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In this issue: A documentary filmmaker moves into the neighborhood. The living room of the famous Tom of Finland house has been recreated for the Venice Biennale. And there’s a new song called “Echo Park Vampire”.

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Whimsical footwork at Echo Park Lake. Thanks to Sandy Driscoll for the photo.

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Documentary film company takes over 30,000 square feet of production and post-production space off Alvarado Street, just north of the 101 freeway, Variety reported. XTR, whose credits include Oscar-nominated “Ascension,” benefits from streaming, which has made documentaries more accessible to global audiences, CEO Bryn Mooser said.

The living room of the Tom of Finland house, a The historic city’s LGBTQ landmark on Laveta Terrace has been recreated for an art exhibit in Italy, according to Wallpaper. The Tom of Finland Foundation set it up for a collective exhibition entitled “AllTogether” on the occasion of the Venice Biennale.

Thirty years ago this week, the Rodney King Riots overtook Los Angeles – and local gang members helped protect the former Crown shoe store on Sunset. As Yong Kim and his family, who owned the store, hauled the goods to safety, one of Kim’s brothers recruited gang members who were longtime customers and gave them each a pair of sneakers. to help protect the store. It worked. Years later, Kim said that arrangement would no longer work since gentrification had pushed gang members out of the neighborhood. The store itself closed after a steep rent increase.

Button Mash is back in business after the long pandemic hiatus, and now they serve tacos instead of Asian dishes, reports the Los Angeles Times. The bar-arcade combination on Sunset reopened earlier this month, but without Starry Kitchen as a food supplier. Instead, Button Mash has partnered with Tacos 1986, which started as a street cart in 2018 and grew into a citywide chain.

A zoning administrator postponed a decision on a liquor license for a restaurant space at the corner of Echo Park and Montana. A decision on the permit has been delayed until after a ward council meeting on May 24. The building’s owner wants the permit for the corner space, which has stood empty since The Whisperer closed nearly five years ago. No new tenants have been found and the building is still for rent.

A new Spectrum store has opened at 330 Westlake on Temple in the same building which also houses the new Target mini store which opened last year.

Singer Erin Anne’s new album “Do Your Worst” features the song “Echo Park Vampire”, which is described as “a delightful, riff-invoking, riff-laden reflection on love”. The Los Angeles-based songwriter said she wrote it about his girlfriend, Lindsey, and the song was partly influenced by Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl.”


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Crime

Crime reports last week included shots fired at a moving vehicle near Echo Park and Laguna avenues, three assaults with a deadly weapon in the 1400 block of Sunset and pickpocketing in the Dodgers area Stadium, in the 1000 block of Vin Scully, according to CrimeMapping.com.


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