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Take a Private Los Angeles Tour to Pasadena
Do you love books? Authors, writing, performance, being outdoors on a nice Pasadena day? Then you do not want to miss the second annual LitFest Pasadena arriving on Saturday, May 11th beginning at 10:00 a.m. Unlike the humongous nearby book festivals that Los Angeles is famous for, this one is intimate and manageable and offers literary and imaginative attractions for your entire family. You can talk easily to local authors, see any and all panels and workshops, get your gourmet lunch and snacks quickly and easily, know the kids will be entertained and excited and it is easy to get there and park. Of course there will be publishers and booksellers manning booths of books but there will also be plenty of booksignings with authors. It is the day before Mothers Day so here is your chance to pick up the perfect reading material for mom. Expect music, theater and marionettes to compel your attention, too! We will making a stop there for our more literary-minded guests on their private Los Angeles tour. There is as much to see and do in Pasadena as Beverly Hills and Hollywood for those inclined to think beyond the Kardashians and Honey Boo-Boo.
For all of you who really love insider tales of Hollywood from the past through the present, Sally van Slyke, a former Universal Studio publicity executive, has written a keen-eyed collection of tales of entertainment industry figures you know that will leave you laughing and cringing — sometimes at the same time.
Our entire staff is genuinely interested in stories about movie and television making and look forward to reading tell-all stories that name names and provide locations (we are a Los Angeles luxury sightseeing company, after all). This book is now going around the office and fueling story telling on many of our private luxury tours around Hollywood and Beverly Hills.
Sally was riding the whirlwind (what many of us have referred to as “living the dream”) when, for example, The Last Temptation of Christ was being marketed to a public caught up in the religious controversy arising from the content of the film. No matter the awards collected by the novel nor the reverence held for the director, Martin Scorcese, a good Catholic. Sally and others had to live with bodyguards for months as a result of death threats.
Robert Redford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Don Johnson, Joan Collins (pictured at left with Sally) Tom Cruise and Oliver Stone are just a small sample of the subjects of Sally’s recollections, many of them harsh and unflattering — in other words, truthful. You will certainly be surprised and shocked by her stories. That’s what you want from a good Hollywood insider story.
Sally left the industry some time ago and now has a flourishing catering business in northern California (thus the wordplay in her book’s title).
We hope you are building a lovely Hollywood library from our book recommendations and that Wild Thymes soon graces your bookshelf.
Even as a luxury private tour provider, and regularly around Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Bel Air, we are always asked where to go to see celebrities. Of course we can provide answers depending on who is asking and whom they are asking about. However, we are now carrying Susan Zechter’s two new guides (Celebrity Hot Spots) with us in our vehicles so we can answer with authority. One for restaurants, one for bars and clubs, the guides are well organized and fun to read. We recommend them both either for personal consumption or to share with your friends and out-of-town guests.
As for us, while we might visit Dash, the Kardashian boutique in Calabasas if requested by our guests, we prefer to drop them at a nice restaurant or bar after their tour where, even if their favorite movie star is not dining there, we know they will have a terrific meal and an entertaining experience.
Our favorite? The Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel. There is ALWAYS a familiar face there.