Month

October 2013

It Takes A Village … To Keep It A Village

By CJ Gronner I have to admit, I’d never attended a LUPC (Land Use and Planning Committee) meeting in Venice before October 2nd. I, like my friends and neighbors, was compelled to go in absolute opposition to the new hotel proposed at 1033 Abbot Kinney Boulevard. A HOTEL! What?! NO. That was the gist of...

Using Art in the Struggle for Social Justice

By Eric Ahlberg The intrepid Venice Beachhead reporters went over to the new offices of the Center For The Study of Political Graphics (CSPG), where Venice Artist Carol Wells and her colleagues have created an archive of 80,000 political posters from around the world. Carol Wells: This project started in Venice. It started in my...

Letters

Dear Beachhead, Thank you for your articles on our murals! The original 15c wash and the 5c dry mural was so famous that anyone who wanted to be anyone came to be filmed in front of it. Bobby Darren was there with his photographer to soak up the ‘hip vibes’ to assist in  changing his...

Calling on Venetians to get on board the Airport-to-Park Train!

By Martin Rubin Although the City of Santa Monica owns and operates Santa Monica Airport (SMO), we Angelenos experience most of SMO noise and air pollution. Is there anything we can do that will make a difference, or is it a waste of time to get involved? Can I interest you in a Great Park?...

Plane Crash: One More Reason to Close Santa Monica Airport

By Greta Cobar A private jet carrying four people and three pets crashed at landing into a hangar on the side of the runway at Santa Monica airport. If the hangar wasn’t there, the plane would have crashed into the rows of residences situated only 150 feet from the site of the crash. The flames...

Menotti's Coffee Stop Opens On Windward

By CJ Gronner Way back in the day, there was Menotti’s Bar on Windward. Then came the Prohibition Era, and it became Menotti’s “Buffet”, a little grocery store to serve as cover for the Speakeasy downstairs, which also served as a distribution center for the liquor being smuggled through the underground tunnels from the off-shore...

Zipline Leaves Juan Smelling BS

By Greta Cobar Following their promise to leave only footprints, Flightlinez removed the two towers supporting the zipline and are in the process of restoring the grass that was uprooted when the towers were installed. Unfortunately, the process of restoring the grass involved a stinky fertilizer that stunk up parts of Ocean Front Walk for...

The Merchant of Venice

By Delores Hanney Today Mike T. lives a life of gracious bohemianism with his longtime love Laura. He’s an artist; she’s a writer. Their enchanting Venice home and its 800 square-foot studio behind are hidden from view by thriving gardens swoony with scent and color, tinkling chimes and little surprises tucked in here and there....

Change in Peace and Freedom Party Leadership

A large turnout of Peace and Freedom members overwhelmingly elected new officers on September 27 to head the Venice P&F. Outgoing Chairperson Karl Abrams wished them well and pledged to help make the transition as easy as possible. The new officers are primed to continue and expand the activist orientation of the Venice Chapter. During...

The Venice Symphony Orchestra – Good Vibrations

By CJ Gronner When I first heard there was going to be a Venice Symphony Orchestra, I thought it was just about the best idea ever. Then I heard them, and that is now confirmed. Led by founder/director/conductor/musician, Wesley Flowers, I just heard the VSO play for the first time at the September Venice Art...
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