Monday, December 12, 2011

'Tis The Season for Kitschy Americana, Courtesy Charles Phoenix

When we last saw Charles Phoenix, the histo-tainer was, of course, speaking at the start of last month's 6th annual Great Los Angeles Walk. Charles mentioned to us that this is his busiest time of year -- and given how retro Americana seems to be popular this time of year, you can see why. (That's Maria with Charles after we caught his show in 2009 -- read about it here.)

Phoenix's popular holiday slide show, featuring kitschy shots from the 50s and 60s, is celebrating its 10th year and returns to L.A. next Sunday, Dec. 18, at downtown's REDCAT theater. Haven't been to one of Charlie Phoenix's slide shows? Here's what to expect:

Phoenix's beloved annual offering gives glory to the spirit of celebration, including holidays from throughout the year, in one time-traveling journey. Experience politically incorrect New Year's Rose Parade floats, a bizarre Lamb Cake Contest on Easter Sunday, and an explosion of patriotic pride on the Fourth of July, followed by howlingly funny homemade Halloween costumes, the truly tragic life of a Thanksgiving turkey, and a Yuletide bondage party.

This retro revelry is sure to get everyone in the mood for the season to come, and Phoenix helps point the way with forecasts on retro-inspired trends in decadent d¬├ęcor, crafty creations, gift ideas, fun food, and more. Festive holiday dress is encouraged.

Admission is $30; go to the REDCAT website or for more info.

Charles Phoenix's Retro Holiday Slide Show
Sunday, December 18, 2011 at 3:00 pm & 7:00 pm
REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater)
631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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