Friday, August 20 @ 8:00 pm – KILLER OF SHEEP
Killer of Sheep examines the black Los Angeles ghetto of Watts in the mid-1970s through the eyes of Stan, a sensitive dreamer who is growing detached and numb from the psychic toll of working at a slaughterhouses. It was shot on location in Watts in a series of weekends on a budget of less than $10,000, most of which was grant money. Finished in 1977 and shown sporadically, its reputation grew and grew until it won a prize at the 1981 Berlin International Film Festival. Since then, the Library of Congress has declared it a national treasure as one of the first fifty on the National Film Registry.

Friday, August 27 @ 8:00 pm – INTOLERANCE
For the last event of the 2010 Filmmobile Summer Screening Series, we’re excited to present DW Griffith’s 1916 silent epic. “Professor Theodore Huff, one of the leading film critics of the first half of the twentieth century stated that it was the only motion picture worthy of taking its place alongside Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, the masterpieces of Michelangelo, etc. as a separate work of art.” –Wikipedia. LIVE MUSIC BY DUBLAB.

All screenings are free and open to the public. The locations are secret until a few hours before the screening. You can call (213-484-8846), email ( or follow them on Twitter (

Flickr photo via Zeus Of HollYWOoD

The Echo Park Ornithology Club used to meet every other Sunday at Echo Park Lake to, well, watch the birds! It seems that it has been a while since those Sunday meetings have occurred, possibly because of the swap meet that used to take place every Sunday. It should now be a welcoming place for bird watchers on the weekends since the swap meet was shut down a couple of weeks ago. The Facebook events page reads, “The cops kicked all the vendors out of the park, so it’s time to watch some birds again! GO BIRDS!”

If you’re interested in joining the Ornithology Club,

Some info about the Club:

The Echo Park Ornithology Club is a small group of naturalists, bird-loving hipsters gone wild, animal friends, cute scientists, radical artists, and nerdy city punks. We organize nature hikes, bird watching parties, science lectures, natural history field trips, community outreach and conservation activities, etc. Come out and join us, dude!

We meet roughly every other Sunday afternoon at Echo Park Lake. Join the mailing list or watch Facebook and MySpace for event announcements. Propose an event of your own!

Email them at for more info, or visit the group’s Facebook page.

“Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.”

– Washington Irving


August 9:

redhead at el prado – m4w – 32

hello there..

we locked eyes like a million times but you were sitting with some dude.

i moved behind you, you turned and i said hello.

you. are. hot.

i sure hope you see this.


August 3:

Dan of Echo Park! Dance Right at La Cita on 07/29 – w4m – 23 (Echo Park (where you said you lived))

Oh, Dan of Echo Park, who works for the LA Times blog section (?)

You wore a black t-shirt with red horizontal bars and I wore a blue and white button down with a pencil skirt. You had cute glasses; I had black stilettos. You were walking by the bar, when I spotted you fretting and I told you to smile and cheer up a bit. A while later, you came out and told my friend that you wanted to talk to me. She told you to ask me to dance. So we did. It was great. You got my number, but you might have heard it wrong? I’d like for you to call me.


August 13:

Bank of America?! (Echo park)

Now i regret i wasnt brave to Talk to this dressed in red girl…but there was somebody sitting next to you And i want to ask you now: do you want to have a Coffee?


August 18:

Patras/Echo Park – w4m – 26

Hello, I was at Patras with my cousin her man and her kids. We were waiting for our food and I noticed a guy on his cell phone. When I looked at him he smiled. Since he was on his cell I just smiled back. Then once again our eyes connected and we smiled at eachother. I wanted to say hello but since he was on his cell I did not want to interrupt anything. He was so adorable with his colored eyes and light hair.

If this message reaches you let me know what color your eyes are and what I was wearing so I know it’s you.

h/t Craigslist

“WonderDreams” is an art exhibit about to launch at Chango here in Echo Park. The exhibit features paintings by singer/songwriter and actress Carmen Perez. According to the press release, the series is “inspired by dreams and the unseen. Dreams and journeys through other dimensions, realms, and the subconscious of the Universe expressing wonderment in worlds of color.”

Carmen’s background includes not just singing, painting, and acting, she was also in the Army and was a Sergeant by the age of 22. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Government and International Politics from George Mason University. With over 50 acting credits, she also had two songs in both the Top 50 Billboard Dance Club and Top 10 UK Commercial Pop Charts.

Curated by Heather Mendoza, the opening date for the free exhibit takes place on Sunday, August 22, 2010 from 4-7:00 pm at Chango, located at 1559 Echo Park Avenue.

Empanadas from Nonna’s and wine will be served, and there will be live performances by musicians/artists Lee Whittaker, Byron Gore and Carmen herself.

We are just a few short months away from the start of the Echo Park Lake Rehabilitation project, and just a few days away from the end of the comments period for the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR). Not sure what’s going on with the DEIR or the rehab project as a whole? There is a meeting this weekend you can attend to help you learn more about the 86 million dollar project and what to expect when they gate up the whole lake come January 2011.

Echo Park Lake Project discussion with Michael Jacob Rochlin

Saturday, August 21 , 2010 at 2:00 pm

Edendale Branch Library Community Room located at 2011 W Sunset Blvd.
Call 323-661-2703 for more information.

What role does the lake play in our city’s water system? What will happen if it is fenced off for two years or longer? How will the money be spent and how does this project relate to previous city water projects?

There’s also a public hearing on the DEIR for the proposed Echo Park Lake Rehabilitation Project. Learn about the proposal and submit your written comments about the DEIR (the deadline for your comments is Monday, August 30).

DEIR Public Hearing

Monday, August 23, 2010 from 6:00-8:00 pm

St. Paul Cathedral Center, Grand Hall, located at 840 N. Echo Park Avenue
Click here for the flyer (which also contains a Spanish-language page) so you can distribute info in your neighborhood.

See you there!

Fretted Frog, the acoustic guitar shop that opened recently near Sunset and Alvarado, recently threw its first in-store concert and is now hosting an open mic night!

Starting Saturday, August 28 from 7-9:00 pm, the open mic night will host singer/songwriters and acoustic bands for the evening. You can sign up to strut your stuff (pun intended) two hours prior to start at 5:00 pm at the store. Email them at for more info.

Fretted Frog is located at 1200 N. Alvarado St.

sprinkler21.gifThe Los Angeles City Council has approved changes to the City of Los Angeles’ Water Conservation Ordinance. Following approval by the City Council, the Ordinance just needs to be signed by the Mayor. If and when this happens the new rules will go into effect the following week.

Instead of the entire city being stuck watering on the same limited days, the week is getting split in half. This new plan is partially a result of last summer’s epidemic of water main breaks.

If your address ends with an odd number (1, 3, 5, 7 or 9) you may water on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays before 9:00 am or after 4:00 pm.

If your address ends with an even number (0, 2, 4, 6, or 8 ) you may water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays before 9:00 am or after 4:00 pm.

If your address has a fraction, use the last full number. For example, 1234 ½ ends with a 4 and is considered an even numbered address.

Different types of sprinklers will be subject to different time limits. Spray head sprinklers and bubblers (non conserving models) are limited to 8 minutes per cycle and one cycle per day per area. Rotors and multi-stream rotary heads are limited to 15 minutes per cycle and up to two cycles per day per area.

Hand-watering using garden hoses fitted with shut-off nozzle devices is allowed any day of the week before 9:00 a.m. and after 4:00 p.m. This does not include watering your driveway!

Not sure what type of sprinkler you have? Check out the pictures and descriptions on Clemson.

Photo via

Tonight is the Echo Park Improvement Association Neighborhood Issues meeting. There’s a lot of buzz revolving around this meeting as there will be a discussion about the new restaurant being installed in the old Ramona Theater, which we just learned today will likely be called Mohawk Brasserie.

The meeting takes place at 7:00 pm in Williams Hall at Barlow Hospital.

Come a little early to get your seat!

Click here for tonight’s agenda, posted on the EPIA website.

Mishka of Echo Park is throwing its Fall 2010 Release Party on Friday, August 20 at the Echoplex.

The lineup for the 8-11:00 pm time slot includes: Pictureplane, Blessure Grave, Puro Instinct (formerly Pearl Harbor) and Tearist.

From 11:00 pm – 2:00, there will be DJ sets from Acid Girls, The Captain and Star Eyes (of Trouble & Bass), and Killing Spree (Zane & Gibby).

The party is free if you RSVP in advance, and only $5 at the door if you don’t RSVP.

Visit Mishka of Echo Park’s blog or the Facebook event page for more info.

Friday August 20th, 8pm-2am
The Echoplex located at 1154 Glendale Ave.

Beginning on Sunday, September 5 (opening reception from 5:00 to 10:00 pm) and running through October 8, Machine Project will be transformed into the site of the shipwrecked Sea Nymph. The wreck is being built by artist Josh Beckman and will “act as an environment for a whole series of events, performances, workshops, and operas made by and for for dogs. Inside the capsized hull of the ship there will also be a crystal cave.”

They are currently looking for volunteers with steady sea legs to help them build the wreck.  Email them at if you’d like to help out!

For the week of Tuesday, August 17 through Sunday, August 22

Note: Sunset Junction is this weekend, so a lot of the normal weekend stuff in Echo Park may be taking place down the road.

Echo Curio is now an alcohol-free establishment as requested by the LAPD, meaning no more BYOB. Our best guess is that it’s because they didn’t have the necessary permits, and neighbors were probably complaining. But the show must go on!

Tuesday, August 17
Aquarium Drunkard presents Cotton Jones, The Parson Red Heads, Roadside Graves @ Echo
KCRW and The Fold present: Darker My Love, Wounded Lion, My Pet Saddle @ Bootleg
Dunes, Masters and Johnson, Naomi Punk, Geffrika @ Echo Curio

Wednesday, August 18
Dub Club with the Dub Club DJs, Chicano Batman, DJ Ron Miller @ Echoplex & Echo
Childish Gambino (Donald Glover Of Community) @ Bootleg
Adeline and The Phillistines, Rad Clouds, Old Toy Trains @ Echo Curio

Thursday, August 19
Jogger, Matthewdavid, Sun Araw, M. Geddes GeNgras @ Echo
Childish Gambino (Donald Glover Of Community), Limited Tickets Sold Day Of Show! @ Bootleg
Aures, Greg Davis, Ezra Buchla (With Emily Lacy), Mirror To Mirror, Guests @ Echo Curio

Friday, August 20
Mishka La Fall Release Party @ Echoplex
Chief (Domino Records) and Grouplove @ Bootleg
Gabriel Sullivan And Taraf De Tuscon Returns with Alec K. Redfearn, Orion Rigel Dommisse @ Echo Curio
Club Underground With Mndr, Chain Gang Of 1974, Kisses (DJ Set) @ Echo
Liz Pappademas And The Level, CarleE Hendrix And The Whole Earth Catalog @ Pehrspace
Origami Comedy Night Hosted By Matt Braunger: Kumail Nanjiani, Pete Holmes, Joselyn Hughes, + More @ Origami Vinyl
Backyard Boogie with Heretic, DJ CRS?, Dip Vertigo, DJ APX1, Jahwy,  @ M Bar

Saturday, August 21
Bootie La With Faroff / Dj Paul V. / R.A.I.D. @ Echoplex
Funky Sole @ Echo
Heather Woodbury’s As The Globe Warms 8p Followed By Kazai Rex + The Middle Initials + Rabbits Running + La Font @ Echo Curio
Cat Party @ Origami Vinyl

Sunday, August 22
Part Time Punks – The Cure Nite With Guest Dj Lol Tolhurst @ Echo
Boats + The Clorox Girls + The EnLows + Meka Leka Hi’s + Cum Stain @ Echo Curio

For more information on weekly musical events like club nights, see our community resource pages.Visit the venue website for more information on the cost and times of shows. Venue information can be found in our community resource pages.

This list may not represent all the musical events happening in Echo Park this week – feel free to add more events in the comment section. All events listed are subject to change at any time. New events announced for the week after this posting may not be included.

I got a chance to speak with Tony Yanow, owner of Tony’s Darts Away in Burbank as well as the new restaurant being installed in the old Ramona Theater in Echo Park. The reason for our conversation revolved around concerns brought up by residents involved in the website, which we wrote about last week. Mr. Yanow wanted to address a few of those concerns, including parking, bar hours, and the wood-fired pizza oven.


Mr. Yanow says he has secured well over the 54 spots required for a restaurant that size. While details are still being worked out, he has approximately 80 spots so far. As far as how many people he expects to be in the restaurant at any given time, he would “absolutely love” for all 200 seats in the house to be full at all times, but isn’t convinced the presence of the new restaurant will increase the parking problem (or rather, not much) for the neighborhood than there already is. He has suggested to neighbors they research getting a placard system for their neighborhood (residents surrounding Dodger Stadium are well-versed in that effort).

In addition, he will be installing bike racks outside of the restaurant like he has at his other restaurant, Tony’s Darts Away located in Burbank.

Restaurant hours

“I have long hours,” Mr. Yanow told me, “but the reason for the long hours isn’t because I want to flood the neighborhood with noise and debree.”

Tony’s Darts, he says, has been open for four months without a single complaint from a single neighbor. Tony and his family live in Los Feliz, and says he loves Echo Park and understands the community. He says the new restaurant in Echo Park is not going to be an upscale place, but a nice, friendly family place that he can bring his own family to. He will be posting a sign (you’ll see one similar to what he’s posting in front of the Short Stop in Echo Park) that will say something along the lines of “be nice to our neighbors” and keep the noise down. It’s important to him that he has a restaurant that is “in keeping with what the neighborhood vibe is.”

Pizza oven

Mr. Yanow says his pizza oven is the same oven they use at the California Pizza Kitchen establishments. Everything is up to code, ducted properly, and no different than any other gas appliance, so he doesn’t feel it will be a problem with the neighbors.

Live music and noise

Apparently the old theater was, on occasion, used as a space for some louder bands to play in the past, and neighbors complained because of the noise. There’s just a big, giant hole in the roof, which Mr. Yanow is sealing and actually replacing the entire roof so that noise won’t be directed at the neighbors behind the building, but instead being directed toward the street in the front. The back of the building is 16 feet underground, and a new air conditioning system is being put in, so the building will be better insulated. He says that he does have permits for live music, but no permits to sell tickets pre-sale or charge a cover, and no permit for dancing. In his words, “it’s not a nightclub, it’s a restaurant.”

It seems like the bottom line for Mr. Yanow is that he really does want the new restaurant to help the property values along that block (there are quite a few empty store fronts). “That block is under-served, and could be such a magical block, but it seems so desolate. I think the community will really respond to the food and the alcohol. I can’t stress enough about how excited I am about the menu.”

The menu is going to be very “fresh” and will depend on local farmer’s market finds, so it will be changing based on what’s available. He and and his family are vegan (his seven-year-old daughter is, for the most part), so they plan on having a vegan menu in addition to the non-vegan menu. A lot of the hype revolving Tony’s Darts Away in Burbank is a large drink menu with vegan beers, and he plans on extending a similar bar menu into the Echo Park establishment (he comes from a craft beer background and focuses the menu on local and/or California beer).

I asked him about the restaurant next door, Elf Cafe, and whether or not he thinks they’ll be competing. As a vegan himself, he LOVES Elf Cafe. “Our food is very very different from what they do at Elf, so I hope we’ll be a nice compliment to each other.”

Tony's Darts Away wine keg, Flickr photo via greenlagirl

Besides the beer, I have to admit I’m a little excited to have more restaurants in Echo Park focused on the basics of being environmentally friendly (hat tip to Masa, which offers compostable to-go packaging). Apart from the napkins and straws that you have to have in a restaurant, he plans on having zero waste from bar. They’ll reuse everything when they can (menus are printed because they will change often, but they will reuse those), and everything is post-consumer waste. They are operating as a bottle-free bar, where beer is kegged and even wine is custom kegged for them.

Other than that, count on the new restaurant to be a place where you can watch a Dodgers or Lakers game, but sports won’t be on all the time.

Initially, the restaurant was to be called El Camino, but they are still playing around with the name. If you’d like to give in your two cents for what it should be called (perhaps think about something represents Echo Park) visit the Facebook page for Tony’s Darts Away and share your ideas for the restaurant name.


The website Echo Park Life has gotten a lot of criticism lately regarding their efforts, but they did respond yesterday and will hopefully clarify some things with readers (including why your comments may not be showing up on the site), so take a look and maybe you’ll get a chance to see them at the upcoming meeting on Wednesday to discuss issues revolving the new restaurant at the old Ramona Theater. They are nice people, we just all need to be on the same page and understand where everyone is coming from.

The Echo Park Improvement Association Neighborhood Issues committee will be meeting on Wednesday, August 18 at 7:00 pm at Williams Hall, Barlow Hospital, to talk to Mr. Yanow and other residents about what to expect. I’ll be posting the agenda as soon as it’s published. See you there!

Looks like Mr. Yanow and his crew have decided on a name for the new spot, and are calling it Mohawk Brasserie. Click here for the Facebook page.

Related Articles:

  • “Old Ramona Theater Begins Transformation.” July 28, 2010. Echo Park Now
  • “Echo Park restaurant owner responds to his critics.” August 16, 2010. The Eastsider LA

1642 Bar
1642 West Temple St.

Facebook page
Yelp! page

Currently on tap:

  • Eagle Rock Populist (IPA)
  • The Bruery Humulus Lager
  • Sudwerk Lager
  • Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous

Later this week, the Humulus Lager will be replaced by Bootlegger’s Golden Chaos.

The bar also offers a selection of nice canned and bottled beers (like 32 oz Cold Spring Beer for $5, and brews from Russian Rivers and Alesmith) along with a few wines. Prices run between $5 and $8 each drink. On occasion they have some special events every once in a while, including the “Old Time Music Jam” every first Thursday of the month.

Why go here? It’s like your favorite bar in Echo Park or Silver Lake, but without the hype and the crowds.

On Saturday, August 14, shots were fired near Echo Park Lake, injuring one man. That same night at 12:30 am, residents heard gunshots on Echo Park Avenue near Baxter. Then yesterday (Sunday, August 15), another round of shots were fired in the 7-Eleven parking lot on Sunset Blvd. and Rosemont, injuring one man. We are all starting to wonder, what the heck is going on?

The past couple of months, there have been a noticeable surge in gunshot reports. An ambitious reader of the neighborhood blogs has put together a list of those reports we’ve read about on our neighborhood forums and websites, a list that reveals just how often these things may be occurring in the neighborhood:

  • August 15 at around noon: 7-Eleven parking lot, one man injured, does not appear to be gang related.
  • August 15 at 12:30 am: Residents report shots new Echo Park Ave. and Baxter
  • August 14 at 1:00 pm: East side of Echo Park Lake, one man injured, likely gang related.
  • August 6, 10:30 pm: Northern Echo Park Avenue (Valentine or Avalon), no one injured but no evidence of a shooting.
  • July 27 at 3:30 am: Angelino Heights, 1400 block of Ridge Way.
  • July 25 at 3:00 am: Echo Park Lake vicinity (Montrose St.) – shot fired during bike robbery
  • July 24 at 4:00 pm: The Higher Path dispensary robbery and murder.
  • July 21 at 2:00 am: Shooting outside of The Echo, three people injured.
  • June 30 at 2:30 pm: Occurred Near Rosemont Elementary School, several shots fired.
  • May 18 at 4:00 pm: Edgeware and Court St., gang related (one block from where 4-year-old Roberto Lopez, Jr. was killed by a stray bullet in 2009).

h/t to The Eastsider LA for keeping all of us in the know about the shootings in our neighborhood, which we love so much. Has Echo Park changed in the past 10 years? If it hasn’t will it ever?

The Echo Park Trading Post is hosting a fundraiser for Student International Travel Experiences (S.I.T.E.) tonight at Allston Yacht Club. S.I.T.E. provides grants to students to get firsthand international travel experiences to Europe (four countries in 15 days), so that they have the “opportunity to see new cultures, experience different ways of living, new ways of thinking, dressing and dining so that they might see themselves as a part of something much bigger and, ultimately, find their place in the world.”

Entrance cost is a $10 donation, and includes one raffle ticket and appetizers (though the bar will be open drinks are not included). There will be a silent auction as well!

The fundraiser is tonight, Monday, August 16, 2010 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Allston Yacht Club is located at 1320 Echo Park Ave.

To reserve your spot, please email Rosie at