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Music, Art, Food Trucks & Bicycles: ArtCycle Returns to East Hollywood Tomorrow

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Photo by Cassandra Pruett via Flickr

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A portion of Santa Monica Boulevard will be opened up to pedestrians and bicycles tomorrow for the 2nd Annual ArtCycle event, which is meant to merge creativity and cycling in celebration of East Hollywood's emerging arts scene. The street fair will feature a small army of food trucks, various bands, arts and crafts, face painting and art in addition to bicycle-led tours of neighborhood art galleries and historical spots.

One building with history written all over it, however, sits in the middle of the festival. The Cahuenga Branch Library is steeped in history and across the street from it is another spot where residents hope to make a historical move by changing a city facility into the neighborhood's first park.

"One of our big issues is to create parks because we don't have any of them," explained David Bell, president of the East Hollywood Neighborhood Council, which is sponsoring the event. "Right where we're having the ArtCycle this year is the Bureau of Street Lights' storage facility for the entire city. We're kinda doing it front of that location to show that we've been storing the street lights for the entire city for long enough. It's time to move that out and turn that piece of propety into a park."

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Bell says Councilmember Eric Garcetti, the bureau and others are in agreement that it should move, but to where is the question. "Perhaps under a freeway," he suggested.

Envisioning the city's future aside, ArtCycle looks to be a good time. Bands include Killsonic, Luna is Honey, 60 Watt Kid, John Nixon from Whqles and others, with DJs from Dublab filling in the gaps. Salsarologo, the Capoeira Group and the Flag Dancers will also be there for entertainment.

Food trucks booked by the Mobile Food Vendor Association include Fresser's Pastrami, Louks, Del's Lemonade, Let's be Frank, Frysmith, Asian Soul Food, Komodo Food, Slice Truck, Fishlips, Dragotta, India Jones, Vesuvius, and Grilled Cheese Truck.

The event goes from 2 to 10 p.m. and if you don't have a bicycle, don't worry. The event is next to the Vermont/Santa Monica Red Line Station.