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An aerial view of the Venice Skate Park from the documentary “Made in Venice”
Photo by Aaron Kraft / AirKraft Productions

The Fight to Ride Free

‘Made in Venice’ digs deep into the history and future of local skateboarding culture By Christina Campodonico An aerial view of the Venice Skate Park from the documentary “Made in Venice”Photo by Aaron Kraft / AirKraf...


Rock ’n’ roll violinist Lili Haydn takes center stage during a prior VBMF performance

Love, Peace and Happiness

Rock ’n’ roll violinist Lili Haydn takes center stage during a prior VBMF performance Find your groove at the Venice Beach Music Fest The Venice Beach Music Fest is an annual celebration of boundless creativity. The multi-...


Fiesta La Ballona happens Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 26, 27 and 28) at Veterans Memorial Park, 4117 Overland Ave, Culver City. Free admission; $1 per carnival ride ticket. Call (310) 253-6650 for info during the weekend, or visit fiestalaballona.org for a full schedule of events.

A Community of Many Colors

Fiesta La Ballona celebrates global culture in Culver City Fiesta La Ballona happens Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 26, 27 and 28) at Veterans Memorial Park, 4117 Overland Ave, Culver City. Free admission; $1 per carnival r...



Latin jazz master Eddie Palmieri aims to “excite” when he plays for audiences

The Last Maestro

Eddie Palmieri brings the ‘concentrated power’ of authentic Cuban dance music to Burton Chace Park By Christina Campodonico Latin jazz master Eddie Palmieri aims to “excite” when he plays for audiences Latin jazz comp...


Dramatic divas vie for the role of Norma Desmond in “Drama Queens from Hell”
Photo by Ed Krieger

On Stage – The week in local theater

Compiled by Christina Campodonico It Takes Two: “Y Tu Tango?” @ Highways Performance Space From the evolution of all-male tango dance in Buenos Aires to the masculine and feminine rhythms of modern tango, dance artists fro...


For the past eight months, Venice artist Filomena Cruz has been leaving art tiles, including those pictured below, at “The Wall That Gives” Photo By Christina Campodonico

A Barrier Becomes an Opening

Filomena Cruz fosters community dialogue through art with ‘The Wall That Gives’ By Christina Campodonico For the past eight months, Venice artist Filomena Cruz has been leaving art tiles, including those pictured below, at...



Brian Whelan

Critic’s Pick: Brian Whelan at Cinema Bar

Brian Whelan L.A. guitar slinger turns up the volume on ‘Americana’ As a creatively determined kindergartener, Brian Whelan built himself a guitar — out of cardboard. Only fools doubted his path in life. As a real-deal s...


The Morales family faces life at the intersection of the U.S. and Mexico in “A Mexican Trilogy”
Photo by Hector Cruz Sandoval

On Stage – The week in local theater

Compiled by Christina Campodonico Mean Girls: “Drama Queens from Hell” @ Odyssey Theatre When a low-budget remake of the classic Billy Wilder film “Sunset Boulevard” is announced, a washed up TV actress, a former Blaxp...


The Suffers, who remain independent of major label influence, exude a contagious positivity
Photo by Daniel Jackson

Gulf Coast Soul on the Pacific Rim

Houston supergroup the Suffers opens for Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Mavis Staples on Santa Monica Pier By Bliss Bowen The Suffers, who remain independent of major label influence, exude a contagious positivityPhoto by Danie...



Biodata recorded by a Microsoft Band helped to create Broods’ “Heartlines” video
Photo by Mekael Dawson

Ghost in the Machine

Music video made with wearable fitness technology debuts in Venice By Christina Campodonico Biodata recorded by a Microsoft Band helped to create Broods’ “Heartlines” videoPhoto by Mekael Dawson “Couldn’t believe my...






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