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John Park works on the painting featured on the cover during the Aug. 21 Venice Art Crawl 4th anniversary party at Full Circle

“The Meeting with the Goddess,” a painting by John Park

It seemed only fitting that the cover of The Argonaut’s annual Arts Issue should be a new work with narrative intent. John Park’s “The Meeting with the Goddess” — created in part during the Venice Art Crawl’s 4th an...


Marina del Rey live-aboards Christina Ferrell and James Evenson were left homeless after their boat burned in September
Photo courtesy of Heidy Gross

Donors rally to help boaters displaced by fire

Marina del Rey live-aboards lost everything they own, but friends have launched a crowdfunding campaign to get them back on their feet By Gary Walker Marina del Rey live-aboards Christina Ferrell and James Evenson found themsel...


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Put a mural on it!

A DIY movement to transform neglected urban walls in Santa Monica and Venice into community assets through public art has now gone global as the Beautify Earth campaign By Michael Aushenker When Beautify Earth co-founders Evan...



“There is a gathering of great minds at the end of the 10 freeway. I dig it,” says Venice music fixture Tom Freund

Happy Days

Tom Freund is a busy guy — writing, touring and recording albums in his Venice studio By Bliss Bowen “Funny how when you leave LA you gotta drive into the desert Out of the frying pan and into the fire…


Michael C. Ford, who recently recorded a spoken-word album backed by surviving members of The Doors, sees language 
in a unique way
Photo by Jill Jarrett

‘Look Each Other in the Ears’

Westside language artist Michael C. Ford still strives to perfect his craft, whichever medium it takes By Bliss Bowen There are writers, and then there are artists whose medium is language in all its kaleidoscopic nuance and r...


With music, you’re not being edited by someone else. You get to perform the whole character,” says Rebecca Pidgeon

‘Bad Poetry’ becomes her

Santa Monica’s Rebecca Pidgeon segues from actress to singer-songwriter with ease By Michael Aushenker Rebecca Pidgeon is reluctant to discuss her upcoming TV series. “At the moment, I have my head in the music space,” sh...



Josh Wiener, left, and Ethan Pilch operate the mixing board at Rich Uncle Studios, an unlikely Mecca for new music tucked in a warehouse garage along Glencoe Avenue in Marina del Rey
Photo by Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

A new sound in Marina del Rey

The nondescript bungalows along Glencoe Avenue have become a hotbed for musical creativity By Michael Aushenker Call it the home of MdR‘n’R… Within a compound of former warehouse garages on Glencoe Avenue lies Hen House ...


Akhiro Nobu is both a culinary artist and artist-in-residence at Hama Sushi, where his portraits of downtown life hang on the walls
Photo by Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

The Double Man

Akhiro Nobu — sushi chef by night, photographer by day — walks the line between the culinary and fine arts By Michael Aushenker Enter Hama Sushi’s main room and you’ll find yourself surrounded by indelible, atmospheric ...


Foster hangs with “Frozen” writer Shane Morris and directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck at the Student Academy Awards in June
Photos courtesy of LMU

Found in translation

LMU animation student Hayley Foster captured the Japanese-American experience in a short that won a Student Academy Award By Michael Aushenker When Hayley Foster created “Yamashita” while attending Loyola Marymount Univers...



Judy Baca, a creator and defender of public art, stands near her magnum opus, “The Great Wall of Los Angeles”

The writing on the wall

Judy Baca, head of Venice’s Social and Public Art Resource Center, on L.A.’s renewed interest in murals and using art as a voice for social justice Venice muralist Judy Baca has left her mark on the world as both a…






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