GET TIX NOW: PORTLAND, OR
Live Comedy Dream Hawaiian Vacation Slide Show
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!
GET TIX NOW: SOLVANG, CA
Bottle Signing At Sort This Out Cellars In Solvang, CA
1636 Copenhagen Drive
Solvang, CA 93463
GET TIX NOW: BELLFLOWER, CA
Live Comedy Performance Celebrating Classic And Kitschy Local Life And Style
16600 Civic Center Drive
Bellflower, CA 90706
Be prepared for your Southern California pride to SWELL when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix super charges the classic living room slide show into laugh-out-loud extravaganza of mid-century Southern California landmarks legends, and lore celebrating Bellflower’s 60th birthday.
In addition to his “best of guide” to Bellflower area attractions Charles shows and tells the stories and glories of SoCal’s space age suburbia, classic car culture, plus the first fast food, shopping centers, drive-ins, the early days of Knott’s, Marineland, and Disneyland and much more.
Don’t miss this fun-filled, action packed, tribute all in glorious COLOR! Your imagination will be inspired and your spirit will soar !!! …
MEET & GREET Charles after the show. Cake will be served!
Festive dress is encouraged but not expected!
GET TIX NOW: PALMDALE, CA
Live Comedy Performance Celebrating Mid-Century Life & Style
38334 10th St E
Palmdale, CA 93550
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 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!
GET TIX NOW: SAN DIEGO, CA
Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating Classic & Kitschy American Life & Style!
The Crowne Plaza Hotel
2270 Hotel Circle North
San Diego, CA 92108
Be prepared for your national pride to swell when the Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, supercharges the classic living room slide show into a laugh-out-loud celebration of spectacular mid-century car culture, space age style, and much, much more.
Don’t miss this fun-filled, action packed, extravaganza of great American pop culture all in glorious COLOR !!!
Note: this event is under the umbrella of Tiki Oasis event … and requires both an admission ticket to Tiki Oasis … and an addition ticket to the slide show
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.
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An Interview With America's Pop Culture Ambassador
An Interview with America's Pop Culture Ambassador, Charles Phoenix
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By Ryan Stabile
Growing up in Upland, California in the '70s, Charles Pheonix was privy to a hub of SoCal pop culture. "It was just minutes to the beach, minutes to Disneyland and Knotts, minutes to the mountains, and minutes from the desert. Everyone in Southern California has an incredible variety of recreational choices." He goes on to joke about how families often plan a week out of their year to do on vacation what locals do on a whim...
In a few short moments, a fantastic idea for a brand-new attraction at the Stater Bros. Route 66 Rendezvous, later this year, will be revealed in all its glory. First, a little set-up.I still keep my vast collection of photographic slides, and I still enjoy getting out the projector and screen and looking at my slides from time to time, which I think is quite heroic in this Digital Age that has seen the utter downfall of slide photography...
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Slide back in time with Charles Phoenix
By Diana Sholley Staff Writer
Take a unique trip across the California of yesteryear, without packing, travel costs or taking time off work.
Saturday night at the Wally Parks National Hot Rod Museum at Fairplex, pop culture humorist and author Charles Phoenix will share his special take on the Golden State.
“The Charles Phoenix Big Retro Slide Show” is both entertaining and educational. “Those who come will laugh and learn something at the same time,” said Phoenix, who was born and raised in Ontario. “It’s history disguised as humor, or maybe it’s humor disguised as history. Either way it’s Americana, and talking about how special it is.”
Phoenix, who collects old slides from the 1950s and ’60s, has reinvented the classic living-room slide show into a hip celebration of classic and kitschy mid-century Southern California life and style.
He roasts and toasts mid-century tourist traps, landmarks, theme parks, space-age suburbia, car culture and festive fashions.
“Like those families who like to dress their kids alike and then get their picture taken?” he said, with a laugh. “I say, what better way to support a psychologist?”
For Phoenix, such photos are a huge part of the Americana he loves so dearly and is compelled to share.
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Show happily slides back into the past
By Stephanie Cary Staff Writer
Charles Phoenix has been collecting Kodachrome slides for about 20 years.
And now, with collection in hand, the performer is bringing the past to Torrance.
His production, “Charles Phoenix’s Retro Southern California Slide Show,” will be presented at 8 p.m. Saturday at the James Armstrong Theatre in Torrance.
It includes more than 150 slides bought at estate sales and flea markets that illustrate the Southern California lifestyle of the ’50s and ’60s.
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