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Beverly Hills, California

Beverly Hills Obscura

You don’t have to be rich to live in Beverly Hills, but you do have to be weird.

Beverly Hills is known the world over as a city of wealth, prestige, and extravagance. But scratch just below the surface... and you'll find one of the most diverse, historic, and authentically bizarre communities anywhere.

This January, join Field Agent Adam Papagan for an alternative look at America’s strangest small town. Nestled within the city limits we'll explore exotic flora, architectural oddities, and a revolving cast of eccentric residents—plus the fast cars, trendy boutiques, and multi-million dollar homes that give the neighborhood its international reputation.

Adam Papagan is an artist, comedian, and talk show host from Los Angeles, California. His past projects include immersive video installations, collaborations with outsider musician David Liebe Hart, and a tour of the sites made famous by the 1995 O.J. Simpson murder trial. He also hosts There's a Place on and Inside Outside on KCHUNG Radio. A native of Los Angeles, Adam enjoys sharing his unique take on the city with others. 


  • Meet in front of the giant Beverly Hills sign in Beverly Gardens Park, located on Santa Monica Blvd between N. Beverly Dr. and N. Cannon Dr.
  • Suggested parking: Park in one of the three split-level parking structures located off Santa Monica Blvd roughly between Rodeo and Beverly. It's metered parking but you can stay for up to 3 hours.
  • This is a fast-paced, two-mile walking tour. Please dress for the weather.
  • No public bathrooms until the end of the tour. Please come prepared.



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