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June 2008 – The Venice Beat Poets – –The Great River Outside the Mainstream – John Haag

By Jim Smith In many ways, John Haag was a typical member of the Beat Generation in that he forsook a career in Academia or Madison Avenue, for a life dedicated to poverty, poetry and his community. But he was different in one important respect – he was political.  The Rochester, New York native studied...

May 2008 – The History Of Cinco De Mayo

By Maria Elena Montano In the 1800’s, Mexico underwent a series of wars, bringing about political changes which affected Mexico’s government for yet another century. After 300 years of colonial slavery New Spain declared its independence from Spain on Sept.16,1810. A war ensued on Mexican soil that lasted until 1821. Mexico was born as a...

May 2008 – The Fifth Of May Around The World

Most people in Southern California relate the 5th of May to Cinco de Mayo. True, but Cinco de Mayo is not the only holiday celebrated on May 5th around the world. In Japan, the Philippines, Vietnam and Korea it is children’s day. The date is reserved for many cultural celebrations. In western Europe there is...

May 2008 – Abe Osheroff, Venice Hero And Spanish Civil War Vet, Dies At 92

By Emily Winters I knew the Osheroff family many years ago when I lived next door to them on 28th street in Venice, late 1960s. There was a plan to refurbish the canals by assessing the property owners in the canals and on the peripheral areas. They wanted to widen the alleys that would take...

May 2008 – Bea Free, Venice Feminist, Has Died

By Cara Adams Bea Free, as she named herself, was a true Venice legend. The city of Venice has lost a true pioneer.  1966 was the year Bea first set foot into the community full of activists, artists, political advocates, and people trying to change the world. Her friends and passions were many.  Along with...

May 2008 – Bruno In Venice West

By Lawrence Lipton For Giordano Bruno burned by the Inquisition in the year 1600 Velvet and warm sweat under the torches the Procession entered the city, tall bronze men on the bronze great horses and the boys carrying banners, the fat prelates wheezing under the icons, and the musicians Up Main street, pausing to erect...

April 2008 – Martians Steal Ray Bradbury House

The house at 662 S. Venice Blvd. where Ray Bradbury wrote the The Martian Chronicles is missing. The plaque on the house telling the story of the writing of the classic book is missing also. An alternative theory is that it wasn’t Martians who stole the house, but a developer intent on making money by...

January 2008 – Martin Luther King In His Own Words

“Man has the capacity to do right as well as wrong, and his history is a path upward, not downward. The past is strewn with the ruins of the empires of tyranny, and each is a monument not merely to man’s blunders but to his capacity to overcome them …  This is why I remain...

January 2008 – The Venice Beat Poets – The Great River Outside The Mainstream – Frank T. Rios

By Hillary Kaye Frank T. Rios is a man who lives consciously in a world not only inhabited by form but by spirit. He makes it clear that his life is not his own, it is given over to the muse who speaks through him. The path to his muse was not his choosing. He...
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