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The Venice Symphony Orchestra – Good Vibrations

By CJ Gronner When I first heard there was going to be a Venice Symphony Orchestra, I thought it was just about the best idea ever. Then I heard them, and that is now confirmed. Led by founder/director/conductor/musician, Wesley Flowers, I just heard the VSO play for the first time at the September Venice Art...

Our Oldest Mural Is Gone

By Greta Cobar The owner of the building housing the oldest surviving mural in Venice destroyed the mural without consulting the community or the artist who painted it. Located on Brooks at Pacific, the 15¢ wash and 5¢ dry artwork has been a part of Venice since 1969. Locals at that time, The Doors band...

A New Chapter in the History of Muralism in Los Angeles LA City Council approves new city-wide mural ordinance

By Suzanne Thompson, Co-Founder, Venice Arts Council and Chair, Endangered Art Fund In 2011 former Councilmember Rosendahl, CD 11, had proposed taking murals out of the signage ordinance and create a mural ordinance. He initially suggested a mural district for CD 11 as a pilot project. Those of us on the Venice Arts Council thought...

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...

Artist Profile: Emily Winters

By Greta Cobar Here’s a Venice trivia question for you: What do the Venice Arts Council, the Venice Japanese American Memorial Marker, the Ocean Front Walk benches, the Poetry Walls, the Art Walls and the proposed Los Angeles Mural Ordinance have in common? The answer is Emily Winters. And the previous list enumerates only the...

The Case of the Disappearing Benches

By Carol Fondiller Reprinted from the October 1983 issue At one time there were sixty of them. They were double benches. That is, one could sit and face the west and watch the ocean, or one could sit and face the east and watch the human parade that strolled, shuffled and bumped up and down...

Peter Lodato: Capturing Venice’s Light

By CJ Gronner I’d seen Peter Lodato around for years, taking strolls along the streets of Venice in his signature hat. Only recently have I gotten to know more about the man and his fine art. Thankfully. My friend David Phillips, whose art I’ve written about before, introduced me to Mr. Lodato, and we three...
Suzy's Lit Show Lit Up The Night

Suzy's Lit Show Lit Up The Night

By CJ Gronner Suzy Williams and her excellent band (“The Cracked Binding Quintette”) brought back the everpopular Lit Show to Beyond Baroque, and a blast was had by all. This unique – and educational – show is great because it’s all songs by famous authors that you may not have known also dabbled in songwriting....
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