God Bless Americana
Friday's show, "The United States of Charles Phoenix" was utterly faboo! Puhleeeze...if you get a chance to see one of these extravaganzas, you must go. This was not just another slide show of vintage Kodachrome slides, it was a variety show that was so much fun.
Vintage Travel Trailers and Cars in the Parking Lot
Charles Phoenix Books for Sale
The John Anson Ford Theater (formerly The Pilgrimage Theater) in Hollywood is really beautiful. The theater was built in the 1920's out of wood in the Cahuenga Pass, surrounded by chapparel and pine trees to house a religious play. The wooden amphitheater burned to the ground and was rebuilt in the 1930's to resemble the style of ancient Judaic architecture with an art deco sensibility. John Anson Ford Amphitheater is considered one of the oldest performing arts venues in Los Angeles. Thanks to the late County Supervisor, John Anson Ford, who obtained funding for the re-development of the site, the Pilgrimage Theater was renamed after him. The Amphitheater is used for Shakespearean theater, dance performances as well as musical concerts.
Natalie and Joe
Stuart, Guest, Larry
We arrived at about 7pm on Friday with a picnic dinner. In the lower parking lot there were vintage trailers and cars on display to set the mood for a trip through the U.S. We ended up sitting on the stairs to the third level while we ate our dinner. Target provided stylish free seat cushions for everyone. Andre' joined us as we found our seats. Soon, Natalie and Joe plopped down in the row behind us with their fancy picnic too. We saw many of our friends. It was like a class reunion.
First up on the schedule of events were organ stylings by Domenic of Moonlight Rollerway. He was excellent and made me want to strap on my skates and roll right down the aisle! The World's Greatest Hula-Hooper, Mat Lendl was next! He was amazing! THEN, Charles Phoenix came out in a splendid white and be-dazzling suit. He introduced this pink poodle and the poodle's handler (I believe he said the poodle handler was the daughter of a woman who portrayed Snow White at Disneyland in years past). The poodle handler was dressed in a flowing baby blue ballgown.
The World's Greatest Hula Hooper, Mat Lendl
The Gorgeous Pink Poodle
The slide show commenced. It was riotous, hilarious and highly entertaining. Charles' commentary is so spot-on. Just before intermission, the poodle handler came out on tippy-toes, dressed in her ballerina togs and pranced about while Charles concocted his version of ambrosia as a snack for the audience!
During intermission we visited with Audrey and Jeff, Amy and Stuart, Marina, I saw Knitter Julia from afar but couldn't get her attention, Larry Mantle and his wife, Jim Heimann, Michael Dawson from Dawson's Books on Larchmont and various other people from the Mod Com, along with knitsters, artists and L.A. scenesters.
Nephew, Audrey, Jeff
Larry, Amy, Guest
The second half of the show started with Charles' video tour of Los Angeles as Disneyland. Charles returned to the stage wearing another incredibly festive suit and proceeded with the second half of the vintage slide show.
Our party favor - seat cushions from Target
Thank you, Charles Phoenix for providing such an entertaining and enlightening evening. You made our spirits soar!
Thanks to Larry Underhill for use of SOME of the above photos!
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