We saw Charles Phoenix last night. He is a bit of a Los Angeles institution, a real local treasure.
His shtick is this: he collects other people's old slides and puts on a narrated show that is part mid-century history, part catty comedy routine. He picks the weirdest and most wonderful slides - many of people living it up with lots of cigarettes, booze and aluminum Christmas trees - and points out all the little funky details you might have missed.
For instance, was every U.S. home required to have a ruffled lampshade in the 50s and 60s? And all that wood paneling! Future generations need to know about these things and to learn from our mistakes!
If you are in the L.A. area, check out his shows. I guarantee that you will not be disappointed.
Anyway, here's Charles himself, preparing a little holiday treat that you might like to make for your guests: