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Wanda Coleman: 1946-2013

By Richard Modiano Wanda Coleman was born and raised in Watts and was a lifelong Angeleno. Encouraged by her parents, Coleman began to write poetry when she was only five years old. She was published for the first time in a local newspaper when she was 13, but she made her writing bones in Venice....

Remembering Lou Reed, a Rock n' Roll Animal

By Anthony Castillo When I first heard the news of Lou Reed’s passing I said to myself “not Lou!” As you age you expect your rock n’ roll heroes to fall. But not Lou, at least not yet. He was still vital, still exploring new musical ideas, and his bullet proof cool was still intact....

RIP Alberta Albertano, long-time Venice resident and mother of famous Venice poet Linda Albertano

On the day before his first day in the first grade, I took Joshie – and Leslie, my wife and his mom – to one of our favorite places in the vast realm of postmodern, polyrhythmic, multiethnic, dystopian urban suburban sprawl which is Los Angeles – Venice Beach. We ate lunch, as we always do,...

Another Door Closes

By Anne Alvarez The music world lost a legend when founding member and keyboardist of “The Doors” Ray Manzarek passed away in Germany on May 19th at age 74 from Bile duct cancer. Manzarek met Jim Morrison while both were in film school at UCLA between 1962 and 1965. A month after graduating they ran...

Obit: Nick Lenin Conn

Nick Conn, long-time Venice resident, died at his home at 224 San Juan Avenue on Tuesday Evening, November 13, 2012.  Born Nicolai Lenin Conn on February 22, 1925 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he was the middle son of three, his older brother, Karl Marx Conn, born in 1920 and Anatole France Conn born in 1926....

Bud Van Osdall, Long Time Venice Resident, Dies in His RV

By Peggy Lee Kennedy He was discovered deceased in his Sportsman camper behind the Talking Stick Café in Venice around 10:30 am Friday June 15.  The LAPD said he was just a transient, which is not true.  Bud lived in Venice for more than 30 years.  He was no more a transient than anyone else...

The Life and Death of Mikey

By Ian Dean With the rising popularity and constant shifting of this tiny beach side community, countless faces drift in and out. Many are forgettable, few are truly memorable, some are people who you  know by face but lose track of the moment they leave eye shot. A grimy little oasis, ever morphing and changing...

Ray Bradbury – Martian and Venetian: Gone with the Transit of Venus

By Jim Smith On June 5, I was peering through Chuck Bloomquist’s telescope in his front yard as a tiny black dot – actually the size of the Earth – slowly made its way across the yellow-gold caldron we call the Sun. At the same time, a few miles away, a 91-year-old man who had...

Ray Bradbury and the Free Monorail System

Ray Bradbury may have had his head in the sky for The Martian Chronicles and other amaz- ing stories set on other worlds and dimensions, but he knew a good thing here on Earth when he saw it. In the early Sixties, the Alweg Monorail Company offered to build a 41.8-mile long trans- portation system...

Venice Artist Diane Butler

Memorial Tribute: Venice Artist Diane Butler – Mary Getlein Song: There’s a ghost at every corner – Diane Buter Poem: To Diane Butler – Suzanne Verdal Poem: My Humble Ode to Diane – Tina Catalina Corcoran Poem: For Diane – Mary Getlein ————————————————- By Mary Getlein The Venice community lost a valuable member when Diane...
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