For the week of Monday, October 22 through Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Moth GrandSLAM @ The Echoplex
Monday Night Residency with Superhumanoids, VUM, Cayucas @ The Echo
Kera and the Lesbians, Summer Twins, Jeans Wilder @ Bootleg Bar
Motown Mondays @ The Short Stop

San Cisco, Tom Lark, Miner @ The Echo
Shiny Toy Guns with MNDR, MNDR, Of Verona @ The Echoplex
ARTEQUE Latin Digital Art/DJ Experience with Peligrosa All-Stars @ Los Globos
Midnight Sixes, Programmed for Pleasure, Dignitary Los, The Shadow Fire @ Lot 1 Cafe
Jason Lytle (of Grandaddy), Sea of Bees, Mr. Barrington, Louis Cole and Genevieve Artadi @ Bootleg Bar/Theater

Unicorn Kid, Jerome LOL, Teams @ The Echo
Dub Club @ The Echoplex
The Withers, Hands Like Bricks, Dream Homes, Spaceships @ Lot 1 Cafe
Jazz night ever Wednesday @ Echo Lake Coffee Co (formerly Downbeat Cafe)
Here We Go Magic, The Dig, The We Shared Milk @ Bootleg Theater

White Arrows, Kitten, Blondfire, Labyrinth Ear @ The Echo
PopShop West 005 with Goldroom + Special Guest Headliners, Ghost Beach, Carousel @ The Echoplex
inc. with KELELA & KINGDOM @ Los Globos
Madness for Sadness, Charlie Clark, Mitchell Schaffer, plus guests @ Taix Lounge
Paper Route, Trails and Ways, Faded Paper Figures @ Bootleg Bar

Spaceland, Levitt Pavilion LA, Origami Vinyl and 89.9 KCRW present Church Sessions with Lost In The Trees, Midtown Dickens, Dana Buoy (Akron/Family) @ First Unitarian Church, Los Angeles
Moon Block Party, Future Eyes, The Echo present Beyond The Witching Hour in Crystal-Vision with Peaking Lights, Lumerians, Dahga Bloom, Guy Blakeslee (Entrance Band), Golden Animals, Juju, Supertall Paul, Diva Dompe, Blackfeet Braves, Mr. Elevator & the Brain Hotel, Runson Willis, Cosmonauts @ The Echoplex
FIDLAR Record Release Show, Pangea, The Shrine, Meat Market @ The Echo
James Supercave, M31, Jack Littman, Snow Wite @ Pehrspace
Ollin, Rough Church @ Taix Lounge
War Tapes, Jutty Ranx, Last American Buffalo, Strange Tongues @ Bootleg Bar
Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders @ Origami Vinyl
Donna Jo, Emily Lacy, Jo Cool, Bloody Death Skull @ Echo Country Outpost

Halloween Booootie LA @ The Echoplex
Funky Sole @ The Echo
The Ukulady’s Halloween PartyShowFun + Slap Some presents Whats Cookin’: CAPTIONS, Twin Owl, Big Fly @ Lot 1 Cafe
Peelander-Z, Electric Eel Shock @ Bootleg Bar
The Stripminers and friends @ Echo Country Outpost

Converge, Torche, Nails, Kvelertak, Dangers @ The Echoplex
Dignan Porch [Captured Tracks], Catwalk [Captured Tracks], Grmln @ The Echo
French Toast Comedy @ Taix Lounge
Mark Mallman, Transfer, State to State, Hustle and Drone, Palace Ballroom @ Bootleg Bar
No Paws @ Origami Vinyl
Super Soul Sunday @ The Short Stop
Safari So Goody, Kitchen Hips, Blackwater Jukebox @ Echo Country Outpost

Visit the venue websites for more information on the cost and times of shows. Feel free to add more events in the comment section. All events listed are subject to change at any time, and new events announced for the week after this posting may not be included. Visit our Weekly Events page for more neighborhood events, shows and specials.

Even though the new 7-Eleven store that recently went up on Glendale Boulevard in Echo Park has shiny new signage and appears (from our observation) about ready to open, it won’t be offering beer and wine in its coolers any time soon.

We recently learned the store’s application for a permit to sell beer and wine for off-site consumption was denied by the city of LA, however a 24-hour operation was approved (in lieu of 7:00 am – 11:00 pm). This is not exactly a surprise as not only was there a large number of opposition letters (including a petition), and the store did not receive the support of the Northeast Police Division Captain.

This may come as a relief to many neighbors concerned with having yet another convenience store (there’s an AM/PM across the street) selling alcohol, however the hours of operation may not quell those concerns. According to comments on the application notice, the store representatives expressed they would not likely pursue opening the store if it was denied the beer and wine permit.

Both the Echo Park Improvement Association and the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council submitted letters of support dependent on certain conditions, including the limitation of store hours, prohibition of single bottle sales, store lighting, security, and more.

We have reached out to 7-Eleven representatives via email, but have yet to hear back.

Echo Parenting & Education is hosting a “Pumpkins for Peace” event for families on Saturday, October 20 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm.

Although the non-profit is asking for $20 per family, noone will be turned away for lack of funds. There will be a Pumpkin Carving (you can bring your own or they’ll provide one per family), a “peace walk,” face painting, and healthy snacks and drinks.

Echo Parenting and Education is located at 1226 N. Alvarado Street.

On Friday, the Echo Park Farmers’ Market not only celebrates is 6 year anniversary, it’s all the 5th annual Seize the Sizzle Salsa contest.

The contest begins at 6:00 pm. Registrants should come with their salsa already prepared, and check in at the information booth.

The judges haven’t yet been announced, and there may be prizes for the newly crowned Salsa King or Queen!

Even though the building is up for sale, the Echo Ten Thirty is now home to a new 4,000 square foot Crossfit Sunset gym opening officially on Saturday, October 20, 2012.

Jack Osbourne, who apparently lost a bunch of weight doing this type of intense weight lifting, is hosting the grand opening with a special workout. That is sold out, but you can still register for the free grand opening event by clicking here.

Over a year ago we thought we’d be getting a new vegetarian restaurant, but that sure seems to have fallen through.

h/t Racked LA

For the week of Monday, October 15 through Sunday, October 21, 2012

Monday Night Residency with Robert DeLong, LA-EX, Five Knives, DJ DLX @ The Echoplex
Monday Night Residency with Superhumanoids, James Supercave, Gothic Tropic, Kisses (DJ Set) @ The Echo
Motown Mondays with Ohmega Watts, Sloe Poke, DJ Jedi @ The Short Stop
Kera and the Lesbians, Sister Ruby Band, Kind Hearts and Coronets @ Bootleg Bar

Hospitality, TEEN, Pageants @ The Echo
Check Yo Ponytail 2 with Riff Raff, Kitty Pryde, Lil’ Debbie, Brrrang-A-Dang, Fat Tony, Tom Cruz @ The Echoplex
My Heart is an Idiot: Found Magazine’s 10th Anniversary Tour with Davy and Peter Rothbart @ Bootleg Theater
Peace (+ free pizza!) @ Origami Vinyl
Elektro-PR Presents: Tyler Gregory, The Mishaped, & more @ Lot 1 Cafe

Dub Club meets Blue Beat Lounge @ The Echoplex
Garrett Pierce Album Release Show with Tall Tales, Irvin Dally @ Echo Country Outpost
Wendesday night residency: Zoom-B @ Mohawk Bend
United Ghosts, The Ross Sea Party, Doña Nicha, Spaceships @ Bootleg Bar
Garrett Pierce @ Origami Vinyl
The Withers, Betty White, The Yams, Precious @ Lot 1 Cafe
Jazz night ever Wednesday @ Echo Lake Coffee Co (formerly Downbeat Cafe)

Woods, White Fence, Randy Randall @ The Echo
Echoplex Speakeasy, DJ E13 @ The Echoplex
The Whigs, The Record Company, Criminal Hygiene @ Bootleg Bar
Madness for Sadness, Charlie Clark, Lael Neale, plus guests @ Taix Lounge

Ultraísta, Matthewdavid @ The Echoplex
Jump N Funk, Rich Medina, DJ Destroyer @ The Echo
Chris Cohen, Ashley Eriksson (LAKE), DIVA @ Pehrspace
Tomas Barfod, Young Adults, Suzanne Kraft @ Bootleg Bar
Hélène Renaut @ Origami Vinyl
Greg Da Ponte, Cap Gun Hold Ups @ Lot 1 Cafe

The Soft Pack, Crocodiles, Heavy Hawaii @ The Echoplex
Funky Sole @ The Echo
Happy Box 15th Anniversary @ Bootleg Theater
Magic Trash @ Origami Vinyl
Women Warriors II Benefit Show @ Lot 1 Cafe

The PolitiCool Party, Overdoz, Polyester The Saint, Iman Omari, Yonas Michael @ The Echoplex
Thieves Like Us, Geneva Jacuzzi, Violet Tremors @ The Echo
Kat DeLuna @ Los Globos
SWAP-A-RAMA (and bands) @ Pehrspace
Peachy Keene, Dark Furs @ Bootleg Bar
French Toast Comedy @ Taix Lounge
Super Soul Sunday @ The Short Stop

Visit the venue websites for more information on the cost and times of shows. Feel free to add more events in the comment section. All events listed are subject to change at any time, and new events announced for the week after this posting may not be included. Visit our Weekly Events page for more neighborhood events, shows and specials.

For the week of Monday, October 8 through Sunday, October 14

Monday Night Residency with Robert DeLong @ The Echoplex
Monday Night Residency with Superhumanoids, Mr. Little Jeans, Carousel @ The Echo
Dirty Three, Stab City @ Bootleg Theater
Kera and the Lesbians, Kitchen Hips @ Bootleg Bar
Buzzband LA’s SecondTuesday with Troup, Paper Pilots, Mighty Forces @ Lot 1 Cafe
Motown Mondays @ The Short Stop
Immanu El @ Origami Vinyl

The Corin Tucker Band, Summer Twins, Branden Daniel & The Chics @ The Echo
Check Yo’ Ponytail 2 with DIIV, Violens, Cold Showers, Deathday @ The Echoplex
Trash and Treasure Night Market
The Balconies, Heroes and Heroines, Future Ghost @ Bootleg Bar
Spence Presents: Metalachi @ Los Globos

VUM, Kissing Cousins, Hepa-Titus @ The Echo
Dub Club @ The Echoplex
Saint Vitus, Weedeater, Sourvein, Spilth @ Bootleg Theater
Matt Bauer @ Origami Vinyl

Giant Giant Sand, Russ Tolman Band, Brian Lopez @ The Echoplex
K.Flay, Michna, Air Dubai @ The Echo
Northern Youth, The Union Line, Jarrett Killen, Young Empress @ Bootleg Bar
L.A. is Burning… Vogue! @ Los Globos

Strange Talk, Hundred Waters, Wildcat! Wildcat! @ The Echo
White Mystery, Crazy Band, Heller Keller, Palm Reader @ Pehrspace
Busdriver, NoCanDo, Open Mike Eagle @ Bootleg Theater
Dustin and the Explosions, Starskate, Mystery of Iniquity, Rot @ Lot 1 Cafe
The Exclusive Ska Clash, Stranger Cole, Eric Monty Morris @ Los Globos
The World Record @ Origami Vinyl
Moris Tepper, Mecolodiacs @ Taix Lounge

Sock Puppet Sitcom Theater – The Golden Girls (1985), Funky Sole @ The Echo
Bootie LA Request Night @ The Echoplex
Fink, Simone White (solo) @ Bootleg Theater
Jhameel @ Bootleg Bar

Grave Babies, Ghost Wave, The Golden Awesome @ The Echo
Onuinu, Feeding People, Cayucas @ Bootleg Bar
Super Soul Sunday @ The Short Stop
French Toast Comedy @ Taix Lounge

Visit the venue websites for more information on the cost and times of shows. Feel free to add more events in the comment section. All events listed are subject to change at any time, and new events announced for the week after this posting may not be included. Visit our Weekly Events page for more neighborhood events, shows and specials.

Owner Genevieve Ostrander just reopened the Echo Park Avenue bakery in June after some renovations and a menu rehab, but the six-year-old business is now officially up for sale. She tells Eater LA that she put the bakery up for sale due to “unforeseen medical issues,” and that she is “VERY motivated to sell.” Asking price is $150,000 or best offer (plus rent).

h/t Eater LA and The Eastsider LA

Photo by Javier Cabral via Grubstreet LA

Cookbook owner Marta Teegan has been working for a long time on renovating a 1100 square foot space next to Radi’s Auto and Novak Salon at 1356 Allison Avenue. Grubstreet Los Angeles reports the new restaurant, named Cortez, will be opening up on October 28 for a private dinner with photographer Todd Selby. The menu focuses on “locally procured organic produce, sustainable seafood, and pasture raised meats, along with pickles and charcuterie made in house for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week.”

They did apply earlier this year for a beer and wine license for the 25-seat restaurant operating from 8:00 am – 11:00 pm Sunday through Thursday from 8:00 am – midnight. Email for reservations.

Saturday is a big day for the Echo Park neighborhood council – the biannual elections take place, and there are a lot of new faces vying to represent you as representatives and board members.

A common theme from candidates at last night’s Echo Park Improvement Association forum included both the lack of outreach on the elections (and just overall) by the current neighborhood council, as well as concerns about the NC’s plagued reputation. “The dialogue needs to be richer, it needs to be understood, it needs to be clear. With mutual respect I think we could accomplish a lot in those meetings,” said teacher Cheryl Ortega, running in District 2.

Others like Todd Walker, running in District 1, are also concerned about development in Echo Park, citing the impending Barlow Hospital development as an example. “I see a lot of growth happening in Echo Park, and I think it’s exciting, but there are certain ways I think it can be better managed.”

President candidate Ari Bessendorf also attended last night’s candidate forum (Francisco Torrero, part of the current NC board, is also running but was absent last night), saying he believed that he can fix the NC’s credibility. “I believe in intentional community,” he said – meaning transparency, focusing on the right issues, and being a responsible council can mean accomplishing more for our community.

Whoever ends up representing us in the neighborhood council, we have a few suggestions and some unsolicited advice:

  • Re-evaluate the website: It’s difficult to navigate to meeting agendas and minutes
  • Post meeting agendas and minutes on the website (the minutes, for example, haven’t been updated in quite some time)
  • Improve outreach: Facebook, Twitter, and an online sign-up form for receiving email alerts are easy to set up and not at all costly
  • Collaborate with other neighborhood non-profits and organizations
  • Educate board members, committee members, and representatives on complicated land-use issues, Roberts Rules/Parliamentary procedure

Click here for a list of candidates and information on the Empower LA website. Election results could be announced as early as Saturday night.

Who can vote and how?

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Just in case, I would bring in some sort of identification. You can vote for board members (President, VP, etc.), as well as District Reps. For either of those, all you have to be is a stakeholder – which means you live, work, own property, or frequent the area (shopping, going to the dentist, etc.). You don’t need proof of being a stakeholder – just sign a piece of paper saying you are one. That’s it!

Getting out the vote

Be sure to vote! Election takes place on Saturday, October 6 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Edendale Library, 2011 West Sunset Boulevard.

Candidates can vote, but they can’t campaign within 100 feet of the library.

Community activist Christine Peters told the crowd at the EPIA meeting last night that the very first election in 2002 had 1,000 people show up to vote. The last election… 214 people voted. “I want to see 1,000 people come in,” she said, “I want to see 1,000 votes.”


The Echo Park Improvement Association (EPIA) is hosting a forum for candidates running for neighborhood council positions on Thursday, October 4, 2012. The forum takes place during the EPIA’s regularly scheduled town hall meeting at 7:00 pm in Williams Hall, Barlow Hospital.

The Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council (GEPENC) elections are just around the corner, on Saturday, October 6 (at the Edendale Library from 10am-2pm). This is your opportunity to hear directly from the candidates as they seek your vote to represent you in the neighborhood council. All positions are up for grabs, including all the board positions (President, VP, etc.) and District Representatives.

Click here to view the candidates who have filed, their statements, and more information about the elections on the Empoyer LA website.

More coming soon about these GEPENC elections and why they’re important!

For the week of Tuesday, October 2 through Sunday, October 7

Deerhoof, Buke and Gase, Raleigh Moncrief @ The Echoplex
Sonnymoon, Jonwayne, B Lewis, CVLTS @ The Echo
Mount Eerie, Bouquet, Hungry Cloud Darkening @ Pehrspace
Cate Le Bon, Ryat (Brainfeeder), The Moor @ Bootleg Bar
Open mic night @ Tribal Cafe
Super Disco Freq with Human Life @ The Short Stop
Dona Nicha, Heroes & Heroines, Heart of the Dinosaur @ Lot 1 Cafe

Tashaki Miyaki, Babies On Acid, LA Witch @ The Echo
Dub Club @ The Echoplex
A Show for Mayla: Father John Misty, Daniel Lanois, Inara George, Becky Stark, Great Northern @ Bootleg Theater
Open mic night @ Tribal Cafe
The Withers October Residency @ Lot 1 Cafe

Filter Magazine’s Culture Collide: John Talabot, American Royalty, The Balconies, Boxeur the Coeur @ The Echo
The World Record Double LP Record Release Show, Francisco The Man, Seasons, Geronimo Getty, The Damselles & The TC4, Adeline & The Philistines @ The Echoplex
Patrick Wolf, Woodpigeon @ Bootleg Theater
Open mic night @ Tribal Cafe
Garrett, The Kid, and Maslansky @ Echo Country Outpost
Huntress @ Los Globos
Money Son, Slow Learner, Dennis Robicheau & The Sophisticates, Novi Split @ Lot 1 Cafe
Colorfeets, The Standards, Coldair, Touchy Mog, Immanu El @ Taix Lounge
Go Back to The Zoo, Monster Cat, Touchy Mob @ Origami Vinyl

Filter Magazine’s Culture Collide: The Big Pink, School of Seven Bells, Royal Teeth, Moss, Optic Yellow Felt @ The Echoplex
Filter Magazine’s Culture Collide: Zola Jesus, Ewert and The Two Dragons, Sudden Weather Change, Terminal @ The Echo
The Fuxedos, The Mike Penny Orchestra, Art of Bleeding (Film Screening), Lost Moon Radio, Quazar and the Bamboozled @ Bootleg Bar
Pirupa, & [a]pendics.shuffle @ Los Globos
Eekis, Vs Colour, Palace Walls, Frownes Van Can’t @ Lot 1 Cafe
The Balconies, The Moog, Resplandor, Immanu El, Huddle @ Taix Lounge
Kyst, Coldair, The Trouble with Templeton @ Origami Vinyl

Filter Magazine’s Culture Collide: Of Montreal, Icona Pop, Gold Fields, Ewert and The Two Dragons, Go Back To The Zoo @ The Echoplex
Funky Sole @ The Echo
MONO, Chris Brokaw (of Codeine) @ Bootleg Theater
Belmont High School Arts Festival @ Tribal Cafe
Alex Anwandter, Technicolor Fabrics, Santi, Muarice de la Falaise, Ané @ Los Globos
Vision, The Pocket Rockets, Horrorscopes @ Lot 1 Cafe
Moss, The Kavanaghs, Monster Cat, The Lighthouse and The Whaler, Young Buffalo @ Taix Lounge
Moss, Ewer and The Two Dragons, Efrat Ben Zur @ Origami Vinyl

Culture Collide After-Party @ The Echoplex
Part Time Punks The Cure Tribute Nite @ The Echo
Six60, Tempest (Gabrielle Wortman), Mono/Poly, ELOS, Fat Albert Einstein, Kone, Jincallo, Dave Betamax, Heru @ Bootleg Bar
Super Soul Sunday @ The Short Stop
Morning Parade, Gold Fields, Half Moon Run, terminal, Kyst, The Standards, Monster Cat, Marit Larsen, Efrat Ben Zur, Mimes of Wine @ Taix Lounge

Visit the venue websites for more information on the cost and times of shows. Feel free to add more events in the comment section. All events listed are subject to change at any time, and new events announced for the week after this posting may not be included. Visit our Weekly Events page for more neighborhood events, shows and specials.