May is National Preservation Month. And what better way to celebrate the landmarks, legends and lore of America and Central Oregon than with Kitsch King and Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix. The humorist, author and showman brings his one-man comedy show to the historic Tower Theatre in downtown Bend for one performance only Wednesday, May 1 at 7:30 pm.
The Charles Phoenix Big Retro Slide Show is a delicious,deep-fried roast and toast of amazing mid-century tourist traps, theme parks,space age suburbia, car culture, festive fashions and more. With infectiousenthusiasm and a keen eye for oddball detail, Phoenix shows the very best ofhis massive collection of flea market-found vintage Kodachrome slides and tellstales of his road trip adventures across America.
Be prepared for local pride to swell when Charles revealshis “best of” guide to Bend-area landmarks, including Redmond’s Petersen RockGarden. Festive dress is encouraged, but not expected!
“The motto for National Preservation Month is See it, Saveit, Celebrate it,” says Ray Solley, executive director of the Tower TheatreFoundation, and ex-officio member of the Deschutes Country Historic LandmarkCommission. “Charles genuinely loves the unique people and historic places thatmake areas like Central Oregon so special. It’s an honor to have him help us kickoff a month-long tribute to the city and county’s historic preservationactivities.”
Charles’ colorful coffee table books include Southern California in the ‘50s and Americana the Beautiful. Phoenixhas appeared on The Conan Show, The Martha Stewart Show and is afrequent contributor to NPR. He regularly presents his show in Los Angeles, SanFrancisco, Las Vegas and Portland.
The Tower Theatre Foundation owns and operates the historicstage in downtown Bend. The Foundation’s mission is to provide performing arts,civic, educational and social events that enliven and enrich the lives of allCentral Oregonians. Membership, program information and individual and grouptickets are available at the box office (835 NW Wall), by phone (541-317-0700)or online (www.towertheatre.org).Details on events are also at www.facebook.com/TheTowerTheatre.
What: Charles Phoenix Big Retro Slide Show
When: Wednesday, May 1 – 7:30 pm
Where: TowerTheatre - 835 NW Wall Street - Bend, Oregon
Tickets: $14 GeneralAdmission
Plus$1 Historic Theatre Restoration Fee