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February 2008 – Interview with Venice Poet Frank T. Rios, Part 2

Part 2 (see January Beachhead for Part 1) By Hillary Kaye   Beachhead: Is there anything else about Philomene Long you’d like to share? Frankie: When she did The Beats, An Existentialist Comedy, I was involved in that. She was always a strange bird. She was outside the tip, even though she was with Stuart...

February 2008 – Swami X Speaks

By X Swami X If everyone realized that they are creating their own lives with their every thought and feeling, that the life they are goes on forever and that their essential nature is creative ecstasy, no one would be watching television. What is man (embracing woman) anyway? Man is conscious intelligence, imaginative will and...

February 2008 – Obama Campaign Office On Abbot Kinney

By Karl Abrams Barack Obama’s campaign for US President now has a donated campaign office up on the second floor at 1410 Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice, just across the street from Abbot’s Habit. The Beachhead visited them on a busy Friday afternoon while volunteers worked the phones to contact voters from San Pedro to...

Feburary 2008 – Campaign Notebook

 By Jim Smith No I haven’t been on the campaign bus with any of the candidates, but I can say with some assurance that nearly all of them would do a better job as President than George Bush. And that’s true even for Mad Max Riekse, who’s running on the American Independent Party. Did you...

February 2008 – In Memorium – Teresita (Teri) Vestal

 December 8, 1939 – December 20, 2007  Sister of Light Daughter of Darkness An idol of strength and perserverance during a life of adversity We love you Teri -Carol Fondiller and Emily Winters

February 2008 – Paula Ross, Venice Artist

 On December 19, long-time Venice resident and artist, Paula Ross, passed away. Paula’s life was art. There wasn’t one thing she touched that didn’t become more beautiful because of her talent.  She is best known for her hand-tinted photographs of famous jazz icons. Her vast library of work includes everyone from Billie Holiday and Chet...

February 2008 – The Venice Beat Poets – The Great River Outside The Mainstream – John Thomas

By Jim Smith Charles Bukowski – who should know – called John Thomas, “The best unread poet in America. He is the invisible genius of American poetry.” Referring to John Thomas when he died, the London Independent quoted Lawrence Lipton, author of The Holy Barbarians about the Venice Beat “scene,” as follows: How does one...

February 2008 – Poetry

• The Empty Blues – John Thomas • So Odd Is Venice – Jim Smith • Allen Ginsberg – Hal Bogotch • The Ladybugs of Venice Beach – Krista Schwimmer • Obituary of Man – Exit Homo – John Kertisz ————   The Empty Blues (circa 1960) By John Thomas     hitchhiking 46 hours no sleep no food either except...

February 2008 – Draft Ordinance For Ocean Front Walk

ORDINANCE NO. SEC. 42.15. VENDING AND EXCESSIVE NOISE ON BEACHES PROHIBITED.  A. Except as specifically allowed in this section, no person shall engage in vending upon any public beach lands or beach properties adjoining the waterfront of the Pacific Ocean, or upon any immediately adjacent boardwalk, sidewalk or public way between the southerly boundary of...

January 2008 – State Supreme Court Deals Double Wammy To Developers

California’s Top Court Supports Lincoln Place Tenants, Playa Vista Environmentalists The Supreme Court of California, last month, refused to hear appeals by AIMCO (the corporate owner of Lincoln Place) and Playa Vista. The Court’s action left standing decisions that should allow evicted tenants the right to return to their Lincoln Place homes, and in Playa...
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