Co-presented by Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation / Tucson Modernism Week
A live comedy performance celebrating the ultimate classic and kitschy holiday life and style!
"So hilarious we wish his show would last forever." – LA Weekly
"Call him the King of Retro, ruling over a bygone era." – Los Angeles Times
"He joyfully mines America's past through its fashion and design..." - New York Times
Prepare for your holiday spirit to skyrocket when pop culture humorist Charles Phoenix propels classic and kitschy Christmas, New Year’s, Easter, 4th of July, Halloween and Thanksgiving into the stratosphere! Lavishing the very best of his ‘found’ vintage holiday Kodachrome slide collection with his quick-witted commentary and keen eye for oddball detail, Charles supercharges the classic living room slide show into a laugh out-loud extravaganza of holiday fun and frivolity, past, present and future! Charles also shares his latest eye-popping food crafting creations, frolicking field trip adventures and “best of” guide to unique local landmarks, lore and much more. Round up your friends and family and turn this holiday celebration into your party. Fun holiday fashions are encouraged but not expected!
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. Among his “test kitchen” creations, the awe-inspiring holiday centerpiece Astro-Weenie Christmas Tree, and jaw-dropping pie-stuffed cake dessert, Cherpumple, have gained a cult following. 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.”