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Interview of Mary Getlein

By Mary Getlein Beachhead: How did you become a poet? Mary Getlein: I don’t know – I just started writing things. I spent a lot of time watching poets perform at the church in Ocean Park. Then I met FrancEye Smith and watched her perform her poems – and she blew me away. Picture this:...

The Roosterfish – Serving Gay Venice since 1979

By CJ Gronner Walking down Abbot Kinney, I heard a lady (carrying bags from a chain store) say to her friend, “Oh, that’s a gay bar,” as they passed The Roosterfish – and kept going. It most certainly is, and according to owner/manager of 23 years, Gary Mick, one of the hardest things about running...

Get to Know: Chuck's Briefs

By Greta Cobar As the Beachhead is turning 45 this month, I spiraled back in time to the late 70s and early 80s, when the Beachhead was just becoming a teenager. And I got to meet someone of days past: an impeccably dressed mathematician, avid historian, reader, astronomer, jazz aficionado and former Beachhead Collective member:...

An Interview with John Haag

(This is a re-print from the November 2002 issue) By Suzy Williams John Haag – whose long career of fighting for the rights of Venetians has earned him the title of People’s Doge of Venice. He was the proprietor of the Venice West coffeehouse and led the fight for the right of poets to read...

John Mooney Blows Moonlight Glass in Venice

By Greta Cobar Venice has always fostered creativity, having drawn and inspired countless artists in endless media for over a hundred years. One such current story of bewildering, shining and colorful beauty is daily unfolding as John Mooney blows and sculpts glass, adding and mixing colors in infinite and never the same variations. Putting color...

Jin Patisserie Makes Venice Sweeter

By CJ Gronner It’s quite simple to celebrate Women in Venice, when there are so many wonderful, creative, business-savvy women making up our place in the world. I can think of more women-run businesses than I have fingers: Ananda, the Beauty Bungalows (Alexandra Wagner Skincare, Lavish Tan, Kelley Baker Brows, Stephanie Hobgood Hair all under...

Interview with Artist Ray Packard

By Mary Getlein Raymond Dean Packard was a Venice artist from 1975 to 1989. He is a renowned water colorist and oil painter who did hundreds of beautiful paintings of Venice.Beachhead: Beachhead: When did you feel like an artist? Did you always know you would be an artist? Packard: Yes, as far back as I...

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...

Tom Freund’s Edge of Venice

By CJ Gronner Tom Freund has been a part of my Venice for as long as I can remember. His latest album, The Edge Of Venice, gave us a good excuse to sit down and talk about our Venice and his music inspired by this special part of the world. Tom was born and raised...

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...
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