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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!

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CHARLES PHOENIX: ADDICTED TO AMERICANA – BOOK LAUNCH PARTY

A Retro Pop Culture EXPLOSION Awaits You!

 

Modernica Props
2805 Gilroy Street
Los Angeles, CA


Join Charles Phoenix for the launch of his new book, ADDICTED TO AMERICANA*

*EACH TICKET INCLUDES A SIGNED BOOK

AT MODERNICA PROPS – World’s Greatest Collection and Display of Mid-Century Home Furnishings, Accessories and Electronics …. housed in the former Twinkie and Ho-Ho factory

LIVE ORGAN MUSIC by DOMINIC -World’s greatest Roller Rink Organist.

CAKE & PUNCH – enjoy sweetness from the Charles Phoenix Test Kitchen.

SPACE AGE SHOWCAR DISPLAY – fabulous fins, chrome and color.

ABOUT THE BOOK: Addicted to Americana is a colorful kaleidoscope of retro pop-culture. Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix launches us into the stratosphere of space-age style, amazing attractions, roadside wonders, festive foods, crazy car culture, and futuristic transportation via his road trip discoveries and found vintage Kodachrome slides. Sit back and enjoy the fabulous flight as he guides us through his action-packed, fun-filled wondrous world of mid-century marvels. Your imagination will be inspired and your spirit will soar!

PARKING: plenty … and it’s FREE

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CHARLES PHOENIX: ADDICTED TO AMERICANA

Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Launching Retro Pop Culture Into The Stratosphere!

 

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


Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix shares the very best of his retro road-trip discoveries and colorful kaleidoscope of found vintage Kodachrome slides from his latest book, Addicted to Americana. It’s 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, and futuristic transportation and more galore all in glorious Kodachrome COLOR! Be prepared for your national pride to swell, and your American spirit to soar!

BOOK SIGNING RECEPTION: Following the performance, Charles will sign copies of his new book, Addicted to Americana, in the Meyerman Sculpture Garden. Wine will be served.

Presented by the Photography Collection Council of Palm Springs Art Museum.

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CHARLES PHOENIX: PALM SPRINGS BUS TOUR

Presented By Modernism Week


Experience Palm Springs with the Ambassador of Americana! Humorist and tour guide extraordinaire, Charles Phoenix, will lead you on an entertaining adventure atop a double-decker, open-air bus.

With his unbridled enthusiasm, delightful design expertise, and keen eye for oddball detail, Charles’ spirited tour highlights exterior views of dozens of spectacular mid-century modern 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” and the 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.

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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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