With the exception of the Tiki-themed rose float I will have the honor and joy of riding on January 2nd, in the 123rd annual Tournament of Roses Parade, this big giant piece of cherry pie has got to be my favorite rose float of all time!CLICK FOR MORE!
GET TIX NOW: CHANDLER, AZ
Live Comedy Performance Celebrating The Magic Kingdom
Chandler Center for the Performing Arts
250 North Arizona Avenue
Join Ambassador of Americana Charles Phoenix for a live comedy performance celebrating the original Magic Kingdom in the 1950s and 60s. With his spectacular collection of “found” mid-century era Kodachrome slides, unbridled enthusiasm, and keen eye for detail, Charles takes you to the quintessential theme park when it was new.
Experience the early days of Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, and Tomorrowland. See long-gone attractions, including the Phantom Boats, Flying Saucers, Indian Village, Rainbow Mountain Stage Coaches, PeopleMover, Carousel of Progress, and more.
See the original Tomorrowland when it was promoted as “The World of 1986,” and as well as the new Tomorrowland in 1967. Charles also shares the flaming backstory of the Monorail, reveals there was more than one TWA Rocket to the Moon, and takes you inside Monsanto’s legendary House of the Future.
In addition to all the Disneyland delights, tour Freedomland USA— New York City’s ill-fated Disneyland-wannabe theme park, plus over-the-top Disneyland area themed-motels, and more.
Your imagination will be inspired and your spirit will soar!
Festive dress is encouraged … but not expected!
GET TIX NOW: LOS ANGELES, CA
A Retro Pop Culture EXPLOSION Awaits You!
2805 Gilroy Street
Los Angeles, CA
Join Charles Phoenix for the launch of his new book, ADDICTED TO AMERICANA*
*EACH TICKET INCLUDES A SIGNED BOOK
AT MODERNICA PROPS – World’s Greatest Collection and Display of Mid-Century Home Furnishings, Accessories and Electronics …. housed in the former Twinkie and Ho-Ho factory
LIVE ORGAN MUSIC by DOMINIC -World’s greatest Roller Rink Organist.
CAKE & PUNCH – enjoy sweetness from the Charles Phoenix Test Kitchen.
SPACE AGE SHOWCAR DISPLAY – fabulous fins, chrome and color.
ABOUT THE BOOK: Addicted to Americana is a colorful kaleidoscope of retro pop-culture. Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix launches us into the stratosphere of space-age style, amazing attractions, roadside wonders, festive foods, crazy car culture, and futuristic transportation via his road trip discoveries and found vintage Kodachrome slides. Sit back and enjoy the fabulous flight as he guides us through his action-packed, fun-filled wondrous world of mid-century marvels. Your imagination will be inspired and your spirit will soar!
PARKING: plenty … and it’s FREE
GET TIX NOW: PALM SPRINGS, CA
Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Launching Retro Pop Culture Into The Stratosphere!
Palm Springs Art Museum
101 N. Museum Dr.
Palm Springs, CA
Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix shares the very best of his retro road-trip discoveries and colorful kaleidoscope of found vintage Kodachrome slides from his latest book, Addicted to Americana. It’s 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, and futuristic transportation and more galore all in glorious Kodachrome COLOR! Be prepared for your national pride to swell, and your American spirit to soar!
BOOK SIGNING RECEPTION: Following the performance, Charles will sign copies of his new book, Addicted to Americana, in the Meyerman Sculpture Garden. Wine will be served.
Presented by the Photography Collection Council of Palm Springs Art Museum.
GET TIX NOW: PALM SPRINGS, CA
Presented By Modernism Week
501 S. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA
Experience Palm Springs with the Ambassador of Americana! Humorist and tour guide extraordinaire, Charles Phoenix, will lead you on an entertaining adventure atop a double-decker, open-air bus.
With his unbridled enthusiasm, delightful design expertise, and keen eye for oddball detail, Charles’ spirited tour highlights exterior views of dozens of spectacular mid-century modern 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” and the 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.
AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT – GET YOUR TIX NOW!
Last week I was invited to share some of my vintage Rose Parade slides on KTLA’s live Rose Parade pre-show. My segment was scheduled at 6:10am. Frankly, I’m not used to getting up that early and I was worried my 1977 SEARS alarm clock that I got while still in high school, wouldn’t go off. Sure enough it didn’t. Thankfully I managed to wake up just in the nick of time. Nearly in a panic, I raced in the dark to Pasadena and found my way to “the set,” on the front lawn of the Tournament of Roses Mansion, the Former Wrigley Chewing Gum Estate. Before I knew it the segment was over and I was free to go.CLICK FOR MORE!
In the kingdom of Southern Californialand we don’t have a king, but we do have a queen - the Rose Queen. Her reign is brief - just a year. The Queen and her court work their way up through the charm schools and debutant balls of the San Gabriel Valley. The highest call of duty for the bevy of beauties is waving very properly to their subjects and cradling a super-sized bouquet of red roses like a baby while being strapped on a flower covered barge-like vehicle riding toward the morning sunshine of the New Year. Palm trees and crystal clear blue sky provide the picture perfect backdrop.CLICK FOR MORE!
Happy New Year!!!!!
Happy New Year!!!!! Hard to believe it’s Two Thousand FOUR!!! We are living beyond the future!!!
For those of you who attended the Rose Parade I certainly hope that you had a GREAT time!
Speaking of the Rose Parade, last week’s SLIDE OF THE WEEK was one of the most unusual Rose Floats ever, “OUR FIRST QUARREL.” This week’s is the most pitiful rose float ever “The Frost That Kills the Pumpkin!” Can you believe it? Those big ears, that big red nose and all those missing teeth? Orange Gerber daisies have never looked SO bad! It was sponsored by the city of Van Nuys in 1957. And they even misspelled Pumpkin!
GOD BLESS AMERICANA and ROSE PARADEIANA!!