Past Stories
Firefighters made quick work of Sunday night’s arson fire on Windward Avenue
Photo by Sarah Rosenheck

Windward fire declared arson, arrest made

It took 36 firefighters only 20 minutes to knock down flames that erupted Sunday night inside a two-story building on Windward Avenue, damaging a tobacco and gift shop next door to the historic Townhouse Venice & Del Monte ...


Ed Begley Jr. is the featured speaker at Saturday’s free Green Venice Expo
Photo by Ethan Miller / Getty Images

GREEN VENICE EXPO

Ready to reduce water usage, convert your home to solar energy or start growing your own food? Get some professional one-on-one advice at the Eco Genius Bar, part of Saturday’s inaugural Green Venice Expo at Mark Twain Middle...


Schoolroom Shuffle

Broadway Elementary language immersion students are headed to Mark Twain Middle School By Gary Walker It was nearly a year ago that school district officials announced the popular Mandarin Chinese language immersion program at ...



Matt Sorum, center, and donor Carter Lay get the rock star treatment at Westminster Avenue Elementary School
Photo by Michael Aushenker

Reading, Writing and Rock

Guns ‘N’ Roses drummer brings music classes to Westminster Avenue Elementary By Michael Aushenker There they were last Thursday on the field at Westminster Avenue Elementary School: 30 shiny brand-new guitars, 25 keyboards,...


Bob Libow of grinds steel at Elco 
Welding and Engineering on Abbot Kinney Boulevard. 
Photo by Ted Soqui.

Metal Heads

Bob and Mark Libow keep the last of blue-collar Venice alive at Elco Welding and Engineering Story by Joe Piasecki Before the price of a new pair of jeans rivaled a Midwestern mortgage payment and seasonal organic coffee sold f...


Rose Café readies for remodel

Rose Café & Market, a fixture in the heart of Venice since 1979, will temporarily close for renovations on Monday in order to reopen in May with expanded meal offerings through a partnership with the Sprout L.A. restaurant...



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...






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