Category

Interviews

THE HERITAGE OF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF VENICE

A recent conversation with VNC candidate Raphael "Spud" Anderson about the First Baptist Church of Venice and its importance to Venice.

Deborah Lashever: Shero of Venice

By Greta Cobar Community activism and participation in the struggle for equality for all members of our community are Deborah Lashever’s trademarks. It is an honor to commemorate International Women’s Day by spotlighting her efforts in the Beachhead. Beachhead: How did you and Venice find each other? Deborah Lashever: I’ve been coming to Venice since...

Rock On, Lisa Green!

By Greta Cobar Lisa Green is one of the Goddesses who makes Venice the colorful, intricate, exciting and interesting place that it is. She has been displaying her art on Ocean Front Walk, by Dudley, for about five years while at the same time being an ever-present advocate for love, justice and equality at our...

Not An Interview With Paul Beethoven

You may have seen him around Venice. Short, stocky, sandy hair, thick glasses. Limping along with duffel bag slung over his shoulder. Or maybe you’ve noticed him seated on the sidewalk at Rose and Main as he works on his latest Poem. Perhaps he’s offered to sell you one of his efforts for a buck...

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...

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...

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...

Z Budapest: Feminist Witch Who Fights Back

By Krista Schwimmer The history of Venice is full of rebels, revolutionaries, dreamers, and even witches. One such witch is Zsuzsanna, or Z Budapest. Some Venetians may remember her for her shop, “The Feminist Wicca” on 442 Lincoln Boulevard. Others, for her arrest and trial for the simple act of fortunetelling there. In 1970, along...

Activism, Art and Love in Venice

By Laura Shepard Townsend Let’s face it, Venice seems to have more than its share of artist/activists. And we are darn fortunate – Venice’s lure for such individuals not only infuses the community with a multiformity of artworks, but also endows the city with a hell of a lot of heart as people endeavor to...

Venice Community Activist Whose Story Goes Back to Abbot Kinney: Jataun Valentine

By Greta Cobar March 8 marks the 103rd anniversary of International Women’s Day, and it is with great honor that the Beachhead spotlights Jataun Valentine: a political activist, volunteer, ever-present member of our community whose family tree goes back to the days of Abbot Kinney. Jataun: Irwin Tabor, Abbot Kinney’s chauffeur, was my grandmother’s brother....
1 2 3 4