Month

November 2015

Rachel Sorsa Sings! By Suzy Williams

Are you aware that a beauty has been singing at Danny’s on Windward every last Wednesday of the month for the past seven years? Well! Pick up on this local jazz singer, Rachel Sorsa. She kicked off her October set with “Black Coffee,” a song with a Venice pedigree via composer Paul Francis Webster, father...

The Venice Oceanarium Celebrates 20th Annual Reading of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick

Since 1995, the Venice Oceanarium has invited readers to discover or rediscover the great literary masterpiece, Moby Dick. The detailed and realistic descriptions of whale hunting draws on Melville’s experience at sea, on his reading in whaling literature, as well as life aboard ship among a culturally diverse crew, mixed with exploration of class and...

A Tree Grows In Venice: The Red Flowering Gum Tree – by Krista Schwimmer

One of my fondest memories from childhood is going to the library with my two brothers and mother. No matter how plain the library looked, I soon learned there were treasures there. So, whenever I move to area, I seek out the nearest library. For eighteen years, I have been browsing and borrowing from the...

The Dark Side of Comedy – by Jack Neworth

The Dark Side of Comedy by: Jack Neworth For five decades, the world adored George Carlin as a stand-up comedian, social critic, actor and best-selling author. Carlin’s career included books, record albums, HBO specials, movies and television. But, to Kelly Carlin he was just dad. The only child of George and Brenda Carlin, Kelly, was...

A Cup of Coffee & Bagel for 15 Cents – Marty Liboff

A Cup of Coffee & Bagel for 15 Cents – Marty Liboff Marty Liboff-2015 (This is a follow up to another article; “Ruthie in the Bakery” Free Venice Beachhead, April 2014) The bakery opened in around 1948 on the Ocean Front Walk in Ocean Park around Raymond Ave. Before 1958 the OFW continued from Venice...

Poem: Venice Beach When I First Knew It – By Lisa Marguerite Mora

Venice Beach When I First Knew It was a poor beach town the remnant of one man’s dream. And then it got a reputation but the reputation was borne of ideas that others thought but did not necessarily live– So other people at least twice removed grabbed the strange and weird and sometimes whimsical balloons...

Correction – errata

“In the October issue, the Beachhead wrote a caption for the photo of an apartment building on page 3 that should have read as follows: ‘The photo above is of an apartment building that was covered by the Ellis Act.’ The Beachhead apologizes for any confusion the incorrect caption may have caused.”