CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 2009 |
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.
May 21, 2010 |
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.
April 28, 2013 |
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.
December 6, 2009 |
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)
September 7, 2013 |
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.
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.
June 7, 2010 |
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.
August 4, 2012 |
To understand Red Hill, Jason Michaud and Trevor Rocco's newish place in a converted Chinese bakery just north of Sunset, you could do worse than to look at the bread-and-butter plate, a once-free nicety that has evolved into an item of competition in L.A.'s new surge of small-plates restaurants. Red Hill's bread is dense and multigrained, a slightly refined version of the loaves your mother may have baked if you grew up in a household with the Moosewood cookbook on the shelves. The pale gob of butter tastes freshly churned from sweet cream.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2009 |
Thousands of people, some of whom had camped out overnight, stood in line outside the L.A. Dream Center in Echo Park on Saturday to receive a free bag of groceries and a 12-pound turkey for Thanksgiving. "It's a blessing in this time of need," said Lenthon Clark, 58, who is disabled and recently underwent cancer treatment. "Every little thing you get is a big help." One elderly woman traveled in her electric wheelchair nearly a mile to the center and began to cry when she arrived late and saw that the giveaway was closing down.
June 6, 1993 |
Echo Park is a historical area with roots that go back a century. There are people of all races, income levels and educational backgrounds--which is a microcosm of what every city in America should be. Echo Park 2000 was proposed at a community meeting that was held in response to last year's riots. We wanted to form an organization to define what kind of community we wanted to have and protect.