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The owners Echo Curio Curiosity Shop & Gallery, a small but active performance and art space on Sunset Boulevard, said they will be meeting with the Los Angeles Police Department on Monday after apparently before forced to shut down, according a post on the Echo Curio blog. It’s not clear what prompted the LAPD to order the closure or for how long it will last. The Echo Curio blog posted the following notice on its blog:
“We still love you all but sadly we’ll be doing it from our respective homes for the near future…. We’ll know more on Monday when we visit the LAPD and start signing forms and paying dough… hopefully it will only be a short time before we’re back up and rocking your faces…. but one never knows….”
The storefront space, whose founders were featured in a recent issue Brand X, had been booked with performances through October, prompting one group to move to the Fretted Frog on Alvarado. While music shows have been postponed for now, art shows will continue, according to an Echo Curio Twitter posting. In August, following complaints from neighbors, the nightspot was forced to prohibit the drinking of alcohol during performances after a visit from the LAPD vice squad, according to Pop & Hiss.
* Update: Grant Capes with the Echo Curio provided more information by email: “We were closed down because we did not have a cafe entertainment license … we’re trying to figure out just what that is… none of the officers who stopped us could really tell us, only that we need to go to the police commissioner on Monday and find out more.”