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RETRO DISNEYLAND SLIDE SHOW
Live Comedy Performance Celebrating the Original Magic Kingdom in the 50s & 60s

Kraftland Theater
13730 Riverside Drive
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423


Surrounded by classic Disneyland ride vehicles and 100s of other vintage Disneyland treasures and collectibles from the “That’s From Disneyland!” pop-up exhibit, Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, takes you back in time to the granddaddy…Read More


 

 

AUGUST 5, 2018 • 11am-2
LOS ANGELES, CA

ADDICTED TO AMERICANA BOOK SIGNING AT WALT’S BARN
FREE EVENT at Griffith Park

Walt Disney's Carolwood Barn
5202 Zoo Dr.
Los Angeles, CA


Join Charles Phoenix for an Addicted to Americana Book signing at Walt Disney's Carolwood Barn, in Griffith Park. The museum is dedicated to Walt's love of trains and model railroading. The exhibits chronicle how trains…Read More


 

 

CHARLES PHOENIX AT TIKI OASIS
Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating Classic & Kitschy American Life & Style!

Crown Plaza San Diego
2270 Hotel Circle North
San Diego, California 92108


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


 

 

ESCAPE TO TIKI ISLAND!
One Night – Three Acts: Live Exotica Music & Charles Phoenix Alohaland, Tikiayki Orchestra, and The Hula Girls ... presented by Stellar Shows

Yost Theater
307 N Spurgeon St.
Santa Ana, CA


Prepare to swept away by a typhoon of tiki sounds an style on this very special one night only experience of island style tunes, vintage Hawaiiana, and dancing girls at the historic Yost Theater in…Read More


 

 

FINS, FLAIR & FUTURISM
Live Comedy Slide Show Performance & Car Show Celebrating Space Age Auto Styling

Automobile Driving Museum
610 Lairport St.
El Segundo, CA


Be prepared for your classic car lovin’ spirit to soar when Charles Phoenix, launches the wondrous world of mid-century motoring into the stratosphere With his keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm and eagle eye for detail, Charles…Read More


 

SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Paint-by-number Blonde

Who is this perky girl’s colorist? Whoever they are, give them a raise!  But what we really want to know is what kind of toxic chemicals it took to get her curls so glossy so flossy they look like spun sugar?

We do know she poses proudly before a pleasant peanut butter-colored wall adorned by a trio of paint-by-numbers.  Though the honey blond wood framed scenes depict the Old World they are most certainly products of the New World.

Not only do we have Detroit to thank for the automobile and Motown, the legendary city is also responsible for bestowing upon the world one of our all-time favorite Americana crafts: paint-by-numbers.

Detroit’s Palmer Paint Company introduced the kits at the 1952 New York Toy Show. The new instant-art form allowed anyone and everyone to be an artist and quickly became a craze that swept the nation. By 1955 more than 12 million kits had been sold.

Paint-by-numbers are to the art world what TV dinners are to the food world.

Today, vintage paint-by-numbers are prized collectables.

If you love them the way I do, may I suggest you add the Paint-by-Number book, by William L. Bird, to your personal library. My bookshelf wouldn’t be complete with out it!

Here’s to spun sugar hair, peanut butter walls, paint-by-numbers and YOU!