Day

April 1, 2012

Who Bombed Judi Bari?

A conversation With Darryl Cherney, Earth First! Activist And Producer Of Daring New Documentary: Who Bombed Judi Bari? By Margot Pepper Before global warming permeated contemporary consciousness, Earth First! activists Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney popularized protests against clear-cutting in the 1980’s. On May 24th, 1990 in Oakland, California, a bomb exploded in Judi Bari’s...

Venice Observes 70th Anniversary of Horrific Incarceration of Venice Japanese-Americans With Memorial Event and Hama Suchi Fundraiser

By Phillis Hayashibara Esther Chaing, proprietar of Venice’s oldest sushi restaurant, Hama Sushi at the Venice Traffic Circle, will host three fundraisers at her restaurant on April 25 on behalf of the Venice Japanese American Memorial Marker (VJAMM) Committee. On March 22 the Department of the Interior, through the National Park Service’s Japanese American Confinement...

Celebrate the Coming of the Marker

A permanent monument commemorating the incarceration of a thousand local Japanese-Americans during World War II will not be istalled on the 70th anniversary, April 25, despite high hopes of many Venetians. Instead an open-air event will take place beginning at 10am, April 25, at the northwest corner of Lincoln and Venice Blvds., the site of...

Big Wheel Keeps on Rollin’ – Over Venice Residents

By Greta Cobar Do Venetians want a ferris wheel installed in Windward Plaza, between the police substation and the skate park? Judging by the emotional comments made by Venetians at the March 5 community meeting, the answer is NO. Great City Attractions (GCA), a company operating out of Scotland, is eager to install a 200-ft,...

Armed Guards at Whole Foods

By M.A. von Pfeiffer I’ve shopped at Whole Foods stores across the country and I’ve always enjoyed them. I’m willing to pay a bit more for my food in order to have certain quality- and ethics-based assurances. Generally, they are clean places filled with fit people, organic food and new age music your unicorn will...

The Coverup continues – Book Review: Watergate – A Novel

By Jim Smith We live in a world shaped by history. It is hard to escape our personal history – parents, aunts, uncles – and others who want to shape us in their molde. One means of escape that has likely been practiced by many readers is to run away to Venice. Here, at the...

Swami X Speaks

I never met, however, I remember, vividly, fiercely and formally, Oscar Levant. He was a brilliant pianist, close friend and interpreter of George Gershwin’s music, as well as a master wit and raconteur. Jack Paar idolized him and had him on his show many times. Oscar was a Capricorn Horse, with a profoundly sardonic wit....

Poetry

Venice – 1963 – KL Bratton Ode to Tom Waits – L.E. Mintz    Untitled – Roger Houston Belly-up – Vanessa L., Lexi, Eric, and Frankie That Woman – Joanna Silva Pink Cloud Poem – Philomene Long  The Freaks of Venice – Jeremy Roberts —————————————   Venice — 1963   I’m visiting Dad at his bookstore on  dudley – it’s summer...

Zev Comes to Venice

By Anne Alvarez Have you ever wanted to ask a city official: “Can you provide an accurate accounting of the money generated by the City-Owned, County-Operated parking Spaces in Venice – and where is the money being spent?” That is  what  VNC  member  Jake Kaufman asked Zev Yaroslavsky L.A County supervisor and guest speaker at...

Venice in the 1970s

By Sam Schatz I moved to Venice when I was 17 years old from freezing cold Pennsylvania. It was the weather, the ocean, and the bohemian lifestyle that made me fall in love with this little part of Los Angeles. Back in the early 70’s Venice was the bohemian nexus of Southern California, much like...
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