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CHARLES PHOENIX: MID-CENTURY IS MY MUSE

Curtis Theatre
1 Civic Center Cir
Brea, CA 92821


Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix roasts and toasts space age suburbia, car culture, road trips, theme parks, googie architecture, vintage fashion, home decor and more … With his unbridled enthusiasm, gregarious wit and keen eye…Read More


 

 

JUNE 20, 2020
SOLD OUT
LAKE GEORGE, NY

CHARLES PHOENIX: ALOHALAND AT OHANA WEEKENDER
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Tiki Resort
2 Canada St,
Lake George, NY 12845


Be prepared for your Aloha spirit to soar when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix sweeps us away on a fun-filled midcentury Hawaiian slide show extravaganza. With his keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm, and eagle-eye for oddball…Read More


 

SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Sleeping Beauty’s Castle is slightly double exposed on the House of the Future. Its medieval meets mid-century! Medievalism and modernism have never been so close. For a mere, but marvelous ten years, between 1957 and 1967, Disneyland’s legendary all-plastic House of the Future was just outside of Tomorrowland, perched on a pedestal, steps from the castle. They both represent fairy tales – one speaks of the future and the other of the past.

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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Behold the glory of the Mark Twain, the prettiest paddle wheeler on the planet. Divine in every Dixie detail, it’s the ultimate old-timey attraction in Disneyland’s Frontierland and has been since the day it was launched, 60 years ago. Here, you see it in 1957.

Over the years, I’ve boarded that beauty more times than I can remember, and enjoyed that round-the-island journey enough times to have gone down the entire Mississippi river at least once.

So, what a surprise it was when I heard you could actually “drive” the Mark Twain, and then get a certificate that says “I drove the Mark Twain,” or something like that.

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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

The TWA Rocket to the Moon is an icon of Disneyland’s early days. It was the centerpiece and crowning outer space touch of the original Tomorrowland, “the world of 1987.” But that wasn’t the only TWA Rocket to the Moon. I’m not talking about the smaller scale “tribute” to the original that stands in Tomorrowland today.

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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

The iconic Space Needle is the most famous landmark from the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. Understandably so, since it was the expo’s centerpiece and crowning touch! To this day, thank goodness, it remains the super star of the Seattle skyline! But, it’s not the fair’s only mid-century modern leftover.

The beloved Bubbleator also survived. During the brief, but meaningful, run of the fair, then all the way until 1984, the world’s only bubble shaped elevator transported peeps for a short, memorable ride up and down one floor.

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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

I knowww, it’s mesmerizing! That double-decker, deep-dish horse collar grill and all-around “Queen From Outer Space”-age styling is more than we mere Earthlings are hard-wired to comprehend.

We’re lovin’ the trio of beauty queen wannabees mistaking the back seat as a throne for three. Sit gently, please, those convertible top bows are brittle and breakable!

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