Month

August 2015

Venice Books

Venice California: “Coney Island of the Pacific”, by Jeffrey Stanton (1993 & 2005) Death is a Lonely Business, by Ray Bradbury (1985). The famous writer brings his descriptive powers to a novel set in Venice circa late 1940s If The Dead Had Email, by Jim Smith (2011). Available at Beyond Baroque and Amazon. Hour of...

The Sunshine Is Free: The Aftermath of the LAPD's Beating of Samuel Calhoun Arrington

By Krista Schwimmer A year ago on August 7th, Samuel Calhoun Arrington, a 52 year old mentally disabled, homeless, African-American man, was sitting under his umbrella where Ocean Front Walk intersects with Sunset Avenue. Like the many thousands of people who visit Venice, he was there to enjoy a day at the beach. Instead, in...

Beachhead Interviews Cleo Battle, Sister to Samuel Calhoun Arrington

(Note: This interview was conducted on April 26, 2015) Beachhead: First of all, I would like to ask you how you think things are progressing with Samuel? Cleo Battle: In what respect? BH: Well, overall. Do you feel like the case is going well, that there is enough evidence to succeed and therefore change lives...

Venice, The Garden of Eden?

By: Charlotte Purein Like me you may have seen garden boxes mysteriously popping up all over Venice and are wondering who is responsible for spreading the veggie love. Biking the other day I happened upon a group of locals unloading sacks of organic soil, compost, worm castings, seedlings, and heavy garden boxes from an old...

BLACK BEAST FAKES PARKING UPDATE: BLACK BEAST, GJELINA, GTA, GJUSTA, 259 HAMPTON (SAUCE)

   By Roxanne Brown COASTAL COMMISSION HEARING – JULY 9, 2015 Restaurateur Fran Camaj and architect Stephen Vitalich appeared at a Coastal Commission hearing regarding parking at Gjelina’s newest restaurant, referred to by neighbors as ‘The Black Beast,’ at 1305 Abbot Kinney. The California Coastal Commission (CCC) required 13 parking spaces at 1305. Camaj agreed to...

Attention! Mean, Sold Out Politicians Being Poor is Not a Crime! or Welcome to Occupied Venice!

Please dear Beachhead readers indulge me for a moment as I get a few things off of my chest. I’m very angry about a few things at the moment and I believe you should be as well. That is unless you’re a sell out “liberal Democrat politician” or a person who makes no claim to...

Part One of the first chapter of Steve Goldman’s forthcoming book: THE GOLDEN DOOR:

What is wrong in the world and how it came about. “We are all born to save the world.” – The Talmud “We got God on Our Side Bob Dylan.” (sarcastically) “God gave me my money.” – John D. Rockefeller. Early in 2001, Enron CEO Ken Lay actually said, “I believe in God and I...

Suzy Williams Fabulous “Lit Show” was Fabulous

This year featured new pieces based on works by George Orwell, J.R.R. Tolkien, Jorge Luis Borges, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  More great authors include Maya Angelou, James Thurber, Thomas Pynchon, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Hafez, Charles Dickens, Robert Graves, Kurt Vonnegut, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Vladimir Nabokov, and Rudyard Kipling. Suzy was accompanied by pianist and...

Poetry

Venice 90291 Fact or Fiction? Rick Davidson – January 1980 Venice? Which Venice? West, East, South? North Venice? Black, Brown, Red, or White Venice? Old, young, middle age Venice? Just arrived or half a century more Venice? There’s Poor Venice, Rich, or not so. Working Venice, trying to, and unable to. Of course there’s Venice...
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