According to several news sources, a man parked out front of The Echo opened fire on a few people who were leaving the nightclub last night at around 2:00 am. Two of the men were injured but released from the hospital, but the third was shot in the torso and is still hospitalized.

Rampart Police have not yet determined why the gunman opened fire or if there’s any connection to the victims, but the thought of such random violence has some of us Echo Park residents a little spooked.

“Scary stuff. I may have made an error in judgment in moving to this neighborhood,” wrote resident “Chris L” on The Eastsider LA comments section about the event.

But Lt.Wes Buhrmester of the Rampart Patrol Division is trying to be reassuring, responded to the comment: “You did not make an error in judgment in moving to Echo Park. And I say this being a resident of LA (Montecito Heights) myself. This was not borne out of any activity by the victims, or by the establishment. We are trying to establish motive. While it is not apparent as those of many crimes, there was some reason for the suspect to fire at the group, and we will ascertain it. Echo Park is still an excellent place to live, work, visit and do business. Unfortunately, no areas are immune to violence.”

We are hoping for a connection so that this doesn’t end up being some random violence that we could all be subject to. Be safe out there!


  • It’s possible the suspect may have been standing in the street when the shots were fired, rather than parked on a motorcycle out front. The investigation is ongoing.
  • The Echo is beefing up security. From the website: “We are deeply saddened by the events that occurred outside of our venue last night and are concerned about the well being of those injured. As the investigation is on-going, we are unable to make any further statements regarding the details of the incident at this time. Please be assured that safety is our first priority and to ease the concerns of our patrons, The Echo will have additional security and street patrols in place for upcoming shows.”

Related Articles:

  • “Three injured in shooting outside Echo Park nightclub.” The Eastsider LA, June 21, 2010
  • “3 men outside popular Echo Park club wounded after gunman opens fire.” LA Now, June 21, 2010

For the week of Monday, June 21 through Sunday, June 27th.

Rainbow^Arabia, Abe Vigoda, Aska, Demo Team, DJ ORO11 at The Echo (free!)
Desktop Rulers, Nightmare & The Cat at Bootleg Theater
Nu Sensae, Shearing Pinx, NASA Space Universe, Bad Party at Pehrspace
Totally Serious, Witt, Rats, Snuffaluffagus at Echo Curio

Seasons’ EP release, Tenlons Fort, Death to Anders, Magick Orchids at The Echo
Gemma Ray at Origami Vinyl (free! Early Show; 7 PM)
Space Waves at Bootleg Theater
Nude Beach, Fim at Echo Curio

Matmos, So Percussion, Lexie Mountain Boys at Rec Center Studio
Hot Hot Heat, Eulogies, Links at Bootleg Theater
No Babies, Hawney Troof, TEARIST, Signals at Echo Curio

Benefit for Musicares Nashville Flood Relief Fund feat. Carlene Carter, Dave Alvin, Exene Cervenka, Syd Straw, Tony Gilkyson, Seaspin, The Damn Sons at The Echo
Family of the Year, The Steelwells at Bootleg Theater
Learning Music, Rats, Donut at Echo Curio

Joe Pug, Jim Hanft, Sonny Pete at The Echo
Head Like A Kite, Smoosh at Bootleg Theater
Lemuria, The Monthlies, Roman Candles at Echo Curio
Moses Campbell, Aerial Stereo, Record Year, Watercolor Paintings at Pehrspace
Travie McCoy, Tay Dizm, Tiron, Ayomari, 82 Stuck Up Kids at Echoplex

Lou Barlow, Sarah Jaffe at Bootleg Theater
Giant Drag at Echoplex
Bowery Beasts’ 7″ release at Origami Vinyl
Gabriel Sullivan, Maquiladora, Alina Cutrono, The Fragile Gang at Echo Curio

Grand Ole Echo feat. Dan Janisch, Chris Latero & Buffalo Robe, Vanish Valley at The Echo (free! Early Show; 5 PM)
Part Time Punks feat. Fuxa, LSD & The Search For God + Suki Ewers at The Echo
Holy Rolling Empire, The Sea of Cortez, The Atlantic Line, Freddy Fudd Pucker at Echo Curio

Thanks to LAist

Barlow Hospital in 1910

This Thursday, June 24 at 7:00 pm, SurveyLA and the Los Angeles City Historical Society are teaming up to raise awareness of their mission and to give a talk on the history of Barlow Respiratory Hospital.

Funded by a grant from the J. Paul Getty Trust, SurveyLA’s goal is to more thoroughly identify and document Los Angeles’ historic landmarks. At the end of its six-year survey (the second year of research includes Echo Park), the organization will present its findings to the city, homeowners, preservation groups and neighborhood groups so that both developers and property owners are not “surprised or exasperated by eleventh-hour preservation efforts.”

On Thursday, Flora Chou from the Los Angeles Conservancy will be giving a brief talk on the history of Barlow before Janet Hansen discusses the SurveyLA project (“what it is, where it’s happening and how all of us can contribute“).

The talk will be at Williams Hall at Barlow Respiratory Hospital (2000 Stadium Way) at 7:00 pm. Parking is free. Light refreshments will be served.

Click here to download the flyer.

Join Folk Art Everywhere and the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition on a bicycle ride exploring art and culture in Echo Park and Historic Filipinotown.

Tomorrow! Saturday, June 19, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm (approximately)

Ride begins and ends at Pilipino Workers Center on 153 Glendale Blvd. (2nd Floor). Enter off Rockwood Dr.

The 3.4 mile bike tour is co-sponsored by Folk Art Everywhere, a project of the Craft and Folk Art Museum, and the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. It’s designed to explore folk art in shops and cultural centers in the neighborhood with other art and bike lovers. Stops include:

  • Remy’s on Temple (a Filipino arts and culture gallery)
  • Nahuí Ohlín
  • Tribal Cafe
  • Edendale Branch Library in Echo Park
  • Pilipino Workers Center

About Folk Art Everywhere:

Folk Art Everywhere is designed to inspire exploration of diverse communities and neighborhoods in Los Angeles through art and culture. A project of the Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM), Folk Art Everywhere has partnered with 25 diverse organizations and businesses to place artwork representing cultures from around the world inside venues throughout LA County. Think of it as a cultural treasure hunt that releases beautiful and curious art objects from private collections and installs them in unexpected public spaces—restaurants, parks, coffee shops, bookstores, and cultural centers—places where people naturally gather.

Click here to download the PDF flyer for the event.

Front and back covers of Art Time Punks book

Newly formed Echo Park Books has just launched its first release. Titled “Art Time Punks,” the 98-page softcover book is an original “fanbook” that covers five years of Part Time Punks (every Sunday at The Echo), including original artwork by Michael Stock from the past few years.

First Art Time Punks flyer circa 2005

Echo Park Books consists of Andrew Pogany (Echo Park resident, self-proclaimed “cultural instigator” and former Flaunt Magazine Editor-in-Chief) and Michael Stock (writer, DJ, and part-time professor). “For now, Echo Park Books will focus on publishing limited-edition books, chapbooks, and fanzines,” says Andrew, “But the plan is for it to evolve into just one of several imprints offering a variety of literary and arts services to an intimate community of creative peers.”

Art Time Punks books is a limited edition (only 250 books will be published), is black and white, soft cover perfectbound, 98 pages, and dimensions are 8 x 8 inches. All books come wrapped in Kraft Butcher paper.

You can purchase the books in person at:

  • Tonight! Punky Reggae Party at La Cita on Friday, June 18.
  • Tiger Beat at La Cita on Saturday, June 19.
  • Part Time Punks at The Echo on Sunday, June 20.

Or starting today, you can purchase a book online for $14 plus tax and shipping/handling at and

"Echo Park in Midwinter" (Postcard for sale through EPHS)

Echo Park Lake began its life as Los Angeles Reservoir No. 4. It was built in 1868 by a private company called The Los Angeles Canal and Reservoir Company. Water flowed to the reservoir from the L.A. River in Los Feliz. Legend has it that the name Echo Park comes from the fact that the builders of the reservoir could hear their voices echoing off the surrounding canyon walls. The water collected in a damn near Bellevue Avenue and from there it traveled to a mill near 5th and Figueroa.

The property surrounding Echo Park Lake was purchased in the 1880s by a carriage-maker named Thomas Kelley and several other speculators.  Kelley and his partners wanted to divide up the land and sell it to individuals to build homes and businesses. However, the city wanted to reserve the right to overflow the damn if needed, which would have made those plots useless.

After several years of arguing, they came to an agreement. Kelley and his partners gave up 33 acres of land around the reservoir to be used as a park. In exchange, “the city agreed not to overflow the reservoir land, making the remaining land held by Kelley and his associates – including the street that would soon become Sunset Boulevard – far more valuable.” Landscaping on the park began in 1892, and by 1895 the park and its boathouses were completed.

Thanks to the Echo Park Historical Society for all the info! For a more thorough rundown of the history of Echo Park Lake, you can visit its website.

Source Department of Public Works

Summer 2010 in Echo Park will be filled with sewer pipe “rehabilitation” as the Department of Public Works repairs or replaces about 3.4 miles of small diameter sewer pipe, some of which are 70 years old. The overall construction could last an entire year.

Glendale Blvd. at the intersection of Scott Blvd. is supposed to have started on June 16, and while we’re not sure what intersection will be next, the Bureau of Engineering report indicates construction will last until June 2011.

Here are the “Quick Facts” provided on the Department of Public Works / LA Sewers website:

  • Construction period: Summer 2010 through summer 2011. Weather or other circumstances could shift the work schedule. Neighbors will be informed as conditions warrant.
  • Construction will generally take place Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and on major streets from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. to minimize traffic impacts.
  • Estimated Cost: $3.8 million.
  • Construction methods include sewer pipe lining (rehabilitates defective sewers without excavation and surface disruption), and sewer pipe removal and replacement (performed by “open cut” or trenching, a method that is typically used where sewers are shallow).
  • In order to minimize disruption in the streets, most of the construction work at each location will be completed in about 5-10 business days.
  • Trucks and other equipment such as pipes will be used during construction, and you may see open trench excavation and debris removal.
  • Dust control will be provided in all project areas.
  • Enclosures or other barriers will be used in construction areas wherever necessary for public safety.
  • Flaggers will be used where traffic is impacted. Traffic will be restored to normal when construction has been completed at the end of each workday.
  • Trash pickup, deliveries, access to businesses and residential driveways will be maintained.
  • Parking may be temporarily restricted in some areas, and signs will be posted in advance telling you where and when.
  • You will be notified 24-48 hours in advance whenever sewer services may be temporarily interrupted.

Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 20th! Give a Cat or Dog a much needed home and surprise Dad with a cuddly companion at the same time!

For the 90026 area code, the closest center is North Central, located at 3201 Lacy Street. For all others out there, go to to find a center near you!

Masa loves animals too! When you adopt, make sure you bring your paperwork to Masa and get 50% off your next visit!

Click here to download the above flyer to print out.

Thursday, June 17 @ 8:00 pm – OPEN SCREEN
Our quarterly cinematic free-for-all dares you to share your film with the feisty EPFC audience. Any genre! Any style! New, old, work-in-progress! First come, first screened; one film per filmmaker; 10 minute maximum. DVD, VHS, mini-DV, DV-CAM, Super 8, 8mm, 16mm. FILMMAKERS GET IN FREE!

Monday, June 21 @ 7:30 pm – FILMMAKERS ALLIANCE
Join us for the latest crop of local indies hosted by Filmmakers Alliance and get inspired to greenlight yourself! FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE! FREE!

Thursday, June 24 and Friday, June 25 @ 8:00 – TIJUANA SHOWCASE
Join EPFC and guest curator and filmmaker Giancarlo Ruiz for a special two-night showcase of the best new cinematic work from Tijuana. Giancarlo Ruiz is a filmmaker and an actor. He is also co-founder of the collective “La Luciernaga Colectivo Escenico” with Raquel Presa in Tijuana and the acting troupe “The Travellin’ Zoo” with Joseph J. Stephen and Wayne Shi in San Diego. Ruiz is also co-founder of the annual film festival RECORTOS48 in the city of Tijuana. So many good films are being made in Tijuana right now that we had t o fill two nights! Each night will be a completely different program so be sure to be at both! FILMMAKER/CURATOR GIANCARLO RUIZ IN ATTENDANCE!

Milo and Willow, owners of Echo Park resident Jennifer, are representing the Lakers today for Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

Taix started serving super early breakfast for World Cup Fans (the menu started last Friday, June 11). Every day from 7-9:00 am for $9.95, you get:

Juice and Coffee/Tea

Choice of:
Continental Breakfast
Deluxe continental – $10.00
Classic American – $13.95

OR Chef’s Special Breakfast (changes daily)

For the 7:00 am games, you’ll need to reserve with Fernando at the bar. All 11:30 am games will be on a first come, first serve basis.

1911 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026-3288
(213) 484-1265

Sorry this is late. Tuesday, June 15th – Sunday, June 20th

Alex Bleeker, Julian Lynch @ Origami Vinyl (FREE! Early Show; 5 PM)
Woodsist Festival w/ Real Estate, Woods, Kurt Vile, Abe Vigoda, Art Museums, The Mantles, Nodzz, Sun Araw, All Saints Day, The Baths @ Echo & Echoplex
My Education, Nohow On @ Bootleg Theater
The Rooftop Vigilantes, French Exit, Horse Marriage @ Echo Curio

Hot Hot Heat, Eastern Conference Champions, The Janks @ Bootleg Theater

Loch Lomond, Hey Marseilles @ Bootleg Theater
Vato Negro, Skinwalker, Unfact, Technology @ The Echo
bikos, Hot TV, The Modlins @ Pehrspace
Falcon Eddy, Abe Marber, Night Control @ Echo Curio

Active Child, Rocco Deluca @ Bootleg Theater
Division Day @ Origami Vinyl (FREE! Early Show; 7 PM)
Pantha Du Prince, Delphic @ The Echo
Hi Ho Silver Oh, Tenlons Fort, Olentangy John, Judson & Mary @ Echo Curio

Freestyle Fellowship, Busdriver, Nocando @ Echoplex
The Blasters @ The Echo (Early Show; 5:30 PM)
OBSCURER, Warm Climate, Dubumba @ Pehrspace
Bebe Buell @ Origami Vinyl (Free! Early Show; 4 PM)
Ovideo @ Origami (FREE! Early Show; 7 PM)
Gypsyhawk, Lungbutter, Professor, Tap This (all girl tribute to “Spinal Tap”!!!!) @ Echo Curio

Part Time Punks w/ Warlocks, The Meek, Green Eyes @ The Echo
Chrome Wings, Italic Indians, BARR, PROTECTME @ Echo Curio

Thanks to LAist

Just a few months ago, OK Go debuted its video for the song “This Too Shall Pass” filmed in an Echo Park warehouse. The new video for “End Love” is filmed at Echo Park Lake, which I LOVE! In just a few months, the lake will be gated up in preparation for the big rehab project, so this is a nice “ode to Echo Park Lake” for me.

Check it out here:

Photo via The Eastsider LA


Residents have been complaining for a while now about the weed build-up in and around the Durbin Project on Echo Park Avenue and Delta Street. We recently received an update from Eric Garcetti’s office that the developers were going to clean up all those weeds – and the Eastsider LA is reporting that they finally have!

According to the article, “a small crew of workers returned to the long-delayed Durbin condo project in Echo Park this morning.” Let’s hope they got all the weeds around the sidewalks, and maybe even fixed the buckling fencing along the property’s border.

Click here for the full article.

Gourmet Raw Vegan
1700 W. Sunset Blvd. (in the Jensen’s Rec Center building, right on the corner)

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