Charles Phoenix: Retro Space Age Slide Show


“So hilarious we wish his show would last forever.” – LA Weekly

… 5-4-3-2-1 … BLAST OFF!!!  Be prepared for your national pride to swell when the Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, supercharges the classic living room slide show into a laugh-out-loud celebration of spectacular mid-century futurism via vintage Kodachrome slides and 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 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!

Charles Phoenix is a pop culture humorist, food crafter, tour guide, and author celebrating the ultimate classic and kitschy American life and style. He is known for his retro slide show performances, crafty “test kitchen” videos, school bus field trip tours, and colorful coffee table books. Charles has appeared on The Conan Show, Martha Stewart Show, and Storage Wars and is a frequent contributor to NPR.  In addition to his popular shows, videos and tours, Charles is the author of several colorful coffee table books including Southern California in the 50s and Americana the Beautiful.  Charles was educated at theme parks, thrift shops, shopping malls and his dad’s used car lot while growing up in Ontario, California. Fans from coast to coast enjoy Charles unbridled enthusiasm, gracious wit, and keen eye for oddball detail and trust his guide to America’s unsung roadside attractions, “offbeat” tourist traps, classic mom and pop shops, local artisans, landmarks and more. The LA Weekly calls Charles “wickedly funny” and The Los Angeles Times titled him the “King of Retro.”