Past Stories

Lifeguard truck runs over beachgoer in Venice

A 25-year-old Whittier woman remains in stable condition at a local hospital after suffering bone fractures and internal lacerations when she was run over by a Los Angeles County Lifeguard truck at 4:20 p.m. Monday while lying ...


Rabbi Lori Shapiro transformed a booth into a sukkah at the 2010 Abbot Kinney Festival

People of the ‘Open’ book

Rabbi Lori Shapiro is building a Venice congregation that crosses denominational and cultural boundaries to make Judaism relevant for all Chances are that Rabbi Lori Shapiro’s Passover seder last April in Venice was unlike an...


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...



“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…


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...


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 ...



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…


Taste-of-Venice-18

Food for thought

Arts education nonprofit P.S. Arts takes over ‘Taste of Venice’ and expands it By Michael Aushenker The annual “Taste of Venice” just keeps evolving. Originally “Taste of Abbot Kinney,” the local food-tasting event...


Rescued surfer regains pulse

Drowning victim who tangled with big waves off Venice Beach ‘has a fighting chance’ to recover By Gary Walker A surfer whose heart had stopped beating when dragged from Hurricane Marie-induced heavy seas yesterday at Venice...



Three homes stand in what used to be a single-family lot on California Avenue | Photo by Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

Planning official takes a slower-growth stance in Venice

Ruling for local control will make it harder to split up single-family lots in order to build multiple housing units By Gary Walker Where there was once a single-family home and yard at 724 California Ave. there are now three&h...






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