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August 25, 2011
Sunset Junction — the beloved (and controversial) Silver Lake street festival — is back with its bevy of street food, carnival rides and entertainment, including a hot lineup of local and national musical acts including the Melvins, the Dum Dum Girls, Shadow Shadow Shade, 400 Blows, Hanson and KD Lang. Sunset and Santa Monica boulevards, Silver Lake. Sat. and Sun. $25. http://www.sunsetjunction.org.
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November 21, 2013 | By Jason La
Eric Beteille captured this colorful image at the corner of Silver Lake and Sunset boulevards on Nov. 13. His impression is that the intersection is becoming a cultural bookend for the neighborhood similar to nearby Sunset Junction. Beteille used a Nikon D700.  Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery .  Follow us on Twitter  or visit  latimes.com/socalmoments  for more on this photo series.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 2002 | NATALIE NICHOLS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The 22nd annual two-day Sunset Junction street fair opened Saturday with its usual fascinating intersection of the cultures and subcultures inhabiting Silver Lake, Los Feliz and Echo Park. Live music on three stages along Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake not only provided an appropriately diverse soundtrack but also made for a major summer happening as an overflowing crowd gathered for the night-closing set from New York rockers Sonic Youth.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Neil Young turned up in Los Angeles on Wednesday night at a hilltop mansion in Silver Lake that hosted the annual benefit concert for the Silverlake Conservatory music school, the event spearheaded by Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, singer Anthony Kiedis and which also featured a performance by the Chili Peppers. An audience of about 600 paid a minimum of $2,000 apiece to be in on the intimate performance and take part in a silent auction of donated works of art by luminaries who included Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari, Shepard Fairey, Raymond Pettibon, filmmaker Gus Van Sant, musician-actor John Lurie and several others.
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August 24, 2009 | Todd Martens and Scott T. Sterling
Over the course of its 29-year history, Silver Lake's two-day Sunset Junction street fair has evolved from a locals-only neighborhood gathering into a citywide hipster happening, one that can attract major headliners such as this year's critically acclaimed folk-rocker Conor Oberst. Still, Scott Rodarte of the band Ollin said Saturday that there are continued benefits to being a local, albeit one with a guitar. Had the East L.A. six-piece not been on the bill, Rodarte said, he and his fellow musicians would have shown up with instruments and become "sneakers-in," avoiding the $20 entrance fee by pretending to be a part of the lineup.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 2011 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
Three decades ago, before the vegan cafes, hipster boutiques and fair-trade smoothie bar came to Silver Lake, a group of neighbors launched a little street fair. Their hope was to smooth tensions between the neighborhood's burgeoning gay population and the middle-class Latino families that had long called the area home. The Sunset Junction festival grew large, then larger, a symbol of the waves of gentrification that would follow. Eventually it expanded to become one of the city's best-known music festivals, with $25-a-day tickets, several blocks of street closures and big-name musical acts that draw more than 30,000 revelers each August.
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August 24, 1998 | SARA SCRIBNER
As the summer sun beat down, denizens of Silver Lake and beyond gathered Saturday for the 18th annual Sunset Junction Street Fair, a two-day festival that generally lures some of the weirdest and wildest music acts around. On the first day of the weekend event, the most obvious theme was sheer variety: from radical Latino rap group Aztlan Underground to blues mama Mickey Champion, from punk vixen Texas Terri to jazz-pop crooner Phoebe Snow.
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May 21, 1987 | LARRY GORDON, Times Staff Writer
After skipping a year because of liability insurance problems, the Sunset Junction Street Fair will be back on Silver Lake streets this weekend. It will be smaller than the 1985 festival but three days long instead of the traditional two. Organizers predict 300,000 people will attend. The fair, founded to promote understanding between homosexuals and other area residents, was an annual event from 1980 to 1985.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 8, 1987 | CHRIS WILLMAN
The Sunset Junction Festival--three days' worth of eclectic music scheduled for Saturday through Monday in a Hollywood parking lot--came to an unexpected end when police arrested two festival employees and confiscated the sound equipment after Sunday's concert, forcing the cancellation of Monday's show. After rocker Billy Zoom's closing set ended at 11 p.m.
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August 6, 1992 | SOMINI SENGUPTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In 1980, 15-year-old gang member David (Cricket) De La Riva was skeptical when he heard about a street fair that was supposed to bring together Latino youths and gay and lesbian residents of Silver Lake. But he couldn't help being curious, so he volunteered as a security monitor. This summer,the 27-year-old De La Riva is one of the head security guards for the Sunset Junction Street Fair on Saturday and Sunday.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2013 | By August Brown
The popular annual Make Music Pasadena festival has hosted such headliners as Best Coast, Zola Jesus and Grimes. Bands like that don't come for free, even when the festival does. So as the festival grows (last year, it drew 25,000 fans), organizers are trying new ways to recoup costs. For the 2013 edition, they're crowdfunding with a slate of prize packages for fans willing to pony up for a free festival -- scheduled for June 1 this year -- in advance. The gifts range from a digital shout-out of your generosity on the fest's website to signed records and shirts up through total VIP access at all stages.
NEWS
February 11, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
You might have noticed the Neapolitan puppet, Pulcinella, painted on the wall at the corner of Silver Lake and Sunset boulevards next to Rudy's Barbershop. It's the mascot for Seattle-based Caffé Vita Coffee Roasting Co., which opened its first Los Angeles cafe in Silver Lake today. Give it up for yet more caffeine along the Eastside stretch of Sunset, including Intellgentsia at Sunset Junction and the months-old Taza in Echo Park (you might miss the latter if you're driving along Sunset and blink after Happy Tom's Burgers)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 24, 2012 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 2012
EVENTS The young Echo Park Rising festival — cobbled together in the wake of Sunset Junction's demise — features top-shelf locals No, Black Apples, Gothic Tropic, Hands and Dante Vs. Zombies among its many attractions in its second year. Various times and venues in Echo Park, Sat. Free. echoparkrising.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 2011 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
"Thanks to that guy from Sunset Junction for not paying his bills, because otherwise, we wouldn't be here," Matt Henderson, lead singer of Manhattan Murder Mystery, said Saturday from the backyard stage of a riotous Silver Lake house party equipped with a makeshift bar, a whole-hog roast and a large baby pool. The crowd of 100 or so cheered, and Henderson passed around a plastic bottle of whiskey. They had reason to celebrate, since just days before, Manhattan Murder Mystery was one of nearly 100 bands and DJs out of luck after the 3-decade-old street festival was canceled just days before it was scheduled to start this weekend.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 25, 2011
Sunset Junction — the beloved (and controversial) Silver Lake street festival — is back with its bevy of street food, carnival rides and entertainment, including a hot lineup of local and national musical acts including the Melvins, the Dum Dum Girls, Shadow Shadow Shade, 400 Blows, Hanson and KD Lang. Sunset and Santa Monica boulevards, Silver Lake. Sat. and Sun. $25. http://www.sunsetjunction.org.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 2011 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Bands and DJs were booked, food vendors lined up and thousands of tickets presold. But Los Angeles officials Wednesday pulled the plug on the Sunset Junction Street Fair, days before one of the city's oldest and most popular music festivals was scheduled to begin, in a dispute over $260,000 in unpaid fees. It was the most aggressive stand yet in the city's effort to get tough on the people and organizations who owe money to cash-strapped City Hall. The city loses millions of dollars in uncollected debts owed by everyone from community groups to people who don't pay parking tickets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2011 | By Alexandra Zavis and August Brown, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles city officials voted Monday to deny operating permits for this weekend's Sunset Junction festival, a decision that could mean the cancellation of one of the city's best known music events for the first time in three decades. Members of the Board of Public Works voted 3-1 to deny the application from the Sunset Junction Neighborhood Alliance, citing nearly $400,000 in unpaid fees for the 2011 and 2010 festivals. But they left open the possibility that they might reconsider the decision at their next meeting Wednesday if organizers can raise the nearly $142,000 owed for this year.
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