The Bob Baker Marionette Theater _ Echo Park

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There is a white, box-like building where Glendale Boulevard meets 2nd St. under the shadow of the Beverly Blvd Bridge.  There is nothing spectacular about the building, other than the words painted on the front and the often-dark marquee.  I’ve always wondered what is inside the “theater”, so I finally got my chance to catch a show on a weekday at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater.

The Theater has regular shows twice during the weekends.  But if a school group schedules a field trip during the weekday, then the theater will also release some tickets to the general public . Which is how I found myself with 40 pre-schoolers inside this white box for “Fun With Strings!”.

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The show was an unexpectedly amazing production.  Everything is choreographed, and there are more than 30 different, hand-made marionette puppets used by 5 trained puppeteers, with music and lights.  And it’s interactive!  Who knew?

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The Theater also houses a workshop where puppets are made and fixed.

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After each show, guests are invited to go into an adjacent room, where you are served ice cream.  After every show.  I know, right?  

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Supper Social: The Last Supper _ Echo Park Lake

The first official Supper Social was hosted in my tiny studio apartment in Silver Lake on a hot evening on August 18, 2011. Even after almost 3 years, I’m still amazed everyday by this community that we are all a part of. It’s been a pleasure watching connections and friendships form, and I hope that you all continue that spirit of engagement and courage that I have come to respect and admire about you all. This city needs you!

Come out for a day-time, picnic edition of the Supper Social before I head off to Pittsburgh for a year, or two.  We will be not only enjoying the beautifully renovated Echo Park Lake, but also celebrating this little community that we have created. #losangelesbeautiful

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Ashley made a Longoniza & Banana Ketchup Pizza - in memory of our first Pizza Party in 2011!

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Jonathan adopted my waffle maker!  Great match!

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"Bohemianism thrives on adversity.  You have to have a concentration of people practicing their arts, people with superior endowments who don’t necessarily fit into society and who are in fact often engaged in rebellions against convention, creating a symbiotic society where not only can they go and eat at each others’ houses when they’re hungry, but where they can also spark each other and be each others’ critical audience."Jake Zeitlin

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The Red Party _ Echo Park

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Lots of my good buddies of the Echo Park Bike Posse are doing the AIDS/LifeCycle, a 545-mile bike ride this summer from San Francisco to Los Angeles.  So they threw a fundraiser party to raise money for the cause.

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Tongs.

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Panama _ Always (Classixx Remix)
from Always EP (2013)

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Lucy asked me to bartend Bruce & Gilberto’s wedding reception at her house.  The perfect tune for a wedding with a Klezmer Band, Jewish square dancing, a sunset, and a view of the Echo Park Lake! _ Angeleno Heights

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Echo Park Community Parade _ Echo Park

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My favorite community event of the year!  I’ve proudly been a participant in the Echo Park Community Parade, which takes place every holiday season, for the past 3 years.  And this year, I represented the Bodacious Bike Babes, the Echo Park Time Bank, and the L.A. Bike Trains down Sunset Blvd. - on bikes!

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I love the Echo Park Community Parade because, like its name suggests, it showcases local community groups and schools on iconic Sunset Blvd. through downtown Echo Park.  There are no barriers holding back spectators.  In fact, spectators are encouraged to stand up and participate in the parade.  

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Since I first participated in the parade in 2010, I’ve always been on my bicycle.  This year was no different.  In fact, the Bodacious Bike Babes even choreographed a 2-minute dance with their bikes

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The BBBs entertaining the diners at Brite Spot.

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The best part about the Echo Park Community Parade - every participating group receives a trophy!

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The Annual Echo Park Bike Posse Holiday Ride _ Downtown LA

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The Echo Park Bike Posse's annual holiday ride. This year, we biked to some festive holiday spots in Downtown LA.  First stop, the nativity scene at the gazebo at El Pueblo de Los Angeles on Olvera St.

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There was snow!

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Second stop, the Christmas Tree at Grand Park.

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Third stop, 4th St., followed by LA Live.

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Echo Park

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Yes, there was a Santa Sleigh Bike Trailer.

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Goldroom _ Embrace feat. Ariela Jacobs
from Embrace EP (2013)

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Kendall and Mike visited LA.  So we had a picnic at the new Echo Park Lake.  The perfect tune for a perfect Los Angeles fall afternoon.

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Belmont High School Football Game _ Historic Filipino Town

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Buddies Travis, Thad, and I embarked on our second annual Belmont High School Football Game, in support of our local neighborhood high school’s sports team.  We kicked it off with pre-game pupusas from Pupuseria Menchita.  The Dodgers game was on.  National League Championship series versus the St. Louis Cardinals.  Game Six.  We lost.

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A lot of people ask me “why did you go to a high school football game?”.  And I tell them “why not?”  It’s entertaining.  It’s local.  It’s supporting, both financially and by attending, our local neighborhood schools.  And it’s delicious.  Nachos!

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Belmont High School versus Hollywood High School.

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It was Hollywood High School’s homecoming game, at a rival’s stadium.  Odd.

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Belmont touchdown.

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Last year’s season didn’t have a marching band, due to budget cuts and dropping enrollment.  This year saw the revival of the band, though it was only 8 members, and the trombone player was seated the whole time with a backpack on.  They were great.

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Belmont won.

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LACBC Photo Shoot _ Los Angeles

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The Los Angeles Bicycle Coalition needed some stylish cyclists for some promotional photos.  So obviously, I answered their call, along with the Bodacious Bike Babes.  We spent a Saturday morning biking through Downtown LA and Echo Park in our bests, including our shoes!

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Happy Birthday Amy, Bubbles & Kites, Inauguration _ Los Angeles

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Birthday hike in Los Liones Canyon in Topanga Canyon State Park, Pacific Palisades.

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Roommates!

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Echo Park Lake reopened after a 2-year, $45-million rehabilitation.  In celebration of this occasion, my friends threw a Bubbles and Kites party.

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Inauguration Ceremony & Celebration @ LA City Hall.

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I love this town.  Only in LA can you do all this in one, single day.

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