If you think “Everything’s Up To Date in Culver City!” (apologies to Oscar Hammerstein), wait till you experience Charles Phoenix’s “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 Bob’s Big Boy Broiler and other midcentury suburban wonders. Meet at Bob’s 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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