The Charles Phoenix Test Kitchen Puttin' the Kitsch in Kitchen!
Eye-popping edible party centerpieces and potluck pleasers made with legendary American brand name products. These festive original recipes reflect the retro sensibility Charles is famous for. Don’t just eat your food, have fun with it too! And serve it up with a great big helping of American pride!
ADDICTED TO AMERICANA BOOK SIGNING IN PALM SPRINGS FREE EVENT - at Just Fabulous … and it is!
515 N Palm Canyon Dr,
Palm Springs, CA
FREE EVENT: Join Charles at the desert’s greatest gift and book store, Just Fabulous, in the heart of Palm Springs exciting mid-century shopping district. Books will be available for purchase. Festive retro dress is encouraged but not expected.
RETRO HOLIDAY JUBILEE ON RETRO ROW Live Comedy Slide Show Celebrating Mid-Century Holiday Life & Style
Art Theatre Long Beach
Long Beach, CA
Presented by INRETROSPECT … Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix super charges the classic living room slide show into laugh-out-loud roast and toast of classic and kitschy New Years, Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas!
With his keen expertise, quick wit, and eagle eye for oddball detail, Charles lavishes commentary on the very best flea market-found vintage Kodachrome slides, of dining, drinking, dressing up, decorating, gifting and glamming it up for the holidays in the 50s and 60s.
Charles also shares his latest eye-popping Test Kitchen recipes, and best of guide to local holiday attractions.
This fun-filled, action packed, crazy kaleidoscope of seasonal life and style is sure to get you on the mood for the holidays like NEVER before!
Festive dress is encouraged … but not expected!
The show is a the historic Art Theatre (doors at 10:30) on Retro Row – world’s greatest shopping street!
AFTER SHOW BOOK SIGNING & CAKE PARTY … across the street at INRETROSPECT …
Charles will sign his new book, ADDICTED TO AMERICANA – Cake will be served !!! …
ADDICTED TO AMERICANA BOOK SIGNING AT LOS ANGELES BREAKFAST CLUB Breakfast will be served … YUM!
3201 Riverside Dr.
Los Angeles, CA
Join Charles Phoenix for a BREAKFAST, (yes, breakfast) a slide “showette” performance, and book signing at LA’s historic breakfast club where they’ve been serving it every Wednesday since 1925. Books will be available at the venue.
DECEMBER 16, 2017 • 2-4pm
LOS ANGELES, CA
ADDICTED TO AMERICANA BOOK SIGNING AT BAUER POTTERY SHOWROOM FREE EVENT – Be Prepared for COLOR !!!
Bauer Pottery Showroom
3051 Rosslyn St
Los Angeles, CA
Join Charles at the EPIC Bauer Showroom, an EPIC extravaganza display timeless classic California pottery. Books will be available for purchase.
Festive retro dress is encouraged but not expected.
ADDICTED TO AMERICANA Live Comedy Slide Show Performance
Palm Springs Art Museum
101 N. Museum Dr.
Palm Springs, CA
Prepare for your national pride to swell when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, launches retro pop culture into the stratosphere! With his keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm and eagle eye for oddball detail, he shares the very best of his retro road-trip discoveries and colorful kaleidoscope of found vintage Kodachrome slides from the pages of his latest book, Addicted to Americana.
This is 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, futuristic transportation and more galore in glorious Kodachorme COLOR! Your imagination will be inspired and your American spirit will soar!
A reception and book signing will follow the performance in the Meyerman Sculpture Garden where Charles will sign copies of Addicted to Americana.
Presented by Palm Springs Art Museum’s Photography Collection Council with support from Alcazar and Lenora Hume.
PALM SPRINGS BUS TOUR Mid-Century Mod Architectural Drive-by Excursion Extravaganza
Modernism Week CAMP
230 Museum Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Tour the mecca of mid-century atop a double-decker, open-air bus with Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix. With his unbridled enthusiasm, delightful design expertise, and keen eye for oddball detail, Charles’ spirited tour highlights exterior views of dozens of spectacular classic 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” Hideaway and 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 in Palm Springs.
Check-In: Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your tour departure time.
Seating: Tickets are for upper deck only. Hats and sunscreen highly recommended for sun exposure. Wheelchair accessible for lower deck only.
Prohibited: Alcoholic beverages, smoking, vaping, food, glass containers, and pets.
Comfort Stop: Yes
EXTERIOR VIEWS ONLY
AVOID DISAPOINTMENT – GET YOUR TIX NOW!
For Those You Food Network Watchers I’m A Judge On "Cake Wars: Christmas" This Season Beginning November 9th !!! ...
For those you Food Network watchers I’m a judge on "Cake Wars: Christmas" this season beginning November 9th! "Cake Wars: Christmas," btw, is a reality-based competition show with eight teams competing for the big prize. Shooting the show was a blast! It took 7 days to film the 6 hour-long episodes. Frankly I was shocked by how smoothly it all ran. My co-judge, pastry chef extraordinaire Sherry Yard, kept us plump, constantly sharing her homemade sweet treats.
L.A.’s KCET TV invited me pick my fave restaurant in Los Angeles, have lunch there and share the experience with you. YAY!
Without skipping a beat I chose Pann’s, the greatest Googie style coffee shop on Earth. This was the perfect opportunity for me to share this amazing L.A. landmark and introduce you to a local hero of mine, the original owner, Rena Poulis, age 94. Dressed to the nines, she greets guests there every day just as she has since she and her husband opened the doors in 1958. Rena and son Jim who now runs the place (and beautifully I might add) are the queen and crowned price of coffee shops.
They both deserve a big giant lifetime award for all their years of great service and an even bigger historic preservation award for maintaining the spectacular original Googie décor of their legendary restaurant.
Thank you, KCET for this opportunity and lunch! That fried chicken is the best in town!
Have you dined in a lipstick red vinyl semi-circle booth lately?
Here’s to the KCET, Pann’s, Queen Rena, Prince Jim and YOU!