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Thursday, September 29, 2016

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Headed to the Eagle Rock Music Festival on Saturday? Here’s what you need to know

Band performing at previous Eagle Rock Music Festival

After being postponed last year, the 17th annual Eagle Rock Music Festival returns with new vigor and purpose on Saturday, August 20 as the largest free music festival in the Los Angeles area. Organizers have taken the criticism of past festivals and have worked with the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council, community leaders and local businesses to tailor the festival to be less of a full-out party scene, and more of family-friendly and neighborhood vibe. Read More »

Do beer and mezcal mix? Echo Park will soon find out

New bar/restaurant moving into former pizzeria

ECHO PARK — A new bar and restaurant with a focus on mezcal cocktails is preparing to open in a Sunset Boulevard strip mall right right next door to beer-lovers’ haven Sunset Beer. An application has been filed with the Planning Department to permit the sale ... Read More »

Build-your-own-döner restaurant coming to Eagle Rock

Future home of Spireworks

EAGLE ROCK -- It looks like Spitz, which has for the past decade been serving döner kebabs and Mediterranean-inspired street food in a hip environment, is about to get some competition on its home turf. Spireworks, an American-style döner restaurant, will be opening up this winter in Eagle Rock, according to its website. Read More »

76 Years Celebrating Nisei Week

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Since the 1880s, Little Tokyo has been a cultural and civic center for Japanese Americans in Southern California. It’s a community anchored by multi-generational family businesses, churches, and temples. One of the neighborhood’s oldest traditions is the annual Nisei Week festival, first celebrated in 1934. Read More »

Final day arrives for Silver Lake’s Circus of Books

SILVER LAKE — After more than 30 years of serving as one of the neighborhood’s chief purveyors of gay porn, as well as running its largest newsstand, Circus of Books will permanently close its Sunset Junction store after today. “Thank you to the many, many loyal and good ... Read More »

Metal Art Classes Coming Up at Molten Metal Works

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Learn to weld and make sculpture or furniture nearby at LA’s community metal shop, Molten Metal Works. Come learn the basics of welding in our one-day welding class Intro MIG or jump into a project in our Make Sculpture or Moving Sculpture classes. Classes range from ... Read More »

Vandals bring Echo Park mini-golf exhibit to an end

smashed minature golf

ECHO PARK — A “ridiculous bout of vandalism” forced the organizers of an exhibit that resembled a mini-golf course to close the show and cancel a finale that had  been scheduled for today. TURF: A Mini-Golf Project,  a temporary exhibit and mini-golf course organized by Materials ... Read More »

Dining scene emerging in Elysian Valley

Salazar is one of Elysian Valley's new restaurants

ELYSIAN VALLEY -- Until recently, when it came to eating out in the neighborhood, locals just had one choice: Rick’s Drive-In & Out burger stand. Now, Elysian Valley, aka Frogtown has a few more dining options and more are planning to opening soon. Read More »

Eagle Rock Music Festival to showcase neighborhood vibe

EAGLE ROCK -- The 17th annual Eagle Rock Music Festival is making its comeback on August 20 after being postponed last year. The event, which has booked 35 acts, is among the largest free music festivals in Los Angeles and is expected to attract 70,000 people. But the community didn’t want it growing so large that the festival lost its neighborhood feel. Read More »