Much like how an aging (and even not-so-aging) actor rearranges his bones to maintain the illusion of youth, Hollywood’s only cemetery underwent a big makeover when it changed owners in 1998, including a name upgrade from Hollywood Memorial Park to the presumably dreamier and more glamorous Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Ever since, the old graveyard has been a fairly lively place with concerts and film screenings, but the Hollywood Goes Underground walking tour digs deeper into the place’s distant past. Presented by Art Deco Society of L.A., the tour delves into the lives and deaths of Rudolph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks and Marion Davies and such historical figures as Griffith J. Griffith, who shot his wife but still got a park named after him, and Harvey Wilcox, whose wife, Daeida, dubbed the new neighborhood Hollywood but only got Wilcox Avenue named for him.
The tour departs from the parking lot behind the Cathedral Mausoleum at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood; Sun., Oct. 13, 9 a.m.; $20. (323) 469-1181, adsla.org/info/node/602.