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GET TIX NOW: NASHVILLE, TN

CHARLES PHOENIX RETRO WILD WEST SLIDE SHOW AT NASHVILLE BOOGIE

Live Comedy Performance Celebrating Classic And Kitschy Country & Western Life & Style

 

Opryland Hotel
2800 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN


Nashville Boogie Vintage Weekender and Car Show 2017 presents … Retro pop culture humorist and author Charles Phoenix in an *all-new* slide show extravaganza of “flea-market found” Kodachrome slides and retro field trip discoveries picturing vintage wild west fashions, classic car culture, iconic roadside attractions, tacky tourist traps, legendary theme parks, and much more.

Be prepared for your national pride to swell, imagination to be inspired, and wild west lovin’ spirit to soar!

GET TIX NOW: LONG BEACH, CA

CHARLES PHOENIX: LONG BEACHLAND

Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating The Epic City By The Sea ...

 

Art Theater
2025 E 4th St,
Retro Row
Long Beach, CA


Presented by Inretrospect on Retro Row … Be prepared for your local pride to SWELL when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, sweeps us away on a time travel slide show adventure exploring Long Beach’s classic and kitschy landmarks and lore then and now.

With his gracious sense of humor, unbridled enthusiasm, and keen eye for oddball detail, Charles reveals his guide to undiscovered and iconic local landmarks, and the very best of his found vintage slides taken in Long Beach in the 50s and 60s.

Experience the Pike Amusements, local oddities, legendary attractions, Art Deco and mid-century mod architecture, vintage neon signs, classic mom and pop businesses, nifty neighborhoods, the glory of googie, story of Miss Universe, and much more all in glorious Kodachrome color!

Festive Dress is HIGHLY encouraged but not expected !!!

This performance is two-acts with an intermission

Show begins at 11am ends at 1pm

AFTERSHOW CAKE & PUNCH PARTY

Meet Charles across the street at INRETROSPECT following the performance … and enjoy cake form the Charles Phoenix Test Kitchen creations then shop til you drop on Retro Row, the greatest vintage shopping street on earth !!! …

NOTE: PLEASE do allow extra time for street parking !!! …

GET TIX NOW: OKLAHOMA CITY, OK

CHARLES PHOENIX RETRO SPACE AGE SLIDE SHOW

Live Comedy Performance Celebrating Mid-Century Life & Style

 

First Christian Church
3700 N Walker Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK


5-4-3-2-1 … BLAST-OFF !!! … Presented by OKLAHOMA MODERNISM WEEKEND

Prepare for your national pride to swell when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, super charges the classic living room slide show into a laugh-out-loud, celebration of mid-century futurism ala vintage Kodachome slides and his retro road trip adventure discoveries.

With keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm and sharp eye for oddball detail, Charles launches us into the super spellbinding stratosphere of out-of-this world suburban style, extreme architecture, car culture, tourist traps, theme parks, and space age other relics – then and now.

Sit back and enjoy the fabulous flight as we time travel to Charles’ fun-filled, action packed, crazy kaleidoscope of peppy pop culture – all in glorious Kodachrome COLOR!
… Your imagination will be inspired and your spirit will soar !!! …

Festive dress is encouraged … but not expected!

First Christian Church
3700 N Walker Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK

GET TIX NOW: HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA

CHARLES PHOENIX: ALOHALAND

Live Retro Hawaiian Vacation Slide Show & Luau Party

 

Don the Beachcomber
16278 Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, CA


– CHARLES’ RETRO HAWAII SLIDE SHOW EXTRAVAGANZA

– LIVE HAWAIIAN BAND & HULA DANCING GIRLS

– MAI TAIS will be served (first ones on us)

– DESSERT ERUPTION – all-u-can eat erupting P.U.D.cano (Volcano shaped PINEAPPPLE UPSIDE DOWN CAKE)

A Mai Tai and lei greeting awaits you as you enter Don the Beachcomber’s exotic “Hidden Village” swaying alongside hula girls dancing to a live Hawaiian Hapa-Haole band playing genuine authentic Island tunes.

All this and more before Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, takes “Tiki Hut Theater” stage for his Retro Hawaiian slide show of colorful vintage Kodachrome slides, taken by tourists “dream vacationing” in Hawaii in the 50s & 60s.

Following the spirited performance, a dessert eruption will happen … P.U.D.Cano, a volcano shaped Pineapple Upside Down Cake, will spew pineapple topping and Maraschino cherries right before your very eyes !!! …

Be prepared for your aloha spirit to soar !!! …

Festive Island style attire is highly encouraged !!! …

FREE on site parking …

Arrive early and enjoy a delicious dinner at Don’s and or an exotic drink or two in the bar !!! …

GET TIX NOW: PORTLAND, OR

CHARLES PHOENIX ALOHALAND AT TIKI KON

Live Comedy Dream Hawaiian Vacation Slide Show

 

Red Lion
909 N Hayden Island Dr
Portland, OR 97217


Presented by TIKI KON … Prepare for your tiki pride to swell when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, super charges the classic living room slide show into a laugh-out-loud, “dream vacation” to Hawaii ala vintage Kodachome slides, taken by tourists in the 50s & 60s.

With keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm and sharp eye for oddball detail, Charles lands us into the super spellbinding stratosphere of vintage island style, fun fashions, exotic architecture, tiki transportation, tourist traps and more.

Sit back and enjoy the fabulous flight as we time travel to Charles’ fun-filled, action packed, crazy kaleidoscope of peppy pop culture – all in glorious Kodachrome COLOR!

… Your imagination will be inspired and your spirit will soar !!! …

Festive dress is encouraged … but not expected!

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