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!!

Do This Today: Bootleg Theater


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


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


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.


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


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


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.


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.


But the view from the walk way if awesome.


We looped back down by the lake.


It’s so clean and pretty now!


See, we climbed some stairs.


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


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


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.



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



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





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.


Don’t mess with this guy.


Hills. Up, up, up.


Gates are just a suggestion, right?


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


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.


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



What a pretty dumpster. Love the color.


Steep steps.


Flamingos on parade.


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.


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

Do This Today: Pop-up Gallery


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!

Weekend Guide: May 3 + 4 + 5

Friday night (May 3rd) check out the Pancake and Booze art show downtown from 8p-2am. It’s being held at Lot 613, 613 Imperial St, LA (aka warehouse party/art show). Cover is $5 but it includes all you can eat pancakes. There will be live body painting, a photo booth, a stencil art performance, and a 3d blacklight experience. Street parking is free but sketchy, and the show has a $7 lot.


Independent Label Market is hosting a FREE music event on Saturday May 4th at 11 to 4pm in Silverlake. Expect food trucks and live music. Think of this as a farmers market for the music industry. It’s located at the Micheltorena Elementary School in Silverlake and check HERE for more details.


After checking out the Independent Label Market, head over the the Vegan Beer & Food Festival on Sunset in West Hollywood on Saturday. More than 40+ brewers are participating with more than 30 food vendors and live music. Tickets are $40 in advance (get them here) and general admission gives you unlimited beer sampling. Beer lovers unite!


On Sunday May 5th it’s Cinco de Mayo… but it’s also Big Sunday! Big Sunday is a volunteer weekend about helping your community. In the past I’ve chopped wood at a kids summer camp, danced with elderly people at an old folks social, volunteered at the first Echo Park Art Walk and even made sandwiches and hand delivered them to homeless people. All of these activities were rewarding, eye opening, extremely memorable and a great chance to meet others in the community interested in helping others. There’s still plenty of time to sign up for an event. Do it!

Do This Today: Dear Boy at Bootleg


Bootleg Bar is hosting Dear Boy, Soft Swells, and The Active Set tonight. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9pm. Click HERE to read about each musician and get links to their music. Tickets are $10 and you can get them HERE.

Event: Dear Boy, Soft Swells, and The Active Set
Location: Bootleg Bar, 2220 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057
Time: 8:00 doors
Cost: $10! Get tickets HERE!

Do This Today: Weekend Edition

This weekend has SOOO much going on, I can’t do all the events justice so instead I’m going to do an abbreviated Weekend Guide. Here goes…


Tonight visit the Iam8bit  Art Gallery for the opening of their newest show “It’s the ShizNICK!” celebrating the good ol’ days of Nickelodeon tv shows and cartoons. From 7-11p tonight they are having their opening celebration with live tunes by DJ Lance, a “Photo Playset”, and SLIME! Get ready to get nostalgic!


Do you love reading? And books? And Authors? Check out the LA Times Festival of Books! I went last April and had a fun day (check that post here). Be sure to bring sun screen and walk’in shoes, cause it’s a big event.


The Echo Park Art Walk is happening on Saturday in Echo Park (duh) from 12p-6pm! I do a lot of my secret stair walks around here and it’s a fun neighborhood to explore. Many shops are participating and this is a fun people-watching neighborhood. I went to this two years ago and saw Danny Devito and his wife enjoying a local band performing on the street. I can’t recommend this event enough and it celebrate local small businesses.


Go from the Echo Park Art Walk to the Frogtown Art Walk! Come check out this cool neighborhood along the LA River from 4 to 7pm on Saturday.


Are you less into books and more into cycling? Or running, or just general moseying along the streets of LA? The next CicLAvia is happening this Sunday from 10a-3p. Check out the map HERE for details about road closures. It’s Marina Del Ray to downtown. Get out your sneakers!

There’s just SO much happening this weekend, it’s hard to choose! Either way, get out there and have a fabulous weekend. It’s FRIDAY! Enjoy!