32nd Doo Dah Queen Skittles to show art



Dearest Wonderful People,

I am showing my artwork at a multi-media event that includes fine art,
dance, theater & a party! The proceeds support the art community and
charities in LA. I attached the fliers, one of which shows a couple
photos from my NEW “Queen Skittles – My Royal Court” series!

Also, a few subjects in My Royal Court will be displaying their art
too— King Kristina, Princess Cassandra Marquez, Prince Dino Rasmussen
& Princess Heather Hoxsey!

Tickets are $20 ($15 for students) and you can check out the evite and
buy presale at ::

Queen Skittles
32nd Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade
Blog @ www.QueenSkittles.com




Everything old is new again

Yes, I know the 32nd Occasional Doo Dah Parade happened in January, but I’m still receiving what I like to affectionately call fan mail. Whether it’s in an envelope or via e-mail, I still love hearing from all the people who shared my day, as well as those who follow my life through my stories in the newspapers and on my blogs.


Most recently, I received an e-mail from Stephen Berkman, a local photographer/artist who


caught me having fun on the big day. These photos are very different from his usual mileau, as Berkman normally works in sepia, using vintage cameras to create his photographs that are little snippets of days gone by with a twist that makes you think. His work has been shown in galleries all over and has even graced album covers for artists such as The Racounteers. (Learn more about Berkman at www.stephenberkman.com. ).


My moments, however, were captured digitally in color… oh my! But they’re still really great, so I had to share.



31st Queen Mickie




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 www.gamblehouse.org.  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. www.charlesphoenix.com


“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 www.gamblehouse.org.


Moved by a muse

Dear Readers,


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I sooo want to get in mommy’s convertible and enjoy the sunshine! Maybe she’ll take me to McGinty’s Gallery at the End of the World this weekend, as I know that’s what’s in her calendar.


The show features work by more than 25 emerging and established artists, live entertainment, tasty refreshments, good conversation and more. The gallery will be open noon-6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday with some special events too.


1st Friday Art Club is 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday night. You can see all of the interesting art, plus catch performances by Redwood Stills, Almase Arabesque (my mommy’s belly dancing duo~ they use swords — oooo scary!), drummer/actor Ric Sarabia and a few other drummers, who will join in playing for my mom. $5 cover.


Saturday is potluck barbecue day. Bring a dish to share and enjoy music by Vise Virsa. Cool grooves, yummy eats and new friends.


Sunday brings an almost-repeat of Saturday, but with a brunch and entertainment TBA. Your favorite dish to share welcomed.


 The gallery is at

2475 Lake Ave.

(cross street is Mariposa, venue is next door to Rancho Bar)


(626) 794-8779



Now you know, I hope you’ll show!!


Paws up,