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When I lived in Echo Park, Machine Project was right down the street from my apartment. The first time my friend and I went, we weren't even sure we were at the right place; the space is very unassuming. We hesitated at the door for a second, but the laughter inside lured us in.
For the next hour or so, we caught some delightful free musical performances, poetry readings, and an artsy film that made you say either "Wow!" or "Huh?". We were also entertained by a cool vacuum machine that sucks up your donations and whirls your bill around the room through a series of maze like tubes.
Machine Project is East Side intellectual indie culture at its finest, and I would recommend this place to anyone who is in need of intellectual stimulation. Past classes and workshops included "Make Your Own Pizza Dough," "Beginning Tabla," "Programming Your iPhone 101," "Introduction to Crochet," and "Instrument Invention Workshop". Go with an open mind; you won't be disappointed!