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RIP: Dr. Geek

Dr. Geek, he’d ask your name and play his rapper game. All over the map people loved his rap. He made a rhyme every time. He had a huge hat and was kinda fat. With his big smile you could see him for a mile. His boom box he’d play with something funny to say....

Venice Celebrates the Life of Jay Adams

By CJ Gronner Venice lost one of the true O. G.s on August 15th, when Jay Adams, founding member of Dogtown’s Z-Boys and skateboard legend, passed away at the age of 53 of a heart attack, while on a three month surf trip in Porto Escondido, Mexico with his wife, Tracy. Adams had just told...

RIP: Carol Pomerantz (12/07/1933 – 6/10/2014

HANDS (To Carol Pomerantz, A Child of Flowers) When My husband and I visited Carol in the hospital before she passed, she took our hands between her own and caressing them, shared with us the secrets of her hands. Hands see Faces in flowers, dreams in sunshine Every day Hands shape Strangers into friends One...

John Johnson of Change-Links will be missed

By Clay Claiborne It seems like forever that whenever the first of the month rolled around I would be looking forward to new issues of two local papers that weren’t very thick but were very deep, they were the Venice Beachhead and Change-Links. If you are reading this you are already familiar with the Beachhead....

RIP: Eden Wingate Eastin Andes

for Eden I wish it would rain and we could run around in the rain like children do – we’re still playing children behind the mask of age you get old enough, you start losing friends now we’ve lost you: a crazy painter, singer, dancer, drummer someone who laughed with all her heart who enjoyed...

Maya Angelou: An Appreciation

By Amanda Seward. On Wednesday, May 28, 2014 Maya Angelou died at the age of 86. Although I did not know her personally, as did Oprah Winfrey, who called her “mentor, mother/sister, and friend,” I was touched by her death. It is hard to describe why. Although I read most of her autobiographical books, starting...

In Memoriam: Billie Harris – Serving the Highest Art – 1937-2014

By Chuck Bloomquist From the late sixties until shortly before he died Billie Harris was a superb musician playing pure, beautiful jazz on his tenor saxophone in and around Venice. When he first arrived in Los Angeles he lived in an old Helms bakery truck with his wife and two children at the parking lot...

Pete Seeger: Never Gone

By Anthony Castillo On January 27th at the age of 94 iconic folk singer, folk song collector, song writer and activist Pete Seeger died in New York. As a folk musician, Seeger was a living archive, carrying on the folk tradition of trading songs in an oral musical history to pass them on and preserve...

Poetry

The Venice Primer – by Marti Liboff Beyond All This – by Aryn Youngless Social Soul – by Ronald K. McKinley Whole Life is Black – by Jax Zepnick Homing in – by bETO Perez Back Street Life – by mt Roger Houston Amiri Baraka: Never Forgotten – by Anthony Castillo ——————————————————— – The Venice...

RIP Nelson Mandela: July 18, 1918 – December 5, 2013

23:59 Thursday, December 5th, 2013, Adullam ….. Mandela has gone home. Back to the source. Apparently, his life has run its course. Was showing symptoms of advancing age, Some caused by his lost years, locked in a cage. Retained a timeless stubbornness through out. Right up to his last moment. Here, I note How he...
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