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April 28, 2013 |
“The best bar band ever,” one woman gushed, as she and hundreds of other lucky fans emerged from the Echoplex nightclub Saturday night. She was referring, of course, to the Rolling Stones. The legendary British rockers played a surprise “warm up” gig at the tiny Echo Park club before officially launching their “50 and Counting Tour,” which begins at the Staples Center on Friday. The club show was announced earlier Saturday via Twitter with a few hundred tickets selling for a mere $20. Throughout the evening, strains of such Stones classics as “Street Fighting Man” and “Jumping Jack Flash” could be heard outside the Sunset Boulevard venue.
July 8, 1999 |
Before there was Hollywood, there was Echo Park--or, as it was known at the time, Edendale. Early movie studios, including the Selig Co. and the Sennett-Keystone, had their "lots" on Glendale Boulevard, north of Sunset Boulevard. The Keystone Kops silent comedies were filmed in the area's streets. Tom Mix used its then-rural hills for early westerns. The studios are long gone, but Echo Park still contains lots of local history.
April 25, 2013 |
A girl with a guitar, a roommate without a job and a drummer with a crush make up the boho trio at the center of "The Crumbles," writer-director Akira Boch's low-key multiethnic rock 'n' roll doodle about the ups and downs of Echo Park artistic strivers. Darla (Katie Hipol) works at a bookstore and dreams of rock glory, so when flighty keyboardist friend Elisa (Teresa Michelle Lee) crashes on her couch after a bad breakup, the pair start the titular band. That's about it, really, save for Elisa's party-hearty flakiness irritating Darla, flirtations between the gals and Jeff Torres' lanky, sad-eyed drummer, and occasional visits with the neighbors making a microbudget sci-fi movie.
October 7, 2001 |
You've got to promise not to tell anyone," says Vic. His voice drops to a conspiratorial hush. "There's a fossilized whalebone on Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park." Vic, a local artist (and a fossil in his own right as the son of old-line Lefties), has visions of corporate entrepreneurs transforming his quirky neighborhood into a paleo theme park.
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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.
December 21, 2008 |
If you live in Echo Park, your new neighborhood general store stocks "provisions" such as a Jielde pink fluorescent desk lamp ($430) and Krista jewelry made from recycled fur ($150 to $300) rather than bags of flour or pick axes. The idea behind Mohawk General Store, owned by Kevin Carney and his wife, Bo, is to supply basics to an arty enclave -- clothing, furnishings and art, along with shoes by Carney, who designs footwear for the Generic Man and showcases his designs here.
September 29, 2012 |
Every Friday and Saturday night when concerts at the Echo or Echoplex let out, streams of drunken rockers stagger to Echo Park's iconic diner, the Brite Spot. There, the calorie count of any given dish (including the vegan nachos) often proves higher than the late-night patrons. Night-life queen and designer extraordinaire Dana Hollister (One-Eyed Gypsy, Villains Tavern) has owned the Brite Spot for the last eight years and has long admired the place's ability to sober up even the most turgid drunk, but she has long wanted to serve something better than what hipsters affectionately call "drunk food.
August 24, 2012 |
When last year's Sunset Junction festival in Silver Lake fell apart because of long-standing permit troubles, several nightclubs and business owners in neighboring Echo Park cobbled a last-minute replacement event that they called Echo Park Rising. This year, they had the luxury of actually planning for the fest. "It has been easier this year," said Liz Garo, the talent buyer for the Echo and Echoplex, who helped organize the event. "Last year, we threw it together and the next thing we knew it was actually happening.
May 13, 2010 |
The sizzle of bacon. The crunch of an apple. The mellifluous sound of ... cheese? Unlike other foods, cheese is generally not thought of as noisy, but on Sunday an Echo Park art group will be taking Angelenos through the process of making cheese, from cows to curds, using the sounds of cheese as a guide. By recording natural sounds from each stage of the process and combining the sounds with music, L.A. art collective Machine Project has created an unusual backdrop for a cheese-tasting and lecture by a Northern California cheese-maker.
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March 9, 2012 |
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals did a few things right when it opened its new West Coast headquarters in Echo Park last month. First, PETA spent $7.4 million buying and renovating its 82-year-old building, equipping it with such eco-industrial flourishes as a restored Art Deco facade, exposed ducts, vintage glass casement windows and cork flooring. Next, the animal rights group brought in 60 jobs - mostly transfers from its main office in Norfolk, Va. - but some local hires as well.