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PALM SPRINGS, CA

CHARLES PHOENIX: ALOHALAND
Live Slide Show Performance Celebrating Hawaii in the 1950s & 60s

Palm Springs Art Museum
101 Museum Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262


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


 

 

CHARLES PHOENIX & THE THIRD DIMENSION
Live Retro 3-D Slide Show Performance...in 3-D!

The Downtown Independent
251 S. Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012


LACMA and 3-D SPACE present retro pop-culturist and Addicted to Americana author, Charles Phoenix, at the 15th Annual Los Angeles 3-D Movie Festival, celebrating a century of classic and kitschy American life and style in…Read More


 

 

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

California Automotive Museum
2200 Front St.
Sacramento, CA 95818


Be prepared for your spirit to soar when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, sweeps us 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: LONG BEACHLAND
Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating the Epic City by the Sea

Petroleum Club
3636 Linden Ave
Long Beach, CA


Presented by the Historical Society of Long Beach ... Be prepared for your local pride to SWELL when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, sweeps us away on a then and now time travel slide show…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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