4
CHATSWORTH, CA

ADDICTED TO AMERICANA
BOOK SIGNING AT VALLEY RELICS MUSEUM
Free Event

21630 Marilla St.
Chatsworth, CA 91311


Join Charles at Valley Relics, alongside an intoxicating treasure trove of spellbinding mid-century San Fernando Valley artifacts and the 9th annual toy drive and car cruise in. Books will be available for purchase. Festive retro dress is encouraged but not expected.


 

 

ADDICTED TO AMERICANA
BOOK SIGNING AT LOS ANGELES BREAKFAST CLUB
Breakfast will be served … YUM!

Friendship Auditorium
3201 Riverside Dr.
Los Angeles, CA


Join Charles Phoenix for a BREAKFAST, (yes, breakfast) a slide “showette” performance, and book signing at LA’s historic breakfast club where they’ve been serving it every Wednesday since 1925. Books will be available at the venue.


 

 

DECEMBER 16, 2017 • 2-4pm
LOS ANGELES, CA

ADDICTED TO AMERICANA
BOOK SIGNING AT BAUER POTTERY SHOWROOM
FREE EVENT – Be Prepared for COLOR !!!

Bauer Pottery Showroom
3051 Rosslyn St
Los Angeles, CA


Join Charles at the EPIC Bauer Showroom, an EPIC extravaganza display timeless classic California pottery. Books will be available for purchase.

Festive retro dress is encouraged but not expected.


 

 

PALM SPRINGS, CA

ADDICTED TO AMERICANA
Live Comedy Slide Show Performance

Palm Springs Art Museum
101 N. Museum Dr.
Palm Springs, CA


Prepare for your national pride to swell when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, launches retro pop culture into the stratosphere! With his keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm and eagle eye for oddball detail, he shares the very best of his retro road-trip discoveries and colorful kaleidoscope of found vintage Kodachrome slides from the pages of his latest book, Addicted to Americana.

This is 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, futuristic transportation and more galore in glorious Kodachorme COLOR! Your imagination will be inspired and your American spirit will soar!

A reception and book signing will follow the performance in the Meyerman Sculpture Garden where Charles will sign copies of Addicted to Americana.

Presented by Palm Springs Art Museum’s Photography Collection Council with support from Alcazar and Lenora Hume.


 

 

PALM SPRINGS BUS TOUR
Mid-Century Mod Architectural Drive-by Excursion Extravaganza

Modernism Week CAMP
230 Museum Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262


Tour the mecca of mid-century atop a double-decker, open-air bus with Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix. With his unbridled enthusiasm, delightful design expertise, and keen eye for oddball detail, Charles’ spirited tour highlights exterior views of dozens of spectacular classic 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” Hideaway and 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 in Palm Springs.

Special Instructions

Check-In: Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your tour departure time.
Seating: Tickets are for upper deck only. Hats and sunscreen highly recommended for sun exposure. Wheelchair accessible for lower deck only.
Prohibited: Alcoholic beverages, smoking, vaping, food, glass containers, and pets.
Comfort Stop: Yes
EXTERIOR VIEWS ONLY
AVOID DISAPOINTMENT – GET YOUR TIX NOW!


 

SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Last Week I WENT TO THE ENCHANTED FOREST WITH PEE-WEE HERMAN!

Enchanted Forest of the Adirondacks

Paul-Pee-Wee Herman-Reubens and I were among a small group invited by a mutual friend to visit her family's historic camp deep in the Adirondack Mountains. As fate would have it we were five miles from the Enchanted Forest, a children's storybook theme park now celebrating its 50th year. There was no way I was going to leave the Adirondacks without seeing if the Enchanted Forest is still enchanting.

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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Chicago Freedomland Fire

The legendary Chicago Fire of 1871 was one of the star attractions at Freedomland USA. The short-lived early American history theme park was located just thirty minutes from the heart of New York City in the Bronx. It opened in 1960 and closed in 1964.

The park was laid out in the shape of the United States and was four times the cost and size of Disneyland, its obvious inspiration and model for success. Several attractions bore a sticking resemblance to those found 3000 miles away at the Magic Kingdom. What a coincidence!

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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

GREEN PUMPKIN PIE?

Pumpkins - Buffalo, NY 1955

Wednesday night while strolling through Farmer's Market, a Los Angeles landmark since 1934, I saw something I don't remember ever seeing before -- green and grey pumpkins. And that leads me to this week's slide: PUMPKINS, BUFFALO, NEW YORK, 1955.

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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Strip Mall, Buffalo, NY 1957

Two white-gloved women wearing matching hemlines and sensible shoes strike a proud pose in front of a two-toned 1956 Ford Country Sedan Station Wagon at their new MODERN STRIP MALL, BUFFALO NEW YORK, 1957.

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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

JFK Airport, 1964

A pilot stands waiting for a ride. Five station wagons including a black ’63 Ford Falcon Squire and white ’64 Dodge crowd the loading and unloading zone. Suitcases sit on the curb. Yes, a typical airport scene with one exception - the terminal is straight out of a sci-fi fantasy.

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