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Sikh on Wheels

By Delores Hanney He’s practically the living logo of our town, the rolling symbol of Venice eccentricity known far and wide. Rambling about northward and south, strumming his tunes flush with abundant distortion and wrapped around his particular form of poetry, he’s been a boardwalk fixture here since 1974. Just a few years earlier –...
Beachhead Front and Center in NOPD Battle

Beachhead Front and Center in NOPD Battle

By Greta Cobar Over the past three months the Beachhead proved to be the go-to source of print media when it came to Overnight Parking Districts in Venice. Other publications that cover Venice are the Marina del Rey-based Argonaut and the LA Times. The Argonaut did not inform the public about the June 13 Coastal Commission hearing.  Its only mention of Overnight Parking...

This is what commissioner Jack Wickett had to say about Venice, Venetians and the Vibe

“I want to thank everyone for their testimonies today. Often times when we have so many people testify it gets pretty repetitious for the Commissioners, and I just want to say that each one of you brought a different flavor and actually had something original to say. Congratulations to you on that. I don’t think...

Venice Victorious – How We Won The Third OPD War

Venice, a jewel of the Pacific Venice, a dream so sublime Venice, where freedom is in our hearts Venice, where the light will not be extinguished Venice, where time goes by but the magic remains Venice, where a city like none other is being born By Jim Smith Our recent victory against Overnight Pay Parking Districts (OPDs) is well-known...

No Overnight Parking Districts (OPDs)

By Karl Abrams I’m concerned with the Spontaneous Poet that dreamy visitor who drives in to our Coastal Venice by the sea, without warning bringing peace in character and freedom of spirit, Visitor or Venetian, who teaches and talks into the night leaving a trusty parked car without OPD permit. Perhaps it’s a Walt Whitman,...

Edward Biberman Mural

By Delores Hanney Since the recent slipping into private hands of the 1939 WPA-built post office in Venice, there has been much anguish and gnashing of teeth mainly due to the loss of an almost constant availability of the pleasure afforded by an offhand gaze at its iconic mural, The Story of Venice, tucked up...

Sparkly Party for SPARC's 35th Anniversary

By CJ Gronner It has been all about the art lately in Venice, and a recent Saturday night was a big one for it. C.A.V.E. (Center for Audio and Visual Expression)  Gallery on Abbot Kinney had the opening of renowned street artist Shark Toof’s Ping Pong Show AND it was the big celebration for SPARC‘s...

Earl Newman Goes From Venice to the Smithsonian

By Greta Cobar “I want to thank Venice for being open to free-spirited people,” Earl Newman says 53 years after he came here from the East Coast with a wife and two kids in a ’55 Chevy station wagon “in quest of a future.” And that he found. After being homeless for a few weeks,...

The Lit Show is a Hit – With Suzy Williams

By CJ Gronner Oh, Suzy Williams. How are you so so cool? Well, for starters. she and her husband, Gerry Fialka, put on The Lit Show every year at Beyond Baroque, where you hear the words of famous authors put to jazzy compositions by Suzy and Brad Kay. Where you wind up being not only...

Venice – Where Art Meets Sublime

By CJ Gronner The Hammer Museum came down to put on the “Venice Beach Biennial” (which the materials all keep calling a “tongue in cheek” play on the Venice Biennale in Italy – Thanks, we get it.), where a bunch of “Museum” artists joined the Venice artists that are down on the Boardwalk every day,...
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