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Lila Downs to kick off upcoming season at The Luckman

The year is not half over but The Luckman Fine Arts Complex today announced its upcoming 2012-2013 season, which begins with a Sept. 22 concert featuring Mexican singer and composer Lila Downs. The line up for the 19th season reflects the Luckman’s goal to present “genre-bending and boundary pushing” singers, dancers and performers from around the world at the El ... Read More »

Silver Lake Jubilee unveils final music line up

 Family of the Year to play at Silver Lake Jubilee The Silver Lake Jubilee today announced a final line up of more than 70 musical acts and artist that will perform on six stages during the Memorial Day weekend. With the Sunset Junction Street Fair collapsing into bankruptcy court, the Silver Lake Jubilee has been left to fill the role ... Read More »

Culture Collide Festival to return to Echo Park this fall

Norwegian singer Marit Larsen will perform at this year’s Culture Collide Festival in Echo Park. The  Culture Collide Festival  has announced its initial line up of global musical acts and artists who will perform in Echo Park in early October for the third annual music and arts event. The international festival’s four-day line up includes bands and singers from Spain, ... Read More »

Silver Lake club to host a local SXSW alternative

Can’t attend next week’s South by Southwest conference in Austin? The Satellite in Silver Lake is hosting a small-scale, four-day music  festival of its own: LAxLA. Local rock bands that will perform  include  The New Division, The Californian, Last American Buffalo. A four-day pass for March 13-16  is on sale for $10.  Click on the kink below for the line up. Read More »

Eastside Shopper & Diner Report

The big news at this Saturday’s Silverlake Art Craft Fair & Vintage  flea market is not about a new vendor or food truck. It’s the introduction of “swanky valet parking for the rich and lazy.” Brazilian Yoga & Pilates –  which offers pre-natal yoga, Capoeria, mat pilates and yoga workshops – at the Atwater Village Crossing complex is offering  a ... Read More »

Akbar throws itself a quinceañera

It was 15 years ago this month that Scott Craig and Peter Alexander took ownership of a bar at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Fountain Avenue. Two weeks after they took the keys, the reopened the bar on the border of Silver Lake and Los Feliz under a new name: Akbar. In a short while Akbar established itself as ... Read More »

Save the Date: Echo Park scavenger hunt to reveal neighborhood history

The Echo Park Historical Society has teamed up with event organizer Out of the Box of Events to produce The Echo Park Challenge, a neighborhood-wide scavenger hunt and fundraiser that will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12.  One of the neighborhood’s most historic places, Echo Park Lake  is off limits as it undergoes a massive clean up. But event organizers ... Read More »

Save the Date: Pianist brings his “Tsunami of Sound” pianist to Eagle Rock

By Becky Koppenhaver World-renowned piano virtuoso, Awadagin Pratt will perform a solo recital at Occidental College’s Thorne Hall on Saturday, Oct. 29.  The recital – featuring works by Beethoven, Liszt, Schumann and others – will be Pratt’s only California performance on a national tour, the only chance local audiences will have to see a world-renowned prodigy whose performances have been ... Read More »

Save the Date: “House of Gold” explores the dark side of American childhood

By Becky Koppenhaver Can a parent love a child just for her or himself alone? Writer Gregory Moss and director Gates Mc Fadden explore this unsettling question in the West Coast premiere of  “House of Gold,” previewing tonight, Friday, Oct. 21, at the Atwater Village Theatre. Inspired by the unsolved murder of six year-old, Jon- Benet Ramsey,  “House of Gold” ... Read More »

Save the Date: Guitar virtuoso to tap away at The Fretted Frog

By Becky Koppenhaver Renowned Austrian guitarist Thomas Leeb is anything but ordinary. His technique has been likened to a wild trip on an acoustic roller coaster.  Leeb himself often refers to his unconventional style of acoustic percussion guitar tapping as “the bastard child of acoustic guitar.” This Saturday, Oct. 1, Leeb will showcase his captivating style at The Fretted Frog, ... Read More »

Save the Date: Bicycle Kitchen concert fundraiser

The Bicycle Kitchen, a nonprofit bike education repair group in East Hollywood, is hosting a concert and record release party in Echo Park tonight to  help raise funds for a new home. Kristen Erickson of Bicycle Kitchen said the rent on its current space, which is leased on a year-to-year basis, keeps rising with no end in sight.  A home of ... Read More »

Echo Park shops and artists team up for Art Walk & Shop Hop

By Becky Koppenhaver Soon you will be able to walk, shop, and hop for deals as well as culture all on the same day in Echo Park. Two separate community events that promote and support local artists and   businesses will  merge into the upcoming  Echo Park Art Walk & Shop Hop on Saturday, September 24. Neil Scheild, owner of Origimi ... Read More »

Atwater says so-long to summer

Atwater Village will host its final “Summer Nights on Bouelvard” on Thursday with live music, art and late-night shopping and eating.  “Summer Nights is a showcase for our merchants and restaurants on Glendale Blvd. in Atwater Village,” said Lenora Pitts with the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council, which co hosts the event. “Our businesses stay open late and offer specials and ... Read More »

Fictional revolutionaries star in Highland Park art show

After writing a story about a fictional revolutionary movement called GANAS, Ernesto Yereno decided to turn his tale into a gallery show  of  stencil and collage on canvas, and rubyliths. “GANAS 2020” opens Saturday, Aug. 13 at Avenue 50 Studio in Highland Park.   The fictional GANAS is dedicated  to  “fighting for reform, empowerment and dignity,” according to information from Avenue ... Read More »