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“Charles Phoenix and His BIG Retro Slide Show!”

From Roadside Diners to Rock Gardens

May is National Preservation Month.  Kick it off with a live comedy performance roasting and toasting kitschy American life and our Kodachrome culture!  Road trips, space age suburbia, tourist traps, theme parks and much more.  Plus, the "Ambassador of Americana" reveals his guide to Central Oregon landmarks, legends and lore, including the Petersen Rock Garden. (Festive, retro dress is welcome!)

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Charles Phoenix is a performer, humorist, chef and author. In his live shows, videos, media appearances and books, the self-proclaimed “retro daddy” explores America’s classic and kitschy pop cultural past and present, and predicts retro-inspired future trends. Fans enjoy his unique spin and genuine reverence for all things Americana, trust his guide to attractions from coast to coast. 


Charles has shared his vintage images and culinary creations on TV with Conan and Martha Stewart and is often heard on National Public Radio. Los Angeles Times says, “Call him the King of Retro,” and LA WEEKLY anointed him “Kodachrome King”.

Exuding the joy of life and exuberant enthusiasm, He encourages people to “get in touch your inner Americana, embrace it, have a sense of humor about it, and proudly share it with the whole wide world.”


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