GET TIX NOW: LAS VEGAS, NV
Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating Classic And Kitschy American Life And Style!
ORLEANS HOTEL SHOWROOM
4500 W TROPICANA AV
LAS VEGAS, NV
Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender presents … the Ambassador of Americana roasting and toasting mid-century era pop culture in two different slide shows, Friday at 3:30 pm and Sunday at 5pm
With his keen expertise, sharp eye for oddball detail and gracious sense of humor, Charles spins his fantastic flea-market found vintage Kodachrome slides and retro road trip adventure discoveries into a crazy kaleidoscope of extreme mid-century architecture, car culture, suburban style, tourist traps, theme parks, and much more.
Be prepared for your imagination to be inspired, spirit to soar and American pride to swell!
GET TIX NOW: LOS ANGELES, CA
FREE Live Slide Show Performance Celebrating The Architecture Of Sun, Fun And Fantasy!
Metro Art Presents FREE Live Slide Show Performance Celebrating The Architecture Of Sun, Fun And Fantasy!
Metro Art Presents … Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, and his fun-fueled whirlwind slide show adventure exploring SoCal’s undiscovered, underrated and misunderstood mid-century architectural gems past and present.
With his trademark enthusiasm, eye for odd-ball detail, and keen expertise, Charles roasts and toasts spectacular suburban style, space-age drive-ins, coffee shops, bowling alleys, shopping centers, extreme homes, dingbat apartments, fast food restaurants, theme parks and much more all in glorious color … in color!
Be prepared for your local pride to swell!
Festive dress is encouraged … but not expected.
APRIL 21, 2017 8:30pm
NO TICKETS OR RESERVATIONS for this show.
Just show up
Go Metro to Union Station
GET TIX NOW: NASHVILLE, TN
Live Comedy Performance Celebrating Classic And Kitschy Country & Western Life & Style
2800 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN
Nashville Boogie Vintage Weekender and Car Show 2017 presents … Retro pop culture humorist and author Charles Phoenix in an *all-new* slide show extravaganza of “flea-market found” Kodachrome slides and retro field trip discoveries picturing vintage wild west fashions, classic car culture, iconic roadside attractions, tacky tourist traps, legendary theme parks, and much more.
Be prepared for your national pride to swell, imagination to be inspired, and wild west lovin’ spirit to soar!
GET TIX NOW: LONG BEACH, CA
Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating The Epic City By The Sea ...
2025 E 4th St,
Long Beach, CA
Presented by Inretrospect on Retro Row … Be prepared for your local pride to SWELL when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, sweeps us away on a time travel slide show adventure exploring Long Beach’s classic and kitschy landmarks and lore then and now.
With his gracious sense of humor, unbridled enthusiasm, and keen eye for oddball detail, Charles reveals his guide to undiscovered and iconic local landmarks, and the very best of his found vintage slides taken in Long Beach in the 50s and 60s.
Experience the Pike Amusements, local oddities, legendary attractions, Art Deco and mid-century mod architecture, vintage neon signs, classic mom and pop businesses, nifty neighborhoods, the glory of googie, story of Miss Universe, and much more all in glorious Kodachrome color!
Festive Dress is HIGHLY encouraged but not expected !!!
This performance is two-acts with an intermission
Show begins at 11am ends at 1pm
AFTERSHOW CAKE & PUNCH PARTY
Meet Charles across the street at INRETROSPECT following the performance … and enjoy cake form the Charles Phoenix Test Kitchen creations then shop til you drop on Retro Row, the greatest vintage shopping street on earth !!! …
NOTE: PLEASE do allow extra time for street parking !!! …
GET TIX NOW: HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
Live Retro Hawaiian Vacation Slide Show & Luau Party
Don the Beachcomber
16278 Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, CA
– CHARLES’ RETRO HAWAII SLIDE SHOW EXTRAVAGANZA
– LIVE HAWAIIAN BAND & HULA DANCING GIRLS
– MAI TAIS will be served (first ones on us)
– DESSERT ERUPTION – all-u-can eat erupting P.U.D.cano (Volcano shaped PINEAPPPLE UPSIDE DOWN CAKE)
A Mai Tai and lei greeting awaits you as you enter Don the Beachcomber’s exotic “Hidden Village” swaying alongside hula girls dancing to a live Hawaiian Hapa-Haole band playing genuine authentic Island tunes.
All this and more before Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, takes “Tiki Hut Theater” stage for his Retro Hawaiian slide show of colorful vintage Kodachrome slides, taken by tourists “dream vacationing” in Hawaii in the 50s & 60s.
Following the spirited performance, a dessert eruption will happen … P.U.D.Cano, a volcano shaped Pineapple Upside Down Cake, will spew pineapple topping and Maraschino cherries right before your very eyes !!! …
Be prepared for your aloha spirit to soar !!! …
Festive Island style attire is highly encouraged !!! …
FREE on site parking …
Arrive early and enjoy a delicious dinner at Don’s and or an exotic drink or two in the bar !!! …
Cement tepee-shaped motel rooms seen from a rolled-down driver’s side window glisten in the rain-soaked sky blue blacktop. This is not any ‘ol motel. Oh no! Wigwam Village is Southern California’s most precious and famous Route 66 landmark.
Built in 1950, it was the last in the chain of eight Wigwam Motels. Miraculously this and two of the other locations, Cave Creek, Kentucky, and Holbrook, Arizona, are still standing in all their Americana glory for us to cherish (and stay in) today.
Thanks in part to the Disney movie “Cars” they are enjoying a well deserved revival in popularity. What have we all been waiting for? They’re adorable!!!
In the ‘70s I can remember driving past the Rialto Wigwam Motel when the slogan beneath the sign said “Do it in a Tepee!”
A few years ago I spent my first night in a wigwam in Holbrook, Arizona. I walked in my room, um wigwam, and immediately felt an unexplainable mystical magical force field of pure Americana energy like I’d never experienced before (and no, I hadn’t been smokin’ anything!) There is something powerful about standing, sitting, showering and laying down inside one these icons of the Americana roadside.
You haven’t really lived the Americana dream until you too have spent a night in a wigwam. Whatever you “Do in a Tepee,” do something! Your imagination will be inspired and your spirit will soar!
Here’s to all Wigwam Motels and YOU!
April 5, 2011
Los Angeles, CA