Month

September 2014

Venice Celebrates the Life of Jay Adams

By CJ Gronner Venice lost one of the true O. G.s on August 15th, when Jay Adams, founding member of Dogtown’s Z-Boys and skateboard legend, passed away at the age of 53 of a heart attack, while on a three month surf trip in Porto Escondido, Mexico with his wife, Tracy. Adams had just told...

Boardwalk Beating: “Worse Than Rodney King”

By Krista Schwimmer Throughout the country, numerous cases of police brutality are bringing communities together in both explosive and peaceful ways. The most recent case is the killing of 18 year old, African-American Michael Brown, an unarmed teen shot down by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. The shooting of this teen led to rioting...

Michael Brown

By Marty Noel If someone from another country, or perhaps another planet, saw the televised images coming out of Ferguson, Missouri, this past month, they might think that they were watching war footage of Afghanistan, or perhaps Syria. Any place other than America, where of course we are reminded that such governmental domestic militarism cannot...

SMO: A PARK…..or BIZ AS USUAL?

By Laura Silagi and Laura Shepard Townsend After a flurry of litigation, in 1984, an agreement between the City of Santa Monica and the FAA was reached, which stated that Santa Monica had to operate the Santa Monica Airport (SMO) until 2015, at which time, Santa Monica would be permitted to cease airport operations. The...

Russ Baker: from Venice High School to Award-Winning Investigative Journalist

By Anthony Castillo I’ve followed the important work of award-winning investigative journalist Russ Baker since the release of his seminal book “Family of Secrets, the Bush dynasty, America’s invisible government, and the hidden history of the last fifty years.” Mr Baker’s work has been published in every prestigious news outlet from the New Yorker, Vanity...

P.O.P. by the Sea

By Marty Liboff Let us go back, back before Venice even existed. Abbot Kinney and a few of his business partners as early as 1895, had developed parts of the northern borders of what is now Venice and south Santa Monica. This area was called Ocean Park, and they built houses, gambling casinos and a...

Panagiotis Douvos is the Pano we all Love

By Greta Cobar A visit to Pano’s apartment is a visit to Pano’s museum: all vertical and horizontal surfaces are covered with sculptures, paintings and drawings that he’s been creating for most of his ninety years. Beachhead readers might be familiar with his poetry, which has been published in this paper in the past. But...

History, Shmistory

By Laura Shepard Townsend They say “if you don’t learn from history…then you’re just stupid!” The changes currently assaulting the community of Venice, heralded as ‘progress’, call to mind 1926, a year of rabid dismantlement of everything Abbot Kinney, our enlightened doge-founder, wove into the fabric of Venice, a community he created to foster art,...

TODD AND THEO VON HOFFMANN – TWO FOR THE RENAISSANCE

By Suzy Williams I don’t know about you, but every time I bike under the Venice sign, I get a little high, a little glow of pride, for I know that for a long, long time, for ninety-plus years, there had been no such thing. Funny, I had occasionally felt the ghost of the old...

Don't 'Chekov' This From Your List

By Suzy Williams I’m going to give you a reason or two, dear Beachhead readers, why you should take advantage of the fact that The Cherry Orchard is now playing at our great and very local Pacific Resident Theatre. First, it is a great full look into the socio-economic upheavals that were the Russian mirror...
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