In the world of mid-century mod home décor, Modernica is a pillar of civilization. For the last 25-ish years, they have been manufacturing and handcrafting a wildly wide variety of no nonsense fabulous furnitureness. Most of it in SoCal, at their over the top facility in Vernon. And what a thrill it was to get a private tour of it.CLICK FOR MORE!
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, a museum dedicated to Walt’s love of trains and model railroading. The exhibits chronicle how trains influenced many aspects of Walt’s life, including the creation of Disneyland Park. Books will be available for sale (cash or CC) Festive retro dress is encouraged but not expected.
BIG RETRO SLIDE SHOW VIVA LAS VEGAS
Big Retro Slide Show Extravaganza
Orleans Hotel Showroom
4500 W Tropicana Ave
Las Vegas, NV
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, Charles 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 all in glorious Kodachorme COLOR! Your imagination will be inspired and your American spirit will soar!
NOTE: each show is different. Check Event schedule for show times.
RETRO DISNEYLAND SLIDE SHOW
Live Performance Celebrating the Original Disneyland Park in the 50s & 60s
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort
Walt Disney World
4401 Floridian Way
Be prepared for your Disney lovin’ spirit to soar when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, sweeps us away on a fun-filled, time-travel adventure to the granddaddy of all theme parks, when it was new.
With his unbridled enthusiasm and keen expertise, Charles shares the backstories as he shares glorious vintage color images captured by tourists visiting Disneyland in the 50s and 60s –
Experience the early days of Main Street USA, Adventureland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, and original Tomorrowland, when it was promoted as “The World of 1986.” Revisit long-gone attractions including the Skyway, Flying Saucers, Indian Village, Stage Coaches, People Mover, Carousel of Progress, House of the Future and more.
Charles also shares the flaming beginnings of Disneyland’s iconic monorail, takes you inside of the legendary, House of the Future and transports you to outer space on the iconic TWA “Rocket to the Moon” and much more.
DETAILS: Shows runs 80 min, all seats general admission. A limited number of tickets may also be available at the door. Show is appropriate for all ages. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Children 3 and under do not require tickets. Refunds will only be issued should the show be canceled.
Select the Breakfast ticket option for the 11am show and join Charles from 9-10:30am for a traditional breakfast buffet (plus Mickey waffles!) in the Grand Floridian Conference Center before your show. See Dapperday.com for more info
CHARLES PHOENIX CATALINALAND
Live Retro Slide Show Performance Celebrating SoCal's Enchanted Island!
Avalon Casino Theatre
1 Casino Way
Avalon, CA 90704
Catalina Island Museum presents … Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, at the iconic Casino’s spectacular 1929 Art Deco movie palace.
Be prepared for your Catalina loving’ spirit to SOAR when Charles sweeps us away on a time-travel storytelling and retro slide show adventure extravaganza exploring the island’s classic landmarks, legends and lore.
Experience the backstories and glories of the S.S. Avalon, glass bottom boat, flying fish, Bird Park, Catalina Pottery, vintage souvenirs, Casino, Wrigley family, the mysterious Catalina-shaped swimming pool, and much more.
Charles also shares his vintage guide to today’s Catalina sightseeing, shopping, dining, and where to find the Island’s hidden treasures, time warps, and what not to miss as you discover Catalina as a great big theme park!
The performance is two-acts with an intermission. Festive dress is encouraged but not expected.
Aftershow Cake & Book Signing Party
You are invited to meet Charles following the performance at the Catalina Island Museum. Copies of his latest book, Addicted to Americana, will be available for purchase.
Neighboring rooftops, a Queen Anne palm and a wood fence, white-washed like Tom Sawyer was just there, provide a perfect backyard backdrop for a young man sporting a tight plaid shirt with a tiny, bias-cut patch pocket. While all the other kids were dyeing eggs for Easter he was dyeing the family pet duck. The rare hot pink quacker is proudly shown semi-caged in a plastic turquoise laundry basket. The unusual tradition continued every Easter until the duck died.CLICK FOR MORE!
When I was growing up the tradition in my family is that we always got our Christmas tree on my birthday –- December 20th, and I got to pick it out. When I was in first grade my parents cut loose and actually let me pick out a flocked tree. Getting a flocked tree is Southern California’s version of having a white Christmas.CLICK FOR MORE!