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Jessa the Bearded Lady stands at the entrance of the Venice Beach Freakshow. 
Photo by Ted Soqui.

Who needs normal?

The Venice Beach Freakshow celebrates a bizarre universe  By Tyler Davidson It’s as if Todd Ray has just stepped out of a time machine. “Folks, you don’t want to miss it! There’s 60 amazing creatures inside. Ten two-...


Firefighters worked from Saturday night into Sunday morning to extinguish the blaze at the Extra Space Storage facility on Venice Boulevard
Photo by Marta Evry

Investigators probe Venice storage facility fire

It took 365 firefighters, eight of whom suffered minor injuries,  to fight the 14-hour weekend blaze   By Gary Walker Arson specialists with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms have been called in to assis...


Ted Lieu got a visit from President Obama on Thursday at Lieu's campaign office in Venice | Photo courtesy of Ted Lieu

Obama visits Lieu in Venice

  On his way to hanging out with Gwyneth Paltrow at a Democratic Party fundraiser in Brentwood on Thursday, President Barack Obama paid an impromptu visit to the Venice campaign office of state Sen. Ted Lieu, who is runnin...



Former WNBA star Michelle Greco, right, and partner Noelle Orsini were the only women to play in the top division during last month’s paddle tennis doubles championship in Venice. 
Photo by Edizen Stowell / Venice Paparazzi.

‘The sexy sister of tennis’

Venice Beach is the epicenter of paddle tennis, an often overlooked sport that everyone — especially more women — should try By Esme Gregson “The best way I can describe it is oxygen for the soul,” says Sonia “The Mac...


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 ...






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