Past Stories
Peter Shire’s modern interpretation of an ancient Greek vase
Photo by Monica Nouwens

Paying homage to Homer

LMU and Otis collaborate with the Westchester-Loyola Village Library By Michael Aushenker How do you top “Moby Dick”? For the sequel to last year’s citywide celebration of that classic of American literature, the Los Ange...


Kids made friends with reptiles during last year’s Mar Vista Community Fall Festival
Photo by Roy Persinko

Festivals mark the arrival of Fall

By Michael Aushenker New TV shows and ubiquitous pumpkin products notwithstanding, a sure sign of autumn’s arrival can be found in your own backyard this weekend, when Mar Vista and Del Rey hold their annual fall festivals at...


Ken Chen, Alexis Wong, Kurt Spencer and Joel Korpi are raising funds to help war refugees

‘Art Plus Music’ equals international relief

Venice fundraiser benefits civilians caught in the crossfire in Iraq and Syria By Michael Aushenker Ken Chen lives in Venice and Joel Korpi is from Austin, so it’s only fitting that Big Red Sun is the venue for the DJs’&hel...



Westside Calendar

Thursday, Oct. 16 Chess Club, 4:15 p.m. Kids ages 5 to 16 can learn to play chess or improve their strategy through free classes each Thursday at Venice-Abbot Kinney Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 821-1769; lapl.or...


Venice muralist Jules Muck is featured in “Freedumb,” a documentary about the local arts scene that screens Friday as part of the Other Venice Film Festival
Photos courtesy of Laura Rudich and Sean VanLoozen

A reel celebration

The Other Venice Film Festival’s roster of 72 screenings includes ‘Freedumb,’ a new documentary profiling six local artists By Michael Aushenker “Freedumb.” It’s a word tattooed across muralist Jules Muck’s knuckl...


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ARTBLOCK makes another round

Now a collaboration 60 artists strong, the biannual open studio tour heads into its fourth outing on Sunday By Kathy Leonardo (Photo by Edizen Stowell / Venice Paparazzi)       Venice has long been known as an a...



Adrian Paul of TV’s “The Highlander” Photo by Georges Seguin

Go ‘all in’ for charity at The Reserve

Microsoft and actor Adrian Paul host a poker tournament to fund water wells in West Africa   By Shanee Edwards The Microsoft Technology Center at The Reserve campus in Playa Vista will look more like a casino in Vegas on&h...


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Soy beer brats? Pleather lederhosen? Gott im Himmel!

Santa Monica’s inaugural Vegan Oktoberfest puts an animal-friendly twist on a sudsy and cherished tradition By Shanee Edwards Meat-lovers may feel like the stuffing’s been knocked out of their sausages, but Saturday’s Veg...


Photo by Angela Kase

Reimagining ‘The Magic Flute’

The Broad Stage puts a South African twist on Mozart’s classic opera For opera lovers, the trials and tribulations of Tamino and Parmina are a familiar tale. But now comes an unorthodox twist on Mozart’s classic opera about...



Joe Stefanelli as John Lennon

A day in the life of the Westside’s John Lennon

Joe Stefanelli, who has made a career of impersonating the Beatles leader, performs in The Moptops during a Flight Path Museum gala honoring longtime docent Ethel Pattison By Michael Aushenker Call him a living tribute to John ...






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