One day soon we’ll all take turns patting ourselves on the back and gloating that we knew Charles Phoenix before anybody else did. L.A.’s hometown treasure – known as a “retro-historian” and famous for his irreverent and hilarious slideshow performances – has an amazing new show coming up that’s sure to amaze and amuse.
Bob Baker: This is Your Life is a “colorful tribute to the world’s greatest puppeteer…and puppet show extravaganza”. If you don’t know about the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, you’re missing out on one of L.A.’s greatest hidden treasures.
The show goes on Thursday through Sunday and should be amazing. I myself have attended a party/performance at the Baker and it’s truly mind-blowing. Add Charles Phoenix to the mix and, well, watch out world!
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Bob Baker Marionette Theater
1345 W. 1st St.
(at the bend where 2nd Street splits off under that overpass)
Los Angeles, 90026
For you completists, here’s Charles’ press release:
The Onion In The Petunia Patch, Bob Baker Marionette Theater, Los Angeles, 1955. Twin crying onions sing back up for a half woman/half petunia in front of a plastic flowered picket fence in front of a fancy front porch.
Bob Baker is a hero of mine. How many people do you know that found their life’s work at the age of eight and are still at it seventy-five years later? Not many, right? And his puppet passion is still 100% intact.
The Bob Baker Marionette Theater is one of the most wonderful, bizarre time warp-ish places I’ve ever been. When you walk in the door you will ask yourself “What decade am I in?” The Los Angeles-sun-soaked exterior is a stark contrast to the timeless classic red velvet interior where countless audiences have enjoyed the puppet parade since 1961. This place is as authentic as it is timeless. Then the show starts and…well, its difficult to explain. You’re in another world- Bob Baker’s world. It’s all from the heart. He is a king of creativity; dean of arts and crafts. After all, these puppets didn’t make themselves.
This August 30, 31 & Sept 1 and 2, I’m very proud to present BOB BAKER THIS IS YOUR LIFE – A TRIBUTE TO THE WORLD’S GREATEST PUPPETEER. This puppet show extravaganza stars dozens of amazing vintage Bob Baker marionettes in classic routines. I will host the celebration and tell the story of Bob’s life and career with slides, photos and film clips. Afterward the finale, a special performance by the master himself, cake and ice cream will be served in the festive party room.