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CHARLES PHOENIX: LAS VEGASLAND
Live Comedy Retro Slide Show Performance Celebrating Sin City in the 50s & 60s!

Liberace Mansion
4982 Shirley Street
Las Vegas, NV 89119


Be prepared for your local loving spirit to soar, Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix is celebrating vintage Vegas, at the Liberace Mansion. With his keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm, and eagle-eye for oddball detail, Charles shares…Read More


 

 

CHARLES PHOENIX: SAN FERNANDO VALLEYLAND
Live Comedy Performance Celebrating the World’s Most Famous Valley

Valley Relics Museum
7900 Balboa Blvd #C3
Van Nuys, CA 91406


Surrounded by the electrifying collection pop culture treasures of Valley Relics Museum, Ambassador of Americana Charles Phoenix roasts and toasts the iconic San Fernando Valley. With his rousing enthusiasm, gracious wit and keen eye for…Read More


 

 

CHARLES PHOENIX: CATALINALAND
Live Retro Slide Show Performance Celebrating SoCal's Enchanted Island!

Avalon Casino Theatre
1 Casino Way
Avalon, CA 90704


Catalina Island Museum presents ... Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, at the iconic Casino's spectacular 1929 Art Deco movie palace. Be prepared for your Catalina loving' spirit to SOAR when Charles sweeps us away on…Read More


 

 

LONG BEACH, CA

CHARLES PHOENIX: LONG BEACHLAND
Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating the Epic City by the Sea

Art Theatre
2025 E 4th St
Long Beach, CA


Be prepared for your Long Beach lovin’ pride to SWELL when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, sweeps us away on a “then and now” time travel slide show adventure extravaganza exploring Long Beach’s landmarks and…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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