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C.J. Gronner

Adventures with the Landlord

By CJ Gronner Everyone knows I love Venice, and always will. I’ve just become a little dismayed at the direction things seem to be heading these days, and feel like it should be discussed, pondered and helped. I recently had to move out of the rent-controlled apartment I’d lived in since the late 90’s. I...

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...

Venice Artist David Phillips

By CJ Gronner I first learned about the art of David Phillips in probably the best way possible. I was walking down the beach last year when I came upon this crazy piece of art (that I now know is called “Birth”) just sitting there in the sand. It had the curious name “Wino-Strut” across...

Boats Parade in the Venice Canals

By CJ Gronner One of the most adorable things you could ever do in Venice, California is attend the annual Holiday Boat Parade in the Venice Canals. This year was the 30th one, and I think it might have been the best yet. I say that because the mood of the boating participants and the...

Working on the Beachhead

By C.J. Gronner I dug the Free Venice Beachhead from the day I moved here. An entirely volunteer operation, it has been in existence since 1968, celebrating the auspicious 43rd Birthday this December! Every community needs its newspaper, but a community like Venice especially does. People have come here from all over the world to...

The Other Venice Film Festival

By CJ Gronner The 8th Annual Other Venice Film Festival was another success – and a blast – this year, featuring wonderful work from our own local filmmakers, as well as entries from around the world. The festival ran from October 13-16 this year, and it all started out with a big rager at Beyond...

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...

The 27th Annual Abbot Kinney Festival

By CJ Gronner This year’s Abbot Kinney Festival started out extra gloomy and misty, one of those lazy Sundays where it’s hard to get out of bed. That is, until the bikes started noisily swooping by outside, bright and early, on Venice Boulevard for the La Triathalon, that some planners somewhere thought would be a...

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...

Community Garden Sprouts in Venice

CJ Gronner I had just about had it with urban problems this last month. I thought I was actually going crazy from chopper noise that one night that they hovered right over my house for four (plus) hours, just to get some Best Buy robbers (you’ve got to wonder what the resources wasted for HOURS...
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