Past Stories
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 Gallery; Below: 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 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 ...

Saturday’s Venice Mardi Gras Parade features elaborate costumes, live music and plenty of beads
Photo by Edizen Stowell /

Join the Krewe

Mardi Gras parade continues a century-old Venice Beach tradition and a Brazilian Carnival is born By Shanee Edwards Love may be in the air, but romantic Valentine’s Day strolls aren’t going to be the only thing drawing coup...

Matt Ellis wrote most of the lyrics for his new album while driving around Los Angeles

Ellis’ island

Venice is an oasis of creative inspiration for Australia native Matt Ellis By Michael Aushenker Americana by way of Australia? Venice is teeming with musicians and their stories, and this happens to be the shorthand for singer-...

Dancers Brian Gephart and Sean Rollofson perform during the third part of the bill, Barak’s “Middle of Somewhere”

Three cheers for ‘Triple Bill’

Barak Ballet’s latest production delivers for a packed house at The Broad Stage By Michael Aushenker Rising Westside ballet choreographer Melissa Barak premiered her confident and compact “Triple Bill 2015” to a packed ho...

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