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  • 2008-01-25T12:30:00Z on PBS
  • 30 mins
  • 8 hours, 30 mins
  • United States
  • Documentary

The "VISITING" series takes us to the many diverse neighborhoods of Southern California, and introduces us to the people who live there. "VISITING" has captured the spirit of the Southland with episodes ranging from a look at how menudo is made to the celebration surrounding the rededication of Angeles Flight.

LA Times critic Howard Rosenberg calls Huell's style, "Intimate,magnificently unslick, utterly charming, and absolutely irresistible." Viewers agree, and VISITING With HUELL HOWSER continues to be one of the most popular programs on KCET - PBS Los Angeles.

17 episodes

16x01 Polka Restaurant

  • Season Premiere

    2008-01-25T12:30:00Z — 30 mins

Huell joins Albert and Katherine Dabrowski, who are the owners of an amazing restaurant in Glassell Park specializing in Polish food. It’s called Polka and not only is the food delicious and authentic, but the atmosphere of this place which is located in an obscure mini-mall is warm and friendly and very welcoming. Trust me, this program is gonna be one of your favorites!

16x02 Galco's

  • 2008-02-03T12:30:00Z — 30 mins

Huell first met John Nese -- aka the "King of Pop" -- back in 2000 when he did a program about the 250-plus vintage soda pops he sold in the store. In this special update, we'll discover that the store's inventory of vintage sodas has not only doubled in size, but now also includes classic candy bars. The real joy of the story, however, is finding out how his family has changed and grown since the first visit.

16x03 Calligraphy

  • 2008-02-24T12:30:00Z — 30 mins

A visit to the annual Society for Calligraphy, Southern California Conference: “Letters California Style”. The Society for Calligraphy, Southern California, is a non-profit educational organization which promotes the study, teaching and practice of calligraphy and related disciplines. It also encourages the exchange of ideas through speakers, program meetings, workshops, its journal and bulletin, the annual retreat and regional groups.

16x04 Pita Bread

  • 2008-04-17T11:30:00Z — 30 mins

It all started at Huell’s local dry cleaner and a sandwich made with Pita Bread. He wanted to learn more about this wonderful flat bread that you see so often. He visits a Pita Bread factory to learn all about the art of making this ancient food and ends up at a restaurant where he is treated to feast that is all based around Pita Bread. It’s a delicious adventure.

16x05 Toilets

  • 2008-05-04T11:30:00Z — 30 mins

From its humble beginnings in 1945, family owned Acorn Engineering has turned into one of the largest manufacturers of stainless steel plumbing fixtures for the commercial, architectural, industrial, correctional, institutional and residential sectors. Huell discovers that toilets and fixtures that were originally made for prisons have turned into the height of architectural design.

16x06 Helen's Wall

  • 2008-06-03T11:30:00Z — 30 mins

It has been over 60 years since California artist Helen Lundeberg got a grant for her "History of Transportation" mural from the WPA. Time has not been kind... till now. Join PBS host Huell Howser as he covers the 7 year process of taking this huge 240+ feet long mural down for a complete conservation, restoration and reinstallation.It is literally a trip back in time!

16x07 Coffee

  • 2008-06-14T11:30:00Z — 30 mins

Huell visits LA Mill in Silver Lake for a look at L.A.'s newest coffee craze.

16x08 Belly Dance

  • 2008-06-25T11:30:00Z — 30 mins

Huell spends the day at the Glendale Civic Auditorium at the RAQS L.A. Carnival of Belly dance. Belly dancing has grown to be one of the most popular forms of exercise in the country, with gyms and small schools offering classes all over the U.S. and the world. This two-day celebration is jam packed with workshops, performances, and vendors selling all kinds of belly dance related items. It’s quit an education!

16x09 Bug Fair

  • 2008-07-14T11:30:00Z — 30 mins

Huell visits the Los Angeles Natural History Museum as it crawls with bugs at the 22nd Annual Bug Fair – North America’s largest. We explore the world of insects and their arthropod relatives. There are live spiders and scorpions, and collections of butterflies and even bats. Over 60 vendors were on hand with books, entomological equipment and supplies, artwork, toys, clothing and more. It’s a creepy crawly day!

16x10 Silver Lake Reservoir

  • 2008-08-06T11:30:00Z — 30 mins

The Silver Lake Reservoir has been a beautiful, historic, and important part of the L.A. landscape since it opened back in May of 1906. Tens of thousands of people see it every day. They drive by it, they walk or jog around it, or they gaze out on it from their houses.Over a six month period, Huell got to know the reservoir much more intimately than he’d ever imagined, the L.A. Dept. of Water & Power made a decision to completely drain the 795 million gallons of water in the reservoir because of a build up of bromate. We ended up following the entire process from start to finish, including a hike down to the bottom of the completely drained -- and bone dry -- reservoir!

16x11 Unique Landmarks

  • 2008-08-27T11:30:00Z — 30 mins

Join Huell for this L.A. adventure as he uncovers two remarkable, but little known treasures. First its a stop at the site of the first Koyasan Temple for the ceremony to designate the Aoyama Tree as a Los Angeles Landmark.Then Huell stops in at beautiful Franklin Canyon park in the middle of Los Angeles, only to find that it really is the alleged "Center of Los Angeles" itself.

16x12 Soundwalk

  • 2008-09-03T11:30:00Z — 30 mins

Huell travels to Long Beach and takes a tour of SoundWalk, an annual art show of indoor and outdoor sound-art installations.

16x13 Stan's Doughnuts

  • 2008-10-10T11:30:00Z — 30 mins

For almost 40 years, Stan's Corner Doughnut Shop of Westwood, California, has baked the world's most gourmet donuts, from a Cinnamon Chocolate Cheese Danish, to an Apple Fritter, to a Reese's Peanut Butter Pocket with fresh banana. Stan's offers donuts you will find nowhere else in the world. Huell spends the morning doing “research” at this Los Angeles landmark.

16x14 Persian Festival of Fire

  • 2008-10-18T11:30:00Z — 30 mins

Huell attends events in Southern California connected with the Iranian New Year's celebration.

16x15 Animal Acres

  • 2008-10-25T11:30:00Z — 30 mins

A visit with actress Shelley Morrison (Rosario, Karen’s maid on “Will & Grace”) to Animal Acres, a facility caring for neglected and abused farm animals, in Acton.

16x16 Survivors

  • 2008-11-07T12:30:00Z — 30 mins

Huell visits The Apple Pan in West L.A. and Clifton’s Cafeteria in Downtown L.A. These two Los Angeles restaurants have not only survived, but have become iconic without having to cut corners or compromise their standards.

16x17 Subway Terminal Update

  • 2008-11-17T12:30:00Z — 30 mins

Huell revisits the Red Car Tunnels under Los Angeles and the tunnel entrance at Belmont Station.