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C.J. Gronner

Hal’s on Abbot Kinney

By CJ Gronner I’ve spent a lot of time at Hal’s over the years … and so has most everyone else who has spent any decent amount of time in Venice. I remember when it was pretty much the only place to go on Abbot Kinney – and it being kind of scary to get...

King Neptune Returns

By CJ Gronner Ahhh, Summer, my favorite Season of them all … and we actually got a little jump on it here in Venice, with the 1st (this Century) Neptune Parade and Festival on June 18th. The Neptune fun was bringing back the Venice tradition, that even instigator Danny Samakow (of Danny’s Deli fame) was...

Crashing The Tom Everhart Party

By CJ Gronner A whole bunch of Venetians (20+!) took the show on the road and made the trip way, waaaaay past Lincoln last weekend, for the opening of our dear friend, artist Tom Everhart‘s opening of new works at the Animazing Gallery in Soho, NYC. All of us took that city by storm, and...

The Circus is in Town!

By CJ Gronner The Circus came to town with the opening of the Zircon & Wish Aerial Circus happening in the one- ring space of Robin’s Sculpture Garden right there on Abbot Kinney Boulevard! I couldn’t wait to attend opening night, as I’d been hearing about the work going into it for quite a while....

The World’s Greatest Wino

By CJ Gronner Bobby Brown (”No, not like the singer, he’s like ME!”) is better known as The World’s Greatest Wino on Venice Beach. I sat down to talk with him this morning (”Let’s sit on a bench in the sunshine.”), and can assure you that he lives up to his title. Except that he’s...

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...

It’s A Small World After All

By CJ Gronner For years I’ve sent people to what I believe is the best book store – for sure in Los Angeles, but maybe even the country – Small World Books. I’ve loved it so long, but just finally got to sit down with owner Mary Goodfader and hear about how they came to...

Bohemia – Alive and Well on Abbot Kinney Blvd.

By CJ Gronner Bohemian Exchange is a uniquely great store on Abbot Kinney, that is – get this – a non-profit store. Meaning, proceeds from items you buy there go to non-profit organizations like Heal The Bay, The Sierra Club, Tree People, The Surfrider Foundation, and the NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council). How cool is...

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...

Patrice Martinez

Patrice Martinez, the gregarious and kind owner of the French Market Cafe, who has brightened my day for years and years, has passed away. I still have chills. I can’t bear to imagine how Patrice’s wife, Agnes, is feeling. Theirs was a true and obvious love, full of fun and adventure. Adventure is what Patrice...
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