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September 1, 2013

Love Around the World

By CJ Gronner I was out of town in Chicago, having a blast at Lollapalooza. My friend said, “Some psycho mowed down people on the Boardwalk today!” Then I started getting messages from people all over, hoping I wasn’t down there myself when this evil maniac decided to hurt people on purpose. I wasn’t, thank...

Group Hug

By Lisa Green Hello neighbors…. are you illustrating right relations with Earth and with others? If so that’s good stuff.  If not, well then seek counseling of a psychological and spiritual nature immediately. The recent boardwalk vehicular driver-hits-pedestrains incident is one of many incidents occurring from our collective psychological wounds. Yes, it is shocking when it hits home but...

Banksy on a now-removed garage door in Venice

I’m going to speak my mind, so this won’t take very long. Despite what they say graffiti is not the lowest form of art. Although you might creep about at night and lie to your mom it’s actually one of the more honest art forms available. There is no elitism or hype, it exhibits on...

Sponto Lives Art Exhibit Party

By Ronald McKinley Sponto was alive on the night of August 24. The Venice I know and love was there. The music was provided by the BACKBONERS, with Bill Burnett, Suzy Williams, Ginger Smith and Kahlil Sabbagh in the line-up. Suzy’s husband, Gerry Fialka, was the MC and the curator of the art show. The...

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...

Book Review: VENICE, CA: A CITY STATE OF MIND by John O’Kane

By Carlye Archibeque In setting out to tell the tale of alternative past, present, and possible future of the Venice Beach community of California, author John O’Kane has set a daunting task for himself, while also creating a fascinating read for anyone interested in this city by the sea. O’Kane takes the reader on a...

Folksinger Fred Gerlach – Venice – circa 1969

By Michael Riley Although I was born in Long Beach, I never went to Venice until I was in my twenties. The thing that brought me there was my love of music, in particular the 12 string guitar. My friend and compatriot, Chuck Moore had just introduced me to a couple of recordings: The 12...

RIP Alberta Albertano, long-time Venice resident and mother of famous Venice poet Linda Albertano

On the day before his first day in the first grade, I took Joshie – and Leslie, my wife and his mom – to one of our favorite places in the vast realm of postmodern, polyrhythmic, multiethnic, dystopian urban suburban sprawl which is Los Angeles – Venice Beach. We ate lunch, as we always do,...

Poetry

Tide/Marea By Francisco Letelier It is a tide, displacing horizon dizzying divisions of land and sea. Waves break, and we are set free taken away from our safe places smells of bread, voices in the kitchen, to wander in the shadow memory of the world our fathers imagined. There were nets and a rising from...
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