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ADDICTED TO AMERICANA
Live Comedy Retro Travelogue Slide Show Celebrating Classic and Kitschy American Life and Style!

Haugh Performing Arts Center
Glendora, CA


With his keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm and eagle eye for oddball detail, Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, launches retro pop culture into the stratosphere! Prepare for your national pride to swell when Charles shares the…Read More


 

 

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PALM SPRINGS, CA

PALM SPRINGS BUS TOUR
Presented by Modernism Week

501 S Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA


Retro pop culture humorist and Addicted to Americana author, Charles Phoenix leads a spirited adventure atop a double-decker, open-air bus highlighting exterior views of spectacular midcentury modern estates and neighborhoods, commercial and civic buildings, and…Read More


 

 

RETRO HOLIDAY JUBILEE
Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating Classic and Kitschy Holiday Life and Style

Chandler Center
250 Arizona Ave
Chandler, AZ


Be prepared for your spirit to soar when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, sweeps you away on a hilarious hi-octane adventure into his wild and wacky world of "flea-market found" vintage Kodachrome slides, and epic…Read More


 

 

CHARLES PHOENIX: FINAL BOB BAKER MARIONETTE SHOW
Experience this beloved local landmark one last time!

Bob Baker Marionette Theater
1345 W. 1st St.
Los Angeles, California 90026


After 55 years, the Bob Baker Marionette Theater is moving to a new location. Experience this beloved local landmark one last time! Don’t miss this very special final performance hosted by Ambassador of Americana, Charles…Read More


 

 

RETRO HOLIDAY JUBILEE
Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating Classic and Kitschy Holiday Life and Style

Curtis Theater
1 Civic Center Cir
Brea, CA 92821


Be prepared for your spirit to soar when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, sweeps you away on a hilarious hi-octane adventure into his wild and wacky world of "flea-market found" vintage Kodachrome slides, and epic…Read More


 

 

CHARLES PHOENIX HOLIDAY JUBILEE
Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating Classic and Kitschy Holiday Life and Style

Grammercy Theater
127 E 23rd St
New York City, NY


Be prepared for your spirit to soar when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, sweeps you away on a hilarious hi-octane adventure into his wild and wacky world of "flea-market found" vintage Kodachrome slides, and epic…Read More


 

 

RETRO HOLIDAY JUBILEE
Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating Classic and Kitschy Holiday Life and Style

Fremont Theater
1035 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo, CA


Be prepared for your spirit to soar when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, sweeps you away on a hilarious hi-octane adventure into his wild and wacky world of "flea-market found" vintage Kodachrome slides, and epic…Read More


 

 

CHARLES PHOENIX & THE THIRD DIMENSION
Live Retro 3-D Slide Show Performance...in 3-D!

The Downtown Independent
251 S. Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012


LACMA and 3-D SPACE present retro pop-culturist and Addicted to Americana author, Charles Phoenix, at the 15th Annual Los Angeles 3-D Movie Festival, celebrating a century of classic and kitschy American life and style in…Read More


 

SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Edsel on Parade

I know, it’s mesmerizing! That double-decker horse collar grill and all-around “Queen From Outer Space”-age styling is more than we mere Earthlings are hard-wired to comprehend.

We’re lovin’ the trio of beauty queen wannabees mistaking the back seat as a throne for three.

In 1957, the Ford Motor Company introduced their all-new and ballyhooed Edsel not as a new model, but rather as a new marque, an entirely new line of cars.

According to legend, a famous automotive journalist declared, “It looks like an Oldsmobile sucking a lemon.” The public must’ve thought so too because after just three years of production,  Ford discontinued the Edsel in 1960.

People often ask me if I have a favorite vintage slide. Right now it’s definitely this one! Make no mistake:  it’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood when one of these mid-century marvels motors by.

Here’s to Edsels and YOU!

Charles Phoenix
May 10, 2011
Los Angeles, CA

SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Children's Costume Parade

The Rose Parade, each New Year's Day, is the superstar of all parades. Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is a distant second. They are the only annual parades that are broadcast on national television. But they are just two of countless annual parades held in communities across America. And going through other peoples' old slides I've seen plenty of them. But I've never run across slides from a parade as bizarre as this one, which leads me to this week's slide: CHILDREN'S COSTUME PARADE, EPHRATA, PENNSYLVANIA, 1961.

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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

New Years Day, Pasadena 1948

Last week I was invited to share some of my vintage Rose Parade slides on KTLA’s live Rose Parade pre-show. My segment was scheduled at 6:10am. Frankly, I’m not used to getting up that early and I was worried my 1977 SEARS alarm clock that I got while still in high school, wouldn’t go off. Sure enough it didn’t. Thankfully I managed to wake up just in the nick of time. Nearly in a panic, I raced in the dark to Pasadena and found my way to “the set,” on the front lawn of the Tournament of Roses Mansion, the Former Wrigley Chewing Gum Estate. Before I knew it the segment was over and I was free to go.

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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Rose Queen & Her Court

In the kingdom of Southern Californialand we don’t have a king, but we do have a queen - the Rose Queen. Her reign is brief - just a year. The Queen and her court work their way up through the charm schools and debutant balls of the San Gabriel Valley. The highest call of duty for the bevy of beauties is waving very properly to their subjects and cradling a super-sized bouquet of red roses like a baby while being strapped on a flower covered barge-like vehicle riding toward the morning sunshine of the New Year. Palm trees and crystal clear blue sky provide the picture perfect backdrop.

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