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Boats Parade in the Venice Canals

By CJ Gronner One of the most adorable things you could ever do in Venice, California is attend the annual Holiday Boat Parade in the Venice Canals. This year was the 30th one, and I think it might have been the best yet. I say that because the mood of the boating participants and the...

Fear of Drumming

Ronald K. Mc Kinley The current Venice Drum Circle is about twenty-two years old. I say current because the VDC has origins before I came to Venice. When I came to Venice there was no circle. The VDC of the 60s and the 70s was finally beat down. I talked with players of the old...

William Attaway Featured Artist

By CJ Gronner The Other Venice Film Festival is honoring William Attaway as its Featured Artist during all the screenings at Beyond Baroque (October 13-16th) so I thought it was about time I and We got to know a little bit more about the man behind a lot of the art that we see in...

Two Barrie Plays

By Suzy Williams Have you had a good cry lately?   Have one at the Pacific Resident Theater: there are two gems by J.M. Barrie, and the second one’ll getcha. Both of them are about older women, younger men, and deception, and they’re both rife with witty Victorian English, as might be expected.  The first,...

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...
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