Past Stories
Angsty Indian-American teenager Tina (left) hangs with Jean-Paul Sartre in an inventive graphic novel by Keshni Kashyap (right)

Speaking through comics

Keshni Kashyap gives voice to Indian-American teen angst in “Tina’s Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary” By Michael Aushenker When it comes to graphic novels created by Asian-Americans, there are a handful of artists workin...


The Still Gandhis specialize in hip-grinding grooves
Photo by Doug McNamee

They still got it

Still Gandhis — the funk-soul-rock tribe formerly known as Boxing Gandhis — stake out a residency at WitZend By Bliss Bowen Veteran bands often reunite for money rather than for love, but more organic forces propelled one l...


Westside Calendar

Thursday, March 5 36th Annual PPLA Food Fare 2015, 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Playa del Rey chefs Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts (Playa Provisions, The Tripel) are the honorees as more than 150 restaurants serve gourmet bites, l...



Luis Rodriguez, the city’s poet laureate, speaks and reads in Venice on Saturday
Photo by Arlene Mejorado

‘Soul Talk’

L.A. Poet Laureate Luis Rodriguez heads to Venice to talk about the power of language and community By Bliss Bowen “I ended up back in the streets. Somehow, though, it wasn’t the same as before. A power pulsed in those…


Frank Talbott documented everyday Venice scenes in the 1960s and ‘70s, long before the restoration of the canals and an influx of real estate investment
Photos by Frank Talbott

Watching Venice history slide by

Longtime local Maryjane presents a seaside memoir slideshow of vintage Venice imagery at Canal Club By Michael Aushenker When tobacco tycoon turned pioneering developer Abbot Kinney opened his Venice of America in 1905, it was ...


Nelson Mandela defeated apartheid and inspired 
the world
Photo by Cate Gillon /Getty Images

Moms for Mandela

Inspired by a civil rights icon, Real Moms Live stages a community-building cultural fair at Playa Jefferson By Michael Aushenker “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” — Nelson Mandela Marriage and family therap...



Above: Original oil paintings by artist Berberyan hang at Qart.com Gallery; Below: Qart.com founders Noah and Eli Weissman

Brothers in Arts

After a decade running an Internet fine arts auction house, Eli and Noah Weissman open a brick-and-mortar gallery in Marina del Rey By Michael Aushenker Qart.com Gallery owners Eli and Noah Weissman have been wallowing in the M...


John Beasley, behind the grand piano at his Venice home, has 
toured with rock stars, released solo jazz albums and is soon headed to Europe to score a feature film
Photo by Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

From Miles to Monk to the Father of the Funk

Santa Monica-raised, Venice-based pianist John Beasley has gigged with every-one from James Brown to Steely Dan, Queen Latifah and yes, the Spice Girls By Michael Aushenker It’s a grey Tuesday morning and John Beasley is runn...


Gretchen Peters thrives on small, passionate crowds
Photo by Gina Binkley

Digging Into the Gritty Good Stuff

Gretchen Peters, newly inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, performs in the round with Mary Gauthier and Eliza Gilkyson at McCabe’s By Bliss Bowen We’re deluged with music every day — via commercials, rin...



Stogie Kenyatta digs deep to explore the complex personal life of Paul Robeson

Photos courtesy of Santa Monica Playhouse

Being Paul Robeson

There’s a lot more to the man than “Ol’ Man River,” actor Stogie Kenyatta has learned by playing Robeson on stage By Michael Aushenker Stogie Kenyatta pauses, reflects, then concludes, “There is some comfort that one ...






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