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RETRO DISNEYLAND SLIDE SHOW
Live Comedy Performance Celebrating the Original Magic Kingdom in the 50s & 60s

Zion Lutheran Church
Anaheim, CA


All proceeds benefit the 95th Annual Halloween Parade … The Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, takes you back in time to the granddaddy of all theme parks when it was new. With his unbridled enthusiasm,…Read More


 

 

ADDICTED TO AMERICANA
Live Comedy Retro Travelogue Slide Show Celebrating Classic and Kitschy American Life and Style!

Haugh Performing Arts Center
Glendora, CA


With his keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm and eagle eye for oddball detail, Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, launches retro pop culture into the stratosphere! Prepare for your national pride to swell when Charles shares the…Read More


 

 

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PALM SPRINGS, CA

PALM SPRINGS BUS TOUR
Presented by Modernism Week

501 S Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA


Retro pop culture humorist and Addicted to Americana author, Charles Phoenix leads a spirited adventure atop a double-decker, open-air bus highlighting exterior views of spectacular midcentury modern estates and neighborhoods, commercial and civic buildings, and…Read More


 

 

RETRO HOLIDAY JUBILEE
Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating Classic and Kitschy Holiday Life and Style

Chandler Center
250 Arizona Ave
Chandler, AZ


Be prepared for your spirit to soar when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, sweeps you away on a hilarious hi-octane adventure into his wild and wacky world of "flea-market found" vintage Kodachrome slides, and epic…Read More


 

 

RETRO HOLIDAY JUBILEE
Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating Classic and Kitschy Holiday Life and Style

Curtis Theater
1 Civic Center Cir
Brea, CA 92821


Be prepared for your spirit to soar when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, sweeps you away on a hilarious hi-octane adventure into his wild and wacky world of "flea-market found" vintage Kodachrome slides, and epic…Read More


 

 

CHARLES PHOENIX HOLIDAY JUBILEE
Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating Classic and Kitschy Holiday Life and Style

Grammercy Theater
127 E 23rd St
New York City, NY


Be prepared for your spirit to soar when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, sweeps you away on a hilarious hi-octane adventure into his wild and wacky world of "flea-market found" vintage Kodachrome slides, and epic…Read More


 

 

RETRO HOLIDAY JUBILEE
Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating Classic and Kitschy Holiday Life and Style

Fremont Theater
1035 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo, CA


Be prepared for your spirit to soar when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, sweeps you away on a hilarious hi-octane adventure into his wild and wacky world of "flea-market found" vintage Kodachrome slides, and epic…Read More


 

SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Tonga Traffic - San Francisco, 1960

A gray-suited man is casually perched on the side steps of San Francisco’s iconic ride as it travels Nob Hill. Before him a ’60 Plymouth taxi follows the dovelike flight of a ’60 Ford Starliner as it blurs into a turn. Behind him, perspective plays games as the cable car heads up that oh-so fashionable hill past a little red side-mounted sign on which Fairmount Hotel Tonga Room is written in neon. It marks the entrance to San Francisco’s most deluxe and enduring tiki bar and restaurant.

Tucked away deep inside the famous Fairmont Hotel, the Tonga Room is the city’s kitschiest tourist attraction. The centerpiece and crowning touch is the pool where, to this day, the live band plays floating on a little stage. And if that’s not exotic enough for you, it fake rains every 20 minutes. And who doesn’t love fake rain while drinking and dining!

So if you are in mood for a Mai Tai and puu-puu platter this is the absolute perfect place for you and your tribe to belly up to the tiki bar and unleash a primal scream of pure joy. Rice-a-Roni isn’t the only San Francisco treat. So is the legendary Tonga Room.

BUT…BIG BUT… whatever you do…don’t dawdle get there ASAP. Developers have been threatening to demo the Tonga Room to build a mondo condo tower for years.

Speaking of SF, I’m deeee-lighted to be debuting my RETRO SLIDE SHOW there, a deep-fried and delicious live comedy performance celebrating classic and kitschy mid-century American life and style…tourist traps theme parks, space age suburbia, car culture and much much more!

Thursday night, April 14th, 8 p.m. at the Roxie Theater.

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Here’s to San Francisco, the Tonga Room and YOU!

Charles Phoenix
March 26, 2011
Los Angeles, CA

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SLIDE OF THE WEEK

San Francisco 1962

"Rice-a-Roni - The San Francisco Treat" - remember that perfect slogan/jingle?

The salty "sauté and simmer" side dish is the concoction of a local pasta maker. It first showed up on store shelves in 1958. Roni, of course, is short for macaroni. The Rice-a-Roni TV commercials first introduced me to the sights and sounds of the City by the Bay when I was just a wee tot.

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