Past Stories
Jeff Ho, who has modeled his new collection handcrafted surfboards after his own, surfs the Venice Pier last Thursday
Photo by Steve Christensen

Still riding high

Z-boys founder Jeff Ho displays his latest surfboard creations in Mar Vista By Michael Aushenker Jeff Ho is a man in the present. Stacy Peralta’s 2001 documentary “Dogtown and Z-Boys” and the Peralta-written 2005 Heath L...

Alfonso Redenas and Victoria Scott take the 
Blue Dolphins electric at WitZend

Getting Along Swimmingly

How a British woman met a Spaniard in Los Angeles and formed the band Blue Dolphins By Michael Aushenker It’ll be a mix of firsts and lasts when the Blue Dolphins play WitZend on Saturday: the first time the singer-songwrite...

Photos Courtesy of Allison Volk

A Rivers runs through it

Nascent Santa Monica theater company CityShakes finds an ally in Weezer’s frontman as it continues to shake up Shakespeare By Michael Aushenker   In a brief two years, Santa Monica-based theater troupe CityShakes has alr...


Latin sounds by the sea

Susie Hansen studied classical music as a child. Later, she earned a graduate degree in computer science at MIT. But, a singer at heart, she just wasn’t fulfilled. “I decided I really needed to go back to music,” Hansen s...

Santa and helpers travel at a leisurely pace during last year’s fun-sized 
Venice Canals Holiday Boat Parade
Photo by Paul M J Suchecki

Just another ‘Holiday in Paradise’

Venice Canals Holiday Boat Parade brings nautical joie de vivre down to a neighborhood scale By Paul M. J. Suchecki Sunday marks the return of the annual Venice Canals Holiday Boat Parade, a colorful and carefree grassroots eve...

Orson Bean as Ebenezer Scrooge and Bodhi Carlson as Tiny Tim in a prior Bean-and-Mills production of “A Christmas Carol”
Photo by Ulf Hermjakov

Giving the gift of theater

Orson Bean and Allie Mills reprise their annual free staging of “A Christmas Carol” By Shanee Edwards Longtime Venice canals residents Orson Bean and Allie Mills have a special mission each Christmas: to give the joy of liv...

Mary Woronov, currently taking part in a group show at West Los Angeles College, at work in her home studio
Photo by claudia unger/

To Warhol and back

The incomparable Mary Woronov graduates from “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School,” “Deathrace 2000” and “Eating Raoul” to become herself again By Michael Aushenker Mary Woronov does not own a television set. She does not...

Larry John McNally harmonizes with singers Nichelle Monroe and Lucy Schwartz during a recent Cinema Bar performance
Photo by David Schwartz

Music Matters

Larry John McNally returns to Cinema Bar after traveling a long and winding road By Bliss Bowen Regulars at the Cinema are familiar with its eclectic musical offerings, but passersby who casually wander into the hole-in-the-wal...

Keith Stevenson’s JD character, center, hosts a last supper at the Fried Meat Motel
Photo by Erika Boler

Stories from the ‘Road’

Playwright Keith Stevenson embraces his Fried Meat family with his comic trilogy’s triumphant return to Pacific Resident Theatre By Shanee Edwards Playwright and actor Keith Stevenson has created an unusual brand for his thea...



Learn to tell stories through pictures from three of L.A.’s top photojournalists during their inaugural Venice Beach Photo Workshop, a daylong instructional walking tour of the boardwalk, canals and hidden walk streets of Ven...

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