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September 7, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Bands change. Bassists leave, to be replaced by others. As Spinal Tap can well attest, drummers vanish, overdose, spontaneously combust. After the genius Who percussionist Keith Moon died, former Faces drummer Kenney Jones, no slouch, tried to fill in. The Rolling Stones haven't toured with Bill Wyman in ages. Dude from Sublime died, but Sublime (with Rome) still tours. The Doors went on the road with Ian Astbury of the Cult as their lead singer, for heaven's sake.  These are challenging events for fans, not to be taken lightly.
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NEWS
January 29, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
Barnyard: Opening on Friday in Venice is the new Barnyard , helmed by Tasting Kitchen alum Jesse Barber. Barber, who also worked at Thomas Keller's French Laundry and Bouchon , succeeds chef Jeremy Fox after he split with the owners this summer. The Pacific Avenue restaurant's menu focuses on local ingredients but skews Mediterranean: olive-oil-poached baby octopus with fresh chickpeas; French fries with harissa and creme fraiche; honey-glazed ribs; clams with white beans and fennel; prawns with olives and romesco; braised sausage and cabbage; kale with sunchokes and marcona almonds; lamb and seared escarole; risotto allo pilota (Italian fried rice)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 2009 | Esmeralda Bermudez
It's the stuff professional bug trappers dream of. As he peered at the first fly trap of the day, Ignacio Velazquez spotted his mottled foe, wriggling frantically under the magnifying lens. "I think I actually found one," said the 13-year veteran of the state's Department of Food and Agriculture, a hint of caution in his voice. "At this point, we'd call it a suspect." With 10,000 traps set statewide and about 200 trappers on the prowl, it was a needle-in-a-haystack discovery for Velazquez, an agriculture technician hunting for crop-destroying psyllids in the fruit-tree-lush neighborhood of Echo Park.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2010 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
Elizabeth Fischbach became obsessed with a dingy little bar named Lupita's tucked into a 1920s-era storefront on Temple Street. It wasn't the lime green walls, dirty pool table or murals of naked women that drew her to the boite. It was a sense of familiarity that she couldn't quite place. When Lupita's closed down and went up for rent last March, Fischbach — who was working as a studio manager for a fashion designer — decided to lease it even though she had never owned a bar. More than a year later, she reopened the bar, where the ragged edges of Filipinotown and Echo Park meet just northwest of downtown L.A., as a minimalist beer and wine hall called 1642.
IMAGE
December 6, 2009 | By Steffie Nelson
Tavin, a colorful gypsy caravan of a shop that opened in Echo Park in July, feels like it was plucked from an old cobblestone street on Paris' Left Bank and transported to Los Angeles. Bird cages, jelly jars and Victorian garments dangle from the ceiling; rustic shelves and cabinets are crammed with books, hats, beaded purses and mirrored textiles; and the walls are a dusky pink plaster whose patina might have come from years of burning candles and incense. An opulent, eclectic collection of vintage and designer clothes hangs from old ballet barres; here, a sequined top ($34)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 28, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
During 50 years of performing, the Rolling Stones have done some peach gigs: They've stood before Hells Angels at Altamont, sold out Wembley Stadium and Madison Square Garden, gigged the Palladium in Hollywood, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium for "The T.A.M.I. Show" and countless rounds at the Forum. Until Saturday night, though, the band had never played Echo Park.   In a surprise gig described early in the set by Stones singer/dancer/showman Mick Jagger as “the first show of our North American tour,” the band played the Echoplex, a basement club with a capacity of 650. In the crowd were friends, family and a few hundred lucky, patient fans who'd won a ticket lottery earlier in the day.  I am a very fortunate Rolling Stones fan, and watched from a peach spot just in front of the sound board as the London band, currently celebrating 50 years as a unit, performed 60 minutes' worth of classic material that focused on their work from the late 1960s through the early '80s, including “Love in Vain,” “Street Fighting Man,” “Respectable” and “Miss You.”   PHOTOS: The Rolling Stones at the Echoplex They did so on an extended stage that cut the Echoplex's dance floor by half, so the Stones gig felt even smaller than those who know the venue might expect.
NEWS
March 4, 1993
Echo Park Lake was stocked with hundreds of rainbow trout last week as part of a California Department of Fish and Game program to provide trout fishing opportunities to city dwellers. Echo Park, one of five urban lakes in the program, received about 400 pounds of trout (between 700 to 800 half-pound fish) from the Fillmore Hatchery in Ventura County, according to hatchery manager Jim Adams. He said that this is the first time the lake has been planted with fish in six years.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 2010 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Victual voyeurism reaches staggering heights at Mooi, the new raw and vegan restaurant that opened two weeks ago in Echo Park's historic Jensen's Rec Center. Order a plate of orange jackfruit chicken over rice and within seconds of the dish's arrival, you'll feel eyes on you. Lots of them. A diner or two might even approach and ask what you're eating. Five or six others, having taken in the contents of your plate with more than a glancing curiosity will then train the cold digital eye of a camera or iPhone on their own meals.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 2014 | By August Brown
Bradley Hanan Carter feared the worst about his future. The New Zealander singer-songwriter had spent much of the 2000s with his rock band, Steriogram, that was on a major label and had a track in an Apple commercial. Since landing in L.A. though, his music career had fallen off. He wondered if he'd have to pack it all in soon. FOR THE RECORD: Echo Park's NO: In the March 8 Calendar section, a profile of the Echo Park band NO said that its record label, Arts & Crafts Records, is based in Montreal.
NEWS
October 3, 2012 | By Jessica Gelt
Echo Park's iconic Brite Spot diner, which has been around for decades, has been given a face-lift that includes a new outdoor dining patio, a new chef and a completely revamped menu. Nightlife queen and designer extraordinaire Dana Hollister (One-Eyed Gypsy, Villains Tavern, Cliff's Edge), who has owned the place for the last eight years, decided it was time to update the space and its food, long popular with the late-night crowd . So she hired chef Darby Aldaco (formerly of Animal )
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