Month

May 2009

The Jaya Mural

By Emily Winters and maryjane In March 1974, Judy Baca of the City Wide Mural Project approached Jaya (Sanskrit for non-violent Revolution/peace/victory), an active, uppity Women Artists Collective, to create a mural about the Venice Canals community and its struggle to survive the intrusion of profiteers. Open public tedious meetings and hearings for this mural...

Jaya Mural Celebration

Jaya Mural Celebration – On May 3, the Venice Arts Council (VAC) Endangered Art Fund is celebrating the completion of the Jaya Mural Restoration Project by honoring donors at a champagne brunch. The brunch will be held at Switch Studios where the Jaya Mural is located, near the Venice Canals at Dell Avenue and South...

Letters

Growing Up in Venice – A. Karno Danielle Greco, Former Canal Resident – paul tanck President Obama and Mr. Abajo – maryjanie Response by Jim Smith ————- Growing Up in Venice Dear Beachhead, Can’t thank you enough for printing Ms Mora’s fine piece of lit about Venice history. As a Jewish Female who is a native Angelino...

Police Break Up “3rd Friday” on Westminster Avenue

Nine police officers in five squad cars showed up April 17 to restore public order on Westminster Avenue, between Speedway and Ocean Front Walk. The culprits this time turned out to be upstanding business owners from the block. The crime: no permit for playing music or otherwise having a good time. There was one complaint...

Relief Is Just A Toke Away

By Ian Lovett The April 21 meeting of the Venice Neighborhood Council saw an agenda item that proposed to limit signage on medical marijuana dispensaries to the side entrance, not the front. Though this proposal seems relatively minor, it is at odds not only with Venice’s longstanding 420-friendly reputation, but also with the marijuana industry’s...

What’s Behind the Push for OPDs?

By Peggy Lee Kennedy Rubber Tramps, Gypsies, and Hippie Busses are nothing new to Venice. In fact, Venice is known worldwide for embracing different lifestyles. When the circus came to town, Venice is where the Gypsies stayed. Beat poets and anarchists hung out. Misfits fit in. If you were odd, you were cool in Venice....

Jane Harman – Caught In The Act?

By Jim Smith Jane Harman, our Congressional representative, is in trouble. Before you rush off to save her, consider this. She was caught on a wiretap agreeing to try to get espionage charges reduced for two foreign agents. A 12-year prison sentence has already been handed down for a former Defense Intelligence Agency official, Lawrence...

Swami X Speaks

I trust you understand I’m talking to myself here. It’s important to be aware of your basic beliefs, because a new reality is being manifest in the next 4 years. Sensitive people feel it coming. If you can’t feel it coming, it doesn’t suggest you are insensitive; you may have a lot of things on...

Yet another illegal giant sign on Ocean Front Walk

The historic Ocean Vue Apartments at 5 Rose Ave. have a new owner, and a new name, “Air.” “Hip Beachfront Living” will be a new thing for the low-income tenants who are fast disappearing from the building. One senior holdout with a bad hip told the Beachhead that the changes were uncool. “The remodeled lobby...

Venice Carnevale to feature fire dancers, music, costumes and Mr. Balloon Man

After years of wandering around Venice looking for a home, Carnevale organizers believe they’ve found a permanent location for their once-a-year extravaganza. On June 6, Windward Avenue, west of Pacific, will be closed to traffic as local romantics garbed in medieval finery set up booths, stages, while minstrels wander through the crowd. It’s been a...
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