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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Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Launching Retro Pop Culture Into The Stratosphere!
Palm Springs Art Museum
101 N. Museum Dr.
Palm Springs, CA
Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix shares the very best of his retro road-trip discoveries and colorful kaleidoscope of found vintage Kodachrome slides from his latest book, Addicted to Americana. It’s a marvelous mashup of mid-century of stories and glories of spectacular space-age style, amazing attractions, local landmarks, roadside wonders, festive foods, crazy car culture, and futuristic transportation and more galore all in glorious Kodachrome COLOR! Be prepared for your national pride to swell, and your American spirit to soar!
BOOK SIGNING RECEPTION: Following the performance, Charles will sign copies of his new book, Addicted to Americana, in the Meyerman Sculpture Garden. Wine will be served.
Presented by the Photography Collection Council of Palm Springs Art Museum.
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)
By Steve Harvey