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NOVEMBER 25, 2017 • 11am-1pm
PALM SPRINGS, CA

ADDICTED TO AMERICANA
BOOK SIGNING IN PALM SPRINGS
FREE EVENT - at Just Fabulous … and it is!

Just Fabulous
515 N Palm Canyon Dr,
Palm Springs, CA


FREE EVENT: Join Charles at the desert’s greatest gift and book store, Just Fabulous, in the heart of Palm Springs exciting mid-century shopping district. Books will be available for purchase. Festive retro dress is encouraged but not expected.


 

 

ADDICTED TO AMERICANA
BOOK SIGNING AT FLYING MISS DAISY VINTAGE MARKET
10. at door

The Hangar at O.C. Fair and Event Center
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA


Join Charles alongside 65 vendors at Orange County’s premier holiday market. Books will be available for purchase.

Festive retro dress is encouraged but not expected.


 

 

RETRO HOLIDAY JUBILEE
ON RETRO ROW
Live Comedy Slide Show Celebrating Mid-Century Holiday Life & Style

Art Theatre Long Beach
Long Beach, CA


Presented by INRETROSPECT … Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix super charges the classic living room slide show into laugh-out-loud roast and toast of classic and kitschy New Years, Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas!

With his keen expertise, quick wit, and eagle eye for oddball detail, Charles lavishes commentary on the very best flea market-found vintage Kodachrome slides, of dining, drinking, dressing up, decorating, gifting and glamming it up for the holidays in the 50s and 60s.

Charles also shares his latest eye-popping Test Kitchen recipes, and best of guide to local holiday attractions.

This fun-filled, action packed, crazy kaleidoscope of seasonal life and style is sure to get you on the mood for the holidays like NEVER before!

Festive dress is encouraged … but not expected!

The show is a the historic Art Theatre (doors at 10:30) on Retro Row – world’s greatest shopping street!

AFTER SHOW BOOK SIGNING & CAKE PARTY … across the street at INRETROSPECT …

Charles will sign his new book, ADDICTED TO AMERICANA – Cake will be served !!! …

ALLOW EXTRA TIME FOR STREET PARKING


 

 

ADDICTED TO AMERICANA
BOOK SIGNING AT LOS ANGELES BREAKFAST CLUB
Breakfast will be served … YUM!

Friendship Auditorium
3201 Riverside Dr.
Los Angeles, CA


Join Charles Phoenix for a BREAKFAST, (yes, breakfast) a slide “showette” performance, and book signing at LA’s historic breakfast club where they’ve been serving it every Wednesday since 1925. Books will be available at the venue.


 

 

DECEMBER 16, 2017 • 2-4pm
LOS ANGELES, CA

ADDICTED TO AMERICANA
BOOK SIGNING AT BAUER POTTERY SHOWROOM
FREE EVENT – Be Prepared for COLOR !!!

Bauer Pottery Showroom
3051 Rosslyn St
Los Angeles, CA


Join Charles at the EPIC Bauer Showroom, an EPIC extravaganza display timeless classic California pottery. Books will be available for purchase.

Festive retro dress is encouraged but not expected.


 

 

PALM SPRINGS, CA

ADDICTED TO AMERICANA
Live Comedy Slide Show Performance

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


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, he 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 in glorious Kodachorme COLOR! Your imagination will be inspired and your American spirit will soar!

A reception and book signing will follow the performance in the Meyerman Sculpture Garden where Charles will sign copies of Addicted to Americana.

Presented by Palm Springs Art Museum’s Photography Collection Council with support from Alcazar and Lenora Hume.


 

 

PALM SPRINGS BUS TOUR
Mid-Century Mod Architectural Drive-by Excursion Extravaganza

Modernism Week CAMP
230 Museum Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262


Tour the mecca of mid-century atop a double-decker, open-air bus with Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix. With his unbridled enthusiasm, delightful design expertise, and keen eye for oddball detail, Charles’ spirited tour highlights exterior views of dozens of spectacular classic 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” Hideaway and 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 in Palm Springs.

Special Instructions

Check-In: Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your tour departure time.
Seating: Tickets are for upper deck only. Hats and sunscreen highly recommended for sun exposure. Wheelchair accessible for lower deck only.
Prohibited: Alcoholic beverages, smoking, vaping, food, glass containers, and pets.
Comfort Stop: Yes
EXTERIOR VIEWS ONLY
AVOID DISAPOINTMENT – GET YOUR TIX NOW!


 

By Steve Harvey
Gazette Columnist

Pop culture humorist Charles Phoenix calls our fair city “Long Beachland,” as though it were a section of Disneyland.

And why not? I can see the Traffic Circle as the equivalent of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, the Gaytonia Hotel as Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, the Queen Mary as the Haunted Mansion.

And the Blue Line, of course, could be the Monorail (if you disregard a few things, like the illegal vendors, panhandlers, religious fanatics and free riders).

Phoenix, author of “Southern California and the ’50s,” grew up in the IE (as TV weatherfolks now call the Inland Empire). But he has fond memories of Long Beach dating back to visits he made to relatives here (one kin owned Redondo Paints, now the site of the Silver Fox nightclub). So, knowing of Phoenix’ interest in Long Beach, I attended a sold-out show he gave the other day at the Art Theater on Retro Row.

Read more: ONLY IN LB: Recognizing Amusement Park Elements Of Long Beach

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Charles cooks up Halloween in the kitchen with Queen Latifah !!!

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Los Angeles Times

Charles Phoenix brings his love of kitsch to cooking

For Charles Phoenix, imagination is the magic ingredient. Hence dishes such as the Astro Weenie Party Tree or Bambrosinana.

By Noelle Carter

August 10, 2013

“The colors need to be bright, like saturated neon,” Charles Phoenix says, describing his Seven Layer Soda Pop Rocks cake. “You can’t have too much food coloring. Think Day-Glo!”

Phoenix is visualizing the elements of an ideal summer party. His ideal summer party. “A pool would be nice, because pool parties are classic summer. And there would be those motorized pool toys with remote controls for the gearheads, so they can fight in the water.” A little something for everyone.

“But I think they should be unicorns. Imagine remote-control unicorns fighting in a pool.”

Phoenix is an entertainer who is all about Americana, exploring and celebrating our kitschy pop culture past and present through his books and tours, historic slide shows and unique culinary creations. “I was born on a used-car lot,” he explains, smiling (his father was a used-car salesman), and he calls himself a child of Disneyland. “I’m very theme-oriented.”

Don’t have unicorns for your summer party? No problem. Focus on the spread.

Read the entire article here

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Charles Phoenix

Charles Phoenix is a performer, humorist, chef and author who explores America's classic and kitschy pop culture -- past and present -- and predicts retro-inspired, future trends.

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Pann's Fan

L.A.’s KCET TV invited me pick my fave restaurant in Los Angeles, have lunch there and share the experience with you. YAY!

Without skipping a beat I chose Pann’s, the greatest Googie style coffee shop on Earth. This was the perfect opportunity for me to share this amazing L.A. landmark and introduce you to a local hero of mine, the original owner, Rena Poulis, age 94. Dressed to the nines, she greets guests there every day just as she has since she and her husband opened the doors in 1958. Rena and son Jim who now runs the place (and beautifully I might add) are the queen and crowned price of coffee shops.

They both deserve a big giant lifetime award for all their years of great service and an even bigger historic preservation award for maintaining the spectacular original Googie décor of their legendary restaurant.

Thank you, KCET for this opportunity and lunch! That fried chicken is the best in town!

Have you dined in a lipstick red vinyl semi-circle booth lately?

Here’s to the KCET, Pann’s, Queen Rena, Prince Jim and YOU!

Charles Phoenix
October 18, 2011