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...CLICK FOR MORE!
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.
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Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating Classic And Kitschy American Life And Style + Book Signing And Ice Cream Social
California Automobile Museum
2200 Front Street
Hosted by the California Automobile Museum and presented by SacMod … Prepare for your patriotic pride to swell when the Ambassador of Americana launches retro pop culture into the stratosphere! With unbridled enthusiasm and keen expertise, Charles unleashes his stories and glories of spectacular space-age style, amazing attractions, local landmarks, roadside wonders, fun foods, festive fashions, crazy car culture, futuristic transportation and more galore. Your imagination will be inspired and your American spirit will soar!
Come for the show…stay for the Addicted to Americana book signing, classic cars and ice cream social!
Festive dress is encouraged (but not expected).
6:30pm – Doors open – California Automobile Museum is opne- join us for a “no host bar.”
7:30pm – Performance – Addicted to Americana.
9:00pm – Book Signing and Ice Cream Social – After the show Charles will sign copies of his new book, Addicted to Americana, while the Museum serves ice cream and root beer floats
Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating Classic And Kitschy American Life And Style & Book Signing Party
Johnson County Museum
8788 Metcalf Ave
Kansas City, KS, 66212
Presented by Johnson County Museum … the Ambassador of Americana Charles Phoenix, launches retro pop culture into the stratosphere! With unbridled enthusiasm and keen expertise, he shares his stories and glories of spectacular space-age style, vintage attractions, local landmarks, roadside wonders, fun foods, crazy car culture, futuristic transportation and more galore. American spirit will soar!
Come for the show … stay for the Addicted to Americana and book signing party.
Festive dress is encouraged (but not expected)
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.