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Women

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...

Carol Tantau is Just Tantau – And So Much More

By CJ Gronner March 8 is International Women’s Day, so we at The Beachhead like to have the March issue be one for the ladies. There is probably no one better to speak to about women and Venice than Carol Tantau. Not only has she owned and operated her shop, Just Tantau, on Abbot Kinney...

Writing The American Dream On A Grain Of Rice…

By Anne Alvarez Vivianne Robinson is one of Ocean Front Walk’s most colorful and successful artists, known for her ability to write on a grain of rice. Her record is 14 letters on a single grain spelling out “Rumpelstiltskin.” It is an art form that originated in Ancient Anatolia, where artisans began inscribing messages and names on rice, widely known...

International Woman's Day

By Yolanda Miranda In 1977, The United Nations proclaimed March 8 as International Woman’s Day (IWD) honoring the struggle and contributions women had made that  empowered them as equal members of society.  Contributions to society  women have made throughout history, and they continue to this day. A woman’s right to vote was fought throughout  the 19th century...

Calling Forth the Fourth Wave: Making a Difference in Women’s History

By Nike Wind March is celebrated as Women’s History Month, with March 8 marking the 102nd International Women’s Day. Reporting from the front, I am more than discouraged.  Feminism is the force that changed the social mores in Western democracies and forever altered our culture’s sexual roles. Let’s go back a bit to our own...

Venice Filmmaker Makes Good Her First Feature: “An Irish Vampire in Hollywood”

By Herbert B. Fishberg After years of planning and preparation, an award winning Venice, California independent filmmaker has accomplished making and distributing her first feature length film. Pegarty Long started planning, writing and rewriting her film, The Irish Vampire Goes West in her small Venice apartment on Park Ave.  After many promises and disappointments involving...

Venice is a Poem

By Mary Getlein I walked on the beach, the sun was shining brightly, sweet winds blew over our heads. We looked up: sea gulls riding wind currents over our heads! I was so astonished! It was so beautiful! I was so glad I finally got to California. My boyfriend came back from a summer in...

A Philomene Rhapsody

By Delores Hanney They are already ghosts John and Philomene As they pass Along the Boardwalk Where ghosts and poets overlap… Philomene Long More than two years after her passing, the silence of her absence from the streets and the sand of her cherished Venice milieu still echoes like a great mournful wail.  Left in...

The War Against Women

By Jack Neworth Women of Venice (actually, all across the country) it’s time to wake up as decades of progress are about to be rolled back. At the risk of sounding like a modern-day Paul Revere, “The misogynists are coming! The misogynists are coming!” Yes, gals, conservative politicians nationwide are pushing bills that would require...

The More Things Change…Carol Fondiller Strikes Back from the Archives, March 1985 – Wombs: Property of the State?

By Carol Fondiller I’m holding a picket sign again, my feet hurt again, and people look past the sign that I picked up from a pile of signs, something about abortion being legal and bombings are not. Yep, back in the ol’ fox hole – again. For the past five years now, abortion clinics have...
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