I love it when people confuse holidays. Take the person who decorated this tree with Easter eggs like it was Christmas.CLICK FOR MORE!
GET TIX NOW: CHANDLER, AZ
Live Comedy Performance Celebrating The Magic Kingdom
Chandler Center for the Performing Arts
250 North Arizona Avenue
Join Ambassador of Americana Charles Phoenix for a live comedy performance celebrating the original Magic Kingdom in the 1950s and 60s. With his spectacular collection of “found” mid-century era Kodachrome slides, unbridled enthusiasm, and keen eye for detail, Charles takes you to the quintessential theme park when it was new.
Experience the early days of Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, and Tomorrowland. See long-gone attractions, including the Phantom Boats, Flying Saucers, Indian Village, Rainbow Mountain Stage Coaches, PeopleMover, Carousel of Progress, and more.
See the original Tomorrowland when it was promoted as “The World of 1986,” and as well as the new Tomorrowland in 1967. Charles also shares the flaming backstory of the Monorail, reveals there was more than one TWA Rocket to the Moon, and takes you inside Monsanto’s legendary House of the Future.
In addition to all the Disneyland delights, tour Freedomland USA— New York City’s ill-fated Disneyland-wannabe theme park, plus over-the-top Disneyland area themed-motels, and more.
Your imagination will be inspired and your spirit will soar!
Festive dress is encouraged … but not expected!
GET TIX NOW: LOS ANGELES, CA
A Retro Pop Culture EXPLOSION Awaits You!
2805 Gilroy Street
Los Angeles, CA
Join Charles Phoenix for the launch of his new book, ADDICTED TO AMERICANA*
*EACH TICKET INCLUDES A SIGNED BOOK
AT MODERNICA PROPS – World’s Greatest Collection and Display of Mid-Century Home Furnishings, Accessories and Electronics …. housed in the former Twinkie and Ho-Ho factory
LIVE ORGAN MUSIC by DOMINIC -World’s greatest Roller Rink Organist.
CAKE & PUNCH – enjoy sweetness from the Charles Phoenix Test Kitchen.
SPACE AGE SHOWCAR DISPLAY – fabulous fins, chrome and color.
ABOUT THE BOOK: Addicted to Americana is a colorful kaleidoscope of retro pop-culture. Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix launches us into the stratosphere of space-age style, amazing attractions, roadside wonders, festive foods, crazy car culture, and futuristic transportation via his road trip discoveries and found vintage Kodachrome slides. Sit back and enjoy the fabulous flight as he guides us through his action-packed, fun-filled wondrous world of mid-century marvels. Your imagination will be inspired and your spirit will soar!
PARKING: plenty … and it’s FREE
GET TIX NOW: PALM SPRINGS, CA
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.
GET TIX NOW: PALM SPRINGS, CA
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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Whoever colorized this bare backyard tree with crepe paper, balloons and a lone beach ball deserves an award of outstanding excellence. It's birthday-on-budget brilliance at its very best. What are we waiting for? We should all have such tree treatments at our backyard parties. I want a whole forest of colorized trees!CLICK FOR MORE!
Here’s my very first Astro Weenie Christmas Tree. I used orange cauliflower to brighten it up. I’m in culinary school now and plan to do something a little more adventurous this year. I’ll be sure to share. Happy Holidays, Charles. You rock!
I was THRILLED when I found your Astro Weenie Tree idea since I was to attend a Christmas Eve party and was asked to bring something for the pot luck. Little did I know it would take so much time and money?… I didn’t care, it was going to be FABULOUS! and it was…
I added battery operated lights to the foil cone, and added a pole wooden dowel up the middle because mere peanut butter was NOT going to hold this 6 pound masterpiece! I also had to make a foam core star since star fruit was “out of season” according to my grocer.
The tree was a huge success at the party, though hardly anyone wanted to scar it’s beauty by actually eating it! I brought her home and relocated all of the uneaten food to plastic bags. When I got up Christmas morning I found that my dog was not afraid to eat it at all!
Keep it up Charles! I’m toasting some cereal tonight! Keith
Our buddy Eric didn’t want cake for his birthday (cake+beer=not so great), so we bought him a jumbo box of cream puffs instead. My husband said, “We could use frosting to make them into a mountain.” But if Conan taught me anything, it’s “Why frost when you can Astro Weenie?”
I ruthlessly stabbed our foam conifer with toothpicks and cemented it to a platter with icing. We had some leftover paper & foil cupcake wraps in the drawer and added those to each toothpick, spreading them out into glorious crimped suns. Instant Americana! Added candied lime rings, cream puffs and a drizzling of strawberry and chocolate sauce. The candles singed a few cream puffs, but the risk of fire made for a more exciting presentation. Happy Birthday, Eric!