Friday, April 24, 2009

Esotouric postpones Blood & Dumplings and announces West Adams crime bus tour

Update: Esotouric's May 2 Blood & Dumplings Crime Bus Tour postponed

WHAT: Esotouric's Blood & Dumplings Crime Bus Tour

WHEN: Was scheduled for Saturday May 2, 2009, 12pm-4pm, but this date hasbeen postponed; tour is next scheduled on 6/13 in a special edition departing from Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena

WHERE: Tour usually departs from Philippe the Original, 1001 N. Alameda Street

COST: $63, including dumplings (vegetarian options available on request)

INFO: or call 323-223-2767

Esotouric's Weird West Adams Crime Bus Tour Reveals Shocking Tales of a Lost Neighborhood

WHAT: Esotouric's Weird West Adams Crime Bus Tour

WHEN: Saturday May 16, 12pm-4pm

WHERE: Departing from 2nd Avenue Park, at 2nd Avenue and West 25th Street in West Adams, one block north of Adams Blvd.

COST: $58/person (15% off for KCRW or KPCC members)

INFO:, 323-223-2767

On May 16 Esotouric, the offbeat bus adventure company that unearths fascinating criminal skeletons from L.A.'s civic closet, offers itsvery occasional neighborhood true crime tour, WEIRD WEST ADAMS. West Adams locals and interested bystanders won't want to miss the chance to hear all the dirt.

On this guided tour through the Beverly Hills of the early 20th Century, Crime Bus passengers thrill to the carjacking horror of silent film starlet Myrtle Gonzalez, shiver as Dream Killer Otto Parzyjegla chops his newspaper publisher boss to pieces with the paper-cutting blade, marvel at the Krazy Kafitz family's litany of murder-suicides, attempted husband slayings, Byzantine estate battles and mad bombings, visit the shortest street in Los Angeles (15' long Powers Place, with its magnificent views of the mansions of Alvarado Terrace), then tour the haunted paths of Rosedale Cemetery, site of notable burials and odd graveside crimes.

There will be some celebrity sites along the route, including the death scenes of Motown soul sensation Marvin Gaye and 1920s star Angels baseball catcher Gus Sandberg. And the architecture too is to die for, as the Crime Bus rolls down the elegant streets of old West Adams, lined with gay mansions, adorable bungalows and signs of a century's decay which only enhance the neighborhood's charm.

Passengers on this eye-opening, funny and informative tour will forever see the West Adams district in a new light. It is highly recommended for natives and newcomers alike, crime and history buffs and anyone who likes to seek out the unexpected.

For more info on Esotouric, visit

Upcoming Esotouric bus tour schedule:
Sat April 25 - Raymond Chandler's LA
Thurs May 14 - The Hippodrome (Downtown Art Walk Shuttle, free)
Sat May 16 - Weird West Adams
Sat May 23 - Pasadena Confidential
Sat May 30 - The Birth of Noir: James M. Cain's SoCal Nightmare
Sun June 7 - South LA architecture tour
Thurs June 11 - The Hippodrome (Downtown Art Walk Shuttle, free)
Sat June 13 - Vroman's edition: Blood & Dumplings
Sat June 20 - Route 66 architecture tour
Sat July 11 - Raymond Chandler's LA
Sat July 18 - Charles Bukowski's LA
Sat July 25 ­ John Fante's Dreams from Bunker Hill

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