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Google's Ghetto by the Sea

By Theo Kirkham-Lewitt Back and forth on her low-ride beach cruiser bicycle, wearing a black Suicidal Tendencies band t-shirt, dark Ray Ban shades and blood-red lipstick, she pops out against a background of the now tame Abbot Kinney Boulevard. “F.U. GQ! Get out of our city!” Tamara shouts repeatedly as she continually passes by the...

GQ OR NOT GQ

By Eric Ahlberg The Gentleman’s Quarterly “Coolest Block in Los Angeles” event on Abbot Kinney boulevard was met with a sizeable contingent of counter protesters.   Many Venice locals are upset that some of their favorite local businesses are being forced out by the higher rents and an influx of suburban mall-like chain stores. Even some...

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...

Our Oldest Mural Is Gone

By Greta Cobar The owner of the building housing the oldest surviving mural in Venice destroyed the mural without consulting the community or the artist who painted it. Located on Brooks at Pacific, the 15¢ wash and 5¢ dry artwork has been a part of Venice since 1969. Locals at that time, The Doors band...

A New Chapter in the History of Muralism in Los Angeles LA City Council approves new city-wide mural ordinance

By Suzanne Thompson, Co-Founder, Venice Arts Council and Chair, Endangered Art Fund In 2011 former Councilmember Rosendahl, CD 11, had proposed taking murals out of the signage ordinance and create a mural ordinance. He initially suggested a mural district for CD 11 as a pilot project. Those of us on the Venice Arts Council thought...

Sixth Annual Philomenian

By Mary Getlein The Sixth Annual Philomenian was a big success this year. You would think that after all this time, people wouldn’t be as interested in Philomene Long’s poetry, but they are. The room at Beyond Baroque, where the event took place, was filled with ardent lovers of everything Philomene. Jim Smith was the...

Folksinger Fred Gerlach – Venice – circa 1969

By Michael Riley Although I was born in Long Beach, I never went to Venice until I was in my twenties. The thing that brought me there was my love of music, in particular the 12 string guitar. My friend and compatriot, Chuck Moore had just introduced me to a couple of recordings: The 12...
Calendar August 2013

Calendar August 2013

Friday, August 2 • 6-10pm – Venice Street Legends live at the Venice Bistro, 323 OFW. No Cover. • 7pm – Dave McPeters plays 1930s, 40s and 50s sentimental tunes followed by James Lowen, Jon Lundin and The Sun Worshipers. Talking Stick. No Cover. • 7pm – First Fridays – Big crowds and food trucks....

Venice and the Next One Hundred Years

  Poster by Earl Newman By Pano Douvos The Golden Age of Venice for me was the late 60’s and through most of the 70’s. The highlight was the glorious Venice Canals Festival. The free-wheeling “open house” celebration captured the spirit of that special time. It epitomized the arts ferment and the counter-culture activism. Jim...

Sikh on Wheels

By Delores Hanney He’s practically the living logo of our town, the rolling symbol of Venice eccentricity known far and wide. Rambling about northward and south, strumming his tunes flush with abundant distortion and wrapped around his particular form of poetry, he’s been a boardwalk fixture here since 1974. Just a few years earlier –...
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