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Eastside gentrification goes episodic: 'The Madonnas Of Echo Park' adapted for HBO dramatic series

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The gentrification of Echo Park is about to get the HBO treatment.

An adapted dramatic series based on the novel "The Madonnas Of Echo Park" by Brando Skyhorse, is now in development, Deadline Hollywood reported on Tuesday.

Playwright Julia Cho is attached to write the series. Cho, also credited as co-executive producer, previously worked on the HBO series Big Love. Kapital Entertainment is signed on to produce the project.

The series is not quite the Susan-Dey-as-telegram-stripper-who-lives-in-Echo-Park-with-Amadeus feature masterpiece of 1986, rather, Deadline Hollywood describes the premise as:

"The relationships -– romantic, professional, familial –- of the Latinos that have built the community over the years, and the hipsters who’re making their way in now, examining the complicated dynamic between the two as they struggle to build new lives for themselves in pursuit of the American dream."


Motown legend Stevie Wonder drops in at Echo Park club tribute night

What began as a tribute night to Stevie Wonder at an Echo Park club took a turn for the unbelievable when Motown icon Stevie Wonder himself showed up to hang out, sing a few bars and talk politics. (Yes, politics.)

At the Echoplex, DJ Spinna was hosting his yearly "Wonder-full" club night, where Wonder fans gather to dance to the musician's arsenal of hits and B-sides, and buy T-shirts with screen prints of the legend's face on them.

It may have been his signature sunglasses or long braids decorated with small seashells, but Wonder's arrival was electric, unparalleled even by the Echoplex’s history of big-name talents like Beck and Nine Inch Nails.

The 22-time Grammy winner sat at a small table with friends and family, watching the party from a roped-off corner near the stage. This VIP area was modest, much like Wonder’s entourage and demeanor.