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%\textbf{Pasadena Confidential with Crimebo the Clown}~\textit{Saturday, July 11th}: The Crown City masquerades as a calm and refined retreat, where well-bred ladies glide around their perfect bungalows and everyone knows what fork to use first. Dip into the confidential files of old Pasadena, and meet assassins and oddballs, kidnappers and slashers, Satanists and all manner of maniac in a delightful little tour you WON'T find recommended by the better class of people! %Weekend pass available.


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%\textbf{Charles Bukowski's Los Angeles}: This tour focuses on the writer's great passions: writing, screwing and Los Angeles. We'll take in the canonical locations of his life and myth: the Postal Annex Terminal where he gathered the material for \textit{Post Office}, former east Hollywood apartments, favorite bars and liquor stores, and \textit{Barfly} locations.~\textit{Saturday, July 25th}



%\textbf{South L.A. Road Trip: Hot Rods, Adobes, Googie \& Early Modernism}: This provocative Esotouric bus adventure begins downtown and works its way south through Vernon, Bell Gardens, Santa Fe Springs and Downey, and through the past two centuries, exploring off-the-beaten path Los Angeles landmarks that have had enormous influence on the cultural life of the city and the world beyond. Turning the West Side-centric notion of an L.A. architecture tour on its head, the bus goes into areas not traditionally associated with the important, beautiful or significant, raising issues of preservation, adaptive reuse and the evolution of the city.~\textit{Sunday, August 2nd}


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%\textbf{Boyle Heights \& The San Gabriel Valley: The Hidden Histories of L.A.'s Melting Pot}: On the east side the Los Angeles River, some of the most fascinating Southern California stories are waiting to be told. Join us on a century's social history tour through the transformation of neighborhoods, punctuated with immersive stops to sample the sites, smells and cultures that make our changing city so beguiling.~\textit{Saturday, August 8th} %Voter registration, walkouts, blow-outs, racial covenants, Immigration Acts, xenophobia, and delicious dumplings--all are themes which will be addressed on this lively bus and walking tour.


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%\textbf{The Lowdown on Dowtown}: Join us on a journey into the rise, fall and revitalization of Downtown Los Angeles, from the controversial public policy decision to depopulate the vibrant Bunker Hill neighborhood with its landmark Victorian mansions to the real story of where all the cheap Downtown housing went. You'll visit great examples of public space, and failed zones of repulsion, from the success stories of the Adaptive Reuse Ordinance to secret culture hubs just off the radar, this is a tour delving deep into the secret, evolving history of L.A.'s most fascinating neighborhood. Tour includes a tour of the Dutch Chocolate Shoppe!~\textit{Saturday, August 15th}


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%\textbf{Serial Killer Summer Session: The Night Stalker \& The 60 Freeway Slayer Forensic Science Seminar}: SOLD OUT! %\textbf{Presentation \#1}: \textit{Stalking The Night Stalker} Almost exactly thirty years ago, Richard Ramirez was captured by a mob of enraged East Los Angeles community members, ending the reign of terror of the Night Stalker, who laid siege to the city through a series of vicious home invasion attacks in the spring and summer of 1985. \textbf{Presentation \#2}: \textit{The 60 Freeway Slayer} Professor Donald Johnson, our host and the Director of the Criminalistics Department, will present on six murders of prostitutes in 1993-94, which were initially attributed to an unknown "60 Freeway Slayer." When Professor Johnson was a forensic investigator for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, he investigated the murders, and gathered the evidence which would result in the conviction and death sentence of the "60 Freeway Slayer."~\textit{Sunday, August 16th}% incarcerated felon Ivan Hill. %The case is a pivotal example of the remarkable impact that new forensic technology has in the courtroom and the lab.

%\texttt{http://lavatransforms.org/crimelabaug2015}




%\textbf{In A Lonely Place: Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles}: Chandler wrote that the hero must be neither tarnished nor afraid. Join us for a look at the places downtown and in Hollywood where Chandler was both, and by learning to become strong in these broken places, became a successful novelist, screen writer and the alter ego of one of the most enduring literary personas in American Letters.~\textit{Saturday, August 22nd}


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%\textbf{Hotel Horrors \& Main Street Vice}: The Main Street Vice section is a social history tour celebrating the ribald, racy, raunchy old promenade where the better people simply did not travel, but kicks were had by all who did. The Hotel Horrors section is a true crime and oddities tour featuring some of the wildest, weirdest, goriest and most memorable happenings in historic downtown hotels.~\textit{Saturday, August 29th} %Together they are a fascinating alternate history of a rising neighborhood.


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%\textbf{The Birth of Noir: James M. Cain's Southern California Nightmare}: Amongst the burgeoning urban sprawl built atop bulldozed orange groves, recent emigre James M.~Cain found a kernel of truth and his voice, which would eventually distill into the American logos. Locations from \textit{Double Indemnity} \& \textit{The Postman Always Rings Twice} include the Glendale Train Station, Walter Neff's Hollywood apartment.~\textit{Saturday, September 12th}





%\textbf{Weird West Adams}: On this tour through the Beverly Hills of the early 20th Century, passengers thrill to the carjacking horror of silent film starlet Myrtle Gonzalez, marvel at the Krazy Kafitz family and their litany of murder-suicides, attempted husband slayings, Byzantine estate battles and mad bombings.~\textit{Saturday, September 19th} %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. Plus, how locals broke racist housing laws nationwide!


%\textbf{Eastside Babylon}: Discover fascinating, little-known neighborhoods and the grim memories they hold. Come visit Boyle Heights, where the Night Stalker was captured and a mad dad ran amok. Roam the hallowed lawns of Evergreen, L.A.'s oldest cemetery and home of some memorable haunts and strange burials. Explore the ghastly streets of Commerce, where one small neighborhood's myriad crimes will shock and surprise. Visit Montebello, for scrumptious milk and cookies at Broguiere's Farm Fresh Dairy washed down with a horrifying case of child murder. ~\textit{Saturday, September 26th} %Weekend pass available. %All this, and so much more on East Side Babylon, Esotouric's exploration of L.A.'s most horrifying forgotten crimes.




%\textbf{Wild Wild Westside}: For the first time, the true crime archeologists of Esotouric have set their sights on points west of Robertson, and the results are truly mind-boggling. This newly revived crime bus tour spotlights some of the weirdest, most horrific and downright unbelievable crimes of historic West Los Angeles, Venice and Santa Monica. You'll thrill and shudder to tales of teenaged terrors, tortured tots, wicked wives, evil spirits, cults, creeps and assorted maniacs. Get on the bus to meet Weird Ward, the boy husband of the nefarious cult leader who compelled her followers to carry her departed victims all across 1920s L.A. (The subject of host Kim Cooper's novel, \textit{The Kept Girl}).~\textit{Saturday, October 3rd}% Come discover the real and terrible history of L.A.'s westside, on a tour so wild, we had to say it twice.~\textit{Saturday, October 3rd} %Along the Venice shore, you'll see where a pair of real life witches tortured their own Hansels and Gretels as neighbors pretended not to hear the tots' cries, and marvel at the grand hotel that was formally a flop house for ex-junkies in the Synanon Cult. Come discover the real and terrible history of L.A.'s westside, on a tour so wild, we had to say it twice.~\textit{Saturday, October 3rd} %Back from hiatus after 5 years.

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%\item \textbf{Union Rescue Mission Walking Tour: 121 years on Skid Row}: LAVA \& Rev.~Andy Bales of the Union Rescue Mission (URM) is pleased to announce a 90-minute walking tour along the historic paths that have delineated Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles. The tour begins with a survey of the early history of the outreach by the URM through its gospel wagon and at two now-lost buildings: the original home at 145 N. Main (now City Hall Lawn) and the long-time location at 226 S. Main (now a construction site next to the former St. Vibiana's Cathedral).~\textit{Thursday, October 8th}.~\textit{This event requires a separate registration from the screening the same night}. Free. %The main themes will be the evolution of public policy on Skid Row, the transformative work of the URM, and the architectural history of the neighborhood. During the walk back to the current home of the URM, Rev.~Andy Bales will talk about issues and challenges facing the neighborhood and the URM today.~\textit{Thursday, October 8th}~\textit{This event requires a separate registration from the screening the same night}. Free.

%\texttt{http://lavatransforms.org/urmwalk5}


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%\item \textbf{Of Scrap \& Steel}: LAVA--The Los Angeles Visionaries Association is pleased to announce a roof-top screening of a newly-discovered circa 1949 short color film of Main Street and other downtown Los Angeles locations, the Union Rescue Mission-produced \textit{Of Scrap \& Steel}. This entertaining and powerful short film is a compelling snapshot of life on Skid Row (Main Street) circa 1949, and a fascinating document of the important work that the URM continues to do with the most needy in the community. ~\textit{Thursday, October 8th}. FREE%~\textit{This event requires a separate registration from the walking tour above}. Free.%Although downtown Los Angeles features in numerous noir films, it is extremely rare to see color images of eastern downtown, and rarer still to see full-color live-action footage of the vibrant street scene that included rescue missions, pawn shops, amusement parlors, bars, restaurants and the ever-patrolling paddy wagon in search of drunkards to haul away to jail or County work crews.~\textit{Thursday, October 8th}~\textit{This event requires a separate registration from the waking tour above}. Free.

%\texttt{http://lavatransforms.org/scrapsteel6}

%\textbf{Hollywood!}: Discover the unwritten history of the sleepy suburb that birthed the American dream factory. From literary lions to criminal masterminds, terror plots to teenage thrill seekers, music mavens to abiding mysteries, the neighborhood is packed to the rim with with fascinating lore and architectural marvels. You won't see the stars' homes or hear about their latest real estate deals, but we'll show you where some colorful characters breathed their last, got into trouble that defined the rest of their lives and came up with ideas that the world is still talking about. ~\textit{Saturday, October 10th}%So for unforgettable stories you won't hear on anyone else's Hollywood tour, climb aboard and discover the secret heart of the city we love. Tour stops include Crossroads of the World (Robert V. Derrah, 1936), and the sites of the legendary Garden of Allah hotel and Schwab's Drugstore.~\textit{Saturday, October 10th}


%\textbf{Charles Bukowski's Los Angeles}: This tour focuses on the writer's great passions: writing, screwing and Los Angeles. We'll take in the canonical locations of his life and myth: the Postal Annex Terminal where he gathered the material for \textit{Post Office}, former east Hollywood apartments, favorite bars and liquor stores, and \textit{Barfly} locations.~\textit{Saturday, October 17th}





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%\textbf{V is for Vice: Eight Decades of Sin \& Scandal, from the Sunset Strip to Beverly Hills}:

%LAVA's Quarterly Forensic Science Seminar

%\textit{Presentation \#1: V is for Vice}: In 1940, West Hollywood madam Lee Francis was arrested on a morals charge, her first. Media coverage of the subsequent trial exposed the thriving trade in sin along the Sunset Strip, and had southland husbands quaking in their socks. But the papers never printed the name of one prostitute arrested in the "House of Francis" raid: LaVonne Weaver, soon-to-be wife of gang kingpin Mickey Cohen. ~\textit{Presentation \#2: Beverly Hills Confidential}: The city's first blockbuster scandal---the Doheny murder mystery at Greystone Mansion -- New information on who really killed gangster Bugsy Siegel---The true story of the death of Lupe Velez, the movie star known as "The Mexican Spitfire"---The mysterious execution of publicist-to-the-stars Ronni Chasen.~\textit{Sunday, October 18th}

%For decades, mob historians have chased down rumors that \textit{dance instructor} Lavonne was actually a \textit{working girl}. Wonder no more, as in a LAVA exclusive, LaVonne Weaver's mugshot will be unveiled. Lee Francis had a reputation, but madam Brenda Allen was an underworld superstar, as famous for her wardrobe and high-powered social connections as she was for the services available at her hillside brothel. Her 1948 arrest and subsequent Grand Jury investigation revealed deep veins of corruption within the Los Angeles Police Department.

%\texttt{http://lavatransforms.org/crimelaboct2015}


%\textbf{Hallowe'en Horrors: Dark Southern California Lore From The Notebooks Of Kim Cooper}: You can tell a lot about a place by what its residents do when they're on their very worst behavior. Join author Kim Cooper, co-founder of historical tour company Esotouric, at the historic Beverly Hills Women's Club for a pre-Hallowe'en dinner party and eye-opening illustrated lecture revealing some of Southern California's strangest crimes, oddities and misadventures. You'll hear about the weird rites of Simi Valley's jazz age Great Eleven cult, the tragic fate of the Studio City hula hula girl, a Victorian-era Olvera Street ghost story, and many more tales from the dark side - some with a sugary, seasonal twist.~\textit{Friday, October 30th}



%\texttt{http://www.lavatransforms.org/halloweenhorrors2015/}



%\textbf{The Real Black Dahlia}: Our most popular crime bus tour. Follow the footsteps of murder victim Beth Short into the secret hustler's world of downtown in the 1940s, where we ask not just ``who killed her'' but also ``who was she?''~\textit{Saturday, October 31st} SOLD OUT. Repeats Jan. 9, 2016 %The tour takes us from the human hustle of Main Street to the serene lobby of the Biltmore (the second-to-last place she was seen alive), to the newspaper offices and the Greyhound station where she checked her bags, and concludes at the site where her bisected body was found in Leimert Park and with a little known suspect who lived nearby.~\textit{Saturday, October 31st}



%\textbf{"M" (1951) Screening--Angels Flight Benefit}: The Angels Flight Railway Foundation is proud to present a full evening of talks, film clips and a screening of the 1951 Joseph Losey Film, "M." All proceeds go to the Foundation to help "keep the lights on."~\textit{Thursday, Nov. 5th}

%\texttt{http://angelsflight.org/m-angelsflight/}


%\textbf{In A Lonely Place: Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles}: Chandler wrote that the hero must be neither tarnished nor afraid. Join us for a look at the places downtown and in Hollywood where Chandler was both, and by learning to become strong in these broken places, became a successful novelist, screen writer and the alter ego of one of the most enduring literary personas in American Letters.~\textit{Saturday, November 7th}


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%\textbf{Blood \& Dumplings}: A criminal and gastronomical excursion into the San Gabriel Valley, revealing dozens of weird, forgotten crimes and oddities from the past, like the mysterious Man from Mars Bandit, the young bride who spent her wedding day buried under her parents' house, the battling neo-Nazis of El Monte, Phil Spector's spooky castle \& the bar where James Ellroy's murdered mother Jean had her last drink.~\textit{Saturday, November 14th}

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%\textbf{Echo Park Book Of The Dead}: An historical crime bus tour meant to honor the lost souls who wander the hills and byways of the "streetcar suburbs" (Echo Park, Silver Lake, Elysian Park, Angeleno Heights) that hug Sunset Boulevard. Climb aboard to see seemingly ordinary houses, streets and commercial buildings revealed as the scenes of chilling crimes and mysteries, populated by some of the most fascinating people you'd never want to meet. Featured cases include Edward Hickman's kidnapping of little Marion Parker and the bizarre "Man in the Attic" love nest slaying. Plus dozens of incredible, forgotten tales of Angelenoes in peril..---\textit{Saturday, November 21st} %Guests will also see some of the most beautiful historic architecture in Los Angeles, including a visit to Sister Aimee Semple McPherson's exquisite Parsonage, her one-time home, now a museum.---\textit{Saturday, November 21st}



%\textbf{LAVA's Thanksgiving At Clifton's Cafeteria}: Please join the Los Angeles Visionaries Association for a return of their traditional Thanksgiving gathering at Clifton's Cafeteria. You are invited to join the LAVA community for a no-host Thanksgiving afternoon gathering in the newly re-opened Clifton's Cafeteria. Have your holiday meal or enjoy dessert and coffee with your friends and extended LAVA family in a private dining room. Space is limited, so please only reserve if you intend to attend. ~\textit{Thursday, Nov. 26th}

%\texttt{http://lavatransforms.org/thanksgiving2015}




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%\textbf{Richard's Birthday Bus: Palos Verdes Peninsula}: For Richard's once-a-year birthday bus adventure, we ask you to pack a picnic lunch (we'll supply the birthday cake and coffee) and join us for an all-day outing exploring the history, landscape and built environment of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. This is a one-time only bus adventure that will never be repeated. \textbf{No discounts accepted on this special event!}~\textit{Saturday, November 28th}

%\textbf{Pasadena Confidential}: The Crown City masquerades as a calm and refined retreat, where well-bred ladies glide around their perfect bungalows and everyone knows what fork to use first. Dip into the confidential files of old Pasadena, and meet assassins and oddballs, kidnappers and slashers, Satanists and all manner of maniac in a delightful little tour you WON'T find recommended by the better class of people! ~\textit{Saturday, December 5th}

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%\textbf{Hotel Horrors \& Main Street Vice}: The Main Street Vice section is a social history tour celebrating the ribald, racy, raunchy old promenade where the better people simply did not travel, but kicks were had by all who did. The Hotel Horrors section is a true crime and oddities tour featuring some of the wildest, weirdest, goriest and most memorable happenings in historic downtown hotels. Together they are a fascinating alternate history of a rising neighborhood.~\textit{Saturday, December 12th} %Together they are a fascinating alternate history of a rising neighborhood.




%\textbf{The Real Black Dahlia}: Our most popular crime bus tour. Follow the footsteps of murder victim Beth Short into the secret hustler's world of downtown in the 1940s, where we ask not just ``who killed her'' but also ``who was she?''~\textit{Saturday, January 9th, 2016} %The tour takes us from the human hustle of Main Street to the serene lobby of the Biltmore (the second-to-last place she was seen alive), to the newspaper offices and the Greyhound station where she checked her bags, and concludes at the site where her bisected body was found in Leimert Park and with a little known suspect who lived nearby.~\textit{Saturday, October 31st}



%\textbf{Charles Bukowski's Los Angeles}: This tour focuses on the writer's great passions: writing, screwing and Los Angeles. We'll take in the canonical locations of his life and myth: the Postal Annex Terminal where he gathered the material for \textit{Post Office}, former east Hollywood apartments, favorite bars and liquor stores, and \textit{Barfly} locations.~\textit{Saturday, January 16th, 2016}


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%\textbf{Detective's Casebook: L.A. Bombing \& The Making of a Serial Killer}: Join us in the Cal State Los Angeles teaching crime lab for an afternoon's inquiry into the history and practice of forensic science in Los Angeles, in support of new research coming out of the Criminalistics Department. \textbf{Presentation \#1}: Presenter Mike Digby addresses that age-old question, "there's bombings in L.A?" His talk will focus on a couple of interesting, less-publicized, bombings in Los Angeles. \textbf{Presentation \#2}: The Making of a Serial Killer: The Corey King Arson Murder. In the spring of 2008, an unknown suspect entered the home of a 91-year-old grandmother in Altadena. The woman was later found beaten and stabbed to death, with her home set on fire. Six months later and eighty miles away, fire fighters responded to a structure fire in Lancaster, where the bodies of a mother and three daughters were found strewn about the home. Presenter Ed Nordskog is an active arson/bomb detective with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.~\textit{Sunday, January 17th, 2016}

%\texttt{http://lavatransforms.org/crimelabjan2016}


%\textbf{The Lowdown on Downtown}: Join us on a journey into the rise, fall and revitalization of Downtown Los Angeles, from the controversial public policy decision to depopulate the vibrant Bunker Hill neighborhood with its landmark Victorian mansions to the real story of where all the cheap Downtown housing went. You'll visit great examples of public space, \&zones of repulsion, from the success stories of the Adaptive Reuse Ordinance to secret culture hubs just off the radar. Includes a tour of the Dutch Chocolate Shop! SOLD OUT!~\textit{Saturday, January 23rd, 2016} %, this is a tour delving deep into the secret, evolving history of L.A.'s most fascinating neighborhood.

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%\textbf{Eastside Babylon}: Discover fascinating, little-known neighborhoods and the grim memories they hold. Come visit Boyle Heights, where the Night Stalker was captured. Roam the hallowed lawns of Evergreen, L.A.'s oldest cemetery and home of some memorable haunts and strange burials. Explore the ghastly streets of Commerce, where one small neighborhood's myriad crimes will shock and surprise. Visit Montebello, for scrumptious milk and cookies at Broguiere's Farm Fresh Dairy washed down with a horrifying case of child murder. ~\textit{Saturday, January 30th, 2016} %Weekend pass available. %All this, and so much more on East Side Babylon, Esotouric's exploration of L.A.'s most horrifying forgotten crimes.


%\textbf{South L.A. Road Trip: Hot Rods, Adobes, Googie \& Early Modernism}: This provocative bus adventure begins downtown and works its way south through Vernon, Bell Gardens, Santa Fe Springs and Downey, and through the past two centuries, exploring off-the-beaten path Los Angeles landmarks that have had enormous influence on the cultural life of the city and the world beyond.~\textit{Sunday, February 7th} %Turning the West Side-centric notion of an L.A. architecture tour on its head, the bus goes into areas not traditionally associated with the important, beautiful or significant, raising issues of preservation, adaptive reuse and the evolution of the city.


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%\textbf{In A Lonely Place: Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles}: Chandler wrote that the hero must be neither tarnished nor afraid. Join us for a look at the places downtown and in Hollywood where Chandler was both, and by learning to become strong in these broken places, became a successful novelist, screen writer and the alter ego of one of the most enduring literary personas in American Letters.~\textit{Saturday, February 13th}



%\textbf{Weird West Adams}: On this tour through the Beverly Hills of the early 20th Century, passengers thrill to the carjacking horror of silent film starlet Myrtle Gonzalez, marvel at the Krazy Kafitz family and their litany of murder-suicides, attempted husband slayings, Byzantine estate battles and mad bombings. 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. Plus, how locals broke racist housing laws nationwide!~\textit{Saturday, February 20th} %

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%\textbf{Boyle Heights \& The San Gabriel Valley: The Hidden Histories of L.A.'s Melting Pot}: On the east side the Los Angeles River, some of the most fascinating Southern California stories are waiting to be told. Join us on a century's social history tour through the transformation of neighborhoods, punctuated with immersive stops to sample the sites, smells and cultures that make our changing city so beguiling.~\textit{Saturday, February 27th} %Voter registration, walkouts, blow-outs, racial covenants, Immigration Acts, xenophobia, and delicious dumplings--all are themes which will be addressed on this lively bus and walking tour.~\textit{Saturday, February 27th} %


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%\textbf{Wild Wild Westside}: You'll thrill and shudder to tales of teenaged terrors, tortured tots, wicked wives, evil spirits, cults, creeps and assorted maniacs. Meet Weird Ward, the boy husband of the nefarious cult leader who compelled her followers to carry her departed victims all across 1920s L.A. The subject of host Kim Cooper's novel.~\textit{Saturday, March 12th}% Along the Venice shore, you'll see where a pair of real life witches tortured their own Hansels \& Gretels as neighbors pretended not to hear the tots' cries, and marvel at the grand hotel that was formally a flop house for ex-junkies in the Synanon Cult. A tour so wild, we had to say it twice.~\textit{Saturday, March 12th}. %Come discover the real and terrible history of L.A.'s westside, on a tour so wild, we had to say it twice.~\textit{Saturday, October 3rd} %Along the Venice shore, you'll see where a pair of real life witches tortured their own Hansels and Gretels as neighbors pretended not to hear the tots' cries, and marvel at the grand hotel that was formally a flop house for ex-junkies in the Synanon Cult. Come discover the real and terrible history of L.A.'s westside, on a tour so wild, we had to say it twice.~\textit{Saturday, October 3rd}




%\textbf{The Birth of Noir: James M. Cain's Southern California Nightmare}: Amongst the burgeoning urban sprawl built atop bulldozed orange groves, recent emigre James M.~Cain found a kernel of truth and his voice, which would eventually distill into the American logos. Locations from \textit{Double Indemnity} \& \textit{The Postman Always Rings Twice} include the Glendale Train Station, and Walter Neff's Hollywood apartment.~\textit{Saturday, March 19th}


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%\textbf{Hotel Horrors \& Main Street Vice}: The Main Street Vice section is a social history tour celebrating the ribald, racy, raunchy old promenade where the better people simply did not travel, but kicks were had by all who did. The Hotel Horrors section is a true crime and oddities tour featuring some of the wildest, weirdest, goriest and most memorable happenings in historic downtown hotels. Together they are a fascinating alternate history of a rising neighborhood.~\textit{Saturday, March 26th} %Together they are a fascinating alternate history of a rising neighborhood.



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%\textbf{Hollywood!} Discover the unwritten history of the sleepy suburb that birthed the American dream factory. From literary lions to criminal masterminds, terror plots to teenage thrill seekers, music mavens to abiding mysteries, the neighborhood is packed to the rim with with fascinating lore and architectural marvels. You won't see the stars' homes or hear about their latest real estate deals, but we'll show you where some colorful characters breathed their last, got into trouble that defined the rest of their lives and came up with ideas that the world is still talking about. ~\textit{Saturday, April 2nd}%So for unforgettable stories you won't hear on anyone else's Hollywood tour, climb aboard and discover the secret heart of the city we love. Tour stops include Crossroads of the World (Robert V. Derrah, 1936), and the sites of the legendary Garden of Allah hotel and Schwab's Drugstore.~\textit{Saturday, October 10th}



%\textbf{Pasadena Confidential}: The Crown City masquerades as a calm and refined retreat, where well-bred ladies glide around their perfect bungalows and everyone knows what fork to use first. Dip into the confidential files of old Pasadena, and meet assassins and oddballs, kidnappers and slashers, Satanists and all manner of maniac in a delightful little tour you WON'T find recommended by the better class of people! ~\textit{Saturday, April 9th}


%\textbf{The Real Black Dahlia}: Our most popular crime bus tour. Follow the footsteps of murder victim Beth Short into the secret hustler's world of downtown in the 1940s, where we ask not just ``who killed her'' but also ``who was she?'' The tour takes us from the human hustle of Main Street to the serene lobby of the Biltmore (the second-to-last place she was seen alive), to the newspaper offices and the Greyhound station where she checked her bags, and concludes at the site where her bisected body was found in Leimert Park and with a little known suspect who lived nearby.~\textit{Saturday, April 16th}





%\textbf{Murder Will Out: The Secret World of Trace Evidence}: The Los Angeles Visionaries Association, Esotouric and Professor Donald Johnson invite you to the Cal State Los Angeles teaching crime lab for an afternoon's inquiry into the history and practice of forensic science in Southern California, in support of new research coming out of the Criminalistics Department. Presentation \#1: "How The DNA Database Brought Christina Burmeister's Killers To Justice" with retired LASD detective Joe Purcell, prosecuting attorney (now District Attorney) John Monaghan and retired LASD criminalist Lynn Herold. This presentation brings together a detective, forensic scientist and prosecuting attorney for a multi-dimensional journey into the investigation and prosecution of Christina Burmeister's murder.~\textit{Sunday, April 17th}

%\texttt{http://lavatransforms.org/crimelabapril2016}



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%\textbf{Echo Park Book Of The Dead}: An historical crime bus tour meant to honor the lost souls who wander the hills and byways of the "streetcar suburbs" (Echo Park, Silver Lake, Elysian Park, Angeleno Heights) that hug Sunset Boulevard. Climb aboard to see seemingly ordinary houses, streets and commercial buildings revealed as the scenes of chilling crimes and mysteries., populated by some of the most fascinating people you'd never want to meet. Featured cases include Edward Hickman's kidnapping of little Marion Parker, the Hillside Strangler serial killing spree, and the bizarre "Man in the Attic" love nest slaying.---~\textit{Saturday, April 23rd} %Guests will also see some of the most beautiful historic architecture in Los Angeles, including a visit to Sister Aimee Semple McPherson's exquisite Parsonage, her one-time home, now a museum.---~\textit{Saturday, April 23rd} %Guests will also see some of the most beautiful historic architecture in Los Angeles, including a visit to Sister Aimee Semple McPherson's exquisite Parsonage, her one-time home, now a museum.---~\textit{Saturday, April 23rd}


%\textbf{Charles Bukowski's Los Angeles}: This tour focuses on the writer's great passions: writing, screwing and Los Angeles. We'll take in the canonical locations of his life and myth: the Postal Annex Terminal where he gathered the material for \textit{Post Office}, former east Hollywood apartments, favorite bars and liquor stores, and \textit{Barfly} locations.~\textit{Saturday, April 30th}





%\textbf{Eastside Babylon}: Discover fascinating, little-known neighborhoods and the grim memories they hold. Come visit Boyle Heights, where the Night Stalker was captured. Roam the hallowed lawns of Evergreen, L.A.'s oldest cemetery and home of some memorable haunts and strange burials. Explore the ghastly streets of Commerce, where one small neighborhood's myriad crimes will shock and surprise. Visit Montebello, for scrumptious milk and cookies at Broguiere's Farm Fresh Dairy washed down with a horrifying case of child murder. ~\textit{Saturday, May 7th} %Weekend pass available. %All this, and so much more on East Side Babylon, Esotouric's exploration of L.A.'s most horrifying forgotten crimes.



%\textbf{In A Lonely Place: Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles}: Chandler wrote that the hero must be neither tarnished nor afraid. Join us for a look at the places downtown and in Hollywood where Chandler was both, and by learning to become strong in these broken places, became a successful novelist, screen writer and the alter ego of one of the most enduring literary personas in American Letters.~\textit{Saturday, May 14th}



%\textbf{Special Event: Tom Waits' LA: Crawling Down Cahuengha} Calling all rain dogs, gin-soaked boys and Gun Street girls! This is the definitive tour of Tom Waits' formative creative life in Los Angeles, and the people, places and late night pastries that shaped it. Climb aboard as your hosts David Smay (author of the new 33 1/3 series book on "Swordfishtrombones") and Esotouric's Kim Cooper (a Zoetrope Studios intern who'll tell how she used teenage subterfuge to arrange a private concert by Tom) lead you on a scrupulously researched ride through Tom's epic misdeeds and shenanigans, from the Trashing of the Troubadour to epic nights at the Tropicana. Sorry, no discounts on this tour.~\textit{Saturday, May 21st}


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%\textbf{LAVA Sunday Salon \& Broadway On My Mind walking tour} Our May 2106 LAVA Sunday Salon features Nathan Marsak, with a presentation on 19th Century Los Angeles architecture. Nathan's talk will focus on Bunker Hill, Angels Flight Railway and the streets immediately surrounding our new Salon base, Grand Central Market (basement level). Free. Reservations required for both events.~\textit{Sunday, May 29th}


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%\textbf{Rituals: Sacred \& Profane}: The Los Angeles Visionaries Association, Esotouric and Professor Donald Johnson invite you to the Cal State Los Angeles teaching crime lab for an afternoon's inquiry into the history and practice of forensic science in Southern California, in support of new research coming out of the Criminalistics Department. Presentation \#1: Notes from Dr. Bea Yorker's Casebook. Dr. Yorker will share some intriguing cases of uncommon religious rituals that have been investigated as crimes by Southland police departments. This is contrasted with a more extreme cultural practice, female circumcision, which has been declared to be child abuse by the World Health Organization and which sometimes results in prosecutions.Presentation \#2: Dr. Elizabeth Miller on Ritual Use of Human Remains. Dr. Miller will discuss examples of the ritual use of human remains in Palo Mayombe and Santa Muerte rituals that have been investigated in Los Angeles County. And the notorious Matamoros, Mexico cult murder of Mark Kilroy in 1989.~\textit{Sunday, June 5th}


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%\textbf{Hotel Horrors \& Main Street Vice}: The Main Street Vice section is a social history tour celebrating the ribald, racy, raunchy old promenade where the better people simply did not travel, but kicks were had by all who did. The Hotel Horrors section is a true crime and oddities tour featuring some of the wildest, weirdest, goriest and most memorable happenings in historic downtown hotels.~\textit{Saturday, June 11th} %Together they are a fascinating alternate history of a rising neighborhood.



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%\textbf{Blood \& Dumplings}: A criminal and gastronomical excursion into the San Gabriel Valley, revealing dozens of weird, forgotten crimes and oddities from the past, like the mysterious Man from Mars Bandit, the young bride who spent her wedding day buried under her parents' house, the battling neo-Nazis of El Monte, Phil Spector's spooky castle \& the lonely road where James Ellroy's murdered mother was found.~\textit{Saturday, June 18th}




%\textbf{Weird West Adams}: On this tour through the Beverly Hills of the early 20th Century, passengers thrill to the carjacking horror of silent film starlet Myrtle Gonzalez, marvel at the Krazy Kafitz family and their litany of murder-suicides, attempted husband slayings, Byzantine estate battles and mad bombings. 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. Plus, how locals broke racist housing laws nationwide!~\textit{Saturday, June 25th} %


%\textbf{LAVA Sunday Salon \& Broadway On My Mind walking tour} Our June 2106 LAVA Sunday Salon features, The Secret Diaries of Vilma, the sassy El Monte socialite turned Clifton's Cafeteria Camera Girl. Miriam Caldwell, author of the blog Diary of Vilma, The Unconquerable will take us on a delightful and raucous ride back to the fabulous 1950s. Richard Schave \& Nathan Marsak's walking tour after the Salon will focus on Bunker Hill, Angels Flight Railway and the streets immediately surrounding our new Salon base, Grand Central Market (basement level). Free. Reservations required for both events.~\textit{Sunday, June 26th}


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%\textbf{Pasadena Confidential}: The Crown City masquerades as a calm and refined retreat, where well-bred ladies glide around their perfect bungalows and everyone knows what fork to use first. Dip into the confidential files of old Pasadena, and meet assassins and oddballs, kidnappers and slashers, Satanists and all manner of maniac in a delightful little tour you WON'T find recommended by the better class of people! ~\textit{Saturday, July 9th}


%\textbf{The Real Black Dahlia}: Our most popular crime bus tour. Follow the footsteps of murder victim Beth Short into the secret hustler's world of downtown in the 1940s, where we ask not just ``who killed her'' but also ``who was she?'' The tour takes us from the human hustle of Main Street to the serene lobby of the Biltmore (the second-to-last place she was seen alive), to the newspaper offices and the Greyhound station where she checked her bags, and concludes at the site where her bisected body was found in Leimert Park and with a little known suspect who lived nearby.~\textit{Saturday, July 16th}



%\textbf{Charles Bukowski's Los Angeles}: This tour focuses on the writer's great passions: writing, screwing and Los Angeles. We'll take in the canonical locations of his life and myth: the Postal Annex Terminal where he gathered the material for \textit{Post Office}, former east Hollywood apartments, favorite bars and liquor stores, and \textit{Barfly} locations.~\textit{Saturday, July 23rd}



%\textbf{In A Lonely Place: Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles}: Chandler wrote that the hero must be neither tarnished nor afraid. Join us for a look at the places downtown and in Hollywood where Chandler was both, and by learning to become strong in these broken places, became a successful novelist, screen writer and the alter ego of one of the most enduring literary personas in American Letters.~\textit{Saturday, July 30th}


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%\textbf{LAVA Sunday Salon \& Broadway On My Mind walking tour} Our July 2106 LAVA Sunday Salon features bandleader and music historian Skip Heller with an exploration of regional culture and lore. First, Skip takes us on an abridged post-war Los Angeles musical history tour, illustrated with vintage film clips. Then, he'll bring out his band the Hollywood Blues Destroyers for an acoustic mini-set on the theme of the dark side of modern California, from environmental collapse, career disillusionment to overdevelopment. Join us as Skip celebrates, dispels and dissects the Southland myth machine. Richard Schave's walking tour after the Salon will focus on Bunker Hill, Angels Flight Railway and the streets immediately surrounding our new Salon base, Grand Central Market (basement level). Free. Reservations required for both events.~\textit{Sunday, July 31st}


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%\textbf{South L.A. Road Trip: Hot Rods, Adobes, Googie \& Early Modernism}: This Esotouric adventure begins downtown \& works its way south through Vernon, Bell Gardens, Santa Fe Springs and Downey, and through the past two centuries, exploring off-the-beaten path Los Angeles landmarks that have had enormous influence on the cultural life of the city and the world beyond. Turning the notion of an L.A. architecture tour on its head, the bus goes into areas not traditionally associated with the important, beautiful or significant, raising issues of preservation, adaptive reuse and the evolution of the city.~\textit{Sunday, August 7th}


%\textbf{Boyle Heights \& The San Gabriel Valley: The Hidden Histories of L.A.'s Melting Pot}: On the east side the Los Angeles River, some of the most fascinating Southern California stories are waiting to be told. Join us on a century's social history tour through the transformation of neighborhoods, punctuated with immersive stops to sample the sites, smells and cultures that make our changing city so beguiling.~\textit{Saturday, August 13th} %Voter registration, walkouts, blow-outs, racial covenants, Immigration Acts, xenophobia, and delicious dumplings--all are themes which will be addressed on this lively bus and walking tour.~\textit{Saturday, February 27th} %

%\textbf{Public Site Visit to William Pereira's Endangered Metropolitan Water District Headquarters}: The Cultural Heritage Commission (CHC) is hosting a public site visit to the 1963 William Pereira Metropolitan Water District Building as part of the review process for the site's Historic Cultural Monument application. Please join LAVA‘s Richard Schave and Kim Cooper, who have been advocating for the preservation of this important project by a master Los Angeles modernism architect. .~\textit{Thursday, August 18th} %

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%\textbf{Pereira in Peril Discussion}: Please join LAVA‘s Richard Schave and Kim Cooper at the Elysian tower, the 1973 addition to William Pereira's Metropolitan Water District headquarters, following the public site visit to the1963 portion of the compound. We'll be making a casual presentation about the current threats facing Pereira's work in Los Angeles, including the proposed demolition of part of the MWD campus and original LACMA buildings and redevelopment of Times-Mirror Square.

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%\textbf{The Lowdown on Downtown}: Join us on a journey into the rise, fall and revitalization of Downtown Los Angeles, from the controversial public policy decision to depopulate the vibrant Bunker Hill neighborhood with its landmark Victorian mansions to the real story of where all the cheap Downtown housing went. You'll visit great examples of public space, \& zones of repulsion, from the success stories of the Adaptive Reuse Ordinance to secret culture hubs just off the radar. Includes a tour of the Dutch Chocolate Shop!~\textit{Saturday, August 20th} %, this is a tour delving deep into the secret, evolving history of L.A.'s most fascinating neighborhood.


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%\textbf{LAVA Sunday Salon \& Broadway On My Mind walking tour} Our August 2106 LAVA Sunday Salon focuses on Electronic Music, and the sub-genre known as Circuit Bending. Circuit Bending is the creative rewiring of pre-existing circuits to make new media. Often these circuits are found in inexpensive children's toys and "obsolete" devices. Important aspects of Circuit Bending are the D.I.Y autodidactic nature of immediate exploration into new electronic sounds and the ability to engage in instrument building without the need for an electrical engineering degree. The artists presenting today, Andy Ben, Jeff Boynton and Mona Jean Cedar, explore the implications of Circuit Bending through a variety of contexts, including performance, documentary video and education. Free. Reservations required.~\textit{Sunday, August 28th}


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%\textbf{Lost Tunnels of Hill St \& Broadway: Broadway On My Mind walking tour \#16}Richard Schave's walking tour after the Salon will focus on the lost tunnels of Bunker Hill along Hill Street \& Broadway from our new Salon base, Grand Central Market. We'll visit where the Hill Street Tunnel was at 2nd Street, and the old Broadway Tunnel from Temple out to Sunset and other lost artifacts (like the last stand of original dirt from Old Bunker Hill) along the way. Free. Reservations required for both events.~\textit{Sunday, August 28th}



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%\textbf{The Birth of Noir: James M. Cain's Southern California Nightmare}: Amongst the burgeoning urban sprawl built atop bulldozed orange groves, recent emigre James M.~Cain found a kernel of truth and his voice, which would eventually distill into the American logos. Locations from \textit{Double Indemnity} \& \textit{The Postman Always Rings Twice} include the Glendale Train Station, Walter Neff's Hollywood apartment.~\textit{Saturday, September 10th}



%\textbf{Hotel Horrors \& Main Street Vice}: The Main Street Vice section is a social history tour celebrating the ribald, racy, raunchy old promenade where the better people simply did not travel, but kicks were had by all who did. The Hotel Horrors section is a true crime and oddities tour featuring some of the wildest, weirdest, goriest and most memorable happenings in historic downtown hotels.~\textit{Saturday, September 17th} %Together they are a fascinating alternate history of a rising neighborhood.


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%\textbf{Blood \& Dumplings}: A criminal and gastronomical excursion into the San Gabriel Valley, revealing dozens of weird, forgotten crimes and oddities from the past, like the mysterious Man from Mars Bandit, the young bride who spent her wedding day buried under her parents' house, the battling neo-Nazis of El Monte, Phil Spector's spooky castle \& the lonely road where James Ellroy's murdered mother was found. Plus the secret diary of Vilma, our favorite Clifton's Camera Girl.~\textit{Saturday, September 24th}



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%\textbf{LAVA Sunday Salon} Our August 2106 LAVA Sunday Salon focuses on Electronic Music, and the sub-genre known as Circuit Bending. Circuit Bending is the creative rewiring of pre-existing circuits to make new media. Often these circuits are found in inexpensive children's toys and "obsolete" devices. Important aspects of Circuit Bending are the D.I.Y autodidactic nature of immediate exploration into new electronic sounds and the ability to engage in instrument building without the need for an electrical engineering degree. The artists presenting today, Andy Ben, Jeff Boynton and Mona Jean Cedar, explore the implications of Circuit Bending through a variety of contexts, including performance, documentary video and education. Free. Reservations required.~\textit{Sunday, August 28th}




%\textbf{LAVA Sunday Salon}: Musician, cartoon creator and mad-maker of cute-things, Thessaly Lerner, The Ukulady, sprinkles her unicorny magic at the Sunday Lava Salon in the form of catchy ukulele tunes, interactive crafting and a screening of her Dreamworks TV cartoon shorts with a How-to-Create-Sell-and-Produce-your-Show Q\&A! Music, Comedy, Art, Friendship and Intellectual Discourse! Join us and join the campaign for the Downfall of Evil, plus get inspired, get creative and get out of the house!~\textit{Sunday, September 25th}

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%\textbf{Hollywood!} Discover the unwritten history of the sleepy suburb that birthed the American dream factory. From literary lions to criminal masterminds, terror plots to teenage thrill seekers, music mavens to abiding mysteries, the neighborhood is packed to the rim with with fascinating lore and architectural marvels. You won't see the stars' homes or hear about their latest real estate deals, but we'll show you where some colorful characters breathed their last, got into trouble that defined the rest of their lives and came up with ideas that the world is still talking about.~\textit{Saturday, October 1st}




%\textbf{Wild Wild Westside}: You'll thrill to tales of teenaged terrors, tortured tots, wicked wives, evil spirits, cults, creeps and assorted maniacs. Meet Weird Ward, the boy husband of the nefarious cult leader who compelled her followers to carry her departed victims across 1920s L.A., the subject of host Kim Cooper's novel, \textit{The Kept Girl},~\textit{Saturday, October 8th}% Along the Venice shore, you'll see where a pair of real life witches tortured their own Hansels \& Gretels as neighbors pretended not to hear the tots' cries, and marvel at the grand hotel that was formally a flop house for ex-junkies in the Synanon Cult. A tour so wild, we had to say it twice.~\textit{Saturday, March 12th}. %Come discover the real and terrible history of L.A.'s westside, on a tour so wild, we had to say it twice.~\textit{Saturday, October 3rd} %Along the Venice shore, you'll see where a pair of real life witches tortured their own Hansels and Gretels as neighbors pretended not to hear the tots' cries, and marvel at the grand hotel that was formally a flop house for ex-junkies in the Synanon Cult. Come discover the real and terrible history of L.A.'s westside, on a tour so wild, we had to say it twice.~\textit{Saturday, October 3rd}


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%\textbf{Pereira In Peril: LACMA Campus} Please join architectural and Southern California historians Alan Hess and Richard Schave for the second in their series of free architectural site visits and talks, "Pereira in Peril." Come explore the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (William L. Pereira, 1965), and learn about the proposed redevelopment of the campus and the inherent threat this represents to the legacy of mid-century architect Pereira, whose corporate and civic work helped define Los Angeles. We'll walk over to LACMA to get the lay of the land, verbally peeling back subsequent additions and alterations to present the architect's original vision for the campus. After touring the campus, you can eat your sack lunch while we wrap up the program with an overview of other Pereira buildings facing imminent threat of demolition and a game plan for the Los Angeles community to advocate for their preservation, and that of other under appreciated architectural landmarks. Free with RSVP.~\textit{Thursday, October 6th 2pm}


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%\textbf{Echo Park Book Of The Dead}: An historical crime bus tour meant to honor the lost souls who wander the hills and byways of the "streetcar suburbs" (Echo Park, Elysian Park, Angeleno Heights) that hug Sunset Boulevard. Climb aboard to see seemingly ordinary houses, streets and commercial buildings revealed as the scenes of chilling crimes and mysteries, populated by some of the most fascinating people you'd never want to meet. Featured cases include Edward Hickman's kidnapping of little Marion Parker and the bizarre "Man in the Attic" love nest slaying. Plus many more incredible, forgotten tales of Angelenoes in peril..---\textit{Saturday, October 15th} %Guests will also see some of the most beautiful historic architecture in Los Angeles, including a visit to Sister Aimee Semple McPherson's exquisite Parsonage, her one-time home, now a museum.---\textit{Saturday, November 21st}



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%\textbf{In A Lonely Place: Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles}: Chandler wrote that the hero must be neither tarnished nor afraid. Join us for a look at the places downtown and in Hollywood where Chandler was both, and by learning to become strong in these broken places, became a successful novelist, screen writer and the alter ego of one of the most enduring literary personas in American Letters.~\textit{Saturday, October 22nd}



%\textbf{The Real Black Dahlia}: Our most popular crime bus tour. Follow the footsteps of murder victim Beth Short into the secret hustler's world of downtown in the 1940s, where we ask not just ``who killed her'' but also ``who was she?''~\textit{Saturday, October 29th} %The tour takes us from the human hustle of Main Street to the serene lobby of the Biltmore (the second-to-last place she was seen alive), to the newspaper offices and the Greyhound station where she checked her bags, and concludes at the site where her bisected body was found in Leimert Park and with a little known suspect who lived nearby.~\textit{Saturday, October 31st}


%\textbf{LAVA Sunday Salon}: Pereira In Peril---Times Mirror Square. This is the third event in the Pereira In Peril series--earlier talks were on the Metropolitan Water District (1963) and LACMA campus (1965)---and will focus on the redevelopment threat facing the recently sold Times Mirror Square and its effect on the legacy of mid--century architect and city planner William L. Pereira, whose corporate and civic work helped define Los Angeles. This widely misunderstood structure at the northwest corner of the historic Los Angeles Times compound reveals fascinating layers of change in the city's architectural style, the Chandler family's relationship with their newspaper and Pereira's evolution as an architect. With its future uncertain, there has never been a better time to get to know Times Mirror Square. Free with RSVP.~\textit{Sunday, October 30th}


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%\textbf{Weird West Adams}: On this tour through the Beverly Hills of the early 20th Century, passengers thrill to the carjacking horror of silent film starlet Myrtle Gonzalez, marvel at the Krazy Kafitz family and their litany of murder-suicides, attempted husband slayings, Byzantine estate battles and mad bombings.~\textit{Saturday, November 5th}


%\textbf{Eastside Babylon}: Discover fascinating, little-known neighborhoods and the grim memories they hold. Come visit Boyle Heights, where the Night Stalker was captured and a mad dad ran amok. Roam the hallowed lawns of Evergreen, L.A.'s oldest cemetery and home of some memorable haunts and strange burials. Explore the ghastly streets of Commerce, where one small neighborhood's myriad crimes will shock and surprise. ~\textit{Saturday, November 12th} %Weekend pass available. %All this, and so much more on East Side Babylon, Esotouric's exploration of L.A.'s most horrifying forgotten crimes.



%\textbf{Charles Bukowski's Los Angeles}: This tour focuses on the writer's great passions: writing, screwing and Los Angeles. We'll take in the canonical locations of his life and myth: the Postal Annex Terminal where he gathered the material for \textit{Post Office}, former east Hollywood apartments, favorite bars and liquor stores, and \textit{Barfly} locations.~\textit{Saturday, November 19th}


%\textbf{Special Event: Richard's 48th Birthday Bus Tour of Long Beach \& The South Bay}: Come see Terminal Island, where we'll explore its shadowy aerospace legacy, famous prisoners and the history of the Japanese fishing community that made this place its home. Then into Long Beach proper, where we'll be joined by Dr. Louise Ivers, noted Long Beach architectural historian. She'll guide our tour of some great Beaux Arts and Art Deco gems, culminating in a visit to a recently restored giant coffee pot. Then the torch will be passed to Miriam Caldwell, whose Diary of Vilma blog is a must read. She'll lead us through the remnants of the Long Beach Pike, one the largest amusement fun zones in the country, sharing stories about her mother's career as a camera girl at Hollywood on the Pike. Sorry no discounts accepted.~\textit{Saturday, November 26th}





%\textbf{Pasadena Confidential}: The Crown City masquerades as a calm and refined retreat, where well-bred ladies glide around their perfect bungalows and everyone knows what fork to use first. Dip into the confidential files of old Pasadena, and meet assassins and oddballs, kidnappers and slashers, Satanists and all manner of maniac in a delightful little tour you WON'T find recommended by the better class of people! ~\textit{Saturday, December 3rd}




%\textbf{Hotel Horrors \& Main Street Vice}: The Main Street Vice section is a social history tour celebrating the ribald, racy, raunchy old promenade where the better people simply did not travel, but kicks were had by all who did. The Hotel Horrors section is a true crime and oddities tour featuring some of the wildest, weirdest, goriest and most memorable happenings in historic downtown hotels.~\textit{Saturday, December 10th}


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%\textbf{The Spider-Man Bandit \& The Artificial Human Head: Breakthroughs in Crime Scene Investigation}: The Los Angeles Visionaries Association, Esotouric and Professor Donald Johnson invite you to the Cal State Los Angeles teaching crime lab for an afternoon's inquiry into the history and practice of forensic science in Southern California, in support of new research coming out of the Criminalistics Department. Presentation \#1: Professor David Raymond will discuss the development of a human head surrogate for blood spatter dynamics research, which is a joint project of his Applied Injury Biomechanics Lab and the CSULA Criminalistics Department. Presentation \#2 Breaking a 44-Year Old Cold Case: Criminalist and historian Meiling Cabral presents on the 1972 murder of Helen Meyler, solved after four decades through the use of DNA technology. ~\textit{Sunday, December 11th}



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%\textbf{The Real Black Dahlia}: Our most popular crime bus tour. Follow the footsteps of murder victim Beth Short into the secret hustler's world of downtown in the 1940s, where we ask not just ``who killed her'' but also ``who was she?''~\textit{Saturday, January 7th} %The tour takes us from the human hustle of Main Street to the serene lobby of the Biltmore (the second-to-last place she was seen alive), to the newspaper offices and the Greyhound station where she checked her bags, and concludes at the site where her bisected body was found in Leimert Park and with a little known suspect who lived nearby.~\textit{Saturday, October 31st}



%\textbf{In A Lonely Place: Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles}: Chandler wrote that the hero must be neither tarnished nor afraid. Join us for a look at the places downtown and in Hollywood where Chandler was both, and by learning to become strong in these broken places, became a successful novelist, screen writer and the alter ego of one of the most enduring literary personas in American Letters.~\textit{Saturday, January 14th}



%\textbf{The Birth of Noir: James M. Cain's Southern California Nightmare}: Amongst the burgeoning urban sprawl built atop bulldozed orange groves, recent emigre James M.~Cain found a kernel of truth and his voice, which would eventually distill into the American logos. Locations from \textit{Double Indemnity} \& \textit{The Postman Always Rings Twice} include the Glendale Train Station, and Walter Neff's Hollywood apartment.~\textit{Saturday, January 21st}






%\textbf{The Hollywood Fire Devil}: The Los Angeles Visionaries Association, Esotouric and Professor Donald Johnson invite you to the Cal State Los Angeles teaching crime lab for an afternoon's inquiry into the history and practice of forensic science in Southern California, in support of new research coming out of the Criminalistics Department. In January of 2011 Harry Burkhart would light the first of fifty-two fires he would set over a four day period. The arrest of his mother would trigger that largest and most furious amount of arson activity ever recorded, and would bring the four largest police and fire agencies west of the Mississippi River to their collective knees. It would also cause the formation of the largest and most intense arson manhunt ever conceived in the United States. Over the next four days, 400 local and federal investigators would utilize every possible tactic and trick in the hunt for the elusive Hollywood serial arsonist. This intense investigation would culminate with a simple traffic stop by a reserve sheriff's deputy who earns one dollar per year (less taxes) for volunteering to serve his community.~\textit{Sunday, January 22nd}



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%\textbf{The Lowdown on Downtown}: Join us on a journey into the rise, fall and revitalization of Downtown Los Angeles, from the controversial public policy decision to depopulate the vibrant Bunker Hill neighborhood with its landmark Victorian mansions to the real story of where all the cheap Downtown housing went. You'll visit great examples of public space, \& zones of repulsion, from the success stories of the Adaptive Reuse Ordinance to secret culture hubs just off the radar. Includes a tour of the Dutch Chocolate Shop!~\textit{Saturday, January 28th} %, this is a tour delving deep into the secret, evolving history of L.A.'s most fascinating neighborhood.


%\textbf{LAVA Sunday Salon}: Architectural historian Nathan Marsak, the LAVA Visionary of the Year for 2015, presents on the forgotten architectural landscape of nineteenth-century Los Angeles--a lost world whose most salient impulse was toward the imposing, rough-hewn blocks of the Romanesque style. Nathan's talk will be an illustrated tour of the lost buildings of the Civic Center, followed by a walking tour. Free with RSVP.~\textit{Sunday, January 29th}


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%\textbf{South L.A. Road Trip: Hot Rods, Adobes, Googie \& Early Modernism}: This Esotouric adventure begins downtown \& works its way south through Vernon, Bell Gardens, Santa Fe Springs and Downey, and through the past two centuries, exploring off-the-beaten path Los Angeles landmarks that have had enormous influence on the cultural life of the city and the world beyond. Turning the notion of an L.A. architecture tour on its head, the bus goes into areas not traditionally associated with the important, beautiful or significant, raising issues of preservation, adaptive reuse and the evolution of the city.~\textit{Sunday, February 5th}



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%\textbf{Special Event--Two Days in South LA: The 1974 SLA Shootout}: The Symbionese Liberation Army, an alleged left wing radical group, kidnapped newspaper heiress Patty Hearst in Berkeley in February 1974. Three months later in South Los Angeles, the kidnappers engaged almost 500 law officers in a standoff that was broadcast on national TV, culminating in a shootout and fire in which six members of the group were killed. Brad Schreiber (\textit{Revolution's End}) takes us to four significant SLA locations, revealing the incredible, true story of prison drug experiments, gun-running, undercover agents and the suppressed lover's quarrel that resulted in the most famous kidnapping in US history. Sold out. Please contact us to get on waiting list. ~\textit{Saturday, February 11th}



%\textbf{Boyle Heights \& Monterey Park: The Hidden Histories of L.A.'s Melting Pot}: On the east side the Los Angeles River, some of the most fascinating Southern California stories are waiting to be told. Join us on a century's social history tour through the transformation of neighborhoods, punctuated with immersive stops to sample the sites, smells and cultures that make our changing city so beguiling.~\textit{Saturday, February 18th} %Voter registration, walkouts, blow-outs, racial covenants, Immigration Acts, xenophobia, and delicious dumplings--all are themes which will be addressed on this lively bus and walking tour.~\textit{Saturday, February 27th} %



%\textbf{Weird West Adams}: On this tour through the Beverly Hills of the early 20th Century, passengers thrill to the carjacking horror of silent film starlet Myrtle Gonzalez, marvel at the Krazy Kafitz family and their litany of murder-suicides, attempted husband slayings, Byzantine estate battles and mad bombings. ~\textit{Saturday, February 25th} %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. Plus, how locals broke racist housing laws nationwide!~\textit{Saturday, February 25th}

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%\textbf{LAVA Sunday Salon--Poem Noir}: The LAVA Sunday Salon is delighted to welcome back the esteemed poet and educator Suzanne Lummis as she curates a second series of Poem Noir readings. Suzanne will describe the defining characteristics of this poetry, whose dark themes, atmosphere, and voice of cool detachment are inspired by the low budget black-and-white crime movies of the 1940s and 1950s. Then we'll move to the Bradbury Building for the Poem Noir readings, presented by a star-studded lineup of poets. Free with RSVP. ~\textit{Sunday, February 26th}


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%\textbf{Eastside Babylon}: Discover fascinating, little-known neighborhoods and the grim memories they hold. Come visit Boyle Heights, where the Night Stalker was captured. Roam the hallowed lawns of Evergreen, L.A.'s oldest cemetery and home of some memorable haunts and strange burials. Explore the ghastly streets of Commerce, where one small neighborhood's myriad crimes will shock and surprise. ~\textit{Saturday, March 11th} %Weekend pass available. %All this, and so much more on East Side Babylon, Esotouric's exploration of L.A.'s most horrifying forgotten crimes.



%\textbf{Pasadena Confidential}: The Crown City masquerades as a calm and refined retreat, where well-bred ladies glide around their perfect bungalows and everyone knows what fork to use first. Dip into the confidential files of old Pasadena, and meet assassins and oddballs, kidnappers and slashers, Satanists and all manner of maniac in a delightful little tour you WON'T find recommended by the better class of people! ~\textit{Saturday, March 18th}



%\textbf{Hotel Horrors \& Main Street Vice}: The Main Street Vice section is a social history tour celebrating the ribald, racy, raunchy old promenade where the better people simply did not travel, but kicks were had by all who did. The Hotel Horrors section is a true crime and oddities tour featuring some of the wildest, weirdest, goriest and most memorable happenings in historic downtown hotels. Sold out with a waiting list.~\textit{Saturday, March 25th}



%\textbf{LAVA Sunday Salon}: Making Sense of Parker Center--This event looks at the Police Facilities Building (Welton Becket \& Associates and J. E. Stanton, 1955). Better known as Parker Center, this downtown landmark is facing an uncertain future as the city seeks to demolish and the Cultural Heritage Commission, Los Angeles Conservancy and preservationists urge adaptive reuse. Join Esotouric's Richard Schave, architect \& historian Alan Hess and 2015 LAVA Visionary of the Year Nathan Marsak for a presentation and a site visit about the building's history, its place in Welton Becket's architectural legacy and its role in the Los Angeles school of mid-century Modernism. We'll also look at the threat to its survival and efforts to preserve the building and its integrated sculpture, mosaics and landscaping. Free with RSVP.~\textit{Sunday, March 26th}


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%\textbf{Echo Park Book Of The Dead}: An historical crime bus tour meant to honor the lost souls who wander the hills and byways of the "streetcar suburbs" (Echo Park, Elysian Park, Angeleno Heights) that hug Sunset Boulevard. Climb aboard to see seemingly ordinary houses, streets and commercial buildings revealed as the scenes of chilling crimes and mysteries, populated by some of the most fascinating people you'd never want to meet. Plus many more incredible, forgotten tales of Angelenoes in peril.---\textit{Saturday, April 1st} %Featured cases include Edward Hickman's kidnapping of little Marion Parker and the bizarre "Man in the Attic" love nest slaying. Plus many more incredible, forgotten tales of Angelenoes in peril.---\textit{Saturday, April 1st} %Guests will also see some of the most beautiful historic architecture in Los Angeles, including a visit to Sister Aimee Semple McPherson's exquisite Parsonage, her one-time home, now a museum.---\textit{Saturday, November 21st}



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%\textbf{Special Event: Palos Verdes Ancient \& Modern}: On this excursion, we'll delve into prehistory via recently-uncovered evidence of ancient cultivated plantations, explore the area's Mid-Century Modern architectural legacy with a guided tour through subdivisions, get a tour of the Palos Verdes Art Center's exhibition \textit{Aaron G. Green and California Organic Architecture} from curator Alan Hess, visit Paul R. William's SeaView subdivision and the cliffside Anderson Residence (Aaron G. Green, 1959), explore the 1920s shopping center Malaga Cove Plaza with architectural historian Ann Hugh, and visit the local history research center of the Palos Verdes Library District Central Library with archivist Monique Sugimoto. This is a special event, no discounts or coupons accepted.---\textit{Saturday, April 8th}


%\textbf{The Real Black Dahlia}: Our most popular crime bus tour. Follow the footsteps of murder victim Beth Short into the secret hustler's world of downtown in the 1940s, where we ask not just ``who killed her'' but also ``who was she?''~\textit{Saturday, April 15th} %The tour takes us from the human hustle of Main Street to the serene lobby of the Biltmore (the second-to-last place she was seen alive), to the newspaper offices and the Greyhound station where she checked her bags, and concludes at the site where her bisected body was found in Leimert Park and with a little known suspect who lived nearby.~\textit{Saturday, October 31st}


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%\textbf{Charles Bukowski's Los Angeles}: This tour focuses on the writer's great passions: writing, screwing and Los Angeles. We'll take in the canonical locations of his life and myth: the Postal Annex Terminal where he gathered the material for \textit{Post Office}, former east Hollywood apartments, favorite bars and liquor stores, and \textit{Barfly} locations.~\textit{Saturday, April 22nd}



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%\textbf{From the Crime Lab to the Coroner's Office}: The Los Angeles Visionaries Association, Esotouric and Professor Donald Johnson invite you to the Cal State Los Angeles teaching crime lab for an afternoon's inquiry into the history and practice of forensic science in Southern California. Presentation #1: \textit{Death in Paradise}---Author Brad Schreiber's book \textit{Death In Paradise} is the only authorized history of the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office. Join him for a wide-ranging talk about this historic office, its procedural innovations and high profile autopsies and inquests. Presentation #2: Crime Scene Investigation 101--Professor Don Johnson, head of the Cal State Los Angeles Criminalistics Department, offers an introduction to the art and science of crime scene investigation. Sold out with a waiting list.~\textit{Sunday, April 23rd}%, in the spirit of his work with students beginning their careers as forensic investigators.



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%\textbf{In A Lonely Place: Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles}: Chandler wrote that the hero must be neither tarnished nor afraid. Join us for a look at the places downtown and in Hollywood where Chandler was both, and by learning to become strong in these broken places, became a successful novelist, screen writer and the alter ego of one of the most enduring literary personas in American Letters.~\textit{Saturday, April 29th}




%\textbf{LAVA Sunday Salon}: Fort Moore Pioneer Memorial. We'll begin in the lower level of Grand Central Market with an illustrated lecture on the history of Fort Hill by architectural historians Nathan Marsak and Richard Schave. This will include the Mexican-American War-era military Fort Moore, historic cemetery, notable residents, old Los Angeles High School, and Fort Hill's sad fate when it was partially demolished for freeway construction. The focus will then turn to the Fort Moore Pioneer Memorial, as Conservator Donna Williams and Civic Art Collections Manager Clare Haggarty talk about their roles on the Los Angeles County restoration project. We'll then walk over to the Fort Moore Pioneer Memorial to tour the site and learn more about the monument and its restoration.Free with RSVP.~\textit{Sunday, April 30th}


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%\textbf{Blood \& Dumplings}: A criminal and gastronomical excursion into the San Gabriel Valley, revealing dozens of weird, forgotten crimes and oddities from the past, like the mysterious Man from Mars Bandit, the young bride who spent her wedding day buried under her parents' house, the battling neo-Nazis of El Monte, Phil Spector's spooky castle \& the lonely road where James Ellroy's murdered mother was found. Plus the secret diary of Vilma, our favorite Clifton's Camera Girl.~\textit{Saturday, May 6th}



%\textbf{Hollywood!} Discover the unwritten history of the sleepy suburb that birthed the American dream factory. From literary lions to criminal masterminds, terror plots to teenage thrill seekers, music mavens to abiding mysteries, the neighborhood is packed to the rim with with fascinating lore and architectural marvels. You won't see the stars' homes or hear about their latest real estate deals, but we'll show you where some colorful characters breathed their last, got into trouble that defined the rest of their lives and came up with ideas that the world is still talking about.~\textit{Saturday, May 13th}


%\textbf{Weird West Adams}: On this tour through the Beverly Hills of the early 20th Century, passengers thrill to the carjacking horror of silent film starlet Myrtle Gonzalez, marvel at the Krazy Kafitz family and their litany of murder-suicides, attempted husband slayings, Byzantine estate battles and mad bombings. ~\textit{Saturday, May 20th} %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. Plus, how locals broke racist housing laws nationwide!~\textit{Saturday, February 25th}







%\textbf{LAVA Sunday Salon}: S.A. Griffin on Charles Bukowski. The program begins with a talk in the lower level of Grand Central Market, where S.A. Griffin will talk about his journey discovering Los Angeles writer and King of Poets Charles Bukowski, and the man's global influence on modern verse. S.A. will trace his personal pilgrimage route from his time on Grand View Street in MacArthur Park (1980-82), when he heard about Bukowski at a party in Long Beach, to finally finding Red Stodolsky at Baroque Bookstore on Las Palmas in Hollywood, where Red mentored him as a bookman in Bukowski and the Beats. S.A. would later create a plaque in Red's honor and place it at the bookshop's old location. S.A. will also read from Bukowski's first novel, \textit{Post Office}, at the former Terminal Annex sorting facility, the novel's setting, which Sunday Salon attendees will walk to from Grand Central Market, as part of our own pilgrimage. Free with RSVP.---~\textit{Sunday, May 28th}

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%\textbf{Special Event: Tom Waits' LA: Crawling Down Cahuengha} Calling all rain dogs, gin-soaked boys and Gun Street girls! This is the definitive tour of Tom Waits' formative creative life in Los Angeles, and the people, places and late night pastries that shaped it. Climb aboard as your hosts David Smay (author of the 33 1/3 series book on \textit{Swordfishtrombones}) and Esotouric's Kim Cooper (a Zoetrope Studios intern who'll tell how she used teenage subterfuge to arrange a private concert by Tom) lead you on a scrupulously researched ride through Tom's epic misdeeds and shenanigans, from the Trashing of the Troubadour to epic nights at the Tropicana. This is a special event, no discounts or coupons accepted.---~\textit{Saturday, June 3rd}

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%\textbf{Siege At Fort Anthony}: \textbf{The time: Winter 1964}. \textbf{The place}: The Cahuenga Pass, opposite the Hollywood Bowl. The conflict: An eminent domain showdown between, on one side, the Los Angeles County Supervisors, powerful motion picture interests, and Peter J. Pitchess, the Sheriff of Los Angeles. On the other side, Steven Anthony, an ex-Marine and Barney's Beanery bartender who loved his young family's storybook cottage in the Hollywood Hills and just wanted his day in court. Free with RSVP.---~\textit{Thursday, June 8th}

%\texttt{http://www.lavatransforms.org/event/fort-anthony/}


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%\textbf{Hotel Horrors \& Main Street Vice}: The Main Street Vice section is a social history tour celebrating the ribald, racy, raunchy old promenade where the better people simply did not travel, but kicks were had by all who did. The Hotel Horrors section is a true crime and oddities tour featuring some of the wildest, weirdest, goriest and most memorable happenings in historic downtown hotels.~\textit{Saturday, June 10th}




%\textbf{Special Event: Desert Visionaries: Llano del Rio, Antelope Valley Indian Museum \& Aldous Huxley's Pearblossom Ranch} Explore the Southern California dream as it has manifested through creative residents of the Antelope Valley, and marked by the centennial of the shuttering of the Llano del Rio socialist colony. Tour stops include: Llano del Rio colony ruins, Antelope Valley Indian Museum, Aldous Huxley's Pearblossom Ranch, Museum of Art and History, Lancaster. ~This is a special event, no discounts or coupons accepted.---\textit{Saturday, June 17th}



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%\textbf{Eastside Babylon}: Discover fascinating, little-known neighborhoods and the grim memories they hold. Come visit Boyle Heights, where the Night Stalker was captured. Roam the hallowed lawns of Evergreen, L.A.'s oldest cemetery and home of some memorable haunts and strange burials. Explore the ghastly streets of Commerce, where one small neighborhood's myriad crimes will shock and surprise. ~\textit{Saturday, June 24th} %Weekend pass available. %All this, and so much more on East Side Babylon, Esotouric's exploration of L.A.'s most horrifying forgotten crimes.



%\textbf{LAVA Sunday Salon}: Subway Terminal Building Tunnel. SOLD OUT! This edition of the LAVA Sunday Salon and Broadway on My Wind walking tour focuses on the holy grail of Los Angeles mass transit history: the sealed-off streetcar station and tunnel located beneath the Subway Terminal Building (Schultze and Weaver, 1925). %The program begins in the basement of Grand Central Market, with a short history of the Subway Terminal Building and Los Angeles streetcar service. We'll then walk down Hill Street and underground for a rare visit to the this fascinating time capsule, the decommissioned streetcar station and its tunnel. WAITING LIST.

%Free with RSVP.---~\textit{Sunday, June 25th}

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%\textbf{Pasadena Confidential}: The Crown City masquerades as a calm and refined retreat, where well-bred ladies glide around their perfect bungalows and everyone knows what fork to use first. Dip into the confidential files of old Pasadena, and meet assassins and oddballs, kidnappers and slashers, Satanists and all manner of maniac in a delightful little tour you WON'T find recommended by the better class of people! ~\textit{Saturday, July 8th}



%\textbf{The Real Black Dahlia}: Our most popular crime bus tour. Follow the footsteps of murder victim Beth Short into the secret hustler's world of downtown in the 1940s, where we ask not just ``who killed her'' but also ``who was she?''~\textit{Saturday, July 15th} %The tour takes us from the human hustle of Main Street to the serene lobby of the Biltmore (the second-to-last place she was seen alive), to the newspaper offices and the Greyhound station where she checked her bags, and concludes at the site where her bisected body was found in Leimert Park and with a little known suspect who lived nearby.~\textit{Saturday, July 15th}


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%\textbf{Charles Bukowski's Los Angeles}: This tour focuses on the writer's great passions: writing, screwing and Los Angeles. We'll take in the canonical locations of his life and myth: the Postal Annex Terminal where he gathered the material for \textit{Post Office}, former east Hollywood apartments, favorite bars and liquor stores, and \textit{Barfly} locations.~\textit{Saturday, July 22nd}


%\textbf{In A Lonely Place: Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles}: Chandler wrote that the hero must be neither tarnished nor afraid. Join us for a look at the places downtown and in Hollywood where Chandler was both, and by learning to become strong in these broken places, became a successful novelist, screen writer and the alter ego of one of the most enduring literary personas in American Letters.~\textit{Saturday, July 29th}



%\textbf{LAVA Sunday Salon}: Old Bunker Hill \& The 2nd Street Cable Car. Come take a time travel trip to old Los Angeles as Gordon Pattison presents an illustrated talk about the development of the lost downtown neighborhoods of Bunker Hill and Crown Hill, with a focus on the short-lived Second Street Cable Car, which ran from Spring Street to Diamond (now Beverly) from 1885-89. FREE with RSVP. Sold out with wait list.---~\textit{Sunday, July 30th}

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%\textbf{South L.A. Road Trip: Hot Rods, Adobes, Googie \& Early Modernism}: This Esotouric adventure begins downtown \& works its way south through Vernon, Bell Gardens, Santa Fe Springs and Downey, and through the past two centuries, exploring off-the-beaten path Los Angeles landmarks that have had enormous influence on the cultural life of the city and the world beyond. Turning the notion of an L.A. architecture tour on its head, the bus goes into areas not traditionally associated with the important, beautiful or significant, raising issues of preservation, adaptive reuse and the evolution of the city.~\textit{Sunday, August 6th}

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%\textbf{Weird West Adams}: On this tour through the Beverly Hills of the early 20th Century, passengers thrill to the carjacking horror of silent film starlet Myrtle Gonzalez, marvel at the Krazy Kafitz family and their litany of murder-suicides, attempted husband slayings, Byzantine estate battles and mad bombings. 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. Plus, how locals broke racist housing laws nationwide!~\textit{Saturday, August 12th} %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. Plus, how locals broke racist housing laws nationwide!~\textit{Saturday, February 25th}
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%\textbf{Forensic Science Seminar: Bombs \& Decomp}: LAVA- The Los Angeles Visionaries Association, Esotouric and Professor Donald Johnson invite you to the Cal State Los Angeles teaching crime lab for an afternoon's inquiry into the history and practice of forensic science in Southern California, in support of new research coming out of the Criminalistics Department. Lectures: Detective Mike Digby, host of our forthcoming 1910 L.A. Times Bombing tour, presents on notable L.A. bomb investigations and Dr. Elizabeth Miller presents an illustrated tour of the stages of human decomposition ~\textit{Sunday, August 13th}%, in the spirit of his work with students beginning their careers as forensic investigators.

%\textit{http://www.lavatransforms.org/event/crimelabaugust2017/}

%\textbf{The Lowdown on Downtown}: Join us on a journey into the rise, fall and revitalization of Downtown Los Angeles, from the controversial public policy decision to depopulate the vibrant Bunker Hill neighborhood with its landmark Victorian mansions to the real story of where all the cheap Downtown housing went. You'll visit great examples of public space, \& zones of repulsion, from the success stories of the Adaptive Reuse Ordinance to secret culture hubs just off the radar. Includes a tour of the Dutch Chocolate Shop!~\textit{Saturday, August 19th} %, this is a tour delving deep into the secret, evolving history of L.A.'s most fascinating neighborhood.



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%\textbf{Boyle Heights \& Monterey Park: The Hidden Histories of L.A.'s Melting Pot}: On the east side the Los Angeles River, some of the most fascinating Southern California stories are waiting to be told. Join us on a century's social history tour through the transformation of neighborhoods, punctuated with immersive stops to sample the sites, smells and cultures that make our changing city so beguiling.~\textit{Saturday, August 26th} %Voter registration, walkouts, blow-outs, racial covenants, Immigration Acts, xenophobia, and delicious dumplings--all are themes which will be addressed on this lively bus and walking tour.~\textit{Saturday, February 27th} %




%\textbf{LAVA Sunday Salon}: The Cranky Preservationist \& The Richfield Building. Join us as Nathan Marsak, AKA The Cranky Preservationist, talks about the Richfield Building, the most amazing Art Deco building the world has ever known. Erected in 1928 by the Los Angeles-based Richfield Oil Company, the Stiles O. Clements-designed tower was distinguished by Gladding McBean's black and gold terra cotta decoration including sublime angel figures, and an outlandish erupting neon oil gusher roof sign. Following Nathan's presentation, we will walk to the site of the former Richfield Building and current ARCO Plaza (now City National Plaza). We'll visit the public art installation created from the Richfield's Art Deco elevator doors, and discuss the importance of preserving this exemplar of Meisian Corporate International style, as the current owners contemplate significant "re-imagining" of the towers, something that already has the Cranky Preservationist hopping mad. FREE with RSVP. ---~\textit{Sunday, August 27th}

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%\textbf{The Birth of Noir: James M. Cain's Southern California Nightmare}: Amongst the burgeoning urban sprawl built atop bulldozed orange groves, recent emigre James M.~Cain found a kernel of truth and his voice, which would eventually distill into the American logos. Locations from \textit{Double Indemnity} \& \textit{The Postman Always Rings Twice} include the Glendale Train Station, and Walter Neff's Hollywood apartment.~\textit{Saturday, September 9th}


%\textbf{Hotel Horrors \& Main Street Vice}: The Main Street Vice section is a social history tour celebrating the ribald, racy, raunchy old promenade where the better people simply did not travel, but kicks were had by all who did. The Hotel Horrors section is a true crime and oddities tour featuring some of the wildest, weirdest, goriest and most memorable happenings in historic downtown hotels.~\textit{Saturday, September 16th}


%\textbf{The 1910 Bombing of the Los Angeles Times with Detective Mike Digby}: In this special event bus adventure, part of Esotouric's tenth anniversary celebrations, bomb detective Mike Digby takes us on a scrupulously researched journey through early Los Angeles, bringing one of the nation's most notorious criminal conspiracies to life. The case is a seminal teaching example which Mike has developed as curriculum for arson investigators, and now adapts into this bus tour. Special event, no coupons accepted.~\textit{Saturday, September 23rd}


%\textbf{LAVA Sunday Salon}: Join us as C.C. de Vere, creator of the Frenchtown Confidential blog, shines a light on the long-forgotten Gallic roots of the city of Los Angeles. Did you know that until the 1890s, French was the second most commonly spoken language (after Spanish)? At this month's LAVA Sunday Salon and walking tour, Frenchtown Confidential lives again. Free with RSVP~\textit{Sunday, September 24th}


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%\textbf{Hollywood!} Discover the unwritten history of the sleepy suburb that birthed the American dream factory. From literary lions to criminal masterminds, terror plots to teenage thrill seekers, music mavens to abiding mysteries, the neighborhood is packed to the rim with with fascinating lore and architectural marvels. You won't see the stars' homes or hear about their latest real estate deals, but we'll show you where some colorful% characters breathed their last, got into trouble that defined the rest of their lives and came up with ideas that the world is still talking about.~\textit{Saturday, September 30th}




%\textbf{The Real Black Dahlia}: Our most popular crime bus tour. Follow the footsteps of murder victim Beth Short into the secret hustler's world of downtown in the 1940s, where we ask not just ``who killed her'' but also ``who was she?''~\textit{Saturday, October 7th} %The tour takes us from the human hustle of Main Street to the serene lobby of the Biltmore (the second-to-last place she was seen alive), to the newspaper offices and the Greyhound station where she checked her bags, and concludes at the site where her bisected body was found in Leimert Park and with a little known suspect who lived nearby.~\textit{Saturday, July 15th}

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%\textbf{Echo Park Book Of The Dead}: An historical crime bus tour meant to honor the lost souls who wander the hills and byways of the "streetcar suburbs" (Echo Park, Silver Lake, Elysian Park, Angeleno Heights) that hug Sunset Boulevard. Climb aboard to see seemingly ordinary houses, streets and commercial buildings revealed as the scenes of chilling crimes and mysteries, populated by some of the most fascinating people you'd never want to meet. Featured cases include Edward Hickman's kidnapping of little Marion Parker and the bizarre "Man in the Attic" love nest slaying.---\textit{Saturday, October 14th} %Guests will also see some of the most beautiful historic architecture in Los Angeles, including a visit to Sister Aimee Semple McPherson's exquisite Parsonage, her one-time home, now a museum.---\textit{Saturday, November 21st}


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%\textbf{In A Lonely Place: Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles}: Chandler wrote that the hero must be neither tarnished nor afraid. Join us for a look at the places downtown and in Hollywood where Chandler was both, and by learning to become strong in these broken places, became a successful novelist, screen writer and the alter ego of one of the most enduring literary personas in American Letters.~\textit{Saturday, October 21st}


%\textbf{Wilshire Boulevard Death Trip}: Wilshire Boulevard is an iconic Los Angeles thoroughfare--from its prehistoric origins as a path forged by extinct megafauna to the spectacular Art Deco monuments of the Miracle Mile. It's also ground zero for some deeply strange, only-in-Los Angeles crimes and oddities that played out against the backdrop of the boulevard. Esotouric is proud to present a brand new crime bus tour whose deceptively simple route contains a multitude of mysteries. For cruel plots, divine inspiration, historic preservation, love gone sour, lucky breaks and weird tales, join us on the Wilshire Boulevard Death Trip, a dark day's out among the city's most glittering architectural gems.~\textit{Saturday, October 28th}

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%\textbf{LAVA Sunday Salon}: Please join us as LAVA welcomes Clare Haggarty, the Deputy Director of Collections for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Richard Schave and friends, for a tour of civic art in the Civic Center. We'll begin the afternoon with an illustrated lecture focusing on the rich architectural legacy of Downtown L.A.'s civic center, including the Hall of Administration, Mosk Courthouse \& Hall of Records. After the talk, we'll walk over to the civic center to visit a number of historic and more recent civic artworks, including Alison Saar's ``Embodied'' (Hall of Justice), Frank Ackerman's ``Vietnam Veteran's Memorial'' (Grand Park), Joseph Young's ``Topographic Map'' (Hall of Records) and Malcolm Leland's ceramic screen (Hall of Records). Free with RSVP.

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%\textbf{Weird West Adams}: On this tour through the Beverly Hills of the early 20th Century, passengers thrill to the carjacking horror of silent film starlet Myrtle Gonzalez, marvel at the Krazy Kafitz family and their litany of murder-suicides, attempted husband slayings, Byzantine estate battles and mad bombings. 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. Plus, how locals broke racist housing laws nationwide!~\textit{Saturday, November 4th}


%\textbf{Forensic Science Seminar: From the SLA to DNA}: LAVA- The Los Angeles Visionaries Association, Esotouric and Professor Donald Johnson invite you to the Cal State Los Angeles teaching crime lab for an afternoon's inquiry into the history and practice of forensic science, in support of new research coming out of the Criminalistics Department. authors Brad Schreiber and Mike Digby will present on the fatal shootout between the Los Angeles Police Department and Symbionese Liberation Army on May 18, 1974 along East 54th Street in South Los Angeles, the culmination of a nationwide manhunt for heiress Patricia Hearst, and a watershed in tactical response for law enforcement in Southern California. For her presentation, Beverly Kerr, Supervising Criminalist in the DNA section of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Crime Laboratory, will discuss the recently ajudicated cold case murder of Leslie Karen Long, solved with DNA after almost 40 years.~\textit{Sunday, November 5th}%, in the spirit of his work with students beginning their careers as forensic investigators.

%\textit{http://www.lavatransforms.org/crimelabnovember2017/}

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%\textbf{Eastside Babylon}: Discover fascinating, little-known neighborhoods and the grim memories they hold. Come visit Boyle Heights, where the Night Stalker was captured. Roam the hallowed lawns of Evergreen, L.A.'s oldest cemetery and home of some memorable haunts and strange burials. Explore the ghastly streets of Commerce, where one small neighborhood's myriad crimes will shock and surprise. ~\textit{Saturday, November 11th}



%\textbf{Haunts Of A Dirty Old Man: Charles Bukowski's Los Angeles}: This tour focuses on the writer's great passions: writing, screwing and Los Angeles. We'll take in the canonical locations of his life and myth: the Postal Annex Terminal where he gathered the material for \textit{Post Office}, former east Hollywood apartments, favorite bars and liquor stores, and \textit{Barfly} locations.~\textit{Saturday, November 18th}


%\textbf{Special Event: In Search of Imperial California, Richard's 49th Birthday Bus Tour of Orange and Los Angeles Counties}: Join us for an all-day outing exploring the history, landscape and built environment of Orange and Los Angeles Counties. This is a one-time only bus adventure that will never be repeated. Stops include a jazz age mausoleum in Anaheim, William Pereira's Irvine with our native guide, architect and historian Alan Hess, a collection of restored and relocated early California landmarks (Heritage Hill Historical Park, Lake Forest) and two important Southern California medical and social service institutions (Metropolitan State Hospital, Norwalk and Rancho Los Amigos, Downey). Special Event, no vouchers or discounts accepted.~\textit{Saturday, November 25th}




%\textbf{Pasadena Confidential}: The Crown City masquerades as a calm and refined retreat, where well-bred ladies glide around their perfect bungalows and everyone knows what fork to use first. Dip into the confidential files of old Pasadena, and meet assassins and oddballs, kidnappers and slashers, Satanists and all manner of maniac in a delightful little tour you WON'T find recommended by the better class of people! ~\textit{Saturday, December 2nd}


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%\textbf{Hotel Horrors \& Main Street Vice}: The Main Street Vice section is a social history tour celebrating the ribald, racy, raunchy old promenade where the better people simply did not travel, but kicks were had by all who did. The Hotel Horrors section is a true crime and oddities tour featuring some of the wildest, weirdest, goriest and most memorable happenings in historic downtown hotels.~\textit{Saturday, December 9th}


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%\textbf{The Real Black Dahlia}: Our most popular crime bus tour. Follow the footsteps of murder victim Beth Short into the secret hustler's world of downtown in the 1940s, where we ask not just ``who killed her'' but also ``who was she?'' The tour takes us from the human hustle of Main Street to the serene lobby of the Biltmore (the second-to-last place she was seen alive), to the newspaper offices and the Greyhound station where she checked her bags, and concludes at the site where her bisected body was found in Leimert Park and with a little known suspect who lived nearby.~\textit{Saturday, January 6th} %The tour takes us from the human hustle of Main Street to the serene lobby of the Biltmore (the second-to-last place she was seen alive), to the newspaper offices and the Greyhound station where she checked her bags, and concludes at the site where her bisected body was found in Leimert Park and with a little known suspect who lived nearby.~\textit{Saturday, July 15th}


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%\textbf{In A Lonely Place: Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles}: Chandler wrote that the hero must be neither tarnished nor afraid. Join us for a look at the places downtown and in Hollywood where Chandler was both, and by learning to become strong in these broken places, became a successful novelist, screen writer and the alter ego of one of the most enduring literary personas in American Letters.~\textit{Saturday, January 13th}



%\textbf{The Birth of Noir: James M. Cain's Southern California Nightmare}: Amongst the burgeoning urban sprawl built atop bulldozed orange groves, recent emigre James M.~Cain found a kernel of truth and his voice, which would eventually distill into the American logos. Locations from \textit{Double Indemnity} \& \textit{The Postman Always Rings Twice} include the Glendale Train Station, and Walter Neff's Hollywood apartment.~\textit{Saturday, January 20th}



%\textbf{The Lowdown on Downtown}: Join us on a journey into the rise, fall and revitalization of Downtown Los Angeles, from the controversial public policy decision to depopulate the vibrant Bunker Hill neighborhood with its landmark Victorian mansions to the real story of where all the cheap Downtown housing went. You'll visit great examples of public space, \& zones of repulsion, from the success stories of the Adaptive Reuse Ordinance to secret culture hubs just off the radar. Includes a tour of the Dutch Chocolate Shop! Sold out with waiting list. Runs again April 14th.~\textit{Saturday, January 27th} %, this is a tour delving deep into the secret, evolving history of L.A.'s most fascinating neighborhood.

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\textbf{LAVA Sunday Salon}: Architectural historian Nathan Marsak (LAVA's 2015 Visionary of the Year) will give an illustrated talk tracing how shifting aesthetic dicta from the chieftains of Good Taste morphed the way in which the lost Victorian neighborhood of Bunker Hill appeared and functioned. He will show that while the hill's fabled descent into decrepitude and demolition is often touted as borne of social engineering and political transgressions, much of its history relates to how the arbiters of mores abandoned it as "lowbrow" after its construction. Sunday, Jan. 28th. Free with RSVP


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\textbf{Special Event--Two Days in South LA: The 1974 SLA Shootout}: The Symbionese Liberation Army, an alleged left wing radical group, kidnapped newspaper heiress Patty Hearst in Berkeley in February 1974. Three months later in South Los Angeles, the kidnappers engaged almost 500 law officers in a standoff that was broadcast on national TV, culminating in a shootout and fire in which six members of the group were killed. Brad Schreiber (\textit{Revolution's End}) and Detective Mike Digby take us to four significant SLA locations, revealing the incredible, true story of prison drug experiments, gun-running, undercover agents and the suppressed lover's quarrel that resulted in the most famous kidnapping in US history. Special Event, no vouchers or discounts accepted. ~\textit{Saturday, February 10th}



\textbf{Weird West Adams}: On this tour through the Beverly Hills of the early 20th Century, passengers thrill to the carjacking horror of silent film starlet Myrtle Gonzalez, marvel at the Krazy Kafitz family and their litany of murder-suicides, attempted husband slayings, Byzantine estate battles and mad bombings. 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. Plus, how locals broke racist housing laws nationwide!~\textit{Saturday, February 17th}


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\textbf{Boyle Heights \& Monterey Park: The Hidden Histories of L.A.'s Melting Pot}: On the east side the Los Angeles River, some of the most fascinating Southern California stories are waiting to be told. Join us on a century's social history tour through the transformation of neighborhoods, punctuated with immersive stops to sample the sites, smells and cultures that make our changing city so beguiling.~\textit{Saturday, February 24th} %Voter registration, walkouts, blow-outs, racial covenants, Immigration Acts, xenophobia, and delicious dumplings--all are themes which will be addressed on this lively bus and walking tour.~\textit{Saturday, February 27th} %



\textbf{Eastside Babylon}: Discover fascinating, little-known neighborhoods and the grim memories they hold. Come visit Boyle Heights, where the Night Stalker was captured. Roam the hallowed lawns of Evergreen, L.A.'s oldest cemetery and home of some memorable haunts and strange burials. Explore the ghastly streets of Commerce, where one small neighborhood's myriad crimes will shock and surprise. ~\textit{Saturday, March 3rd}




\textbf{Echo Park Book Of The Dead}: An historical crime bus tour meant to honor the lost souls who wander the hills and byways of the "streetcar suburbs" (Echo Park, Silver Lake, Elysian Park, Angeleno Heights) that hug Sunset Boulevard. Climb aboard to see seemingly ordinary houses, streets and commercial buildings revealed as the scenes of chilling crimes and mysteries, populated by some of the most fascinating people you'd never want to meet.~---\textit{Saturday, March 10th} %Guests will also see some of the most beautiful historic architecture in Los Angeles, including a visit to Sister Aimee Semple McPherson's exquisite Parsonage, her one-time home, now a museum.---\textit{Saturday, November 21st}


\textbf{Forensic Science Seminar: Wrongful Convictions}: LAVA- The Los Angeles Visionaries Association, Esotouric and Professor Donald Johnson invite you to the Cal State Los Angeles teaching crime lab for an afternoon's inquiry into the history and practice of forensic science, in support of new research coming out of the Criminalistics Department. The workshop will be hosted by the California Innocence Project, whose purpose is to identify and overturn wrongful convictions in the State of California. Using case studies by California Innocence Project attorneys, and by Robert Grace and Kenneth Lynch from the Conviction Review Unit of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, will seek to identify the causes and point to remedies of wrongful conviction. Participation from exonerees will help to bring into focus the tremendous personal, social and emotional costs of wrongful conviction for the exonerees and their families. Included in the program will be a presentation by criminalists about DNA evidence and its expanded role in seeking to overturn convictions. ~\textit{Sunday, March 4th}


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\textbf{Special Event - Desert Visionaries 2: Llano del Rio, St. Andrew's Monastery, Angeles Crest Creamery \& Aldous Huxley's Pearblossom Ranch} Explore the Southern California dream as it has manifested through creative residents of the Antelope Valley, and marked by the centennial of the shuttering of the Llano del Rio socialist colony. Tour stops include: Llano del Rio colony ruins, St. Andrew's Monastery, Aldous Huxley's Pearblossom Ranch, and Angeles Crest Creamery, where we'll walk with the goats. Special Event, no vouchers or discounts accepted.---\textit{Saturday, March 17th}




\textbf{Pasadena Confidential}: The Crown City masquerades as a calm and refined retreat, where well-bred ladies glide around their perfect bungalows and everyone knows what fork to use first. Dip into the confidential files of old Pasadena, and meet assassins and oddballs, kidnappers and slashers, Satanists and all manner of maniac in a delightful little tour you WON'T find recommended by the better class of people! ~\textit{Saturday, March 24th}


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\textbf{Hotel Horrors \& Main Street Vice}: The Main Street Vice section is a social history tour celebrating the ribald, racy, raunchy old promenade where the better people simply did not travel, but kicks were had by all who did. The Hotel Horrors section is a true crime and oddities tour featuring some of the wildest, weirdest, goriest and most memorable happenings in historic downtown hotels.~\textit{Saturday, March 31st}