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Friday, July 3, 2015

Eastsider on the Go

Former Silver Lake furniture store getting a makeover

Photo by Bill Wheelock

SILVER LAKE –  After sitting dormant and vandalized for several months, the former home of Silverlake furniture at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Benton Way has seen a lot of activity in recent weeks. Workers have been replacing the roof of the brick building while ... Read More »

Close Encounters of the Echo Park Kind: Artist connects with community while making a mural

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ECHO PARK -- Skateboarders. Grandmothers. Musicians. They have all stopped by as artist Katrina Alexy has spent the past five months transforming a 40-foot long cinderblock wall next to a public parking lot into whimsical mosaic artwork. She could have completed the bulk of the work more quickly in her Highland Park studio – but what fun is that compared to the countless encounters she had with the people from all corners of Echo Park?

Mongolia meets Echo Park during annual Lotus Festival

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ECHO PARK -- With only about 2,000 Mongolians living in the Los Angeles area and no notable institutions to speak of, getting familiar with Mongolian culture is a challenge. And, despite what you may think, that platter of Mongolian BBQ you once ate is not authentic or even Mongolian (it was created in Taiwan). But next month, Angelenos will be able to learn more about the landlocked Asian nation as the 35th annual Echo Park Lotus Festival will highlight the culture of Mongolia during weekend-long event.

A sneak peek inside Echo Park’s new Bar Bandini

Bar Bandini remains under a wrap

ECHO PARK -- The interior of Bar Bandini remains literally under wraps, with a large tarp covering the windows and doors of the Sunset Boulevard storefront. But the owners of Bar Bandini, located in the former City Sip space, recently have been posting photos of the interior, which has been stripped down for that rustic-industrial look.