Month

August 2013

Artist Profile: Emily Winters

By Greta Cobar Here’s a Venice trivia question for you: What do the Venice Arts Council, the Venice Japanese American Memorial Marker, the Ocean Front Walk benches, the Poetry Walls, the Art Walls and the proposed Los Angeles Mural Ordinance have in common? The answer is Emily Winters. And the previous list enumerates only the...

The Case of the Disappearing Benches

By Carol Fondiller Reprinted from the October 1983 issue At one time there were sixty of them. They were double benches. That is, one could sit and face the west and watch the ocean, or one could sit and face the east and watch the human parade that strolled, shuffled and bumped up and down...

Letters

Dear Beachhead Bunch, I’m pleased to see my article on the front page of the Beachhead celebrating 100th Venice Birthday. I’ve enjoyed a long connection with the Beachhead and Venice. As a veterano, congrats on your continuing excellence… especially in the July issue. Peace, Panos Douvos Dear Beachhead, I find your article that generally praises...

PRISON NATION

By Mary Getlein Eugene Debs said it best: “While there is a lower class, I am in it, while there is a criminal element I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison I am not free.” This quote was used in a political poster to help create the movement against the...

They don’t like Cheerios: Race in America

By Ronald K. McKinley I was born, and raised in American Apartheid, in New Orleans. I was born in 1950. I still remember the “White only” signs. We were colored then; we became Negroes, finally morphing into black. I sewed my “Black Is Beautiful” patch on all my bell bottom jeans. I graduated from high...

Peter Lodato: Capturing Venice’s Light

By CJ Gronner I’d seen Peter Lodato around for years, taking strolls along the streets of Venice in his signature hat. Only recently have I gotten to know more about the man and his fine art. Thankfully. My friend David Phillips, whose art I’ve written about before, introduced me to Mr. Lodato, and we three...

Big Trouble for Playa Vista

By John Davis The frantic developers of Playa Vista are trying to explain why they installed drains in the Ballona Wetlands without State and Federal permits. One would expect a sophisticated response from a seasoned and very expensive public relations firm to massage the bad publicity. However, this is not the case. Spokesman Marc Huffman...

Manny’s Lowrider Bikes Keep Us Rolling

By Greta Cobar One thing about Venice is that everyone is rolling on something: be it a bike, skateboard, rollerblades, unicycle or tricycle. “I’m here to keep the wheels rolling in Venice.”, said Manny Gonzalez, of Manny’s Lowrider Bikes. “I keep things as cheap as possible so people can afford to fix their bikes”, he...

Parking, Traffic and Other Evils in Venice

By Jim Smith The recent fight over pay parking in Venice brought to the fore the problem of too many cars in Venice. Not only are there more than 21,000 vehicles in zip 90291, there are many thousands more parked here by beachgoers and Abbot Kinney Blvd. thrill seekers. Clearly, our beautiful coastal zone is...

Poetry

Venice Nights Venice nights Life’s sweet delights Spinning carnival lights Cool jaded moon Soft golden sand We walk hand in hand We walk onto the promise land Hear the drums When the time comes follow the sound Watch the mystics whirl around Light our camp fire snuggle up beneath the moon Flames dance from the...
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