Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Esotouric offers Bukowski bus tour Jan. 19

 Esotouric's "Haunts of A Dirty Old Man: Charles Bukowski's L.A." bus
WHEN: Saturday January 19, departing from The Daily Dose, 1820 Industrial
St., Los Angeles, CA 90021. Tour repeats April 7 (on a weekend package with
the once-a-year John Fante tour).
COST: $58/person, includes coffee and donuts served at Bukowski's favorite
Pink Elephant Liquor Store.
MORE INFO: visit or call 213-373-1947

 On January 19, with a repeat engagement on April 7 (on a
weekend package with the once-a-year John Fante tour), Esotouric rolls out
its popular and occasional Charles Bukowski bus tour, HAUNTS OF A DIRTY OLD

The tour is hosted by Richard Schave, one of the forces behind the
successful campaign to have Bukowski's one-time bungalow on De Longpre
Avenue in East Hollywood declared an historic-cultural monument.

HAUNTS OF A DIRTY OLD MAN spans Bukowski's personal city, from the Skid Row
bars where he tuned his young writer's ear to the voices of old rummies to
the once-genteel Crown Hill apartments where he fought with his first love
Jane, favorite bars and liquor stores, "Barfly" locations to the downtown
library, where he discovered his "God," novelist John Fante.

German born, Bukowski spent most of his life in L.A., working for the US
Postal Service, as "Notes of a Dirty Old Man" columnist for the underground
press and writing the screenplay for the autobiographical "Barfly." The city
and its characters are everywhere in the work, so this tour celebrates the
artist within his city with visits to places that were important to him and
to his work. The tour includes a stop at Pink Elephant Liquor in East
Hollywood for complementary coffee and donuts, though many riders also pick
up a little something stronger for the road.

Esotouric has made its name with true crime bus tours (Black Dahlia,
Pasadena Confidential) and explorations of literary LA (Raymond Chandler,
John Fante, James M. Cain). With this tour, they turn their creative
attentions to Bukowski, the prolific poet, novelist and screenwriter whose
rough-hewn tales of boozing, wild women and rotten jobs never obscure the
deep vein of sweetness and hope that runs through all his work.

Upcoming Esotouric bus tour and special event schedule (free events starred)
Sat January 12 - Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles
*Sun January 13 - A Tour of Rancho Los Cerritos (info at
*Tues January 15 - LAVA Visionary of the Year Award (info at
Sat January 19 - Charles Bukowski's LA
Sun January 20 - Crime lab seminar: Arson Murders and Fire Death
Investigation (info at
Sat January 26 - The Birth of Noir: James M. Cain's Southern California
Sat Feb 2 -  Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles: Route 66 (weekend pass
Sun Feb 3 - Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles: South LA (weekend pass
Sat Feb 16 - Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles: The Lowdown on Downtown
Sat Feb 23 - Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles: Boyle Heights & the San
Gabriel Valley
Sat March 2 - Hotel Horrors & Main Street Vice
*Sat March 9 ­ Behind the Scenes tour of the Southwest Museum (info at
Sat March 16 - Pasadena Confidential crime bus tour (weekend pass available)
Sun March 17 - Eastside Babylon crime bus tour (weekend pass available)
Sat March 23 - Weird West Adams  crime bus tour
Sat April 6 - John Fante's Dreams from Bunker Hill (weekend pass available)
Sun April 7 - Charles Bukowski's LA (weekend pass available)
Sat April 13 - The Birth of Noir: James M. Cain's Southern California
Sat April 20 - SPECIAL EVENT: Crawling Down Cahuenga: Tom Waits' LA
Sun April 21 - Crime lab seminar: Insights in Criminal Investigation and the
Secret World of Street Gangs with Nick Guskos (info at
Sat April 27 - The Real Black Dahlia
Sat May 4 - Blood & Dumplings crime bus tour
Sat May 18 -  Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles

For more info on Esotouric, visit

Esotouric's Kim Cooper and Richard Schave are proud members of LAVA - The
Los Angeles Visionaries Association.

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