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C.J. Gronner

Peter Lodato: Capturing Venice’s Light

By CJ Gronner I’d seen Peter Lodato around for years, taking strolls along the streets of Venice in his signature hat. Only recently have I gotten to know more about the man and his fine art. Thankfully. My friend David Phillips, whose art I’ve written about before, introduced me to Mr. Lodato, and we three...
Suzy's Lit Show Lit Up The Night

Suzy's Lit Show Lit Up The Night

By CJ Gronner Suzy Williams and her excellent band (“The Cracked Binding Quintette”) brought back the everpopular Lit Show to Beyond Baroque, and a blast was had by all. This unique – and educational – show is great because it’s all songs by famous authors that you may not have known also dabbled in songwriting....

The Date Rape of Venice

By CJ Gronner The guy looks good, seems nice, talks a good game, makes her feel special … then the next thing she knows, she wakes up all dazed out, wondering what happened. If Venice were a human being, I’m sure she’d be feeling date raped right about now. I’ve been crazy busy lately, was...

Happy Mother's Life

By CJ Gronner Please let me take this opportunity to spill my heart all over the place and humbly THANK my two homes, Venice and Minnesota. If you’ve ever met me you know that my Mom is a big deal to me. I’ve never met a better lady, ever. She had a heart attack in...

Crawling for Art in the Snake Run

By CJ Gronner Last night was the March Venice Art Crawl, and it was great. It kind of felt like First Fridays used to feel, where you saw a lot of locals and neighbors, and places served up free booze and music. The Art Crawl is actually better than First Fridays used to be, because...

Happy 25th Birthday, Hal's Bar and Grill!

By CJ Gronner Hal’s Bar and Grill is celebrating 25 years on Abbot Kinney in Venice, and loyal fans turned out Wednesday night to hear Linda and Don Novack and Hal Frederick in discussion with Jeff Gordon from the Writer’s Boot Camp (and Hal’s regular) at the Electric Lodge. It was packed with the fine...

Carol Tantau is Just Tantau – And So Much More

By CJ Gronner March 8 is International Women’s Day, so we at The Beachhead like to have the March issue be one for the ladies. There is probably no one better to speak to about women and Venice than Carol Tantau. Not only has she owned and operated her shop, Just Tantau, on Abbot Kinney...

El Bordello Alexandria

By CJ Gronner I’ve walked by the big, crazy looking gargoyle house on Westminster and Speedway for years, always wondering what the story of the place could possibly be. I finally got the chance to hear it the other day when I sat down to talk with owner, Tony Wells. I had heard varying stories...

Normal Is Dead

By CJ Gronner I am thrilled to report that my good friends at the Venice Beach Freak Show are getting their own reality show on AMC, called, appropriately, Freakshow, which starts airing this Valentine’s Day, February 14th at 9:30 pm. Todd Ray, his wife Danielle, kids Asia (now the youngest sword swallower in the world!)and...

Our Venice Skatepark – A Diamond in the Rough

By CJ Gronner Happy New Year, People! In the interest of shining a light on the things that are still awesome about living in Venice in 2013, I recently dug a little deeper into the everyday goings on at the Venice Skatepark. I grew up with my brother’s half-pipe in our backyard, smashed my own...
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