Do This Today: Echo Park Rising!

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I went to Echo Park Rising last year and it was a really fun neighborhood music event. I went in the afternoon, parked up the road off of sunset. I went knowing I wanted to walk around and get exercise while hearing some bands. There are stages in shops, restaurants and actual music venues. The variety is awesome and there are tons of food trucks. The people watching is incredible, as you can imagine, and it’s all right by Echo Park Lake so you can take breaks and walk down to the water. Check out HERE for the lineup of bands and they even let you create a schedule for where you need to be at what times to see the bands you want. Oh did I mention this is all FREE! 

Event: Echo Park Rising (link)
Location: All around Echo Park near Taix, the Echo and other Echo Park establishments on /near Sunset Blvd
Time: August 15-17, 2014, all day
Cost: FREE!!

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Do This Today: Bootleg Theater

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Bootleg Bar is the place to be tonight. Come see Owenstone perform for $10. Show starts at 8p!

Event: Owenstone at Bootleg Theater (link)
Location: Bootleg Bar, 2220 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057
Time: August 12, 2014, 7:30 doors
Cost: $10 tickets HERE

Do This Today: Bootleg Theater

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Bootleg Bar has a bunch of fun events going on this weekend. Tonight Crooks on Tape is performing with DTCV and Spaceships. On Saturday night that band Harriet is headlining with other performances by The Americans and Z Berg. On Sunday, comedy comes to Bootleg with What’s Up Tiger Lily? featuring TJ Miller and Matt Braugner.

Event: Weekend Events at Bootleg Theater (link)
Location: Bootleg Bar, 2220 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057
Time: January 17, 2014, 8:00 doors
Cost: $0-12 depending on the show. Find tickets HERE

Do This Today: Zongo Junction at Bootleg

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Bootleg Bar is hosting Zongo Junction with Brass Magic, Chicano Batman, DJ Sean-o and Kid Sheikh tonight. Hit it up and dance into the weekend!

Event: Zongo Junction
Location: Bootleg Bar, 2220 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057
Time: January 3, 2014, 8:00 doors
Cost: $12! Get tickets HERE!

Secret Stair Walk #12: Echo Park Lake Victorians

—  In 2012 I had the goal to do all 42 walks from my book, “Secret Stairs, A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of LA” by Charles Flemming. I was 10 walks shy of meeting my goal, but thats means I get to enjoy the Secret Stair walks in 2013! These posts are to (hopefully) convince you to buy the book and get out there to explore the secret stairs around LA. Enjoy!  —

Finally it’s time to share a Secret Stair walk that I’ve been waiting a long time to do: walk #13 Echo Park Lake Victorians. Echo Park Lake has been through a lengthy renovation and in June it finally reopened all clean, shiny and new. It was the perfect time to complete that walk from my book.

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Ooh a fancy head. I can’t remember who this was… but now you should come check it out for yourself.

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When they cleaned out the lake they kept this flowers which are symbolic to the history of the lake. On we walk…

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Stair time! I’ll admit, there aren’t a whole lot of stairs in this walk, but it was hilly and that should count for something.

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We did pass some homeless people packing up and starting their day, and I would recommend only doing this walk during daylight hours. The trash residue tells you what happens here at night.

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But the view from the walk way if awesome.

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We looped back down by the lake.

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It’s so clean and pretty now!

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See, we climbed some stairs.

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These stairs lead us into the Victorian neighborhood which is nestled in Echo Park in the shadow of downtown.

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There was a cute dog running around proudly in front of one of the Victorians.

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This section of LA is often seen in movies and tv. For example, these tourists are taking their picture in front of the old Charmed house on Carroll Ave. Also on this street is the house recently seen on Mad Men (Don Drapers childhood home). It’s a beautiful block and I highly recommend exploring this area.

Happy Secret Stair Walking!

Secret Stair Walk #13: Laveta Terrace (Echo Park)

—  In 2012 I had the goal to do all 42 walks from my book, “Secret Stairs, A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of LA” by Charles Flemming. I was 10 walks shy of meeting my goal, but thats means I get to enjoy the Secret Stair walks in 2013! These posts are to (hopefully) convince you to buy the book and get out there to explore the secret stairs around LA. Enjoy!  —

I haven’t posted a Secret Stair walk in a while mainly because I don’t want them to end, so I’ve been savoring them. The Laveta Terrace walk #13 takes us through Echo Park. I parked up Echo Park Ave, which added a little bit to my trek.

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There’s nothing like walking along Sunset on a Sunday. The textures, colors, and fonts are fun to explore.

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This is where the stair walk begins. Up, up, up!

 

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Pattern!

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The next set of stairs was really fun and with a line of palms at the top, it felt like a scene in a movie.

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Don’t mess with this guy.

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Hills. Up, up, up.

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Gates are just a suggestion, right?

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From across the valley I saw this guy. I wonder what it is? A fancy jungle gym? Someones house?

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This was my favorite part of this hike. It was hidden amongst the trees, but by exploring I got to see this awesome religious space in the Echo Park hills.

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Look at how nice this space is?! And with the views… it feels so European.

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What a pretty dumpster. Love the color.

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Steep steps.

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Flamingos on parade.

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These steps lead to a little oasis above Sunset. What a nice surprise to take you out of the hustle and bustle of Echo Park.

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On the way back to the car Siquica Sara guides you.

Do This Today: Pop-up Gallery

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Tonight from 6pm-9pm Hemingway & Pickett is hosting an exhibit of work from the photographers of Darling Magazine. Come by to see their prints and enjoy drinks and cupcakes from Lark Cake Shop (yum!).

Event: Darling Pop-up Gallery (event link)
Location: Hemmingway & Pickett, 3208 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Time: Thursday June 6, 6p-9p
Cost: Free!