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GET TIX NOW: PALMDALE, CA

CHARLES PHOENIX: SPACE AGE SLIDE SHOW

Live Comedy Performance Celebrating Mid-Century Life & Style

 

Palmdale Playhouse
38334 10th St E
Palmdale, CA 93550


Prepare for your national pride to swell when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, super charges the classic living room slide show into a laugh-out-loud, celebration of mid-century futurism ala vintage Kodachome slides and retro road trip adventure discoveries.

With keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm and sharp eye for oddball detail, Charles launches us into the super spellbinding stratosphere of out-of-this world suburban style, extreme architecture, car culture, tourist traps, theme parks, and space age other relics – then and now.

Sit back and enjoy the fabulous flight as we time travel to Charles’ fun-filled, action packed, crazy kaleidoscope of peppy pop culture – all in glorious Kodachrome COLOR … Your imagination will be inspired and your spirit will soar !!! …

Festive dress is encouraged … but not expected!

GET TIX NOW: BELLFLOWER, CA

CHARLES PHOENIX: BIG RETRO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SLIDE SHOW

Live Comedy Performance Celebrating Classic And Kitschy Local Life And Style

 

Civic Auditorium
16600 Civic Center Drive
Bellflower, CA 90706


Be prepared for your Southern California pride to SWELL when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix super charges the classic living room slide show into laugh-out-loud extravaganza of mid-century Southern California landmarks legends, and lore celebrating Bellflower’s 60th birthday.

In addition to his “best of guide” to Bellflower area attractions Charles shows and tells the stories and glories of SoCal’s space age suburbia, classic car culture, plus the first fast food, shopping centers, drive-ins, the early days of Knott’s, Marineland, and Disneyland and much more.

Don’t miss this fun-filled, action packed, tribute all in glorious COLOR! Your imagination will be inspired and your spirit will soar !!! …

MEET & GREET Charles after the show. Cake will be served!
Festive dress is encouraged but not expected!

GET TIX NOW: SAN DIEGO, CA

CHARLES PHOENIX AT TIKI OASIS

Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating Classic & Kitschy American Life & Style!

 

The Crowne Plaza Hotel
2270 Hotel Circle North
San Diego, CA 92108


Be prepared for your national pride to swell when the Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, supercharges the classic living room slide show into a laugh-out-loud celebration of spectacular mid-century car culture, space age style, and much, much more.

Don’t miss this fun-filled, action packed, extravaganza of great American pop culture all in glorious COLOR !!!

Note: this event is under the umbrella of Tiki Oasis event … and requires both an admission ticket to Tiki Oasis … and an addition ticket to the slide show

GET TIX NOW: NORTHAMPTONSHIRE, ENGLAND

CHARLES PHOENIX AT ATOMIC FESTIVAL

Two Live Comedy Slide Show Performances Celebrating Classic & Kitschy American Life & Style!

 

Sywell Aerodrome
Northamptonshire, England


Ambassador of Americana super charges the classic living room slide show into laugh-out-loud celebration of 1950s & 60s Americana.

With his unbridled enthusiasm, keen expertise and eagle eye for oddball detail, Charles presents two shows filled with legendary car culture, space age suburbia, drive-ins, iconic theme parks, fun fashions, parties, parades, and much, much more … all in glorious Kodachrome COLOR! … your imagination will be inspired and your space age spirit will soar!

GET TIX NOW: CHANDLER, AZ

CHARLES PHOENIX: RETRO DISNEYLAND SLIDE SHOW

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!

SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Tonga Traffic - San Francisco, 1960

A gray-suited man is casually perched on the side steps of San Francisco’s iconic ride as it travels Nob Hill. Before him a ’60 Plymouth taxi follows the dovelike flight of a ’60 Ford Starliner as it blurs into a turn. Behind him, perspective plays games as the cable car heads up that oh-so fashionable hill past a little red side-mounted sign on which Fairmount Hotel Tonga Room is written in neon. It marks the entrance to San Francisco’s most deluxe and enduring tiki bar and restaurant.

Tucked away deep inside the famous Fairmont Hotel, the Tonga Room is the city’s kitschiest tourist attraction. The centerpiece and crowning touch is the pool where, to this day, the live band plays floating on a little stage. And if that’s not exotic enough for you, it fake rains every 20 minutes. And who doesn’t love fake rain while drinking and dining!

So if you are in mood for a Mai Tai and puu-puu platter this is the absolute perfect place for you and your tribe to belly up to the tiki bar and unleash a primal scream of pure joy. Rice-a-Roni isn’t the only San Francisco treat. So is the legendary Tonga Room.

BUT…BIG BUT… whatever you do…don’t dawdle get there ASAP. Developers have been threatening to demo the Tonga Room to build a mondo condo tower for years.

Speaking of SF, I’m deeee-lighted to be debuting my RETRO SLIDE SHOW there, a deep-fried and delicious live comedy performance celebrating classic and kitschy mid-century American life and style…tourist traps theme parks, space age suburbia, car culture and much much more!

Thursday night, April 14th, 8 p.m. at the Roxie Theater.

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Here’s to San Francisco, the Tonga Room and YOU!

Charles Phoenix
March 26, 2011
Los Angeles, CA

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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

San Francisco 1962

"Rice-a-Roni - The San Francisco Treat" - remember that perfect slogan/jingle?

The salty "sauté and simmer" side dish is the concoction of a local pasta maker. It first showed up on store shelves in 1958. Roni, of course, is short for macaroni. The Rice-a-Roni TV commercials first introduced me to the sights and sounds of the City by the Bay when I was just a wee tot.

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