October 31, 2007

Wine Bar Opens Nov. 12, Says Craigslist, and Already for Sale

SURELY THERE IS a strategy behind trying to sell a wine store that has yet to open. Right? From Craigslist:

Date: 2007-10-30, 1:34PM

Wine Tasting & Wine Store For Sale - $350,000


Located in Atwater Village near the communities of Echo Park, Los Feliz and Silver Lake, as well as, the City of Glendale. Great access to the 5, 110 and 134 Freeways with on and off ramps to the 5 freeway less than a .25 mile away.

Excellent retail space situated between a Starbucks and H&R Block! The property is located on a major boulevard with over 39,000 cars passing by each day. A total of 3,171 sf of space is currently being built out and will be delivered and ready for occupancy November 12, 2007.

850 sf of ground floor retail space is being built out as a wine store. 2,321 sf of basement space is being built out as a wine tasting bar & lounge, wine cellar and cigar humidifier room.
I'm torn. Why buy a bottle of wine when I can buy the entire store? Oh that's right. Because it's $350,000. And real estate is not included.

October 30, 2007

Name That New Wine Bar

Funny Name for a Wine Bar
AS REPORTED HERE on the Newbie blog, our blogmates over at Franklin Avenue now confirm:
Standing at the Crispy Crust (free samples!), we wound up talking to the man standing in front of the future wine store.

The man - I believe it was owner Andy Hasroun - basically confirmed everything that Atwater Village Newbie mentioned last December. The wine shop will include regular wine tastings (functioning much like Colorado Wine Co. and its small wine bar) in addition to sales; a large wine cellar will be located in the basement.

Hasroun told us he's still trying to come up with a name -- The Cellar or L.A. Cellar are two possibilities.

I'd suggest going the pun route: Atwater Into Wine.
Love it. The nameless-for-now wine bar goes in the Glendale Blvd. retail strip with Starbucks, H&R Block and Crispy Crust. (Home of, by the way, the neighborhood's best pizza, the thin-crust chili con carne.)

October 28, 2007

Atwater Village Halloween Scene

October 26, 2007

Atwater Chatter: Not-So-Scary Neighborhood Edition

NEWS FROM IN AND around Atwater Village, one LA neighborhood happy to have taken in a few evacuees from the latest California fires.

Gang leader convicted - Timothy McGhee, 34, leader of Atwater Village's Toonerville gang, is found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder, four of attempted murder ... Verdicts were welcome news here, where "residents feared McGhee would get off after an almost six-year wait." [LA Daily News]

Glendale Boo-levard - Fourth annual "trick or treat fall festival," 3100 block of Glendale Blvd., Friday, Oct. 26, 4:00pm to 5:30pm. [AVNC]

Neighborhood Council Election Final Report - Ouch! "In observation of the numbers of votes (398) that were cast in this election, the Human Relations Commission hopes that the Neighborhood Council will not be satisfied with a voter turnout for this election in a neighborhood council that represents over 20,000 stakeholders." Right, City, call us back when you empower neighborhood councils to actually do something. [City of LA]

The carp are biting - "Yesterday I came across these dudes fishing in the Glendale Narrows ... Here's Jon and Dean with their carp 'Double Header,' around 4-5 lbs. each." [Nature Trumps]

Jim not really a Field Deputy... just a lowly Case Worker - Someone must really hate this guy. [The CD14 Enquirer]

October 24, 2007

The Former Castle Kashan

This weekend I rediscovered a photo I took this summer in Malibu.

I posted this photo and asked aloud, what is this place?

Then this place, Castle Kashan, burned to the ground.

October 20, 2007

Unless the Art Glows in the Dark

YOU MAY WANT TO arrive early (or late) to the Immigrant Punk exhibit tonight, if Black Maria Gallery participates in Lights Out LA.
  • Immigrant Punk - Opening exhibition, Black Maria Gallery, 3137 Glendale Blvd., Saturday, Oct. 20, 7:00pm to 10:30pm
  • Lights Out LA - Turning off all non-essential lighting for one hour, Saturday, Oct. 20, 8:00pm to 9:00pm

October 19, 2007

Drive Over to the Casitas Avenue Drive-In

casitas_ave096, originally uploaded by Luis Lopez.

Things are looking up for Casitas Avenue. Though the south Atwater Village street may not be getting any Star Trek lofts, it is getting in on another trend: cinematic alternative realty games.
"This fall the HEAD TRAUMA cinematic gaming continues. Players will interact with the film's characters; offline, online, and via mobile devices in what is a cross between flash mobs, urban gaming, and ARGs. The game starts in late September ... Then on Oct. 20th, live cinema games will play out in 10 cities across the country. Within the series are clues aka rabbit holes that lead to hidden sites, blogs, social networking pages and media."
Sounds like it might be worth surrendering to the confusion. The "live cinema game" is Saturday, Oct. 20, 11:00pm, in the parking lot of 3191 Casitas Ave. Admission is free.

October 16, 2007

If You Have Something Nice to Say...

...SAY IT ABOUT Atwater Village. Bekka Teerlink takes the east-side Art Crawl X down a few pegs, but makes mom proud with some kind words about our 'hood:
The one discovery I did make is the galleries in Atwater Village. That's what people should be checking out (well, except for JFerrari Gallery - they weren't open so I never got a glimpse.) All these galleries get points from me for being friendly and welcoming - as well as for having something great to look at. If I were in the mood to relocate my studio - that's where I'd go. (And I was told there are empty shops on that stretch aching to be made into more galleries and studios.) Luckily it's still close at only a mile away.
Yes, artists, fill up those empty shops! We could use a few more musicians, come to think of it. The Atwater Village mixtape has had enough Beastie Boys and Black Eyed Peas.

October 12, 2007

This Weekend: Art Crawl? More Like Art Sprawl

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COVERING THIRTY-TWO LOCATIONS in Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Echo Park and Atwater Village, the tenth annual Art Crawl is this weekend on LA's east side. (Northeast side? North of downtown-ish side? East of Hollywood side?)

I'm glad to see the quadfecta of Atwater galleries - Black Maria, LittleBird, J. Ferrari, Pounder Kone - all involved. Hopefully other Glendale Blvd. moms-and-pops will stay open late to distract the wandering hipsters.

It's Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12-14, starting 12:00noon each day. More at Art Crawl X.

UPDATE: Nearby Eagle Rock's got its own art thang going on, 13 galleries on Oct. 13.

October 8, 2007

Election Over, Forum Returns

NOW THAT THE COUNCIL election is over, the online neighborhood forum - unceremoniously stripped from the Internet a few weeks ago - is back.

It looks like the offending, election-related comments have been removed. Check out the first post after hiatus, and peruse the rest of the forum.

Glad to have it back. Now let's try to behave.

LA Galaxy Wants Second Chance to Steal My Camera

Starting Lineup
FOR THE SECOND TIME since July, I've received voice mail from the LA Galaxy front office. Both were live calls - not pre-recorded telemarketing messages. Both wanted me to know about "exciting" soccer games coming to Home Depot Center, "some" of which "might" include David Beckham.

David who? Isn't he that famous guy who sits in a private box - not on the field with his teammates - during soccer games? Isn't he the token millionaire whose mere image in the lens of an entry-level Nikon gets a visit from a Galaxy goon offering to confiscate my camera? (I call it attempted Grand Theft Photo.)

I doubt the friendly fellow calling now knows what happened last time I dropped $240 into Beckham's coffers. Should I call back and let him know?

October 6, 2007

Now, Back To Your Regularly Scheduled Neighborhood

AT LAST, IT'S OVER. Barring any meddlers from Reseda, these are your Atwater Village Neighborhood Council election winners (with vote totals):
  • Resident North Atwater - Fernando Dejo-Grundy (203), Leonora Gershman (258)
  • Resident Central Atwater - Phillip Alexander (85), Jenn Hoffman (88)
  • Resident South Atwater - Nancy Mejia (106), Ken Osborne (158)
  • Business Rep. - Jeff Gardner (236), Diane Serafino (249)
  • Religious Rep. - Bruce Fleenor (132), Lenore Solis (205)
  • Community/Non-profit Rep. - Christine Anthony (227), Luis Lopez (188)
  • School Rep. - Tim Warner (268)
  • Park & Rec Rep. - Roberta Javier (190)
As one of today's 398 voters, I'm pleased to see most of the people I chose on this list. But there are some I didn't choose who also made it. Term limits, anyone?

October 5, 2007

You Don't Even Have to Live Here

Vote! Vote! Vote!
INTERESTING ELECTORAL TRIVIA: Los Angeles neighborhood council elections are open to all "stakeholders." Who exactly are these stakeholders? The list:
  • Homeowners
  • Renters
  • Property owners
  • Business owners
  • Employees of neighborhood businesses
  • Members of cultural institutions (theater group, art gallery, etc.)
  • Members of religious institutions (churches)
  • Members of service or community non-profit organizations (animal rescue organization, historical society, etc.)
  • Students of neighborhood schools (16 years and older)
  • Members of park and recreation centers (soccer teams, etc.)
So basically if you spend more than a few hours in Atwater Village, you might be able to vote in tomorrow's AVNC election. The entire council could be controlled, for all we know, by Costco employees.

The election is Saturday, Oct. 6, 9:00am to 4:00pm, Holy Trinity Church, 3716 Boyce Avenue. Candidate statements here.