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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...

Historic Gondola Returned to Former Site of Canal Lagoon

By Nikki Gilbert Eighty years after the last canals were drained, filled in and paved to make way for automobiles, the iconic symbol of Venice has returned to its rightful location, the Grand Lagoon. On Friday, July 1, a replica of an historic gondola was installed at Windward Circle, which was the site of the lagoon and the...

Oakwood Barbecue Draws Hundreds

By Roger Linnett The 5th Annual Venice Community BBQ and Picnic held at Oakwood Park July 16 was acclaimed a rousing success by all who attended. In addition to tons of great food and equally tasty music there were games and races and a jumper for the kids, a tug-of-war, a watermelon-eating contest and a...

Neighbors in an Uproar Over Condo Development

By Roger Linnett A meeting, June 20, between prospective developers of the property at 522 So. Venice Blvd. (across from of the Abbot Kinney library) and neighborhood residents went pretty much as one might expect. The meeting room at The Bible Tabernacle Church on Washington Way was charged from the get go. The developers were introduced by...

Venice’s Lizard King 40 Years On

By Lynne Bronstein It was 40 years ago on July 3, 1971, that a titan of the 1960s rock scene passed away in Paris. Jim Morrison had gone there to get away from his turbulent career as front man for the Doors. His death was officially attributed at the time to a heart attack, which...

Coping with Shootings and Complexities in Modern Life

    By DeDe Audet How do events like shootings in Venice relate to the strange migrations of jellyfish or uterine cells in endometriosis? Linear analysis of cause leading to effect does not explain it all. That’s why police investigating shootings look for evidence before trying to figure out causes. Whenever someone says “I don’t...

Poetry

On Returning to Venice – Stuart Z. Perkoff On the Boulevard – Malcolm H. Ball Venice West – Don Johns Make me your lover – Jasper Schubert A solstice has occurred – Roger Houston Venice you bleed – Philip Chamberlin Two Lives Lost – Mary Getlein Somewhere – Jim Smith Cool, Smooth, Nocturnal & Universal –...

“Highway to Heaven” or “Roadmap to Hell?”

By Jim Smith   On March 22 the Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) took another stab at addressing the biggest controversy in our community in recent years – RVs and homelessness. Some outraged voices maintain that the treatment of those living in their vehicles by the L.A. Council office and by the Los Angeles Police Department...

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...

The Tabor Family

The Tabors, one of the founding families of Venice had a reunion was held at the Pacific Residents Theater, March 2. It was conceived and produced by Maryjane and included family photos, documents and other memorabilia. Irvin Tabor, the family Patriarch, was Abbot Kinney’s personal assistant and chauffeur. Kinney willed his home to Tabor, who...
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