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Anne Alvarez

Delightfully Ellyn…

By Anne Alvarez Ellyn Maybe shares her name on the poets monument wall alongside Philomene Long, Linda Albertano, Jim Morrisson and a slew of other Venice Poetic Greats. However, you would never know it just by meeting her. Maybe is shy, gentle, and introspective. She comments on accomplishments and associations in the most nonchalant modest...
Somewhere Over The Rainbow

Somewhere Over The Rainbow

By Anne Alvarez Rainbow Acres health food store recently celebrated its 33rd anniversary. It was no small feat for owner, Howard Pollack, who in 1980 decided to lease 1200 square feet on the corner of Washington and Redwood, opening one of the first health food stores in the area. The store has recently expanded to over 14,000 square feet, and has...

Another Door Closes

By Anne Alvarez The music world lost a legend when founding member and keyboardist of “The Doors” Ray Manzarek passed away in Germany on May 19th at age 74 from Bile duct cancer. Manzarek met Jim Morrison while both were in film school at UCLA between 1962 and 1965. A month after graduating they ran...

Art Aficionados 'Google' The 34th Annual Venice ArtWalk and Auction

By Anne Alvarez On May 19 Google opened its doors for the second year in a row to host the Venice Family Clinic’s 34th annual Art Walk and Auction, with 100% of the $650,000 proceeds going to fund the VFC, the largest free clinic in the country. Over the years The Venice Art Walk &...

Food for the Soul

By Anne Alvarez New Life Society is a local grassroots non-profit which was founded in 2001 by Millie Mims, in the mountain community of Badger, California. The original intent was to provide shelter on the family property to people who were in need of temporary housing. For over ten years, Millie helped people who came...

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...

Jazz in the Canals

By Anne Alvarez Chris Bennett sits still during a moment of reflection on the patio of her home overlooking the Venice Canals, as she takes me back through a multi faceted career that spans 3 decades, various  genres of music and a Grammy nomination for co/writing and singing the title track for the film Midnight...

Party for Swami at Bill's

By Anne Alvarez Friday December 21, the Mayans’ supposed “Doomsday,”  had many expecting cataclysmic and transformative events worldwide. However, for local poet and astrologer SwamiX, the date had a much greater and significant meaning, a time for humanity to re-invent itself, a time filled with endless opportunities. The day was celebrated with a gathering of local Venice artists, musicians, poets and...

Being Thankful on Thanksgiving, and Always

By Anne Alvarez Venice’s spirit shone upon Thanksgiving. It was a beautiful day for our less fortunate, and often invisible, Venice residents, many of whom started their day off with a holiday feast and warm welcoming smiles from the volunteers at the dinner held at the Venice Basketball Courts. Spearheaded by Anthony Perez from the...

Cannabis Update

By Anne Alvarez Facing the public’s outcry in the form of lawsuits, petitions and criticism: the Los Angeles City Council voted 11-2 to overturn the medical marijuana dispensary ban on October 2, allowing the city to avoid a referendum next year that Council officials said would likely succeed in reversing the prohibition.  Medical marijuana advocates collected in August  well over...
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