Cal Poly Arts presents a live comedy performance by pop culture humorist Charles Phoenix, roasting and toasting mid-century holiday life and style. Join the fun in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 3 p.m. for CHARLES PHOENIX: Retro Holiday Slide Show.

With his abundant joy, clever wit and keen eye for odd-ball detail, Phoenix lavishes lovingly-salvaged vintage New Year’s, Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas slides with his insightful commentary, clever wit, and keen eye for quirky details.  He also forecasts retro holiday-inspired trends in decadent décor, crafty creations, gift ideas, fun food, festive fashions, and more.

Experience the most politically-incorrect New Year’s Rose Parade floats, a bizarre Lamb Cake Contest on Easter Sunday, and then the explosion of patriotic pride on July Fourth. The homemade trick-or-treat costume pictures he’s uncovered will have you howling right before Phoenix traces the tragic life of a Thanksgiving turkey.  Then attend a holiday bondage party prior to seeing who gets the most outrageous gifts on Christmas morning.

This retro story of the glory of all holidays is sure to get everyone in a festive mood. (Holiday dress is encouraged)

Limited general seating available. Student and adult tickets for the performance are $22 and $28 and may be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

To order by phone, call 805/756-2787; to order by fax: 805/756-6088.

24-hour on-line ordering is available at

Sponsored by Libbie Agron, Apple Farm Inn, and Q104.5.

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