March 1, 2012

LAVA – The Los Angeles Visionaries Association

”[LAVA is] a network of creative types and thinkers working to grow Los Angeles up.” – The New York Post. “LAVA gathers creative people in search of a different experience of life in Los Angeles.” – Flavorpill. “LAVA always flows with red-hot nuggets of LA life.” -The Rundown

Gentle reader,

Welcome to the LAVA dispatch, an invitation to get out into the open air and explore. The real Los Angeles reveals itself slowly, and rewards the ernest seeker.

This week we’d like to pull your sleeve to Sunday’s serial arson-themed seminar in the Cal State LA crime lab. This benefit for the Criminalistics Department graduate department is nearly sold out, but there are still a few spots left for curious LAVA-ites. Also just added to the calendar, a June 3 crime lab seminar on the topic of murderous photographers. Read all about both events at the links below:

http://www.lavatransforms.org/crimelabmarch4
http://lavatransforms.org/crimelabjune3

Now read on for the LAVA news you can use.

EVENT CALENDAR
Here are some brief highlights from LAVA’s calendar – visit http:// lavatransforms.org for full details and new additions. We hope you can join us for some of these Visionary-hosted events.

Noir California: The Masters of 20th Century Crime Fiction

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm

A panel of experts discuss 20th century crime fiction in California. Denise Hamilton (editor, L.A. NOIR) leads a conversation between Julie M. Rivett (Dashiell Hammett scholar & granddaughter,...

Pasadena Central Library
285 E. Walnut Street
Pasadena 91101

(626) 744-4066

Kim Cooper

South L.A. Road Trip: Hot Rods, Adobes, Googie & Early Modernism

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 11:30am - 3:30pm

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-...

The Daily Dose
1820 Industrial
Los Angeles 90021

213-373-1947

Kim Cooper

Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles

Sat, 08/09/2014 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Bungalows. Crime. Hollywood. Blondes. Vets. Smog. Death. This was Raymond Chandler’s Los Angeles, which resonated under deft and melancholy fits from his writer’s bow. Join us as we go down the mean...

The Daily Dose
1820 Industrial St
Los Angeles 90021

213-373-1947

Richard Schave

Boyle Heights & The San Gabriel Valley: The Hidden Histories of L.A.'s Melting Pot

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

  Press clips: Los Angeles Times feature article on this tour. * * * On the east side the Los Angeles River, some of the most fascinating Southern California stories are waiting...

The Daily Dose Cafe
1820 Industrial St
Los Angeles 90021

213-373-1947

Richard Schave

Charles Bukowski's Birthday Open Mic Celebration

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Happy Birthday Charles Bukowski! Please join us for a Poetry Party and Buk's Open Mic! Gatsby Books is a literary hub in Northeast Long Beach.  Owner Sean Moor invites you to come and visit....

Gatbsy Books
5535 East Spring Street
Long Beach 90808

Joan Jobe Smith

The Lowdown on Downtown

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

This is NOT a tour about beautiful buildings--although beautiful buildings will be all around you. This is NOT a tour about brilliant architects--although we will gaze upon their works and marvel....

The Daily Dose
1820 Industrial St
Los Angeles 90021

213-373-1973

Richard Schave

LAVA's 39th Sunday Salon

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Join LAVA for our revived free monthly Sunday Salon series. We return to South Broadway, to the mezzanine of Les Noces du Figaro, which was recently opened by the family behind ...

Les Noces du Figaro
618 S Broadway
Los Angeles 90014

(213) 915-8687

Richard Schave

The Flâneur & The City: Broadway On My Mind walking tour #12

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 2:30pm - 4:00pm

To sign up for this free event: First register as a user on this site, or login, and then return to this page. Refresh the page and the signup tab will appear just to the left, above this paragraph....

Les Noces du Figaro
618 S Broadway
Los Angeles 90014

213 915 8687

Richard Schave

Hotel Horrors & Main Street Vice crime bus tour

Sat, 09/06/2014 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

From the founding of the city through the 1940s, downtown was the true center of Los Angeles, a lively, densely populated, exciting and sometimes dangerous place. After many quiet decades, downtown...

The Daily Dose
1820 Industrial St
Los Angeles 90021

213-373-1973

Kim Cooper

Weird West Adams crime bus tour

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

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,...

Benny H. Potter West Adams Avenues Memorial Park
2413 2nd Avenue
Los Angeles 90018

213-373-1947

Kim Cooper

East Side Babylon crime bus tour

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Go East, Young Crime Fiend! For years, the devoted and demented crime historians of Esotouric have been stockpiling hideous 20th century crime tales from the east side of the Los Angeles River, and...

The Daily Dose
1820 Industrial St
Los Angeles 90021

213-373-1947

Kim Cooper

Pasadena Confidential crime bus tour

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

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. But don't be fooled by appearances....

street corner
1017 South Fair Oaks
South Pasadena 91105

213-373-1947

Kim Cooper

Echo Park Book Of The Dead crime bus tour

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

New from the deranged minds of Esotouric, 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,...

The Daily Dose
1820 Industrial St
Los Angeles 90021

213-373-1947

Kim Cooper

Don't Turn Your Back: Real L.A. Murders from the Dawn of Forensic Science

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

To purchase a ticket for this special event, click here. If you'd like to be contacted when another crime lab tour and lecture are scheduled, subscribe to LAVA's occasional Crime Lab Newsletter...

The Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center (Cal State L.A.)
1800 Paseo Rancho Castilla
Los Angeles 90032

213 915 8687

Donald Johnson