Esotouric’s got you covered


Swamped with work today but wanted to share this latest from the folks at Esotouric:

Face it, all this talk of financial panic has harshed your mellow, chafed your hide and other pithy phrases expressing general malaise. Let your pals at Esotouric drop a little spark of hope into the darkness with this, our weekly email, in which we are giving away ten (!!) seats on the RAYMOND CHANDLER’S BAY CITY tour, announcing the launch of a fabulous new blog from our secret weapon JOAN “RED” RENNER and reminding you that tomorrow night our free floating salon THE HIPPODROME rolls around the Downtown LA Art Walk with some incredible performers. So buck up, bucko, and read on for all the
delights of the day.

Read on for the list – including something extra special on MY BIRTHDAY (Oct 25th) —

1) THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9: Join us on the Hippodrome floating salon and free
shuttle bus at the Downtown LA Art Walk. Featured performers include PROF.
WES WEASELY offering interactive theremin instruction, LUCAS GONZE with
acoustic tunes trashpicked from the dustbin of American history, folk rock
in the spirit of Nick Drake and Elliott Smith from Minneapolis
singer-songwriter BRAD SENNE, tarot card readings by PAULA BROUSSARD and
ZELLA GRANT, comic magic from ERIK TAIT, sweet and silly tunes from THE
UKULADY, magic by RAUL and MIKE THE POET rockin’ poems about L.A. authors
and the city’s underground. Info at http://www.esotouric.com/hippodrome

2) SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11: Seats on the RAYMOND CHANDLER’S LOS ANGELES tour
departing from Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena are now available direct from
the store. Last time they hosted the tour honoring L.A.’s greatest detective
novelist, it sold out, so call (626) 449-5320 to reserve your spot soon.
This is the Hollywood/Downtown Chandler tour, and every passenger will
receive a discount coupon to use on an upcoming bus adventure, including the
second October Chandler tour, just below.

3) On SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, we offer the RAYMOND CHANDLER’S BAY CITY tour,
exploring the writer’s life and work on the west side. Want to win one of
the ten free seats? Just email me your name, phone number and email address
by Sunday October 19 and you might luck out when we randomly draw names on
Monday morning. In this very special edition, Richard will present our new
and never before published theory about the forgotten real-life
corruption-fighting Los Angeles cop who we believe was the inspiration for
Philip Marlowe. Chandler fiends, you won’t wanna miss the big reveal! More
info http://esotouric.com/chandlerpage or read all about it in the
Palisadian-Post http://www.palisadespost.com/content/index.cfm?Story_ID=4318

4) SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25: Once a year, we let good taste go by the wayside
when CRIMEBO THE CLOWN PRESENTS HALLOWEEN HORRORS, our only BYOBB (bring
your own barf bag) tour where no kids are allowed. Get on the bus for a
Hallowe’en-themed excursion into the darkest, weirdest and most unexpected
crimes from our freaky files, and some truly special surprises, including a
very creepy guest, filmmaker Jeremy Kasten (“The Wizard of Gore”) sharing
some of his favorite cinematic horror scenes.
http://esotouric.com/halloween-10-25-08

5) NOIR NOVEMBER: Enjoy a grim month’s tours celebrating the shadows beneath
the blazing SoCal sun with a special offer. Buy a Noir November sampler
ticket and ride three of the five bus adventures for the discount price of
just $135 (choose from The Real Black Dahlia, The Birth of Noir, Wild Wild
West Side, Hotel Horrors/ Main Street Vice and on Thanksgiving weekend,
Blood & Dumplings). We can also make pretty customized gift certificates for
this series, or for any event, on request.
http://www.esotouric.com/noirnovembersampler

6) Here’s what you missed on last Saturday’s extraordinary Erik Davis-hosted
tour of VISIONARY HOLLYWOOD, which spanned the city’s mystic wonders and
included a spin around the most beautiful bathroom in town, Sister Aimee
Semple McPherson’s.
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7) Most of you who’ve gotten on the bus have “followed the redhead” into
some astonishing local environment. Now our own Joan Renner is very pleased
to announce the launch of her new blog, VINTAGE POWDER ROOM, a celebration
of the social history behind her incredible collection of vintage cosmetic
packages. Tune in to see gorgeous, seldom-seen commercial artifacts and
Joan’s intriguing musings on the their place in our world at
http://vintagepowderroom.com/