Category: Arts & Events

Muscle Beach bodybuilding contest to honor fitness industryís Joe Gold

When contestants step on stage at the annual Venice Championships Bodybuilding and Figure Contest Labor Day, Monday, September 6th, they will not only be flexing their finely-tuned muscles for competition, but also honoring the late fitness industry legend Joe Gold. The contest is the third bodybuilding event this year for the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, and it will be held Monday, September 6th, at the Venice Beach Recreation Center, home of Muscle Beach, 1800 Ocean Front Walk. Contests were also held on Memorial Day and July 4th this year. As the final bodybuilding contest for the year, the Labor Day event will have an additional treat with a special tribute to Gold, founder of Goldís Gym and World Gym, who died of congestive heart failure in Los Angeles July 11th at the age of 82. Joe Wheatley, producer and promoter of the event, said Goldís memory will be celebrated following the national anthem, with a bagpipe performance of “Amazing Grace” by Aaron Shaw of Glendale. Members of Goldís Gym and World Gym will also be present during the ceremony. “Gold will be remembered as a pioneer of bodybuilding and a guy who took chances,” Wheatley said. “He understood the sport and gave back.” The tribute to Gold is a fitting way to end the bodybuilding season, he said, and the Muscle Beach Hall of...

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Ode to old school skateboarding in its Dogtown birthplace August 28th

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium gets transformed into Dogtown territory this Saturday, August 28th, for the DTnDT Fest, a modern tribute to the area’s pioneering influences on the skateboard world and the razor-edged rock music that came along with it. The festival includes a handful of legends of the skateboard world — old school skaters like Steve Olson, David Hackett and Ray Flores, who is now in his fifth decade of skating. “Pep” Williams will represent a later wave of skating that emerged in the 1990s. The untraditional hard rock and punk rock sounds that have traditionally orchestrated skate shredders throughout the years will be represented through performances by female-fronted raunch rockers of Texas Terri Bomb, along with The Hangmen, My Ruin, Adrenaline and Frontside Grind. Also, art, film and skateboard photography exhibits will make up a large element of the show. Rich Mann, Wynn Miller (photographer best known for his classic shots of Tony Alva), Eric Monson, Mark X Farina, Miles Thompson, Joe Orrantia and Craig Clark are among the artists planning to exhibit. Chris and Grant Rohloff’s vintage surf short films “Wet and Wild” and “Aloha Spirit” tie in surfing, the parent sport of skateboarding, to the festival. Show producer Craig Clark named the festival DTnDT Fest, short for Downtown in Dogtown, so as not to step on the toes of Dogtown Skateboards company owner and original Dogtown...

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