Past Stories
Drummers and dancers begin to gather for last 

Sunday’s drum circle

Bad vibrations

Confrontations with police, paranoia and too much beer are harshing the Venice Beach Drum Circle’s mellow Story by Joe Piasecki | Photo by Ted Soqui                      ...


Four Things You Can Do Right Now to Help the Planet

Compiled by Jennifer Boucher 1. Grow Native Plants Most drinking water consumed by Westside residents ends up on their lawns. Replacing thirsty grasses with aesthetically pleasing native plants can save thousands of gallons of ...


The “pond-less waterfall” in Linda Levine’s backyard garden re-circulates and filters water to prevent waste

Westside homeowners go green

Mar Vista showcase celebrates eco-friendly choices that beautify neighborhoods By Gary Walker The steeply sloping front yard of Mar Vista attorney Les Hairrel’s Granville Avenue home is a dozen shades of green accentuated by ...



Photo by Edizen Stowell

Westside Scrapbook

Legendary pro skateboarder Christian Hosoi signs an autograph on April 12 at Venice Originals after the shop’s inaugural Jay Boy Classic skateboarding competition. When Hosoi was a child, his dad — Ivan “Pops” H...


Soundsations’ Pete Grasso doesn’t mind checking the inventory

Vinyl is still vital

The classic LP has survived the rise and fall of the CD, and now Westside record shops left standing after years of struggle are riding a wave of renewed interest in the format By Michael Aushenker Technology — especially whe...


Joan Jett on Santa Monica Pier in 1978 Photo by Jenny Lens

A Runaways success

A Runaways success LMU’s Evelyn McDonnell wrote the book on rock’s most notorious all-girl group By Michael Aushenker Loyola Marymount University closes out its Faculty Pub Night discussion series with a bang — or rather,...



Filmmaker Gary Ross (right), who launched "The Hunger Games" franchise, speaks with Stephen Galloway of The Hollywood Reporter on April 9 at Loyola Marymount University Photo courtesy of Loyola Marymount University

From ‘Seabiscuit’ to ‘The Hunger Games’

Filmmaker Gary Ross closes out Loyola Marymount University’s Hollywood Masters series By Michael Aushenker For the final installment of its spring Hollywood Masters series of talks with top industry talent, the Loyola Marymou...


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Sea lion pup rides with harbor patrol

A sea lion pup hitched a ride on a Sheriff’s Harbor Patrol boat on Friday in Marina del Rey after deputies rescued a companion pup that appeared to be in ill health. At about 8 a.m., deputies Matt Schwabe and…


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Creative Playground

Liam Collins, head of YouTube Space L.A., works to level the playing field for independent video producers By Joe Piasecki The biggest, busiest television studio west of the 405 has nothing to do with traditional TV. With seve...



Two men were hurt in a March 28 shooting outside El Zacatecas

Mar Vista bikini bar drawing unwanted attention

El Zacatecas comes under LAPD scrutiny following an eruption of gunfire outside the bar last week By Gary Walker A Mar Vista dive bar that sometimes features bikini dancers and was previously slapped by state licensing official...