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Alex Estrada Was Going to Be a Sixth-Generation Mariachi. Then He Discovered Rock & Roll (VIDEO)

Singer-guitarist Alex Estrada sports a Selena T-shirt as he walks into El Compadre in Echo Park. Mariachis perform as patrons consume their margaritas and enchiladas. It’s the fifth anniversary of the formation of Estrada’s band, Silver Snakes. Estrada is a sixth-generation musician. His grandfather performed at the Million Dollar Theatre...

Giant Solar Mosaic Captures the Beauty of the Virgin of Guadalupe

Spiritual dreamer and Echo Park artist Randy Lawrence wants to invite you into his sculptural slice of Heaven.

After 7 Years In Hiding, Shepard Fairey Mural Of Germs Frontman Is Back In Echo Park

The Echo Park mural was defaced within 24 hours of its completion, and remained covered up for nearly seven years after. [ more › ]

A Shepard Fairey Mural Re-Emerges in Echo Park After Eight Years

In 1980, photographer Gary Leonard took a photo of Darby Crash, the lead singer of the short-lived Los Angeles-based punk band the Germs. Crash died of a heroin overdose not long after the photo was taken. Leonard’s image of Crash holding a skateboard has become iconic thanks to street artist/graphic...

Cracker Jack ditches toy prizes for QR codes, mobile games

It's the seventh inning, "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" just echoed through the park and you've decided, because you're hungry or maybe just a sucker for good marketing, that nothing goes better with a stretch than a tiny box of American tradition. You flag down the vendor, who is also likely selling...

Echo Park House With Zero Redeeming Qualities is Asking $770k

Features include rotted floors, toxic waste, and possible fines from the city In the booming Echo Park housing market, it's hard to imagine a four-bedroom house lingering for sale for long. But if any house in the hip and historic neighborhood is up to that formidable task, it's this one. Show More Summary

Gentrification and the Laundromat in Los Angeles

One laundromat in Echo Park is getting the boot for what will probably be fancier retailers As of yesterday, the Lucy's laundromat near Sunset and Alvarado, in the heart of Echo Park, has ended its 17-year run, says KPCC, leaving toShow More Summary

Body found floating in Echo Park Lake over the weekend

A body found floating in Echo Park Lake on Saturday morning appears to be that of a 27-year-old man who was reported missing days earlier, according to officials and family members. The Los Angeles County Coroner's office said on its website that 27-year-old Ramon Piche Beltran died Saturday and...

Body Of Missing Man Found In Echo Park Lake

27-year-old Ramon Piche Beltran had been missing for 3 days. [ more › ]

Adorable 1920s Cottage in Echo Park Asking $619,000

The two-bedroom bungalow features hardwood floors, French doors, and multiple decks and patios Built in 1926, this clapboard-sided bungalow in Elysian Heights measures in at just 722 square feet. But the compact cottage certainly does...Show More Summary

A Couple Turned Their Echo Park Home Into a Funhouse (Video)

Alexa Meade and Chris Hughes got friendly at dinner parties. "I called them dates," Hughes recalls, "she called them group hangs." Eventually he moved into her Echo Park apartment, the Funhouse was born. "The mirrors were the first thing; I wanted to be able to be able to see out...

Echo Park Director Amanda Marsalis on Making Her First Film, Gentrification, and Working With Ava DuVernay

Last fall, Ava DuVernay announced that her independent film distribution company, African American Film Festival Releasing Movement, or AFFRM, would relaunch as Array, expanding more broadly to release films by people of color and women globally. Show More Summary

A Couple Turned Their Echo Park Home Into a Funhouse

Alexa Meade and Chris Hughes got friendly at dinner parties. "I called them dates," Hughes recalls, "she called them group hangs." Eventually he moved into her Echo Park apartment, the Funhouse was born. "The mirrors were the first thing; I wanted to be able to be able to see out...

Indie Focus: A spectrum of emotions and music in 'Echo Park,' 'Green Room' and 'Sing Street'

2 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : LA Times

Hello! I’m Mark Olsen, and welcome to your weekly field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. This week I reviewed the new comedy “Barbershop: The Next Cut,” the latest in what has become a venerable franchise. Directed by Malcolm D. Lee from a script by Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver, “the new...

In 'Echo Park,' a romance plays out with an L.A. backdrop

Absconding from dreary domestic ennui in Beverly Hills, Sophie (Mamie Gummer) moves to the eponymous, hip, happening neighborhood in "Echo Park." A meet-cute with the overtly friendly Alex (Anthony Okungbowa) over a furniture purchase establishes their mutual affinity for Prince rarities on wax....

Echo Park Shops Get The Boot As Developer Plans Huge 'Retail Compound'

Long-time tenants along a busy stretch of Sunset Blvd. are preparing to relocate as a developer prepares to transform the area [ more › ]

Crucial Chunk of Echo Park Getting a Gentrification Makeover

The businesses are moving out and 1.14 acres at Sunset and Alvarado will be transformed into Sunset+Mohawk Recently Echo Park has become a neighborhood marked by dizzying change. With Silver Lake reaching peak gentrification, the wave...Show More Summary

?Is It My Imagination, Or Is My Rent Really High?

Courtney & Eric's (Rented) Echo Park Charmer Pin it If the concept of rent being no more than 30% of your take-home (after tax) pay seems about as realistic as purple unicorns, you might be wondering why rent is so high anyway. READ MORE »

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