Category: Featured this Week

A Taste of Grammy Glory

Teen trumpeter Joey Curreri cuts his chops — and an album — at Grammy Jazz Camp in Marina del Rey By Gary Walker Music is such a big part of Venice teen Joey Curreri’s life that he yearned for a bigger stage to further hone his craft. The devoted trumpet player found it at Grammy Jazz Camp, a nine-day series of sessions in which budding musicians get to work with some of the best in the biz. Curreri was one of only of 32 students chosen through a nationwide search to take part in the camp, held from Feb....

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Cirque du L.A.

Mardi Gras comes early in Venice By Brittany Ford “We are all a part of a circus — it’s just the ringleader who changes,” posits Jessica Long, founder of the Venice Beach Mardi Gras Parade. The annual revival of an Abbot Kinney-era nod to New Orleans party culture returns at noon on Saturday with a come one, come all costumed boardwalk parade from Rose Avenue to Windward Plaza followed by a dance party at Larry’s Venice. Now in its 16th year, the celebration offers a chance to celebrate the uniqueness of Venice, to bring neighbors closer together and to...

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From ‘Hot Lips’ to Your Ears

Animal advocate, painter and former “M*A*S*H” star Loretta Swit talks feminism, activism and art Loretta Swit is best known for her role as Maj. Margaret J. “Hot Lips” Houlihan on the acclaimed 1970s and ’80s TV sitcom “M*A*S*H,” but her life’s work has been to protect animals. Swit — not only still acting but also painting at age 79 — heads to the Santa Monica Public Library on Monday to discuss her new book “SwitHeart,” a collection of her watercolor portraits of animals and the stories of animal activism behind them. With each painting, Swit tries to “capture the...

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Culture in a Cup

How local coffee shops compete against the megachains By Chase Maser   Fresh-baked veggie samosas and vegan muffins call to patrons from a glass display case at the counter. An indie rock playlist curated by hipster baristas plays softly as a barefoot writer taps away on a screenplay or term paper. After sundown, there’s often a poetry reading or local musicians in the house. It’s hard to believe this place used to be kind of a dump. Café 212 Pier, just off Main Street in Ocean Park, has undergone some major identity changes since Roopinder Bhullar bought it in...

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