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  • 4 places in L.A. to find great Mexican hot chocolate

    4 places in L.A. to find great Mexican hot chocolate

    There’s hot chocolate, and then there’s chocolate Mexicano, a whole different beast. Mexican hot chocolate is lower on the sweet scale, less rich than European or American styles, infused with cinnamon and chile, and frothy to the brim.    Chocolate has always mesmerized us — the Oltecs called...

  • 7 great places for food lovers in Echo Park

    7 great places for food lovers in Echo Park

    Diversity is just part of the fabric of Echo Park, the Hispanic/hipster neighborhood just minutes from downtown Los Angeles. Its center is the junction of Echo Park Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard, but you can now find shops and restaurants strung along both those streets in either direction. Now...

  • The flat white, or how to order a cup of coffee like Russell Crowe

    The flat white, or how to order a cup of coffee like Russell Crowe

    The flat white -- that espresso-and-milk drink that is as ubiquitous to Antipodean culture as meat pies and Lamingtons -- is having something of a moment in Los Angeles. You can, with increasing frequency, find it on the menu boards at specialty coffee shops around the city, from Coffee + Food...

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  • Winsome, the new restaurant at the Elysian in Echo Park, opens Monday
    Winsome, the new restaurant at the Elysian in Echo Park, opens Monday

    Winsome, the new restaurant at the Elysian in Echo Park, the Metropolitan-Water-District-turned-apartment-building that towers above Sunset Boulevard just west of Chinatown, is scheduled to open Monday. Restaurant owners Marc Rose and Med Abrous, the duo behind the Spare Room, are hoping Winsome...

  • One shot and gravely wounded in Echo Park dispute
    One shot and gravely wounded in Echo Park dispute

    A dispute that might have been between neighbors led to a shooting Wednesday night in Echo Park that left one person gravely injured, police said.

    The person was shot about 8:30 p.m. in the 500 block of North Benton Way, near the 101 Freeway, said Officer Tony Im of the Los Angeles Police Department.

    ...

  • 2015 in review: How income inequality pervades the L.A. landscape
    2015 in review: How income inequality pervades the L.A. landscape

    Doris Tillman of South Los Angeles had lost her husband, her job and her water service, so she did what people do here in a gilded metropolis that throws curses at people on the fringes — she adapted.

    When I think back on the year 2015, I'll conjure up an image of Tillman at 71, bending into a...

  • Scott Disick keeping up with NBA star Russell Westbrook
    Scott Disick keeping up with NBA star Russell Westbrook

    In an off-court pass of sorts, reality television personality Scott Disick has sold a contemporary-style home in the Beverly Crest area to Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook for $4.65 million outside the Multiple Listing Service.

    Disick bought the residence, rebuilt and expanded by the...

  • Datebook: African disguise at the Fowler, primitive futures at Subliminal and an arty sports bar in Echo Park
    Datebook: African disguise at the Fowler, primitive futures at Subliminal and an arty sports bar in Echo Park

    A dance pays tribute to the movement of black women. An exhibit looks at the art of disguise. And an art gallery transforms into a sports bar — complete with video art about sports. Plus: weird fetish dolls, a series of moving self-portraits and contemporary art that looks to the future with traditional...

  • Mayor Eric Garcetti lists Echo Park post-and-beam for $1.65 million
    Mayor Eric Garcetti lists Echo Park post-and-beam for $1.65 million

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and his wife, Amy Wakeland, have put their Midcentury Modern-style home in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles on the market for $1.65 million.

    Designed by Daniel L. Dworsky and since renovated by Scrafano Architects, the 1953 post-and-beam sits on about half an acre...

  • Hot Property | Eric Garcetti
    Hot Property | Eric Garcetti

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti listed the updated Midcentury Modern-style home in Echo Park for sale at $1.65 million.

  • How much house does $500,000 buy in Los Angeles County?
    How much house does $500,000 buy in Los Angeles County?

    The median price for single-family homes in Los Angeles County, based on more than 4,800 sales, was $510,000 in October, according to CoreLogic. But how much house does half a million dollars buy? Here’s a sample of homes for sale at about that price around the L.A. area.

    ECHO PARK: Set back from...

  • Restaurants and bars open for Thanksgiving, plus where to pick up the essentials to go
    Restaurants and bars open for Thanksgiving, plus where to pick up the essentials to go

    Thanksgiving is a cook's holiday. But if you're not feeling the whole I'm-going-to-spend-all-Thanksgiving-and-the-night-before-in-the-kitchen thing, here are some places that are open Thanksgiving Day, and some restaurants and bakeries preparing all the essentials to order ahead and enjoy at home. 

    ...

  • Three new craft beer destinations to visit this weekend
    Three new craft beer destinations to visit this weekend

    Tired of your usual craft beer haunts? You’re in luck, as this weekend sees three hotly anticipated destinations open — plus an anniversary party.

    What’s up? Arcade games, cult-favorite snacks, more craft beer retail offerings and an all-new brewery and tasting room for one of L.A.’s oldest breweries. 

    ...

  • Datebook: Art that skewers the art world, an installation about dance, abstractions of L.A.
    Datebook: Art that skewers the art world, an installation about dance, abstractions of L.A.

    A two-part exhibition complete with driving tour. Examining the psychology of the art world through Twitter. And an exhibition that explores the nature of dance. Plus: abstractions of L.A., art from Cuba and a daylong art party on Grand Avenue. Here are seven shows not to miss — along with one...

  • First public meeting to pick a new L.A. schools chief is small but gets lively
    First public meeting to pick a new L.A. schools chief is small but gets lively

    The nation’s second-largest school district invited the public Monday to talk about what they want in a leader, but only about two dozen people showed up.

    The meeting took place in the auditorium at Roybal Learning Center just west of downtown, the first of many gatherings scheduled by the Los...

  • Intimidated by all the hard-core Spinners? There's a class for you.
    Intimidated by all the hard-core Spinners? There's a class for you.

    With plenty of classes priced at $25 to $30 each, Spinning has become something of an elusive — and elitist — trend. Studio owner Ruben Martinez is trying to change that at his affordable new Sunset Bike House in East Hollywood. "I wanted to open a studio from a different perspective," he says....

  • 4 spots to howl at the moon during Sunday's lunar eclipse
    4 spots to howl at the moon during Sunday's lunar eclipse

    To get a good look at the supermoon and total lunar eclipse Sunday evening, find a dark place to watch.

    If you don't know where to go, the Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority can lead the way. The agency is hosting free night hikes Sunday in Malibu, Beverly Hills,  West Hills and even...

  • Home of the Day: Angelino Heights original retains its classic Victorian style
    Home of the Day: Angelino Heights original retains its classic Victorian style

    A steeply pitched, gabled roof and a wide front porch lend a classic look to this Victorian-style home in the Angelino Heights district of Echo Park. Built in 1901, the vintage of the home, rumored to be the work of Arthur B. Benton, is evidenced in its detailed woodwork, hardware and decorative...

  • Home of the Day: Angelino Heights original retains its classic Victorian style
    Home of the Day: Angelino Heights original retains its classic Victorian style

    Built in 1901, this Victorian-style sits among a row of historic homes in the Angelino Heights area of Echo Park.

  • Starry Kitchen is back. This time, with crispy tofu balls and arcade games
    Starry Kitchen is back. This time, with crispy tofu balls and arcade games

    Starry Kitchen, the pop-up restaurant known for its crispy tofu balls, chile crab and co-owner Nguyen Tran's banana costume, is back. And this time, there will be arcade games — and beer.  

    The restaurant will be operating out of Button Mash, a new bar/arcade project in a strip mall in Echo Park,...

  • Ditch the car and the backyard: 5 lessons from 4 L.A. architects about L.A.'s future
    Ditch the car and the backyard: 5 lessons from 4 L.A. architects about L.A.'s future

    Walk through the current exhibit at the Architecture + Design Museum in downtown Los Angeles and you will find some wild visions of a future L.A.

    A concept design by wHY Architecture proposes a pair of slim, sci-fi structures that would occupy two lanes of Wilshire, complete with elevated parks and...

  • Oakland-based Esqueleto opens new showroom in Echo Park
    Oakland-based Esqueleto opens new showroom in Echo Park

    More than jewelry sparkles at the new Esqueleto showroom in Echo Park.

    Located on a popular stretch of Sunset Boulevard near Dodger Stadium, the second boutique from Oakland-based jewelry designer Lauren Wolf is a wonderful complement to the small boutiques, barber shops and vintage stores that...

  • Get ready for the biggest beer weekend of the summer
    Get ready for the biggest beer weekend of the summer

    Summer was made for drinking beer — or maybe beer was made to drink during summer. Either way, with the dog days of August nearly upon us, the time for sipping on craft suds is nigh. And there’s one weekend in particular with some of the year’s best beer events on tap.

    Friday, Aug. 7 — Brew at...

  • One dead, five injured in Echo Park fire
    One dead, five injured in Echo Park fire

    One person died and four others were injured in an Echo Park house fire Saturday morning, authorities said. A firefighter also suffered minor injuries.

    The fire was reported at 8:20 a.m. in the 800 block of North Alvarado Street in a single-story house with an attic that had been converted to living...

  • 100-year-old Echo Park church damaged in fire that may have been arson
    100-year-old Echo Park church damaged in fire that may have been arson

    A 100-year-old building in Echo Park that served as a home for mostly ethnic religious groups was nearly destroyed in an early-morning fire that was intentionally set, officials said.

    Forerunners for Christ church had been hosting church services and religious groups at the building in the 1600...

  • Barbara Bestor's 18-unit Blackbirds: Architectural high density living in Echo Park
    Barbara Bestor's 18-unit Blackbirds: Architectural high density living in Echo Park

    As developer Casey Lynch leads a tour of the new 18-unit Blackbirds housing project in Echo Park, he stops in the central courtyard for a moment.

    "We call it a living street," he says, taking it in. "It feels good to be out here."

    Blackbirds, named for the image of a community of birds resting...

  • 'Small-lot homes' aim to drive down prices, but critics say they just drive up density
    'Small-lot homes' aim to drive down prices, but critics say they just drive up density

    The Small Lot Subdivision Ordinance was designed by the city of Los Angeles in 2005 as a way to increase density in urban areas, lower the price of single-family homes and boost homeownership.

    Architect Barbara Bestor says density is an imperative for urban living. "The question is more about how...

  • L.A. lawmakers vote to reinstate ban on park and beach vending
    L.A. lawmakers vote to reinstate ban on park and beach vending

    In recent years, people who hawked ice cream or hot dogs, taught yoga or shilled other goods and services in Los Angeles parks were effectively in the clear.Selling their wares on city sidewalks was banned. But the city had suspended similar rules prohibiting vending in parks and beaches when the...

  • Business allies cool to Garcetti's minimum wage plan
    Business allies cool to Garcetti's minimum wage plan

    Atwater Village businessman Luis Lopez used to be a big fan of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

    Lopez, who owns an auto repair shop on Fletcher Drive, gave $100 to Garcetti's 2013 campaign for mayor. He spread the word about Garcetti's candidacy on the Facebook page of the local Chamber of Commerce,...

  • Dognappers pose as LAPD officers to steal pet in Echo Park
    Dognappers pose as LAPD officers to steal pet in Echo Park

    A pair of dognappers posed as Los Angeles police officers and stole a man’s dog in Echo Park, police said Thursday.

    Police are now looking for the impersonators, who they fear may continue their ruse targeting dog owners.

    Dressed in green uniforms, the dognappers knocked on the front door of a...

  • Ostrich Farm ups Echo Park's dining scene with pork 'ossobuco,' if not ostrich
    Ostrich Farm ups Echo Park's dining scene with pork 'ossobuco,' if not ostrich

    Name of restaurant: Ostrich Farm,  after a bygone railway that traveled the nearby hills and ravines to Griffith Park. (No ostrich on the menu.)

    Chef/owner:  Jaime Turrey — formerly a server and cook at several San Francisco restaurants and the monsieur behind the Monsieur Egg one-man oeufs-and-pastries...

  • Metro bus driver wounded by gunfire in Echo Park; one man arrested
    Metro bus driver wounded by gunfire in Echo Park; one man arrested

    A man was taken into custody late Sunday evening, hours after a bullet struck a Metro bus in Echo Park, wounding the driver, authorities said.

    The bus was near Coronado Street and Bellevue Avenue about 2:50 p.m. when the driver heard a "popping noise" and a bullet pierced the windshield, Metro...

  • Bob Baker Marionette Theater gets boost from 'NCIS: Los Angeles'
    Bob Baker Marionette Theater gets boost from 'NCIS: Los Angeles'

    When Joe Sachs set out to write episode No. 139 of one of broadcast television's top-rated scripted shows, "NCIS: Los Angeles," he asked himself: How do you merge a story about 21st century technology with marionettes from the 1950s and '60s?

    The episode will air Monday night, and a good bit of...

  • A shift in gang tactics means drive-bys are giving way to walk-ups, observers say
    A shift in gang tactics means drive-bys are giving way to walk-ups, observers say

    A high-profile shooting can taint a gang's business dealings, so the certainty of a walk-up may be preferred to a drive-by.

  • After 31 years in Echo Park, victims of displacement by gentrification
    After 31 years in Echo Park, victims of displacement by gentrification

    Jose and Ana Sanchez ran for their lives during El Salvador's civil war, resettled in Los Angeles and joined the working class.

    They landed minimum-wage jobs in the garment district, then started Ana's Ice Cream, motoring through the city to peddle frozen treats. Together, they brought in just...

  • Smoke shop shooting spawns police pursuit; 3 people in custody
    Smoke shop shooting spawns police pursuit; 3 people in custody

    A shooting at an Echo Park smoke shop Tuesday evening left one person injured and spawned a half-hour police pursuit that ended with three people in custody and officers searching for a fourth connected with the incident, authorities said.

    Just before 5:50 p.m., a shooting occurred at smoke shop...

  • This crowd gets emotional: It's emo night Taking Back Tuesday
    This crowd gets emotional: It's emo night Taking Back Tuesday

    On a Tuesday night in February, the line to get into the Echoplex stretched all the way down Glendale Boulevard. Hundreds of mid-20s to early-30-somethings waited with huge grins on their faces, ready to hear the music that changed their young lives. Once inside, they crowd-surfed, moshed and hoisted...

  • Relocated marker in Echo Park salutes Mack Sennett's first film studio
    Relocated marker in Echo Park salutes Mack Sennett's first film studio

    Searching out key locations in Los Angeles' history often requires a vivid imagination. You have to squint to try to mute the modern-day reality, to conjure buildings that once stood but now are gone.

    So it helped a bit that some of those who came out Thursday to celebrate one of the city's first...

  • Horticulturist Nance Klehm plans to show the way on foraging
    Horticulturist Nance Klehm plans to show the way on foraging

    A fifth-generation horticulturalist, Nance Klehm has always been attuned to the great outdoors. "I grew up on 500 acres of rural northwest Illinois. We had an orientation to land, animals and plants as part of our world. It's never been something I've been separated from," says Klehm, who is also...

  • At Echo Park center, only the length of screenings is predictable
    At Echo Park center, only the length of screenings is predictable

    Kurt Comstock stood in the small movie theater, about to debut his latest film to an audience of friends and strangers.

    The 53-year-old inventor, who likes to experiment with eco-friendly film processing, started by saying that he'd recently made a film about horses and then developed it — successfully...

  • Datebook: The art of Riot Grrrl, L.A. Zine Fest and Friday the 13th
    Datebook: The art of Riot Grrrl, L.A. Zine Fest and Friday the 13th

    There's a show of all things Riot Grrrl, as well as a series of manipulated New York Times covers going on view in Orange County. Farther north, in balmy Los Angeles, we've got sculptures of mountaintops, vintage typewriters, the L.A. Zine Fest plus PowerPoints in honor of Friday the 13th. It's...

  • Franklin, Granada Hills tie for first in academic Super Quiz
    Franklin, Granada Hills tie for first in academic Super Quiz

    Granada Hills Charter High School and Franklin High tied for first place in the Super Quiz portion of the Los Angeles Unified School District's annual Academic Decathlon, officials said Sunday.

    The two teams each earned an unofficial score of 65 points in this year's "battle of the brains" contest...

  • Home of the Day: The '70s are alive and well in Echo Park
    Home of the Day: The '70s are alive and well in Echo Park

    A kaleidoscope of color sets the tone for this funky pad in Echo Park, which tips its cap to a bygone era with a collection of shag carpeting, boomerang formica and period furniture. Topping the '70s throwback is an obscured rooftop deck with a hot tub, set off by tree-top views.

    Location: 2120...

  • Home of the Day: The '70s are alive and well in Echo Park
    Home of the Day: The '70s are alive and well in Echo Park

    Bright colors, shag carpeting and formica are among the features at this funky pad in Echo Park.

  • More homeless camps are appearing beyond downtown L.A.'s skid row
    More homeless camps are appearing beyond downtown L.A.'s skid row

    Evicted four months ago from their Highland Park apartment, Louis Morales and his 18-year-old stepson, Arthur Valenzuela, live half-hidden by brush along the nearby Arroyo Seco riverbed.

    Morales, 49, keeps a framed bible verse and a stuffed monkey in his tent. Water hauled by bike from a park heats...

  • Datebook: Vintage car design, objects of desire, flight of the bumblebee
    Datebook: Vintage car design, objects of desire, flight of the bumblebee

    There is a little bit of everything going on in Los Angeles this week — from a historic exhibition about the arduous process of ending slavery in the United States to a design show that brings together illustrations from the golden age of the American automobile. In between, there are shows devoted...

  • After-school literacy tutoring program is a big assist to youngsters

    On a recent weekday in the back of the Time Travel Mart in Echo Park, about 40 students were diligently doing their homework, reading and writing. Some were sitting one-on-one with tutors; others were working in groups or tiptoeing to grab a book from an expansive bookshelf.

    Among them was Brandon...

  • Echo Park landmark Jensen's Recreation Center sold
    Echo Park landmark Jensen's Recreation Center sold

    Jensen’s Recreation Center, a 1920s landmark in the heart of Echo Park, has sold for $15 million.

    Vista Investment Group, a Los Angeles real estate investment firm, bought the three-story brick building at 1706 Sunset Blvd. and vowed to spruce it up.

    The 50,000-square-foot brick structure near...

  • Cold Specks surveys the ages during confident Echo set
    Cold Specks surveys the ages during confident Echo set

    After she'd worked her microphone for the duration of an assured, memorable set at the Echo in Echo Park, the artist known as Cold Specks ditched the amplifier altogether for the final stanza of her encore. 

    In a rendition of a traditional ballad called "Old Stepstone," the singer, who goes by...

  • Datebook: Hallucinatory Satterwhite, Albuquerque in Antarctica
    Datebook: Hallucinatory Satterwhite, Albuquerque in Antarctica

    Striking street images from the Prague Spring, the surreal virtual worlds generated by an artist and his mother, photography that blurs the line between fact and fiction, and a talk by a prominent Guatemalan performance artist on art in our heady political age. There’s lots going on in Greater...

  • 'Sequel' poster exhibition imagines movie follow-ups that never were
    'Sequel' poster exhibition imagines movie follow-ups that never were

    Given the rate at which Hollywood cranks out sequels, prequels, remakes, reboots and spinoffs, it's almost surprising that there are still beloved films that have never gotten the follow-up treatment.

    Now a new poster exhibition in Los Angeles is here to pick up the slack, and to raise a few questions...

  • Future of Bob Baker's puppet theater, once an L.A. icon, is uncertain
    Future of Bob Baker's puppet theater, once an L.A. icon, is uncertain

    The boxy white building with weathered paint in Echo Park offers few clues that colorful, fanciful puppets dance inside.

    For more than half a century, the Bob Baker Marionette Theater has entertained children, as it did on a recent Friday when small boys and girls ignored their parents' smartphones...

  • Datebook: Mushroom clouds, FBI files, land art and lots of photography
    Datebook: Mushroom clouds, FBI files, land art and lots of photography

    Photographers who documented landscape, street scenes and the San Fernando Valley’s pornography industry, plus an exhibition that brings together L.A. and Latin America, abstractions made with books, and a show about the artistic interventions of an Italian architect. Also, a 1976 work of video...

  • Ramps to 2 Freeway in Echo Park closed after report of grenade

    Motorists trying to exit the 2 Freeway in Echo Park were trapped in their cars for more than 2-1/2 hours Saturday morning after police received a report of a possible explosive near the freeway entrance.

    A Caltrans crew found an object resembling a grenade at 8:20 a.m. while cleaning an area near...

  • Fight over skateboard leads to fatal stabbing in Echo Park, police say
    Fight over skateboard leads to fatal stabbing in Echo Park, police say

    A man in his 20s was stabbed to death in the Echo Park area late Friday in a fight that began over a skateboard, police said.

    The confrontation occurred about 11:30 p.m. in the 1500 block of Sunset Boulevard when the victim was approached by three men, also in their 20s, said Officer Nuria Vanegas...

  • Free Wi-Fi comes to six parks around Los Angeles
    Free Wi-Fi comes to six parks around Los Angeles

    Free Wi-Fi is now available to visitors at six parks throughout the city.

    Park-goers will be able to connect their laptops, tablets and e-readers to public Wi-Fi networks at Cabrillo Beach, Echo Park Lake, Griffith Observatory, Pershing Square, Reseda Park and Venice Beach.

    The city's Department...

  • 90 years of the Culver Hotel, Ikea Crayfish Party, Irregular Wine Tasting
    90 years of the Culver Hotel, Ikea Crayfish Party, Irregular Wine Tasting

    On Sept. 6, the Culver Hotel in Culver City will celebrate its 90th birthday. Designed by Curlett & Beelman, also responsible for Art Deco buildings including the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and downtown’s Eastern Columbia, the Culver was once an entertainment mecca, most famously the home to nearly...

  • Datebook: Punk design, Tokyo photos, paintings by Marsden Hartley
    Datebook: Punk design, Tokyo photos, paintings by Marsden Hartley

    The European years of a key American artist at LACMA, Japanese photography at the Getty, and an assortment of summer group shows that touch on everything from light to L.A. to rock 'n' roll. It’s happening all over our sun-baked metropolis:

    "Marsden Hartley: The German Paintings 1913-1915," at...

  • Datebook: Fresh performances, art of the explicit and prison drawings
    Datebook: Fresh performances, art of the explicit and prison drawings

    Performance, performance and more performance: at REDCAT, in Chinatown, at the Downtown Public Library. That's what the weekend is shaping up to be about in big, bad L.A. But there are also interesting group shows around town, one of which may be explict (or not). Plus, an intriguing collection...

  • Man shot outside Burger King in Echo Park; gunman remains at large
    Man shot outside Burger King in Echo Park; gunman remains at large

    Los Angeles police are looking for a gunman who shot a man outside a Burger King in Echo Park on Tuesday morning.

    The shooting was reported shortly before 8:30 a.m. at Reservoir Street and Glendale Boulevard, LAPD officials said. A person reported hearing a gunshot then found a man wounded on the...

  • Lotus flowers, festival make their return to Echo Park Lake
    Lotus flowers, festival make their return to Echo Park Lake

    The blossoms are back.

    That was the theme Saturday at the 34th Lotus Festival held at Echo Park Lake under a sunny sky. Thousands wandered the park with plates of noodles and rice, stopping to watch dance troupes and martial arts demonstrations and pose for photos in front of a pond resplendent...

  • Mohawk Bend celebrates Sriracha's deliverance
    Mohawk Bend celebrates Sriracha's deliverance

    How can anyone forget the chaos and pandemonium that was the threatened Huy Fong Foods Sriracha ban, or “SrirachaGate 2014” as many have dubbed it? There was a hurricane of emotions ravaging hot sauce fans when they thought the condiment might go on hiatus, but the crisis was averted.

    In celebration...

  • Datebook: Japanese tattoos, kimono and an African American collection
    Datebook: Japanese tattoos, kimono and an African American collection

    The Fourth of July is upon us (not to mention the last week or so of the World Cup), which means the next few days will likely be filled with hot dogs, beer and illegal fireworks. But that doesn't mean that the artsies aren't doing their thing. We've got Japanese tattoos, modern kimono, whimsical...

  • Moment of Friday: Justin Weitzel picks Kurigami's dancing elephant
    Moment of Friday: Justin Weitzel picks Kurigami's dancing elephant

    Justin Weitzel has spent a lot of time on YouTube. The Highland Park-based artist once worked for an Internet start-up where he regularly sifted the Web to find intriguing music, culture, sports and other videos to showcase on the company's site. 

    It comes as no surprise, then, that he would organize...

  • Datebook: Steve McQueen, Allora & Calzadilla and L.A.'s new gallery
    Datebook: Steve McQueen, Allora & Calzadilla and L.A.'s new gallery

    Artist-selected Internet videos, the debut performance of Allora & Calzadilla in L.A., video from artist and director Steve McQueen and artist books and cookies! It's a delicious week in L.A., with lots to do:

    Steve McQueen, "Drumroll," at MOCA Pacific Design Center. Several works by the video...

  • Innovators: Designer Brendan Ravenhill
    Innovators: Designer Brendan Ravenhill

    The omnipresent designer -- he has done restaurant interiors, licensed accessories for West Elm and Areaware and has a show of new lighting at Fifth Floor Gallery -- takes us inside his Echo Park studio.

  • Some 101 Freeway ramps are closing nightly for the rest of June
    Some 101 Freeway ramps are closing nightly for the rest of June

    Five onramps and offramps on the 101 Freeway between North Broadway and Lankershim Boulevard will be closed nightly through the end of June as workers replace bridge rails on overpasses.

    The California Department of Transportation said the following ramps will be closed Sundays through Fridays...

  • Mimi Lipson on her debut collection, 'The Cloud of Unknowing'
    Mimi Lipson on her debut collection, 'The Cloud of Unknowing'

    On Friday night at Stories in Echo Park, Mimi Lipson will take the mike to read from her debut short story collection, "The Cloud of Unknowing," published by the small independent Yeti Publishing. Lipson, who lives in Kingston, N.Y., put together the book tour herself and will be joined by her...

  • Los Angeles Design Festival kicks off with tours and party Friday
    Los Angeles Design Festival kicks off with tours and party Friday

    Design fans will want to take the afternoon off Friday as the Los Angeles Design Festival offers the first of its three "Design Hooky" self-guided tour days, part of a two-week-long celebration of design in Los Angeles.

    The June 13 tours are based in Silver Lake, Echo Park and Koreatown. Bestor...

  • @HiddenCash strikes again, this time leaving money in Echo Park
    @HiddenCash strikes again, this time leaving money in Echo Park

    The now-prolific Tweeter and mystery donor known as @HiddenCash made more money drops Friday evening in Echo Park after a day filled with Angelenos searching for his dollar-filled envelopes.

    It was unclear how much money was found in all Friday evening, but @HECTOROFFICIAL Tweeted: "Thank you to...

  • Allumette restaurant in Echo Park to close in June
    Allumette restaurant in Echo Park to close in June

    Allumette restaurant in Echo Park, where 26-year-old chef Miles Thompson executed his enthusiastically-received tasting menus, unexpectedly announced that it would close at the end of June. 

    Allumette recently was named one of Jonathan Gold's 101 Best Restaurants, in which Gold said: "In his scant...

  • Mac-and-cheese beignets at Glazed, Gracias Madre tequila dinner, Mohawk Bend series
    Mac-and-cheese beignets at Glazed, Gracias Madre tequila dinner, Mohawk Bend series

    Glazed Donut Bistro in West Hollywood has introduced two new doughnut flavors to the menu, including mac-and-cheese beignets and donut French toast. The mac-and-cheese beignets are made with the restaurant's New Orleans beignets filled with housemade mac and cheese ($7). Each order comes with a...

  • Body of woman found floating in Echo Park Lake
    Body of woman found floating in Echo Park Lake

    A woman's body was discovered floating in Echo Park Lake on Saturday morning, officials said. 

    Authorities were called to the 700 block of Echo Park Avenue about 7:30 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Firefighters pulled the woman out of the water and pronounced her dead at the...

  • L.A. restaurants and bars cope with 'The Great Lime Crisis of 2014'
    L.A. restaurants and bars cope with 'The Great Lime Crisis of 2014'

    On a typical Friday night, Gracias Madre, the new vegan Mexican restaurant in West Hollywood, sells about 600 of its signature La Purista margaritas, made with reposado tequila, agave nectar, house-made orange bitters and freshly pressed lime juice. 

    "It's not a margarita without lime juice," chef...

  • Echo Park's NO rides the shifting landscape of rock in L.A.
    Echo Park's NO rides the shifting landscape of rock in L.A.

    NO deals with the changing terrain of rock in L.A. head-on, celebrating its debut album 'El Prado' and kicking off a tour at the Troubadour.

  • 9 great breakfast sandwiches plus one killer burrito to try now
    9 great breakfast sandwiches plus one killer burrito to try now

    A perfectly balanced breakfast sandwich the size of your head goes a long way toward improving the prospects of almost any day. (And there’s nothing like it for curing a hangover.) It has to have melted cheese, protein (preferably crisp bacon), eggs (of course) and bread (from tortilla to loaf,...

  • Vacant offices designed by William Pereira to become apartments
    Vacant offices designed by William Pereira to become apartments

    Ninety-six upscale units will go into a long-vacant office tower designed by William Pereira on a stretch of Sunset Boulevard on the edge of Echo Park that once housed the MWD headquarters.

  • Review: Lucinda Williams remains unmatched at Echoplex
    Review: Lucinda Williams remains unmatched at Echoplex

    Today’s spur-sharp crop of young female country singers owes a lot to Lucinda Williams. Without Williams,  who in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s set the template for bourbon-slugging, disenchanted women in what came to be alt-country, there might not be a Kacey Musgraves, Caitlin Rose or Hurray for...

  • It's Pliny time again — here are your best shots at getting a taste
    It's Pliny time again — here are your best shots at getting a taste

    Pliny the Younger is here. Kegs of the once-a-year treat have begun to be tapped around Los Angeles, and on Saturday three of L.A.’s most lauded beer bars will be hosting parties celebrating craft beer’s most coveted brew, each with its own twist.

    Mohawk Bend gets things started early Saturday...

  • Great breakfast sandwiches and one killer burrito
    Great breakfast sandwiches and one killer burrito

  • L.A. weather: Rain is coming, but don't expect much
    L.A. weather: Rain is coming, but don't expect much

    Rain is expected to start falling across Los Angeles County on Thursday, but forecasters say there will not be much of it. 

    "Unfortunately, we're really not talking about a lot, at most a tenth or a quarter of an inch ... maybe more in the San Gabriel Mountains," said meteorologist Dave Bruno with...

  • With gentrification, Echo Park gang members move outside their turf
    With gentrification, Echo Park gang members move outside their turf

    Displaced by trendy coffee shops and rising rents, many gang members have been forced out of Echo Park, returning to their old turf on weekends. A new injunction targets those who are left.

  • A bustling, artful avenue in Echo Park
    A bustling, artful avenue in Echo Park

    A 'golden moment' is upon Echo Park as new spots like Valerie Gordon's tea house and Beatrice Valenzuela's shoe showroom set up shop.

  • Echo Park Avenue shopping
    Echo Park Avenue shopping

    The stretch of Echo Park Avenue north of Sunset Boulevard is known for its close proximity to Dodger Stadium, but lately it has seen an eclectic mix of stores and restaurants open. Take a walking tour of some of the neighborhood's recent additions here ...

  • Super Bowl: 10 great beer bars to watch the big game
    Super Bowl: 10 great beer bars to watch the big game

    Two of the country’s best craft-beer towns will face off next weekend on the gridiron for Super Bowl XLVII, and if you're a lover of craft-brewed suds and want to watch the game with like-minded beer drinkers, here are 10 spots where you can get pints of the good stuff while enjoying the spectacle.

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  • Two robbers get life for shootings of marijuana dispensary workers
    Two robbers get life for shootings of marijuana dispensary workers

    Raymond Lemone Easter and Daniel Deshawn Hinton get life terms in the killing of Matthew Butcher and wounding of Urban Jones Jr.

  • Men who killed L.A. marijuana dispensary worker get life in prison
    Men who killed L.A. marijuana dispensary worker get life in prison

    Two robbers convicted of fatally shooting an Echo Park medical marijuana dispensary employee in 2010 were sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

    Raymond Lemone Easter, 31, and Daniel Deshawn Hinton, 35, were convicted in November of one count of first-degree murder...

  • Did the lotus plants at Echo Park Lake die? Experts say no
    Did the lotus plants at Echo Park Lake die? Experts say no

    When Echo Park Lake reopened earlier this year after a $45-million makeover, locals flocked to see the newly installed lotus plants, which were making their return to the lake after a mutiyear absence.  

    So this winter, some passersby have looked at the lake and become alarmed. For weeks now, the...

  • Man fears brother perished in fatal Echo Park apartment fire
    Man fears brother perished in fatal Echo Park apartment fire

    Christian Lara was on his way home from work early Thursday when he got a call from his apartment manager saying the Echo Park building was on fire. He said he immediately thought of his two roommates -- his cousin and his brother.

    Lara, 33, said later Thursday that when he arrived in the 1000...

  • Two dead, 25 evacuated in Echo Park apartment fire
    Two dead, 25 evacuated in Echo Park apartment fire

    Two people were found dead and 25 others were evacuated after a fire broke out in a two-story Echo Park apartment building early Thursday.

    The fire started around 12:15 a.m. in the 1000 block of North Bonnie Brae Street, near Echo Park Lake, authorities said. When firefighters crews arrived on...

  • City Beat: Experiment in shedding virtual world for real one
    City Beat: Experiment in shedding virtual world for real one

    Getting sucked into the virtual world is a common problem these days. You can spend so much time on Twitter and Facebook that you miss what's going on around you.

    Stacy Dacheux, a writer and artist, had gotten in the habit of starting each day by checking Facebook status updates before she even...

  • Thanksgiving video: Allumette's Miles Thompson captures holiday's surprises
    Thanksgiving video: Allumette's Miles Thompson captures holiday's surprises

    Miles Thompson’s panna cotta made with Jerusalem artichokes is a surprising combination -- and that’s one of his favorite things about Thanksgiving.

    “This dish evokes a Thanksgiving feeling, but it’s more philosophical than it is a flavor,” he said. “There’s a lot of unexpected things that come...

  • Sunset Beer grows business by building community
    Sunset Beer grows business by building community

    Sunset Beer Company recently turned 2, and the Echo Park beer superstore and taproom has become one of the Eastside’s most popular hangouts for craft beer lovers.

    You get a sense of just how much the beer business in L.A. is booming by sitting down at the shop with a pint on a Friday afternoon....

  • 28 great L.A. bakeries
    28 great L.A. bakeries

    Maybe it was the rise of kouign amann -- the uber-buttery, caramelized "it" pastry from Brittany -- and better access to fresh-baked baguettes that lately has helped reinvigorate an Angeleno culture of neighborhood bakeries, all butter and sugar and love.

    There's a bakery out there to suit any...

  • L.A.'s best sweets, treats and buttery breads
    L.A.'s best sweets, treats and buttery breads

    A baker's dozen of favorite neighborhood shops where the house specialty is more than the icing on the cake.

  • L.A.'s best sweets, treats and buttery breads
    L.A.'s best sweets, treats and buttery breads

  • National Taco Day: Jonathan Gold's favorite vegetarian tacos
    National Taco Day: Jonathan Gold's favorite vegetarian tacos

    St. Swithin's Day? Tu B'Shvat? Around here, the most important holiday of the year is National Taco Day, declared by the most sacred of public relations consortiums to be an occasion where every man, woman and child in America may enjoy the taco of his or her choice. In Los Angeles, of course,...

  • The rise of craft beer in L.A. through photos
    The rise of craft beer in L.A. through photos

    While the proliferation of cellphone cameras has threatened to make everyone a documentarian, one dedicated photographer has risen above the flood of Instagrams and blurred snapshots to capture the spirit and energy of the surging craft beer movement in Southern California, and Monday Night's opening...

  • The Pixies introduce new bassist at surprise Echo Park gig
    The Pixies introduce new bassist at surprise Echo Park gig

    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...

  • Jonathan Gold | L.A. restaurant review: Allumette is haute cuisine with Etsy sensibility
    Jonathan Gold | L.A. restaurant review: Allumette is haute cuisine with Etsy sensibility

    Allumette in Echo Park is chef Miles Thompson's follow-up to his pop-up Vagrancy Project, which was in the same space.

  • Does Echo Park need a gang injunction?
    Does Echo Park need a gang injunction?

    New City. Atty. Mike Feuer wants one, but critics say the area is well past its gang emergency days.

  • Mohawk Bend staffers inspect a work in progress at Golden Road.
    L.A.'s Mohawk Bend turns 2, brews a special beer to celebrate

    Mohawk Bend -- the sprawling tavern in Echo Park that’s become a tentpole for the craft beer scene in L.A. -- is turning 2, and the rejuvenated building that was originally the Ramona Theater is turning 100. To celebrate, the team at Mohawk Bend joined forces with the team from Golden Road Brewing...

  • Echo Park Lake cafe is now open!
    Echo Park Lake cafe is now open!

    Ever since Echo Park Lake was closed two years ago for a $20-million face lift, I've been dreaming of what it would be like to have a real cafe in the park. Promises had been made that when the park reopened, its early-20th-century boathouse would serve food and coffee.

    That day has now dawned....

  • Swamp Dogg reissues psychedelic soul albums, to celebrate at Echo
    Swamp Dogg reissues psychedelic soul albums, to celebrate at Echo

    Those not familiar with the iconoclastic soul artist Swamp Dogg might know him through his biggest hit, "Don't Take Her (She's All I've Got)," which hit the top five twice in the 1960s and '70s.

    If not for that, perhaps you've seen the singer, songwriter, producer, psychedelic soul music purveyor...

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