http://www.esotouric.com/ The wife and I were invited along for what is now the second tour I've taken with the kind folks of Esotouric. They specialize in 1940's flavored tours of the city, and today we went on their West Side Chandler tour. It was, as the first one was, an absolute blast, and really quite educational.
But, as great as the tour was, there was just no way it could top our trip to what is probably the absolute coolest place in all of Los Angeles.
It's what is known as a Cabinet of Curiosities. A bizarre collection of scientific oddities, artistic accomplishments, historical artifacts, and just plain bizarre shit. It's literally like stumbling through the brain of a schizophrenic. From sculptures in the eyes of needles to Ricky Jays' collection of decaying dice it's really just one of the most bizarre, inspiring, and down right interesting places I've ever been. Add to that, I've been trying to put together a book about a Cabinet of Curiosity for the past few years, and you can figure out why I reacted so strongly.
Anyways, it's a downright necessity for any visit to Los Angeles.