“Crawling Down Cahuenga: Tom Waits' L.A.” is Esotouric's exhaustive triptych of all the places the singer-songwriter hung his hat and his head over the decades he existed on the fringes of the greater Los Angeles area. Hosts David Smay (who wrote a fairly well-received book about Swordfishtrombones in 2007 in the 33⅓ series of rock album meditations) and Esotouric's Kim Cooper lead the way through the threadbare milestones in Waits' oeuvre. Fighting with Nicky Beat at the Troubadour and inciting a punk riot! Dazzling David Geffen and being signed to Asylum Records and promptly shunning the singer-songwriters of the Canyons! Posing with Cassandra “Elvira” Peterson while she got her bazonks out as a stripper on the cover of the Small Change LP! You'll even see that fateful site where Waits met Kathleen Brennan, his savior and true love for the past few decades, which is the point of this whole magical misery tour, really: transformation and redemption, since Waits changed from a wino to whatever wonderful, multicolored, unearthly spirit he is now. The Daily Dose, 1820 Industrial St., Ste. #260, dwntwn.; Sat., April 20, noon; $63. (213) 915-8687, esotouric.com.

Sat., April 20, noon, 2013

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