We picked this up from Chicken Corner today, so we thought it better to just share the info about the Big Sunday charity event on Sunday, May 2 at Echo Park Lake, directly from Jenny Burman:

…on May 2 one Big Sunday charity event will be taking place at the rec center, just across the street from the south side of Echo Park Lake, in which Yours Truly and family will be serving lemonade from 1 to 4 p.m. under the aegis of the tireless Ellen Lawler, who organized. Proceeds benefit the Harmony Project, (of which Echo Park violinist/photographer Julie Fowells, a friend, was one of the founders).

Thirsty, but don’t want to drive, bike, walk, crawl all the way to Echo Park? Click here, for a list of lemonade stands (on both weekend days) that will benefit Big Sunday charities.

Good luck!

Don't you just wanna sit on his lap and have him tell you stories about being a vaudeville performer?

In the first couple decades of the 20th century, Echo Park was the center of the West Coast film industry. Called Edendale at the time, it was the location of several major silent film studios including Keystone Studios, Pathe West Coast and Selig-Polyscope. Even Fox Studios was located here before William Fox changed its location to Sunset and Western in 1917. The studios were located along what is now Glendale Blvd. (called Allesandro Street at the time) near the 2 freeway terminus.

Selig-Polyscope was the first motion picture studio in Edendale and, in fact, the first motion picture studio to be located on the west coast. Its founder, William Selig, moved it here from its original location in Chicago in 1909. Selig’s story is a fascinating one as he was truly a visionary and a pioneer in the early days of film making. He developed his own way of making a motion picture camera in order to not have to pay a patent fee to Thomas Edison’s company. He was the first motion picture producer to move his studio to Los Angeles. He made almost a thousand films in his studio in Edendale before moving its location to Lincoln Heights (East Los Angeles) in 1917. He also opened up a zoo in Lincoln Park in 1915 and had plans to turn it into a big ol’ amusement park with rides and everything.

However, Selig-Polyscope was unable to survive the transition to full-length films and closed in 1918. As for the zoo, “only a single carousel was ever built and the crowds never came” (Thanks to Wikipedia for the hear-wrenching imagery), and it finally shut down in the 1930s. Selig lost almost everything else he had in the Great Depression and spent the last few years of his life working as a literary agent. He died in 1948, but his memory lives on through Los Angeles history nerds (like me). Think of him every time you see that big empty lot on Glendale and Clifford.

Looks like another pipe has burst in Elysian Park, along the upper path near Elsyian Park Drive and Academy Road. The water is literally gushing down the road, bringing a bit of mud along with it. 

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The ETSY LA Street Team is hosting an event called an “Un-Common Pop-Up Shop” at Echo Park’s DIY Gallery on Sunday, May 2, 2010.

Shop for vintage clothing, accessories, handmade jewelry, and much more from LA based designers and brands, including: La Vintage Exchange, Vintique La, Confection Jewels, Mixed Hearts, Haus Of Price, Momo Fuchi, Vintage La Home, Birds Of A Feather, Peacocktaco, and Strim Vintage.

Music by Bop Hard, Jason The Mason, Richard Ray, and special guests.

Shopping and booze from 11:00 am-6:00 pm

BBQ, booze and music from 3:00 pm – 11:00 pm

FREE all day

DIY Gallery is located at 1549 W Sunset Blvd.

Playgroup in Echo Park could use your handy hands on Saturday, May 1 as it revamps/spring cleans its facilities. Set your alarm – the cleanup starts bright and early at 7:30 am!

We will be painting, fixing, mending and cleaning, all while finding our grooves to some fun and funky music.  We will provide snacks and some beverages.

It would mean the world to us if you could come out and lend a helping hand.

Playgroup is a “quality, affordable” daycare and preschool center that provides full-time and part-time care to children ages 2 to 5. Their bilingual staff (English and Spanish) focus on helping kids transition from home to a school environment.

For more information call (323) 660-9665 or visit www.OurPlaygroup.org

  • Nite Jewel, Sugar & Gold, Luxxury at The Echo. 8pm. $10. 18+. The Echo is located at 1822 Sunset Blvd.
  • Heartless Bastards, Hacienda, Amy Cook at Echoplex. 8:30pm. $16. 18+. The Echoplex is located at 1154 Glendale Blvd.
  • Gift Horse Project feat. Rain Phoenix, Antony Langdon, Ane Diaz and Royston Langdon, Norm Block, Kirk Hellie, Dave Palmer, Dermot Mulroney, A.J. Mason, Chris Tucci and very special guests at Bootleg Theater. 10pm. $20. 21+. The Bootleg Theater is located at 2220 Beverly Blvd.
  • Tarlton, The Paddleboat, Foot Foot, Wires in the Wall at Echo Curio.$5. All ages. Echo Curio is located at 1519 Sunset Blvd. 9pm.
  • I Heart Lung, Cue The Moon, Rare Grooves, his Orchestra at Pehrspace. 9pm. $5. All ages. Pehrspace is located at 325 Glendale Blvd.
Thanks to LAist.

Twitpic photo via ritzy_p

Could it be the real General Lee at the Vons parking lot in Echo Park? Discuss.

While Silver Lake, Highland Park, and some other neighboring areas are having some recent crime, Echo Park seems to be pretty quiet according to the most recent Northeast newsletter on recent crime events.

According to the email, Echo Park is reported as having “No trends or patterns over the past 28-day period. A few property crimes over the past week.”

The rest of the email reads as follows:

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This week’s H&M fashion video features Echo Park fashion designers and businesses, including Olga Nazarova from Them Atelier, Andrew Selna of The Clinic of Echo Park, and David Hershberger of Front Street. Check it out!

Andrew Selna

Looking for something new to do on Sunday night in Echo Park? Check out the newly formed Echo Park Chess Club, meeting for the first time this Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 5:00 pm, on the back patio of Stories Books and Cafe. Bring your own chess board if you have one!

Stories is located 1716 Sunset Blvd

CitySip is hosting a class slash tasting on home beer brewing on Saturday, May 15.

The cost of the class is $45, which gets you the home brewing lessons, beer trivia and tasting, and pizza.

It’s going down in the super secret employee parking lot behind CitySip LA. We’ll be brewing beer, tasting beer, talking about beer, and eating Two Boots pizza! Expect to taste about 6-8 commercial beers… and there might be some extras “not included in the price.”

We’ll be starting out with a pretty basic extract brew this time, so you’ll learn all you need to know to get started making your own!

The class takes place from 1:00 pm – 4:00pm, and they advise that you wear clothes that can get dirty or wet.

To make a reservation, call City Sip at (213) 483-9463 or email for your spot.

CitySip is located at 2150 W. Sunset Blvd, click here for the website.

This tickles me, because so many people chastise The Eastsider LA for covering areas like Echo Park under the “eastside” guise. Well, Curbed LA editors have apparently had enough themselves, citing a recent post where commenters argued whether or not the areas included in the video post, titled The East Side of Los Angeles on a Sunny Day, are indeed the “eastside.”

So Curbed L.A. has decided to rename everything east of Western and west of the Los Angeles River, leaving the name suggestions to a public vote:

…because it’s just too cumbersome to get all those neighborhood names out every time you want to say something condescending about hipsters, we’re giving the area a new collective handle too, with the help of the Curbed army. Leave your suggestions in the comments or send them into the tipline, and the best will be put to a vote. The winning name will designate the area from then on out and no one will ever refer to East Hollywood, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, or Echo Park as the eastside ever again for the rest of time.

So far, suggestions include North Central L.A., East Westside, Uptown, and more. View the Curbed LA article and maybe even post your suggestions here.

Granted, LA neighborhood boundaries are consistently… inconsistent. The neighborhood of Echo Park itself more often than not includes Angeleno Heights, Elysian Heights, and even sometimes Historic Filipinotown. But the eastside debate is another entity entirely, with those like the LA Eastside blog passionately arguing for the true eastside being “east of LA River,” others, like in this LA Times article, argue it’s not just a geographical issue but also a cultural identity tied to the Chicano movement, adding, “The newly gentrified area started to collectively call itself the Eastside – as in east of the riches of the Westside.” Other arguments outline a few different historical viewpoints, an arena we will be covering in a later post.

For us at Echo Park Now, there’s hopefully no question about the areas of Echo Park we cover. But one thing’s for sure – even if Curbed LA renames this area, the eastside debate will never end.

Related articles you should check out:

  • “A title bout between two Eastsides.” May 31, 2009, LA Times
  • “The Big Move.” April 1, 2010, LA Eastside
  • “‘Eastsider’, My Ass!” January 9, 2009, LA Eastside
  • “Mapping LA Neighborhoods.” LA Times
  • “An Eastsider by any other name.” September 26, 2008, The Eastsider LA

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Now you can announce how much you “Luv” Echo Park everywhere – on your shirt, with your coffee, and even on your car bumper. Local artist Bill Rangel is 16-year resident of Echo Park. According to his website, “The light, the physical beauty, the people, and the diversity of Echo Park all play a role in the paintings of Bill Rangel… Now you can have a slice of Bill Rangel’s life in Echo Park on a canvas print or poster, a mug or a t-shirt.” Remember, Mother’s Day is fast approaching!

Click here to buy your I Luv Echo Park t-shirts and other goodies online.

Wednesday, April 28 at 7:30 pm – Julie Kausner reads from her new book I Don’t Care About Your Band. It charts a distinctly human journey of a strong-willed but vulnerable protagonist who loves men like it’s her job, but who’s done with guys who know more about love songs than love. This is the girl’s version of High Fidelity. By turns explicit, funny, and moving, Klausner’s debut shows the evolution of a young woman who endured myriad encounters with the wrong guys, to emerge with real-world wisdom on matters of the heart.

Saturday, May 1 at 7:30 pm – Reading/Signing Party for Record Store Days. Stories celebrates independent record stores and the release of authors Gary Callomar and Phil Gallo’s book, “Record Store Days: From Vinyl to Digital and Back Again.” We want it to be party and want you there! Independent pop culture was born in indie record stores and book stores across the country and we want you to hear about it! Complimentary beer and wine and snacks while they last. Special dj set from Neil from Origami Vinyl.

Professor Calculus is playing Echo Country Outpost on a Friday, April 30th, as part of a solid week of shows promoting their new album.

Friday, April 30th




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Professor Calculus

Echo Country Outpost is located at 1930 Echo Park Ave.