JUST SOUTH OF UPPY . . .
If you think Everythings Up To Date in Culver City! (apologies to Oscar Hammerstein), wait till you experience Charles Phoenixs Up with Downey Tour. Mr. Phoenix, who has turned scrounging for old family slides into a fruitful career, focuses his attention to the land that gave us of the first McDonalds, the Carpenters and the Blasters. The bus and walking tour includes stops at Downey Historical Society Museum and a meeting with Miss Downey, along with the rebuilt Googie carhop coffee shop Bobs Big Boy Broiler and other midcentury suburban wonders. Meet at Bobs Big Boy Broiler, 7447 Firestone Blvd., Downey; Sat., March 27, 12 p.m.; $75, includes bus and museum admission; comfortable walking shoes recommended; charlesphoenix.com/tours. Libby Molyneaux
Sat., March 27, noon, 2010
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