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Who in the Heaven is Larry Bell?

By CJ Gronner Renowned artist, Larry Bell, is a true Venice treasure. His profile, with hat and signature cigar, has been sighted all over town for decades, and is now the inspiration behind a new neighborhood hang about to open at the corner of Windward and Speedway, the aptly named “Larry’s” (Currently featuring a sign...

Rip Cronk Paints Venice

By CJ Gronner Of course I’ve been familiar with the art of Rip Cronk for years and years … we all are, here in Venice. His murals are icons of the community, from Jim Morrison on Speedway, to the huge Abbot Kinney on North Venice, from his self-portrait hanging over The Boardwalk, to the brand...

Interview with Navalette Tabor Bailey and Jataun Valentine

(This interview originally appeared in the Beachhead’s March 2007 issue) By Rex Butters Beachhead: How long have you been with the historical society? Navalette Tabor Bailey: Oh, about 20 years, I guess. I know it’s been a long time. Beachhead: What does the historical society do? Bailey: They try to restore and protect the original...

Interview with Thomas Paine Haag Duggan

By Greta Cobar Carol Fondiller used to baby-sit Thomas Duggan, formerly known as Thomas Haag, Anna’s son. Yes, Anna Haag, who with John Haag operated the Venice West Cafe at 7 Dudley from 1962-66. John, Anna and Carol were also on the collective of the first Beachhead in 1968. One person who knew all of...

I Became a Communist in Venice

By Mark Lipman While attending the opening of the 2nd Biannual San Francisco International Poetry Festival (July 23-26), I had the opportunity to speak with its organizer, San Francisco’s poet laureate, Jack Hirschman. Sitting in his white linoleum kitchen, around a bottle of Russian vodka – all he’ll drink – we started reading poems to...

Suzy Williams, Venice Songbird

By Jim Smith Perhaps you’ve seen Suzy Williams peddling down your street on a flower-festooned bicycle named Gladus. Just another Venetian with pink hair going about her business in our community. But if you’ve seen Suzy at night when she comes alive in a cabaret, bar or at a party, you know you’re seeing the...

On The Boardwalk: Friday Night With Roger

By Ian Lovett The lot is empty. That’s the first thing I notice—the lot at the end of Rose where they always park is empty. I suddenly get what permit parking would do to this place. At night, everyone parks up in “the avenues,” as Roger refers to the rest of Venice. And the place...

Interview with Rebel Woman Assata Shakur

By Margot Pepper Assata Shakur, (godmother of Tupac Shakur) is a former convicted Black Panther who fled to Cuba in 1984.  There is a million dollar bounty on her head. I met Assata in 1992, when I was working in Cuba as a journalist and translator along with my partner,  aka “Guillermo.” The following is...

New Year’s Evolution

By Amy V. Dewhurst The celebration of New Year’s dates back to 153 B.C. when Janus, the Roman God of beginnings and guardian of doors and entrances was placed at the start of the calendar. I wonder if the Ancient Romans braced 154 B.C. with promises to “Lose weight,” “Stop smoking,” and “Drink less,” which...

February 2008 – Interview with Venice Poet Frank T. Rios, Part 2

Part 2 (see January Beachhead for Part 1) By Hillary Kaye   Beachhead: Is there anything else about Philomene Long you’d like to share? Frankie: When she did The Beats, An Existentialist Comedy, I was involved in that. She was always a strange bird. She was outside the tip, even though she was with Stuart...
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