Monday, February 28, 2011

Esotouric Pasadena Confidential crime bus tour in March

March Madness with L.A.'s weirdest clown Crimebo's Art Walk tour and Pasadena Confidential crime bus

WHAT: Crimebo the Clown celebrates March Madness with an Esotouric bus tour of Pasadena Confidential (3/19), a Downtown Art Walk walking tour (3/10), and discounts on bizarre birthday phone greetings (March 1-31)

TOUR #1: Crimebo's DOWNTOWN ART WALK GALLERY TOUR departs from outside the historic Alexandria Hotel at 501 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles on Thursday, March 10, 7:30pm. Cost $10 (cash). Pre-reservation suggested at the linkbelow - - For glimpses from one of Crimebo's past sold out Art Walk walking tours, see this video link -

TOUR #2: Esotouric's PASADENA CONFIDENTIAL CRIME BUS TOUR with guest star Crimebo the Clown is Saturday, March 19, 12pm-4pm. Tour departs from Fair Oaks and Arlington Street, Pasadena. Cost $58, which includes coffee and cookies. Pre-reservation suggested at the link below -

In March, the strangest clown in town, Crimebo, will be rolling out his moldy red carpet as he celebrates March Madness with two incredibly strange history tours and his best price ever on birthday phone greetings. All March long, Crimebo fans can purchase a "Birthday Crime Phone Call" for a friend, loved one or mortal enemy, for the discounted price of just $15.

The unforgettable call from the gravelly-voiced Crimebo features amazingly bad jokes, a selection of horrifying crime statistics from the day of their birth, and the creepiest version of "Happy Birthday to you" imaginable. This special offer is good for birthday greetings all year long, as long as the call is reserved and paid for in March 2011. To schedule a Crimebo call, visit, click on "bookings" and call or email your request.

Also in March, Crimebo offers two very special personal appearances for fans who want to get up close and personal with the character that the "L.A.Bizarro" city guidebook proclaimed "L.A.'s Best Clown.

"First up on Thursday, March 10 is the long-awaited return of Crimebo's incredibly popular Downtown Art Walk Gallery Tour, a snide insider's guide to the crimes, history and creative expression that makes Art Walk afavorite destination for urban explorers. At 7:30pm, tour guests will meet their personal crime clown guide outside the historic Alexandria Hotel at the corner of 5th & Spring Streets, in the heart of Gallery Row. For the next two and a half hours, they will follow Crimebo through streets of Downtown LA while he regales them with horrific stories of Downtown crime history, leads them on lively gallery visits, makes inappropriate remarks about the artwork and Art Walk attendees, and blows incredibly strange balloon animals and weapons ­ and yes, every guest can have a creepy Crimebo balloon to take home.

The cost of the Art Walk walking tour is $10 andreservations are recommended. To reserve, visit and click on "bookings," then call or email. Sneak a peek at a previous Crimebo Art Walk tour at the link below -

Then on Saturday, March 19, Esotouric, the eclectic bus adventure company whose offbeat tours expose L.A.'s secret history, offers its popular, occasional PASADENA CONFIDENTIAL tour, a true crime bus adventure delving deep into the weird and horrible past of one of L.A.'s most exclusive suburbs. Making a special appearance on this tour: it's Crimebo the Crime Clown capering as only Crimebo can.

Tour guide Kim Cooper, who also researched and wrote the tour, says, "I believe every neighborhood gets the crimes it deserves, and Pasadena's darkside is suitably rife with rocket scientists driven mad by their work, wealthy eccentrics spoiling their pet chimps and bears, seemingly respectable families misbehaving behind tall hedges and a general air of genteel psychic decay.

"Crime fiends will enjoy a four-hour guided luxury bus tour to the darkest recesses of Pasadena history, with vintage photos and film clips show to set the scene. From celebrated cases like the Robert Kennedy assassination (Sirhan Sirhan was a local Pasadena resident), "Eraserhead" star Jack Nance's strange end, black magician/rocket scientist Jack Parsons'death-by-misadventure and the 1926 Rose Parade grand stand collapse, to fascinating obscurities, the tour's multitude of murders, arsons, kidnappings, robberies, suicides, auto wrecks and oddball happenings provide an alternate history of Pasadena that's as fascinating as it is creepy.

Crime Bus passengers will tour the old Millionaire's Row on Orange Grove, boggle at the shocking Sphinx Murder on the steps of the downtown Masonic Hall, thrill to the misadventures of one very poorly-behaved (but beautifully dressed!) chimpanzee and discover why people named Judd and rocket scientists should think twice before moving to Pasadena. They'll also enjoy the offbeat charms of Crimebo the Crime Clown as he leads passengers out onto Suicide Bridge for a personal look down into the gorge that tempted dozens of tormented souls to their demise.

Riders on this eye-opening, funny and informative tour will forever see Pasadena 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.

Upcoming Crimebo the Clown personal appearance schedule
Thurs March 10- Downown Art Walk Gallery Tour
Sat March 19 - Pasadena Confidential crime bus tour

Upcoming Esotouric bus tour and special event schedule
Sat Feb 26 - Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles: The Lowdown on Downtown-The Secret History of Los Angeles
Sun Jan 27 - LAVA's Sunday Salon at Clifton's Cafeteria (free, info at
Sun Jan 27 - Charles Bukowski's Downtown L.A. walking tour (free, info at
Sat March 5 - Hotel Horrors & Main Street Vice crime bus tour
Sat March 12 - Eastside Babylon crime bus tour (weekend package available)
Sun March 13 - Blood & Dumplings crime bus tour (weekend package available)
Sat March 19 - Pasadena Confidential crime bus tour
Sat April 9 ­ John Fante's Dreams from Bunker Hill (weekend package available)
Sun April 10 - Haunts of a Dirty Old Man: Charles Bukowski's L.A (weekend
package available)
Sat April 16 - The Real Black Dahlia crime bus tour
Sun April 17 - Trace: inside the world of Lynne Herold, Criminalist (info at
Sat April 23 - In A Lonely Place: Raymond Chandler's L.A.S
at April 30 - Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles: Route 66 (weekend package available)
Sun May 1 - Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles: South L.A. (weekend package available)
Sat May 14 - Weird West Adams crime bus tour
Sat May 28 - Crawling Down Cahuenga: Tom Waits' L.A.

For more on Crimebo, visit

For more info on Esotouric, visit

Esotouric's Richard Schave, Kim Cooper, Joan Renner and Crimebo the Clown (Michael Perrick) are proud members of LAVA - The Los Angeles Visionaries Association.

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