Los Angeles River: “The Taco and Cream Puff Tour”

  You know Los Angeles has a river, right?  But did you know it’s more than concrete and graffiti?  On Sunday, April 18th,   grab your camera, load up the kids and the dog (or a few friends), and car-caravan around the city checking out fab vistas of the L.A. River like Sepulveda Basin and the new parks in the Glendale Narrows (across…

Film Noir @ American Cinematheque/L.A. Noir @ Esotouric: Down these crooked streets….

  The weather forecast may call for sunshine and blue skies this weekend but it’s always shady in the land of Noir.  This weekend, check out gangsters and gun molls plus real-life cops and robbers.  Snap-brimmed fedoras optional….   The second* weekend of American Cinematheque’s Film Noir Festival at the Egyptian Theater features some interesting curiosities. The script for…

Raymond Chandler’s Bay City: The Westside…hard-boiled

If you’re  obsessed with all things Raymond Chandler (And really, if you’re reading a blog about offbeat L.A., how could you NOT be…?) and you’re born in March, then you are in double luck, my Go Go friend. Esotouric, the always-edifying, ever-fascinating bus tour company of all things  eclectic  is offering their occasional tour of  Westside Los Angeles about which Chandler’s…

Esotouric’s Crawling Down Cahuenga: Tom Waits’ L.A.

Tom Waits fans, get out your cash and mark your calendars.   Esoutouric, L.A.’s most eclectic, intelligent and informative  tour company, is offering its once-a-year ramble ’round the sites of the gravel-voiced troubadour’s early sins in the City of Angels. Highlights on the scrupulously researched, four-hour bus tour include: legendary music venue The Troubadour (one of the…