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December 1, 2010

The Abbot Kinney Art Haus

By Karl Abrams The “art haus” is no more. After several months of feverish painting and philosophizing in a rundown donated space at 1307 Abbot Kinney Blvd., a unique group of Venice artists and creative thinkers/poets have seemingly melted back into the landscape of future possibilities, in search of a new place to gather, to...

Temple of Man Celebrates 50th Anniversary

The Beat Generation in Venice will be talked about and studied for years to come. Many of the landmarks are gone, but some remain. The Gas House, the first coffee house, was bulldozed by the city of L.A. years ago. It was on Ocean Front Walk at Market St. The Venice West Cafe at 7...

WALKING WITH THE BEATS ON THE VENICE BOARDWALK AT HALLOWEEN

By Jack Foley the ghosts are all here—Philomene, John, Tony, Bill, Stuart, Jim—but they are all friendly, taking in the health-giving sea air and the glorious Southern California sunshine weirdos everywhere and of course medical marijuana (“come in and see if you qualify”) and a store that said “Rafiki” (“friend”) and ice cream and children...

Theatre Review: Island of Brilliance

By Suzy Williams Here is what we have right on Venice boulevard: Beyond Baroque, Sparc, and Pacific Resident Theater, all in a row. Three classy meccas of culture. The first specializing in poetry and literature; the second, art and murals; the third, plays – the tried and true and the new.  We Beachheadniks often find...

Swami X Speaks

I seriously believe America’s main addiction is entertainment. It may be true that all public gatherings are motivated by a dearth of sexual fulfillment.  All the priest crafts have utilized fear and manipulated sex to control and bind us. God bless and awaken them, too. The greatest entertainment is getting to really know one’s self,...

Poetry

Angels – Krista Schwimmer Stop the Ride – Jim Mussio Basking in My Element – Roxanna Gómez Sequeira To Bill Rosendahl – Mary Getlein inside the Talking Stick – Roger Houston Yo Saturnalia – Jim Smith ———— Angels i sleep in a bed of angels — All through the night their long wings stroke me peeling my body away...

This is the 42nd Anniversary Issue of the Free Venice Beachhead

In the winter of 1968, Venetians began reading the Beachhead, and they haven’t stopped since. The first issue contained articles by Jane Gordon, John Haag, Phil Chamberlin, Carol Fondiller and Rick Davidson. All of them were to play a crucial role in shaping the Venice we know and love. An editorial on the front page...

From the first issue of the Beachhead, Dec. 1, 1968:

This issue of the Beachhead is dedicated to all our departed brothers, living and dead, who have loved Venice, and in particular to Abbot Kinney, Ron Boise, Stuart Perkoff, Maurice Lacey, John Thomas and Jimmy Morris. To those who read, greetings! We would welcome you back.  
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