Go Back in Time to Long Beachland with Charles Phoenix

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Celebrate our epic City by the Sea and experience a whole new side of Long Beach as Ambassador of Americana Charles Phoenix sweeps you away on a time travel adventure extravaganza through Long Beach’s past and present!  With his gracious sense of humor, unbridled enthusiasm, and keen eye for oddball detail, Charles will reveal his guide to underrated, undiscovered and overlooked local landmarks through the very best of his found vintage slides of Long Beach.

The Pike, Miss Universe, The Legend of the Big Donut

Experience local oddities, world-famous attractions, exceptional architecture, vintage neon signs, old timey places, mom and pop businesses, neato neighborhoods, and much more — all in glorious Kodachrome color!  During the 2-act show, Charles will also share his latest Test Kitchen creations and recent road trip adventures.

The Fun Continues on Retro Row, Charles’ Favorite Vintage Shopping Street on Earth
After the show, join Charles across the street at inretrospect (2122 e 4th Street) for a Cake & Punch Party, where he will sign books, take pictures, and serve up some of his famous Test Kitchen creations.

Charles Phoenix: Long Beachland takes place at 11am on Saturday May 30 at the Art Theatre of Long Beach [2025 E. 4th; 562-438-5435 ]. Tickets are $29 and can be purchased online at www.charlesphoenix.com. Festive Dress is HIGHLY encouraged.

About Charles Phoenix

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.”

About 4th Street

Dubbed “Retro Row,” 4th Street is where the vibrancy and creative spirit of Long Beach lives. Stretching between Temple and Cherry Avenues in Long Beach, CA, the district is home to an exciting group of 50+ independent merchants. Kitschy and hip and always hospitable, 4th Street features vintage & contemporary clothing, furniture & accessories, art, antiques & collectibles, books, roller skates & skate boards as well as a locally owned restaurants, coffee shops and wine bars. Adding to the retro vibe of the street is the restored 1920’s Art Theatre, which hosts a mix of first-run and art films, live concerts & comedy and other unique events. 4th Street is one of the few designated bike-friendly business districts in the city and has been featured in the pages of the New York Times as well as New York, Sunset and Los Angeles magazines. www.4thstreetlongbeach.com.

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