Month

May 2011

Book Review: John Thomas: Venice Poet Extraordinaire

By Fred Dewey John Thomas, perhaps Los Angeles’ greatest underground poet, was a big man with a wise and lined countenance, piercing wit, deep, resonant voice, and always slightly stunned, gentle eyes. Inseparable from his wife, poet and filmmaker Philomene Long, his Muse, Thomas radiated a passion for books and poetry, watching from a respectful...

Film Review: Venice West and the LA Scene

By Mary Getlein On April 17, Venice West and the LA Scene, by Mary Kerr, was shown at Beyond Baroque. It is part one of a two-part documentary covering the Venice and San Francisco Beat scene in the ‘50s and ‘60s. The film showed the lives of local Venice poets and artists: Stuart Perkoff, John...

Poetry

Revolution in the Mind – Marty Noel-Nivoli 19:30 Saturday, April 23, 2011 – Roger Houston I Am From – Janei Lujan Valentine The right word at the right time – Douglas Lamarthe The First of May – Jim Smith First Step – Mary Getlein ————————————————— Revolution in the Mind Fate, Sweet, sweet fate You have given me A...

Swami X Speaks

God is Truth, Good, Beauty, Light, Life, Love and a Mystery. She is also Everywhere and Omni Everything. All our problems and challenges have their origin in the ego. The ego is the “false little I” who knows everything and “can’t really explain anything.” The ego itself isn’t bad, just awkward and inconvenient. Embarrassing, really....

Venetians Hear From Our Next Member of Congress (And Lots of Pretenders)

By Jim Smith It’s not often that voters anywhere in the country get to choose a new Congressional Representative. In most cases, the incumbent does everything possible to stay in office. There are no term limits. But thanks to Jane Harman’s abrupt resignation, we can pick someone new. The showdown in the election took place...

From the Beachhead Collective: Take A Look At These Candidates Before You Vote on May 17

The Beachhead is not making an endorsement in the Congressional race. However, we believe there are several candidates who merit your consideration. In this election, it is highly unlikely that any candidate will win outright by receiving 50 percent of the vote. Therefore, you can feel free to vote your conscience. A runoff between the...
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