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Catalina Island Museum Welcomes the Return of Charles Phoenix: Catalinaland

An Online Retro Slide Show Performance Celebrating SoCal’s Enchanted Island 
Saturday, April 10 at 6 p.m.

AVALON, Calif. (March 15, 2021) - Catalina Island Museum is thrilled to announce the return of retro pop culture humorist, author and Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix and his Catalinaland performance on Saturday, April 10 at 6 p.m. Presented live online through Phoenix’s Youtube Channel, the performance will explore Catalina Island’s classic landmarks, legends and lore.

With his trademark enthusiasm and spectacular collection of images, Phoenix will share stories and glories of the S.S. Avalon, glass bottom boat, flying fish, Bird Park, Catalina Pottery, vintage graphics, souvenirs, Wrigley family, the mysterious Catalina-shaped swimming pool, iconic 1929 Casino, and much more.

Discover Catalina as a great big theme park, as Phoenix discusses the island’s hidden treasures, time warps and not to miss experiences. Phoenix will also share his guide to must do sightseeing, shopping, and dining on the Island.

Addicted to all things Americana, Phoenix is passionate about paying tribute to the truly unique American culture and has been collecting personal slides showing travel, entertainment and lifestyles in the mid-20th century for two decades.

Tickets to the virtual Catalinaland are $25 or $40 to watch and to help keep Catalina artsy and fun. The presentation will be available online for 48 hours after the live performance for ticket buyers. For more information about Catalina Island Museum’s online event Charles Phoenix: Catalinaland and to purchase tickets, visit

Catalina Island Museum has reopened, with limited capacity, Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission may be purchased online at To stay connected, follow the museum’s social media platforms @CatalinaMuseum on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


About Catalina Island Museum

The Catalina Island Museum offers the best in art and history exhibitions, music and dance performances, lectures by guest speakers from all over the world, and the finest in silent, documentary and international film. The museum’s Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building is located in the heart of Avalon at 217 Metropole Avenue. For more information, the museum may be reached by phone at 310-510-2414 or at its website:

About Charles Phoenix

Mid-century pop culture expert, Charles Phoenix is a performer, author, explorer and collector celebrating classic and kitschy American life and style. He is known for his spirited live “slide show” performances, classic car JOYRIDE videos, colorful coffee table books, and fun “field trip” tours. On TV, he has appeared on Jay Leno’s Garage, Martha Stewart, Conan, and Queen Latifah Show; also judging on Cake Wars Christmas, and Nailed It, and vintage appraiser Storage Wars. The New York Times says: “Call him the King of Retro.”