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Gower Gulch and the sort of beginning of Hollywood

Posted by Eric Brightwell, October 27, 2012 01:40pm | Post a Comment

The Hollywood neighborhood emerged as a small village in the late 19th century and was incorporated as its own municipality in 1903. But for most people in the world, “Hollywood” is synonymous with the commercial American film, which established itself there first in an area that came to be known as "Gower Gulch."

Gower Gulch lunch wagon

Before Hollywood emerged as a film-making hub, various companies produced films around the country – especially in Chicago, FloridaCalifornia and especially New York. In Los Angeles, the first filming was done by Thomas Edison’s company around 1898 on South Spring Street, in Downtown.In 1909, William Selig and actor director Francis Boggs moved their company, Selig Polyscope Co, to the Edendale neighborhood (in what’s now Echo Park). Bronx Films, Fox Film Corporation, French & Forman, Keystone Studios, New York Motion Picture Company, Norbig Film Company, The Pathé West Coast Film Company, Reaguer Productions, Western Arts, Westwood Productions, and other studios followed, in the process turning Edendale into the capital of American film production, taking the title from New York City in 1915.

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Moon Block Party's Beyond The Witching Hour at The Echoplex Oct. 26

Posted by Amoebite, October 23, 2012 07:24pm | Post a Comment

Moon Block Party's second annual Beyond The Witching Hour Halloween extravaganza is nearly upon us. Get your Halloween on early at The Echoplex Friday, October 26 for a night of music featuring Peaking Lights, Lumerians (and many more across 3 stages!), live art, installations, and costume contests, all meant to be experienced in Crystal Vision (the organizers have partnered with Future Eyes, an LA based prismatic eye wear company, to create crystal goggles which transform whatever's in front of you into a kaleidoscopic wonderland).

Come dressed up and you could win tickets to Desert Daze 2013, an Amoeba Gift Pack, a pair of Future Eyes and other goodies.

If you're hungry, feast at food trucks (The Urban Oven Pizza, Texas Chili Pie, Sweet Wheels). If you're thirsty, everyone's favorite festival libations purveyor, Sailor Jerry, will be on hand with drink specials.

You can buy a general admission ticket ($13 advance, $15 day of show) or a special package including your very own pair of Future Eyes glasses ($21 advance, $23 day of show). Get tickets here.
 

Moon Block Party LA

 

Set times:

ECHOPLEX STAGE:
Peaking Lights: 12:40AM - 1:25AM
Costume Contest: 12:00AM - 12:10AM
Lumerians: 11:20PM - 12:00AM
Dahga Bloom: 10:05PM - 10:45PM
JUJU: 9:05PM - 9:35PM
Cosmonauts: 8:00PM - 8:30PM


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El Sereno - The last of the independent

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 12, 2012 09:41pm | Post a Comment

INTRODUCTION

Normally for my LA and OC neighborhood blogs, I spend a day (two in the case of Highland Park) exploring and seeing as much as I can and then write about it. For El Sereno, however, I had two whole weeks to explore.

I was house-sitting for a couple, staying in their 1959 mid-century home and taking care of a dog and two cats. Before this excursion I was fairly unfamiliar with El Sereno, having once visited the couple I was house-sitting for, twice visited musician Johann Bogeli (Moving Units), passed through on my bike, eaten at King Torta a few times, and just once purposelessly peregrinating (during which time I came across the Mazatlan).




A hawk in El Sereno
A hawk seen from the window

The first night I spent in El Sereno, one of my hosts and I attended a mescal party in Eagle Rock. Aterward, joined by the other host, we all relaxed in their yard, absorbing the sounds of banda music and partying taking place nearby.

After my hosts embarked on their road trip I would almost always be accompanied in my rambles by their trusty dog, Dooley. I’m not sure if people were especially friendly because I was walking a dog and not just a suspicious guy walking around taking pictures or if people in El Sereno are just generally amongst the city’s most friendly. Whatever the reason, the average day involved so many exchanges of “good morning,” “buenos dias” and hand-waves with complete strangers (and one unintelligible between Dooley and a woman that seemed to have something to do with her ankle monitor and maybe a lighter). As a result, El Sereno has for me deposed Compton as the friendliest community to strangers. (For those wondering, Laurel Canyon and Cambodia Town seemed the coldest).
 

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Animal Shelter Donation Drive at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, September 7, 2012 04:22pm | Post a Comment
Wanna show some love to the homeless cats and dogs at your local shelter and save $3 off Amoeba Music at the same time? Amoeba Hollywood is collaborating with Los Angeles County Animal Shelters to collect much-needed supply items for the care and comfort of homeless animals in our community. Animal Shelters in LA are in desperate need of donations due to of lack of government and community funding. These trends are likely to continue until the economic situation improves, but we can help! Donations, food, blankets, and cleaning supplies can go a long way to help to sustain homeless, abandoned and unwanted animals.

For each one shelter item donation, we will give you a $3 off coupon to use on any purchase at Amoeba Music! It's that easy. Bring in an old towel, a can of cat/dog food or a cleaning product and we'll give you three bucks!

The Animal Shelter Donation Drive runs through
Monday, October 8th.

We can help change the heartbreaking situation of needing to euthanize healthy animals because of a simple lack of donations and resources. Stand up for underdogs everywhere by spreading the word that shelter animals need our help! And please remember to always spay and neuter your pet!

For more information on helping homeless cats and dogs or if you are interested in adopting a companion animal visit: www.laanimalservices.com. 

Stay tuned for more animal education and adoption coverage in October, when Amoeba Hollywood will be teaming up with the Beagle Freedom Project.

Set Times Announced for This Weekend's FYF Fest in LA + Tix Still Available at Amoeba

Posted by Rachael McGovern, August 29, 2012 02:07pm | Post a Comment
FYF Fest released set times for this weekend's festival in downtown LA. Download the pdf version to help plan your days (and get damp in your sweaty pockets). Still don't have tickets? Get 'em while you can at Amoeba Hollywood! They're $89 +$4 fee and you can pay with cash or credit card.

FYF Fest set times
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