Past Stories
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 ...


Singer-songwriter Matt Ellis (second from left) has curated (and will perform on) the locals-only Andalusia sound stage during the Abbot Kinney Festival, featuring (from left) Blue Eyed Son, Adrienne Cohen Isom and Chris Isom from Nocona, Paul Chesne, Tom Freund and Lacey Kay Cowden
Photo by J.D. Narro

Abbot Kinney Festival turns 30 with a bang

Five live entertainment stages, three beer gardens, a children’s activity area and vendors galore are expected to draw 100,000-plus on Sunday to the center of West Coast cool By Joe Piasecki These days it’s hard to imagine ...


Lucinda Williams leads a lineup that blends Los Angeles and Newport musical tradition
Photo by Michael Wilson

Newport Folk West

Jackson Browne and Lucinda Williams headline the Way Over Yonder festival on Santa Monica Pier By Bliss Bowen Last year, the folks behind Rhode Island’s venerable Newport Folk Festival helped launch Way Over Yonder, a two-day...



Westside Calendar

Thursday, Sept. 25 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.o...


Iranian ex-pat speaks through art

Home is where his art is

Iranian expatriate Hossein Khosrojerdi draws from a deep well of personal history for his first solo gallery show in the U.S. By Michael Aushenker Hossein Khosrojerdi fled Iran during the Revolution. Though separated from his h...


Photo by Suzi Eszterhas / Minden Pictures

A wild night on Abbot Kinney Boulevard

Laurie Marker is bringing a cheetah to G2 Gallery, where she’ll talk about saving the creatures from extinction in the wild By Brian Adigwu Cheetah conservationist and expert Laurie Marker has dedicated her life to saving the...



Crowds gather at Clover Field to witness the completion of the first ‘round-the-world flight in 1924
Photo courtesy of the Santa Monica History Museum

A second nod to an historic first

The Santa Monica History Museum’s annual gala celebrates the city’s role in the first aerial circumnavigation of the globe By Michael Aushenker The year is 1924. A sizable crowd gathers on an air strip at Clover Field in Sa...


See “Grateful,” a painting by Del Rey artist Outi Harma, at the Affair for the Arts festival

An ‘Affair’ to remember

Culver City stages its third downtown arts festival By Michael Aushenker A weekend dedicated to envisioning world peace comes accompanied by nourishment for the soul through fine arts, food and music. On Saturday and Sunday, do...


A rally visitor tries out a classic Birmingham Small Arms Co. bike on display for last year’s open vintage bike contest
Photos by Edizen Stowell / Venice Paparazzi

That’s how they roll

Bikers, bands and babes gather Saturday for the 7th annual Venice Vintage Motorcycle Rally By Elliot Stiller Old becomes new once again on Saturday when the Venice Vintage Motorcycle Club leads a rumbling parade of hundreds of ...



Sol Men

Local duo returns with a multi-media show at the Moss By Michael Aushenker In what they are calling “a multimedia extravaganza,” Dúo del Sol performs Saturday for the launch of the new “Hardly Strictly Classical...






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