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Friday, August 22, 2014

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Boyle Heights vs. Highland Park: A tale of two Starbucks

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BOYLE HEIGHTS –  If the new Highland Park Starbucks is a depressing letdown, then perhaps the disappointed latte-lovers in search of more ambiance should visit the equally new Boyle Heights Starbucks. The two new stores, both of which opened last month, share a lot in common: ... Read More »

A weekend of music, art and tragedy in Echo Park

Dante Elephante winding things down on Sunday | Nathan Solis

ECHO PARK -- Neighborhood festivals come in all shapes and sizes and this past weekend's Echo Park Rising was no different. The music festival fit over the community like a circus tent. It brought out the best in the community, it brought out the worst. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that someone was stabbed to death on Friday night, the murder scene and yellow police tape just a few yards from the crowd gathered outside one of the festival venues. Read More »

Best bets at this weekend’s Echo Park Rising festival

Scenes from 2013 Echo Park Rising | Nathan Solis

_ ECHO PARK – This weekend Echo Park will welcome the fourth annual Echo Park Rising festival to the neighborhood. The three-day music and arts event is free, and aims to celebrate the creativity and diversity of the Eastside enclave. This year’s schedule is again loaded ... Read More »

Eastside Weekend: Frida2014 in East L.A.; Echo Park Rising; vegan fun in Glassell Park

Artist Juan Solis painting a Frida Kahlo in the gallery | Photo by Steve Saldivar

This weekend's events range from the Frida2014 exhibit in East L.A. and Echo Park Rising in Echo Park to the Superchunk show in Eagle Rock and The Church of Seitan - A Vegan Event - in Glassell Park. Read More »

Storefront Report: Echo Park bar owners take over restaurant

The Holloway is opening in the former home of Allummette

ECHO PARK — The folks who renovated and reopened Little Joy, the one-time Sunset Boulevard dive bar, two years ago are now in the process of opening a new bar and restaurant on Echo Park Avenue in the former home of Allumette. The Holloway, which shares ... Read More »

New and expanding Silver Lake restaurants and bars have residents worried

The future home of Bedouin (left); Black Cat (right) plans to add a private dining room

SILVER LAKE — Plans for a new cafe on Bellevue Avenue and the addition of a new dining room at the Black Cat on Sunset Boulevard have raised concern about a decrease in street parking and an increase in noise and congestion in the  surrounding neighborhoods. ... Read More »

Film festival brings movie magic to Highland Park

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HIGHLAND PARK — Organizers of the Highland Park Independent Film Festival want to unite a community with movie magic. It’s no simple task, what with the neighborhood being so diverse. Some prefer action, romance, some like comedies and others want to see their stories told on ... Read More »

Libros Schmibros celebrates four years in Boyle Heights

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BOYLE HEIGHTS — Lending library and bookstore Libros Schmibros celebrated its fourth anniversary on Sunday with a packed house and accolades from the Mayor’s office. Priding itself as a community bookstore, Libros Schmibros offered customers three books of their choosing for $5 at the celebration. Horchata ... Read More »

5 Questions for Echo Park talent buyer Liz Garo

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ECHO PARK — Talent Buyer Liz Garo says to go ahead and take her picture, but she’s going to look down at her phone. She says this is the most honest portrait of her at work. With Spaceland Productions, Garo is responsible for all bookings at ... Read More »

Don’t worry, Silver Lake – Whole Foods is still coming

SILVER LAKE – Every few weeks The Eastsider gets asked  if  Whole Foods is still planning to open up in Silver Lake.  The high-end supermarket chain announced in May 2013 that it would be moving into the Glendale Boulevard shopping center now occupied by Ralphs, with officials initially ... Read More »