Past Stories
Abbot Kinney in 1884. Photo by John R. 
Hodson, courtesy of the Santa Monica History Museum.

The Secret Life of Abbot Kinney

Uncovering the racism, sexism and apparent redemption of Venice’s founding father By Matt Hormann His grey-bearded visage looms large in murals and street art. His name gilds the signs marking GQ magazine’s “Coolest Block...


Juri Koll has assembled a father-son art exhibit at Beyond Baroque

Discovering Dad

Venice painter and filmmaker Juri Koll on hosting his artist father’s first gallery show a year after losing him Over the past three decades, Juri Koll has become an institution among the artistic community in Venice. His fat...


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Free Venice Beachhead celebrates its 400th edition with a music and poetry party

By Elliot Stiller It’s a unique publication in a unique community, and after 46 years the presses continue to roll. The Free Venice Beachhead celebrates its 400th issue on Sunday with a free (naturally) music and poetry party...



Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck tour the Venice Beach boardwalk area on Oct. 29, several months 
after Bonin first asked Beck to deploy more police officers in Venice
Photo courtesy of Mike Bonin’s office

‘Venice needs more cops’

Councilman asks LAPD chief for special boardwalk police detail to combat ‘a growing criminal element and rising climate of fear’ By Gary Walker Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin is calling on LAPD Chief Charlie Beck to...


Venice High gets a recording studio

Students at Venice High School have something to sing about. On Monday, the school’s music program launched an electronic music recording studio, allowing students to write and record their own songs. Four small rooms in the ...


Coastal big dig info session tonight

Los Angeles public works officials are hosting an information session from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at the Venice Abbot Kinney Library (501 S. Venice Blvd.) about their plans to lay new underground sewer pipe through Marina del Rey,...



Jamie Alan performs circa 2004 at The Talking Stick’s original Ocean Park Boulevard location

The Talking Stick goes quiet

Westside bohemian hangout calls it quits after 11½ years By Michael Aushenker A blow to the live music scene this side of the 405, The Talking Stick has shuttered after nearly a dozen years, first in Santa Monica and until&hel...


A Drinkwater portrait of interior designer John Smith

Harry Drinkwater, 1919 – 2014

Venice artist is remembered for living life to the fullest while capturing others’ lives on film By Michael Aushenker When photographer Harry Drinkwater died on Nov. 24 at the age of 95, he didn’t pass quietly. Friends and...


Lifeguard Josh Williams documented a rescue on Venice Beach with his GoPro camera
Photo courtesy of L.A. County Fire Dept.’s Lifeguard Division

A record year for ocean rescues

Big beach crowds and a spike in rip currents kept L.A. County lifeguards busy in 2014 By Gary Walker   Los Angeles County lifeguards set a new annual record for ocean rescues in 2014, with unusually warm weather drawing la...



Venice muralist Jules Muck has parlayed mischief, adventure 	and a lot of green paint into an artistic success story

Jules Muck Goes Legit … sort of

By Michael Aushenker   Even if you don’t know her name, if you live near Venice you know her work: the signage outside Venice Love Shack; the LSD tab of Felix the Cat heads inside TRiP on Lincoln Boulevard; the…






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