Month

July 2012

Cannabis is in the Weeds

By Anne Alvarez A ban on medical marijuana dispensaries introduced by Councilmember Jose Huizar was approved by the Los Angeles City Council committee on May 29 and final voting was to take place on June 22. However, due to key Council members’ absences, voting was postponed until July 24. Huizar had originally proposed a closure of...

The Hammer Museum’s Venice Beach Biennial

By Dean Henderson The Hammer Museum’s Venice Beach Biennial, an open air art exhibition, will take place July 13-15 on Ocean Front Walk. Fifteen Venice boardwalk artists will be among the nearly 50 artists exhibiting their work during the free three-day event. The Venice Beach Biennial (VBB) name is a reference to the famous Venice...

4th of July in Venice, 1905

By Vanessa Cabello Since so few of Abbot Kinney’s visionary buildings remain in our beloved Venice, we should cherish what we do have left, and what better time to so than July?  Did you know the Fourth of July has always been a big deal in Venice? That on July 4, 1905, the Tobacco millionaire...

Ray Bradbury – Martian and Venetian: Gone with the Transit of Venus

By Jim Smith On June 5, I was peering through Chuck Bloomquist’s telescope in his front yard as a tiny black dot – actually the size of the Earth – slowly made its way across the yellow-gold caldron we call the Sun. At the same time, a few miles away, a 91-year-old man who had...

Ray Bradbury and the Free Monorail System

Ray Bradbury may have had his head in the sky for The Martian Chronicles and other amaz- ing stories set on other worlds and dimensions, but he knew a good thing here on Earth when he saw it. In the early Sixties, the Alweg Monorail Company offered to build a 41.8-mile long trans- portation system...

Swami X Speaks

If you were so inclined and had the opportunity and ability to contemplate the vastness of the manifest universe, being trillions of light years and beyond infinity in space, it could cause you to get horny.  The idea of the Unmanifest Absolute Supreme Spirit could easily bring on an orgasm.  Of course, the whole thing...

Introducing: The Venice Symphony Orchestra

Venice Symphony Orchestra actively seeking local volunteer musicians to join community-based orchestra. Looking for orchestral/symphonic instruments (violin, cello, clarinet, oboe, trumpet, etc.). The purpose of this venture is to bring together local musicians within the Venice community to combine symphonic pieces with modern music for several performances each year. The intent is to celebrate all...

Poetry

Poetry Transition – Jim Smith For Jim – Hillary Kaye Guevara – Nadja Tesiich (translated from Serbian) Mitt: Don’t Run (With Scissors) – Hal Bogotch Stream of Consciousness – Heather Freed Oh Beautiful For Spacious Skies, From Sea to Shining Sea – Tina Catalina Corcoran What – Ronald McKinley Venice Desderada – Cameron Prior The...

“Make all those poor people go away, Daddy!”

By Mary Getlein Well, sweetness, we are doing the best we can – we’ve made it illegal to sit in the sand after midnight – that probably gets rid of a bunch right there. It’s illegal to feed them. It’s illegal to give them money. It’s illegal to talk to them. We have to isolate...

Summer Brings Glimmer of Hope to Venice Skills Center

By Charles Thomas The Venice Skills Center enters summer with a glimmer of hope after enduring an emotional roller coaster these past several months. This past March, in the wake of across-the-board school budget cuts, the LAUSD school board voted to end all funding for adult education. Gutting adult ed funding meant no operating funds...
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