Tune in to Episode Ten of the Esotouric podcast as we talk with Gale Banks, holder of many land speed racing records, about Harvey’s Broiler in Downey, custom car culture and the evolution of California’s creative engine. We’ll also talk with Jackie Miller, who is the curator of Sister Aimee Semple McPherson’s Parsonage and Heritage Center on Echo Park Lake, the evangelist’s former home and headquarters in the 1920s & 30s.

All this, plus cultural musings on the Pershing Square Advisory Board Meetings, the Union Station Master Plan Summary Update, a behind the scenes peek at the elevator service room at the Oviatt, a visit to the King Eddy Saloon, and our upcoming monthly Sunday Salon as Kim & Richard usher in the week of March 25th, 2013.

Closely Watched Trains & URLs for Podcast

The Parsonage of Aimee Semple McPherson

Gale Banks’ Banks Power website.

History of Harvey’s Broiler.

Tom Wolfe’s The Pump House Gang, including “The Hair Boys.”

Union Station Master Plan, March 2013 status report (PDF document).

jessica Gelt visits the revamped King Eddy Saloon.
The Oviatt Building elevator mechanism in action.

LAVA Literary Salon— A Dashiell Hammett Evening, April 27th

Upcoming April Crimelab

April 14th Architecture Tour of Neff Estate in La Mirada