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Hello Echo Park Weekly Readers,
 
April is shaping up to be a lively month! Dodger season and dodgeball season are here. The all-girl, EP-based punk-pop band Bleached released a new album. And our neighborhood was the subject of an April Fool's prank.   

Enjoy!
 
Cecilia Padilla Brill 
Editor, Echo Park Weekly

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Weekly Snapshot: Cafe Society

          

Tierra Mia Coffee. Photo by Jesus Sanchez 

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Dodger Home Opener: Game day parking, traffic and drinks


                              

Get ready for Dodger fans and traffic jams next Tuesday. The first home game of the season is one of Echo Park's biggest events of the year. Pre-game picnics and parties will jam Elysian Park and neighborhood watering holes will be filled with fans. The downside, of course, is the traffic, trash and occasional misbehaving fan. Officials at Council Districts 1 and 13, which represent the Echo Park area, have been working with city departments to make sure the season opener on Tuesday, April 12 at 1:10 pm (Dodgers vs Diamondbacks) is enjoyable and safe for fans and locals: 
  • Council District 13 has asked for the LAPD to increase patrols on Sunset Boulevard.
     
  • The CD 13 Clean Team and volunteers with Trash Free Earth will help remove garbage and debris before and after the game in Elysian Park and surrounding residential areas.
     
  • Council District 1 is working with the Dodgers and city agencies to clean the area around the stadium and impose game-day parking restrictions.
     
  • Portable toilets and extra trash bins will be set up near Scott Avenue and Academy Road for the fans that party in the park before the game.
     
  • The Department of Transportation will impose one-way access on Academy Road at Morton Avenue.
     
  • Street parking will be restricted to two hours between 8 am and 2 pm at the following locations: Portia Street; 1300-1500 block of Sutherland; 1300-1500 block of Quintero and 1400 block of MacBeth, according to Council District 13.
     
  • If you usually come home around 6 pm, might be best to hang out near your job until Dodger fans depart and traffic settles down.
We hope everyone enjoys the home opener. Go Dodgers!

You don't have to go to the ballpark to celebrate the Dodgers home opener. Several Echo Park bars and restaurants will be holding drink and dining specials, before and after the game. Here's a sampling:
  • $3 Rolling Rock cans all day, in addition to the regular lunch items at The Park.
     
  • The Holloway is opening at 10 am and offering half price ($4) Bloody Marys and Mimosas until 5 pm. Happy Hour will be extended from 10 am until 7 pm.
     
  • Mohawk Bend will offer a "California Double Play" on game days. For $13.50, guests can enjoy a pint of Anchor California Lager and a shot of Cyrus Noble whiskey.
     
  • In addition to its usual weekday brunch service, Ostrich Farm will be pouring Spicy Micheladas or Tangerine Mimosas + two eggs, bacon and grilled bread for $16 starting at 10 a.m.
     
  • There are no home opener specials at Masa of Echo Park. Instead, patrons will have to wait until the Cubs are in town when all ticket holders (people actually going to the game) get 20% off -- dine-in or takeout -- during the Dodger Cubs Pizza Party.

Scenes & Sightings 


                              

Inside Out spreads the word in Echo Park. The nondenominational, Christian-based church led by Pastor Mike Malatka has started holding services in Echo Park, welcoming parishioners from different cultures and generations. Echo Park was Inside Out’s landing spot because of its "uniqueness and creativity," according to information provided by the church. Services are on Sunday nights at the Golden West Christian Church, 1310 Liberty St. Log on to insideoutla.org for more details.
 
Mohawk Bend preserves EP with pizza. Mohawk Bend will donate $4 of each Preservation Pizza order to support the Echo Park Historical Society and its mission to promote and preserve the cultural and architectural heritage of the neighborhood. The Preservation Pizza is topped with cannellini bean puree, grilled onion, charred radicchio and saba. 
 
EP location shoots for the Dew Skate Tour and a Fox TV pilot. The Dew Skate Tour, as in Mountain Dew, will be filming at 88 Monks Art/ Clothing Gallery in the 600 block of Alvarado Street from Friday, April 8 to Sunday, April 10. The shop fits the bill since it's equipped with an indoor skate ramp. Next up is Zoobiquity, a Fox-ordered TV pilot which pairs an ambitious cardiologist and a socially awkward veterinarian (yes really). The pilot will be filming at Echo Park Lake on Friday, April 8.

It’s dodgeball time! The Echo Park Dodgeball League is gearing up for a new season, which starts later this month. Games are played at the Echo Park Community Center on Patton with the official, no-sting rubber ball of the World Dodgeball Society. Post-game parties held at The Holloway. Go to dodgeball4ever.com/echopark for more information.

How about a scoop of watermelon? Icy Rush Co., the new ice cream parlor we told you about earlier this year, has opened up on Sunset, where the owners are serving traditional favorites along with fancier fare -- like the sweet and spicy watermelon and cajeta (Mexican caramel).
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Echo Park in the News  


Photo Credit: Nicole Anne Robbins 


All-girl, Echo Park punk band Bleached went to the Santa Monica Pier with the Los Angeles Times in tow. The resulting article explores sisters Jennifer and Jessie Clavin's early days in the Los Angeles music scene, their lives as extras on film and television crew productions and the April 1 release of Bleach’s sophomore album, “Welcome the Worms.”

Not everyone is a fan of Vin Scully Way. The City Council wants to rename Elysian Park Avenue in honor of legendary Dodger play-by-play announcer Vin Scully. But some Echo Park groups have launched a last-minute bid to keep Elysian Park Avenue on the map, reports The Eastsider.

What's with that "Call Me" billboard on Glendale? ABC 7 said a couple seeking to get in touch with their two children in the Church of Scientology paid for the sign.   

R.I.P Joe Bass. The musician and bartender at the Short Stop bar died last month after battling prostate cancer, says the L.A. Weekly. Bass, who called Echo Park home, was 57.

April Fools', Echo Park!  A blog post in the LA Weekly about Echo Park being officially named part of the Eastside was an April Fools' prank. From the comments section, it looks some readers might not have gotten the joke.
 
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Echo Park Events


Reminder:  Meet the candidates running for the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council. The Echo Park Improvement Association hosts a Candidate Forum on Thursday, April 7 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Barlow Hospital’s Williams Hall, located at 2000 Stadium Way. Register to vote here.
 
Excuse us, but this event is actually called I Didn’t Ask for This: A Lifetime of Dick Pics. The femme art show opens on Friday, April 8 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Rhabbitat in the 1400 block of Beverly. It features more than 150 images of, yes, you guessed it, in works by 30 artists as well as on-the-spot tattooing, food and drinks. A portion of the proceeds goes to The Center for Reproductive Rights. Show runs April 9, 10, 16 and 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More events in the Eastside Calendar.
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Crime





There was a slight increase in crime this week compared to the week prior. Crimemapping reports six vehicle break-ins, three grand theft auto cases and two incidents of aggravated assault -- one involving the brandishing of a weapon on the 1400 block of Sunset, the other a case of alleged spousal abuse in the 200 block of N. Lake. 
 
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Real Estate 




One of Echo Park's vintage apartment buildings is for sale. The three-story brick structure on Sunset near Portia is listed on LoopNet for $4.6 million. Built in 1925, the mixed-use building is comprised of four storefronts on the ground floor with 24 apartments above. What will a sale mean for the current tenants? We'll keep you posted.
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History Tidbit 




Carey McWilliams, a nationally recognized writer, attorney and political social activist lived at 2041 Alvarado during the 1940s. He eventually moved to New York but remained the owner of the house until the 1970s, according to Peter Richardson, who wrote a book about McWilliams. The 95-year-old home sits on a narrow, hilltop stretch of Alvarado that is far quieter than the wide and busy Alvarado most of us are familiar with. McWilliams’ work inspired the Roman Polanski's 1974 film Chinatown. Farm worker organizer César Chávez said that most of what he knew about California agribusiness came from reading McWilliams’ books.
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That's it for this week!

Thanks for reading! Until next Thursday, stay on top of Echo Park and Eastside stories at The Eastsider

-- Cecilia 

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