Category: Entertainment

Venice Car Show Fundraiser for the Venice Mexican American Traquero Monument

Venice, CA. The Venice Car Show Fundraiser for the Venice Mexican American Traquero Monument will take place at Oakwood Park (767 California Ave) in Venice on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Car entrance fee is $25.00 and the gates will open at 8 a.m. They will also be celebrating Mexican Independence Day since Venice’s Annual “El Grito” Mexican Independence Day Celebration takes place during this week. This is a free family-friendly community event that has been sponsored by Council Member Mike Bonin. All proceeds will go towards the Venice Mexican American Traquero Monument. There will be Oaxaquena Food Truck, DJ music by Joey Bustamante, 50/50 Drawing Raffle, photo booth, live entertainment by Venice’s Fly N. Lion Band, Venice’s Finest Classic Cars and Low riders, The Moss Lady-Gwen Moseley, Urban Mysticism Bath and Body Works, Mexican Gifts, Oaxaquena Gifts,Venice Brand, Venice Heritage Museum, C’Los Designs, and a Flor de Mayo Folklorico Boutique. Live performances by Danza Azteca Chicimeca and Donja Princesa Folklorico Group. There will be a special guest, Jimmy Humilde, Venice native and producer. The Venice Mexican American Traquero Monument was approved to be placed at the Windward Circle in Venice and passed unanimously by the LA City Council on May 5, 2021 with Civil Rights leader Dolores Huerta’s blessing. The project is moving forward and has strong support from the LA City Council...

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Paper Playground

By Julia Escobar Born from the ashes of school closures and isolation, the new Farmers Market Zine has planted a seed for a new community of young artists and writers that stretches from West Los Angeles all the way to the Canadian border. Seventeen-year-old Annabel Axtell, a rising senior at Culver City High School, founded the teen and young adult print magazine composed of art from local and international high school students. The inaugural issue will come out at the end of July. Creative works from everywhere under the sun, in every genre — photography, paintings, music playlists (with...

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A Jack of All Trades

By Dev Jaiswal Samir Mallya does it all — math, comedy, ice skating, teaching — all while excelling in school and earning a spot at a top university. “Passions are made to pursue,” says Mallya, who plans to attend UCLA this fall. Mallya credits his high school program’s flexibility as the reason he was able to do all of his co-curricular activities. He graduated from California Connections Academy Southern California, a free online public school. Mallya started at Connections in sixth grade. He most appreciated being able to schedule his own school day. Not having to set aside a...

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Service and Self-Discovery

Military veterans share true-life struggles and triumphs as stars of “Marching On” By Brian Marks If there’s one thing Navy vet Paul E. Johnson is sure of, it’s that his first theatrical production will also be his last. Johnson is adamant about that after the opening performances of the military veterans-driven play “Marching On,” which premiered at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills at the end of June. “It’s not something I want to do,” says Johnson. “But I can appreciate it, because I always appreciate people doing what they enjoy doing. And the...

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A not-so-simple plan

Billy Bob Thornton shares the story of his rise from abused child to Oscar-winning writer and movie star with students at LMU’s School of Film and Television By Michael Aushenker If Billy Bob Thornton were an animal, he’d surely be a cat because he’s lived nine lives. As a writer, he co-wrote “One False Move” and scripted his breakthrough film, 1996’s Oscar-winning “Sling Blade,” which he also starred in and directed. As an actor, he’s deftly played roles in everything from dark dramas and indie films (Sam Raimi’s “A Simple Plan,” “Monster’s Ball”), cult-favorite comedies (“Bad Santa,” “School for...

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