WHAT: LAVA â The Los Angeles Visionary Association presents two days of hidden L.
A. lore, featuring a San Gabriel Mission Archaeological Excavation Tour (Friday, 3/9, 12-2pm, W Main St & S Ramona St.,San Gabriel, CA, 91776) and Esotouric's Weird West Adams Crime Bus Tour (Saturday March 10, 12pm-4pm, departing from Benny H. Potter West Adams Avenues Memorial Park, 2413 2nd Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90018) COST: Archeological Excavation tour is free but space is limited and reservations are required; bus tour is $58/person INFO: http://lavatransforms.org/ace-sgtrenchproject and http://esotouric.com/westadams or call 323-223-2767 LOS ANGELES- On March 9 and 10, LAVA â The Los Angeles Visionaries Association, presents two events celebrating the hidden Los Angeles lore that lies beneath the surface, from newly-revealed Spanish Mission-era artifacts to forgotten tales of true crime and offbeat social history. The fun starts with a free, LAVA-exclusive tour of the ongoing archeological dig opposite the historic San Gabriel Mission and continues with one of Esotouric's popular neighborhood crime bus tours.1) On March 9, make your lunch break a time travel trip back to the Spanish era of Mission life when LAVA visits the archeological dig which is part of the Alameda Corridor East Construction Authority's San Gabriel Trench Project. During the SAN GABRIEL MISSION ARCHEOLOGICAL EXCAVATION TOUR, staff archeologists will discuss the excavation process and share highlights of their discoveries as they uncover the site of the Bishop's Garden, which was first cultivated in the 1780s. The on-site tour should prove to be most interesting, as objects dating back to the late 18th century are being uncovered, providing a rare glimpse of life at the Mission, an intersection of early Spanish development and indigenous settlements. Among the thousands of artifacts found at the site are bits of pottery, the foundation of an adobe structure, shells, beads, remnants of animal bones, 19th century railroad spikes and a Spanish silver coin dated 1816. Will the excavation reveal the location of the Mission's legendary (and possibly imaginary) Treasure Tunnel? Join us to find out!To reserve your spot for this free event, visit http://lavatransforms.org/ace-sgtrenchprojectFor more info about the archeological dig, visit the links belowhttp://www.theaceproject.org/sangabrieltrench.htmhttp://www.archive.org/details/AlamedaCorridorEastConstructionAuthoritysSanGabrielMission2) On March 10, Esotouric, the offbeat bus adventure company that unearths fascinating criminal skeletons from L.A.'s civic closet, offers its occasional neighborhood true crime tour, WEIRD WEST ADAMS. West Adams locals and interested bystanders won't want to miss the chance to hear all the newly-unearthed dirt.ABOUT THE TOUR: On this guided tour through the Beverly Hills of the early 20th Century, Crime Bus passengers thrill as Jazz Age bootleggers run amok, marvel at the Krazy Kafitz family's litany of murder-suicides, attempted husband slayings, Byzantine estate battles and mad bombings, visit the shortest street in Los Angeles (15' long Powers Place, with its magnificent views of the mansions of Alvarado Terrace), discover which fabulous mansion was once transformed into a functioning whiskey factory using every room in the house, and stroll the haunted paths of Rosedale Cemetery, site of notable burials (May K. Rindge, the mother of Malibu) and odd graveside crimes. Featured players include the most famous dwarf in Hollywood, mass suicide ringleader Reverend Jim Jones, wacky millionaires who can't control their automobiles, human mole bank robbers, comically inept fumigators, kids trapped in tar pits, and dozens of other unusual and fascinating denizens of early Los Angeles.There are even 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, as the Crime Bus rolls down the elegant streets of old West Adams, lined with gay mansions, adorable bungalows and signs of a century's decay which only enhance the neighborhood's charm.Passengers on this eye-opening, funny and informative tour will forever see the West Adams district in a new light. It is highly recommended for natives and newcomers alike, crime and history buffs and anyone who likes to seek out the unexpected. For more info about Weird West Adams, visit http://esotouric.com/westadamsUpcoming Esotouric bus tour and LAVA special event schedule Sat Feb 25 - Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles: The Lowdown on DowntownSun Feb 26 - Victorian Los Angeles Part Two (info at lavatransforms.org)Sat March 3 - Hotel Horrors & Main Street Vice crime bus tourSun March 4 - Inside the Mind of the Arsonist (info at lavatransforms.org)Fri March 9 - San Gabriel Mission Archaeological Excavation Tour (info at lavatransforms.org)Sat March 10 - Weird West Adams crime bus tourSat March 17 - Pasadena Confidential crime bus tour (weekend pass available)Sun March 18 - East Side Babylon crime bus tour (weekend pass available)Sat April 7 - Charles Bukowski's Los Angeles (weekend pass available)Sun April 8 â John Fante's Dreams from Bunker Hill (weekend pass available)Sat April 14 - The Real Black Dahlia crime bus tourSat April 21 - Crawling Down Cahuenga: Tom Waits' L.A. Sun April 22 - Open House at the historic Stendahl Galleries (info at lavatransforms.org)Sat April 28 - Maja's Mysteries: Rapture & Release Mon April 30- The LAVA Salon at Musso & Frank featuring John Buntin (info at lavatransforms.org)Sat May 19 - Raymond Chandler's Los AngelesSun May 20 â Blood & Dumplings crime bus tourFor more info on LAVA, visit http://www.lavatransforms.orgFor more info on Esotouric, visit http://www.esotouric.comEsotouric tour hosts Kim Cooper and Richard Schave are available for interviews, and journalists on assignment can often be accommodated on the bus. Members of the press interested in attending the Archeological Dig tour or riding the Esotouric bus should contact Kim at amscrayATgmailDOTcom, 323-223-2767.