Hear Charles on NPR’s ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, Searching For The Soul Of L.A. Through Kitsch.
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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.
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Live Comedy Performance Celebrating Classic and kitschy American Life and Style
127 East 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010
5-4-3-2-1 … BLAST-OFF! 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 his rollicking road-trip discoveries and colorful kaleidoscope of found vintage Kodachrome slide images.
This marvelous mid-century mashup of stories and glories of spectacular space-age style, amazing attractions, unsung landmarks, roadside wonders, festive foods, crazy car culture, and futuristic transportation will inspire your imagination and make your American spirit will soar!
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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.
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
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“In terms of size and attendance, the Los Angeles County Fair is considered the largest county fair in the nation. And it takes a big personality to cover all the fun. Self-proclaimed “histo-tainer” Charles Phoenix visits the fair in search of extraordinary livestock, deep-fried Twinkies, and a high-stakes beanbag toss.”
Listen in on Charles’ LA County Fair visit on NPR.
The NPR Special Series “Destination Time Capsule” follows Charles Phoenix on his Route 66 road trip to Tulsa, OK for the unearthing of a 1957 Plymouth fifty years after it’s burial.
“We have so many things to thank the Stardust for. In 1958 when it opened, it was the world’s largest resort hotel. It was also the first hotel resort in Las Vegas to invite the masses with 1,000 rooms starting at $5 a day.”
Listen here to Charles bidding farewell to this Las Vegas icon.
“A couple of years ago, after one of my retro slide shows, this guy came up to me with a copy of one of my books, “Southern California in the ’50s”. It was opened up to the Los Angeles county fair page. He points to this 1955 photo of a dozen bathing suit-clad fair queens perfectly posed in a row on their backs with their legs up in the air and this guy standing behind them. He says, do you know who this guy is? He’s Bill Adrian; he’s the world’s oldest modeling agent, and you have just got to meet him.”
Click here and listen to Charles Phoenix discover the real history and a real person behind one of his many photos.