Doo Dah Grand Marshal Charles Phoenix to bring his show to Pasadena

Charles Phoenix’s “Southern Californialand!”

A Comedy about Mid-Century Americana


One performance – March 19, 2009


Pop culture humorist and author Charles Phoenix brings his live comedy slide show performance to Neighborhood Church, 2 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena, for one night only, March 19 at 7:30 pm.  A reception will follow at The Gamble House, 4 Westmoreland Place.


This laugh-out-loud funny celebration of parties, car culture, Space age suburbia, Pasadena, Downtown LA, Hollywood, Marineland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Disneyland and more is presented by Friends of The Gamble House (FOGH), as the next event in the Sidney D. Gamble Lecture Series 2009.


Charles Phoenix super-charges the classic living room slide show by reinventing it into a hip and high octane celebration of classic and kitschy mid-century American life and style. His informed narration is simply hilarious as he guides us through the very best of his best of his massive collection of flea-market found Kodachrome slides.


“I’m especially looking forward to doing my show in Pasadena,” says Charles. “I’ll be including some amazing vintage slides of Pasadena – including outrageous Rose Parade floats – that I’ve never shown before!


Audiences from coast to coast are delighted by Charles’ stylish suits, friendly personality and infectious enthusiasm as he puts his unique spin on kitschy and classic Southern California design and style in “Charles Phoenix’s Southern Californialand.” Your imagination will be inspired and your spirit will soar!


TICKETS:  To purchase tickets and for more information, call 626.793.3334, ext. 52, or visit  General admission tickets are $25; FOGH members, $20; students, $15.


About Charles Phoenix

From the kitsch to the classic, Charles Phoenix loves to celebrate mid-century life and style. His massive collection of flea market-found 1950s and 60s vintage slides inspire his live Retro Slide Show performances, “Slide of the Week” e-mails, and colorful coffee table books – including his latest, American the beautiful: Mid-Century Culture in Kodachrome. Charles is also a recurring correspondent for the Martha Stewart Show and NPR’s Day to Day.  He lives in Southern California.


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

 “Call him the King of Kodachrome”

                        LA Weekly


“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


Friends of The Gamble House

The Sidney D. Gamble Lecture Series is presented by Friends of The Gamble House.  FoGH is a membership support group of the University of Southern California dedicated to the preservation and operation of The Gamble House, a masterpiece of the American Arts & Crafts movement, designed by Charles and Henry Greene in 1908.  For information about the lecture series, and The Gamble House, visit


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