Part of Tucson Modernism Week 2014
A live, laugh-out-loud Comedy Retro Slide Show Performance celebrating the Grand Canyon State, presented by pop culture humorist and “King of Retro,” Charles Phoenix!
"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
Be prepared for your Arizona pride to swell when Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, sweeps us away on a time travel “field trip” adventure extravaganza exploring classic and kitschy local landmarks and lore then and now. With his gracious sense of humor, unbridled enthusiasm, and keen eye for oddball detail, Charles also reveals the best of his found slides of Arizona in the 50s & 60s. Think mid-century tourist traps, roadside attractions, cultural wonders and much more all in glorious Kodachrome color! Festive dress is 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. 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.”