Thursday, June 20, 2013

Esotouric offers Charles Bukowski bus tour July 12

WHAT: Esotouric's "Haunts of A Dirty Old Man: Charles Bukowski's L.A." bus
WHEN: Saturday July 12, departing from The Daily Dose, 1820 Industrial St.,
Los Angeles, CA 90021.
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 July 12, Esotouric rolls out its popular and occasional
Charles Bukowski bus tour, HAUNTS OF A DIRTY OLD MAN.

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.

And if you're looking for offbeat L.A. history but can't wait to ride the
bus, there's plenty of good stuff online. Esotouric's weekly podcast "You
Can't Eat The Sunshine" launched in January 2013 and can be found at and on iTunes and excerpted on L.A.
Magazine's CityThink blog. And in addition to this and other historic Los
Angeles bus tours, Esotouric's team created the 1947project "time travel
blog" series of alternate history websites, including In SRO Land ("lost
lore of the historic core" at, On Bunker Hill
( and the original 1947project ("a crime a day" from
1947, 1927 and 1907 at

Upcoming Esotouric bus tour and special event schedule (free events starred)
Sat June 22 - Weird West Adams crime bus tour
* Sun June 30 - LAVA's Sunday Salon (info at
Sat July 13 - Charles Bukowski's LA
Sat July 20 - The Birth of Noir: James M. Cain's Southern California
Sat July 27 - The Real Black Dahlia crime bus tour
* Sun July 28 - LAVA's Sunday Salon (info at
Sun August 4 - South L.A. Road Trip: Hot Rods, Adobes, Googie & Early
Sat August 10 - Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles
Sat August 17 - Boyle Heights & The San Gabriel Valley: The Hidden Histories
of L.A.'s Melting Pot
Sat August 24 - The Lowdown on Downtown
* Sun August 25 - LAVA's Sunday Salon (info at
Sat September 7 - Hotel Horrors & Main Street Vice crime bus tour
Sat September 14 - Weird West Adams crime bus tour
Sat September 21 - Eastside Babylon crime bus tour
Sat September 28 - Pasadena Confidential crime bus tour
* Sun September 29 - LAVA's Sunday Salon (info at

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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