By Steve Harvey
Pop culture humorist Charles Phoenix calls our fair city “Long Beachland,” as though it were a section of Disneyland.
And why not? I can see the Traffic Circle as the equivalent of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, the Gaytonia Hotel as Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, the Queen Mary as the Haunted Mansion.
And the Blue Line, of course, could be the Monorail (if you disregard a few things, like the illegal vendors, panhandlers, religious fanatics and free riders).
Phoenix, author of “Southern California and the ’50s,” grew up in the IE (as TV weatherfolks now call the Inland Empire). But he has fond memories of Long Beach dating back to visits he made to relatives here (one kin owned Redondo Paints, now the site of the Silver Fox nightclub). So, knowing of Phoenix’ interest in Long Beach, I attended a sold-out show he gave the other day at the Art Theater on Retro Row.
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ADDICTED TO AMERICANA BOOK SIGNING AT WALT’S BARN
FREE EVENT at Griffith Park
Walt Disney's Carolwood Barn
5202 Zoo Dr.
Los Angeles, CA
Join Charles Phoenix for an Addicted to Americana Book signing at Walt Disney's Carolwood Barn, in Griffith Park. The museum is dedicated to Walt's love of trains and model railroading. The exhibits chronicle how trains…Read More
CHARLES PHOENIX AT TIKI OASIS
Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating Classic & Kitschy American Life & Style!
Crown Plaza San Diego
2270 Hotel Circle North
San Diego, California 92108
Be prepared for your national pride to swell when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, supercharges the classic living room slide show into a laugh-out-loud celebration of spectacular mid-century space age style, car culture, road trips,…Read More
ESCAPE TO TIKI ISLAND!
One Night – Three Acts: Live Exotica Music & Charles Phoenix Alohaland, Tikiayki Orchestra, and The Hula Girls ... presented by Stellar Shows
307 N Spurgeon St.
Santa Ana, CA
Prepare to swept away by a typhoon of tiki sounds an style on this very special one night only experience of island style tunes, vintage Hawaiiana, and dancing girls at the historic Yost Theater in…Read More
By Steve Harvey