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GET TIX NOW: LONG BEACH, CA

CHARLES PHOENIX: LONG BEACHLAND

Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating The Epic City By The Sea ...

 

Art Theater
2025 E 4th St,
Retro Row
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: OKLAHOMA CITY, OK

CHARLES PHOENIX RETRO SPACE AGE SLIDE SHOW

Live Comedy Performance Celebrating Mid-Century Life & Style

 

First Christian Church
3700 N Walker Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK


5-4-3-2-1 … BLAST-OFF !!! … Presented by OKLAHOMA MODERNISM WEEKEND

Prepare for your national pride to swell when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, super charges the classic living room slide show into a laugh-out-loud, celebration of mid-century futurism ala vintage Kodachome slides and his retro road trip adventure discoveries.

With keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm and sharp eye for oddball detail, Charles launches us into the super spellbinding stratosphere of out-of-this world suburban style, extreme architecture, car culture, tourist traps, theme parks, and space age other relics – then and now.

Sit back and enjoy the fabulous flight as we time travel to Charles’ fun-filled, action packed, crazy kaleidoscope of peppy pop culture – all in glorious Kodachrome COLOR!
… Your imagination will be inspired and your spirit will soar !!! …

Festive dress is encouraged … but not expected!

First Christian Church
3700 N Walker Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK

GET TIX NOW: HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA

CHARLES PHOENIX: ALOHALAND

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 !!! …

GET TIX NOW: PORTLAND, OR

CHARLES PHOENIX ALOHALAND AT TIKI KON

Live Comedy Dream Hawaiian Vacation Slide Show

 

Red Lion
909 N Hayden Island Dr
Portland, OR 97217


Presented by TIKI KON … Prepare for your tiki pride to swell when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, super charges the classic living room slide show into a laugh-out-loud, “dream vacation” to Hawaii ala vintage Kodachome slides, taken by tourists in the 50s & 60s.

With keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm and sharp eye for oddball detail, Charles lands us into the super spellbinding stratosphere of vintage island style, fun fashions, exotic architecture, tiki transportation, tourist traps and more.

Sit back and enjoy the fabulous flight as we time travel to Charles’ fun-filled, action packed, crazy kaleidoscope of peppy pop culture – all in glorious Kodachrome COLOR!

… Your imagination will be inspired and your spirit will soar !!! …

Festive dress is encouraged … but not expected!

GET TIX NOW: SOLVANG, CA

I KNOWWW MERLOW – BOTTLE SIGNING

Bottle Signing At Sort This Cellars In Solvang, CA

JULY 22, 2017 @ 5-7PM
 

1636 Copenhagen Drive
Solvang, CA 93463


I KNOWWW MERLOT bottle signing … Join Charles at Sort It Out Sellers July 22, 5-7pm in Solvang, California … CHEERS !!! …

Click here to purchase bottles.

 

SLIDE OF THE WEEK

Wigwam Drive By - Rialto, CA 1957

 

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!

Charles Phoenix
April 5, 2011
Los Angeles, CA