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MediaKitty: Raymond Chandler-themed Bus Tour Explores the Lost LA of Philip Marlowe
Turism&Travel WHAT: Esotouric's “Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles: In A Lonely Place” bus tourWHEN: Saturday, August 11, 2012, 11:30am-3:30pm (tour repeats October 27) WHERE: Tour departs from the Los Angeles Athletic Club, 431 West 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014.

COST: $58/person, includes complementary noir-themed gelato from Scoops MORE INFO: visit http://www.esotouric.com or call 213-373-1947LOS ANGELES- In August (and again in October), Esotouric, the eclectic bus adventure company whose tours reveal L.A.'s secret history, offers a bus tour dedicated to the city's greatest detective novelist, Raymond Chandler, from the downtown streets he roamed as a young oil executive to his uniquely poisonous portrayal of the city's hustlers, heavies and suckers. The tour reveals the secret historic city that still breathes under our modern streets, and offers unexpected insight into the life and work of a beloved writer and his immortal white knight detective hero Philip Marlowe.And just to show that Chandler scholarship continues to evolve 52 years after his death, Esotouric's Raymond Chandler tour features a startling new theory developed through Esotouric's original research. Get on the bus to learn all about the idealistic Los Angeles policeman whose one-man crusade against the evils of his own department is among the most convincing cases for a real life prototype of the Philip Marlowe character ever proposed. And you won't hear about him in any of the Chandler biographies, but only on the Esotouric bus.For more original Raymond Chandler research uncovered by Esotouric, see the blog post “Raymond Chandler and the Creamery” about the criminal happenings the young writer might have witnessed at his first job in Los Angeles, at the link below.http://www.esotouric.com/chandlerandthecreameryAnd in 2011, Esotouric principals Richard Schave and Kim Cooper took a road trip to San Diego to attend the moving Valentine's Day ceremony in which the ashes of Raymond Chandler's wife Cissy (died 1954) were finally placed in his (died 1959) grave, as both had intended. In keeping with their pledge to share interesting Los Angeles lore on their tour bus and online, video and photos from the ceremony have been posted at the Esotouric blog: http://www.esotouric.com/chandlergraveABOUT THE TOUR:RAYMOND CHANDLER'S LOS ANGELES: IN A LONELY PLACE delves deep into a lost city that exists in shadowy parallels to contemporary LA. Bungalows. Crime. Hollywood. Blondes. Vets. Smog. Death. This was Raymond Chandler's city, which resonated from deft and melancholy fits of his writer's bow. Join Esotouric on an exploration of the city that shaped Chandler's fiction, and that in turn shaped his hard-boiled times, in a four hour tour of downtown, Hollywood and surrounding environs: Musso & Frank, Union Station, the Hotel Van Nuys, Paramount Studio's gates, and beyond. Through published work, private correspondence, screenplays and film adaptations, the tour traces Chandler's search for meaning and his anti-hero Philip Marlowe's struggle to not be pigeonholed or give anything less than all he has, which lead them both down the rabbit hole of isolation, depression, and drink.Get on the bus for a revealing time travel journey into the literary history of Los Angeles, and discover the places and people who inspired Raymond Chandler's timeless novels, screenplays and stories. And as a special treat, the tour's complementary snack break features a selection of noir-themed gelato flavors from the creative kitchen of Tai Kim's Scoops, the most interesting and acclaimed ice cream shop in Los Angeles. Scoops doesn't announce the featured flavors in advance, but Chandleresque offerings on past tours have have included Coffee/Jack Daniels, Bacon/Caramel, Guinness/Chocolate and even Nicotine (made with Nicorette gum)!For more info on Esotouric, visit http://www.esotouric.comUpcoming Esotouric bus tour and special event schedule Sat August 4 – Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles: Route 66 (weekend pass available)Sun August 5 – Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles: South LA (weekend pass available)Sat August 11 – Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles Sat August 18 – Haunts of A Dirty Old Man: Charles Bukowski's Los Angeles Sat August 25 – Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles: Boyle Heights & The San Gabriel ValleySat August 26 – Crime lab seminar: Cold A Long Time (info at lavatransforms.org)Sun September 2 – The Flâneur & The City: Broadway walking tour (info at lavatransforms.org)Sat September 8 – Weird West AdamsSat September 15 – Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles: The Lowdown on DowntownSat September 22 – Hotel Horrors & Main Street ViceSat September 29 – The Real Black DahliaSat October 6 – Pasadena Confidential (weekend pass available)Sun October 7 – Eastside Babylon (weekend pass available)Mon October 15- The LAVA Salon at Musso & Frank: Jim Tully: A Hobo in Hollywood (info at lavatransforms.org)Sat October 20 – The Birth of Noir: James M. Cain's Southern California NightmareSat October 27 – Raymond Chandler's Los AngelesEsotouric's Kim Cooper and Richard Schave are proud members of LAVA – The Los Angeles Visionaries Association. http://www.lavatransforms.orgTour host Richard Schave is available for interviews. Journalists and photographers on assignment can often be accommodated on Esotouric bus tours. Contact Kim at amscray@gmail.com, 323-223-2767.  
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