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Growing Up Latino: How Cesar Chavez Inspired A Generation

By Yolanda Miranda Latinos were once known as the “sleeping giant.” Not only did they wake up, but they have roared in disenchantment over the proposed policies of this government against them and their families. ¡Ya Basta! Enough is Enough! Although they cross the border to come work in this country illegally, the majority of...

Interview with Singer-Songwriter Jacqueline Fuentes

Interviewed by Karl Abrams Jacqueline Fuentes is a dynamic and charismatic Chilean folk singer, songwriter and international activist. She moved to Venice about 15 years ago from Santiago and has been playing for small to medium-sized groups of lucky people ever since. The legend is true – to hear her sing is to be instantly...

King Neptune Returns

By CJ Gronner Ahhh, Summer, my favorite Season of them all … and we actually got a little jump on it here in Venice, with the 1st (this Century) Neptune Parade and Festival on June 18th. The Neptune fun was bringing back the Venice tradition, that even instigator Danny Samakow (of Danny’s Deli fame) was...

The Circus is in Town!

By CJ Gronner The Circus came to town with the opening of the Zircon & Wish Aerial Circus happening in the one- ring space of Robin’s Sculpture Garden right there on Abbot Kinney Boulevard! I couldn’t wait to attend opening night, as I’d been hearing about the work going into it for quite a while....

Film Review: Venice West and the LA Scene

By Mary Getlein On April 17, Venice West and the LA Scene, by Mary Kerr, was shown at Beyond Baroque. It is part one of a two-part documentary covering the Venice and San Francisco Beat scene in the ‘50s and ‘60s. The film showed the lives of local Venice poets and artists: Stuart Perkoff, John...

Recognizing A Tragedy: 69 Years Later

It has been nine long years since a small group of Venetians came together to call attention to a terrible wrong that had been committed in our community. On April 25, 1942, approximately 1,000 Japanese-Americans living in Venice, Santa Monica and surrounding farms were required to report to Lincoln and Venice Blvds. with only what...

The Sudsy Sexist World of TV Ads

By Lynne Bronstein What year is this? 2011? Was it only back in 1963 that Betty Friedan wrote The Feminine Mystique? If you look at television (or movies or magazines) you would never know that all this time has passed. It’s the 1950s except for the technology. To wit: here’s a TV ad for a...

Theatre Review: Island of Brilliance

By Suzy Williams Here is what we have right on Venice boulevard: Beyond Baroque, Sparc, and Pacific Resident Theater, all in a row. Three classy meccas of culture. The first specializing in poetry and literature; the second, art and murals; the third, plays – the tried and true and the new.  We Beachheadniks often find...

Two Views of the Other Venice Film Festival: Opening Night

By Jim Smith The Other Venice Film Festival is not like any film festival you might have attended or heard about. It is informal and casual. Except for a few extremely high heels and two men wearing suits with ties, it was like any other Venice gathering. The kick off took place in an old...

Two Views of the Other Venice Film Festival: Soccermom: The Movie

By CJ Gronner The weekend was another one of those gloomy, mist all day scenarios, which actually made it perfect to tuck inside and catch some film. As The Other Venice Film Festival venue of Beyond Baroque is my spitting distance neighbor, it made it pretty easy to catch the 2010 OVFF WINNER for Best...
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