Celebrating the Creative Community of Venice.
On May 31st, the Venice Arts Council presented music, art and poetry at BOARDRIDERS, benefiting the restoration of the Venice Beach Poet's Monument. We extend our heartfelt thanks to the extended community of artists and interested persons who made this possible. Exene Cervenka of the L.A. punk rock band X, Michelle Shocked, Peter Case, Linda Albertano, Wanda Coleman, Ellyn Maybe Band, Philomene Long’s poetry read by Pegarty Long, Francisco Letelier, Mike Bonin, Sherman Pearl, Rick Noguchi and Bob Flanagan’s poetry read by Gloria Vando.
Venice's poet/performance artist Linda Albertano kicked off the show with her poetry and then picked up the kora backed by African drummers to get things rolling. Ellyn Maybe rocked the house with her poetry backed by Robbie Fitzsimmons, David Ralicke, Tommy C. Jordan, Harlan Steinberger, Jon Ossman, and Danny Moynahan. Wanda Coleman's powerful poetry pierced right through your bones. Muralist and poet Francisco Letelier provided the beautiful stage back drop and an outstanding performance backed by members of The Ellyn Maybe Band, and horn section played from the audience. Exene had the audience in stitches with her political commentary and ended her set with a favorite "This Land is Your Land". Michelle Shocked performed a New Orleans tune joined by The Ellyn Maybe Band's horn section while members of the audience got out of their seats to dance.
Photo credit: Edizen Stowell, Venice Paparazzi
Venice Arts Council raised over $6,000 at the Venice Beach Poet's Monument Fundraiser at BOARDRIDERS, Venice, May 31st.
Front row L to R: Filmmaker and sister to Venice Poet Laurette Philomene, Pegarty Long, poet Ellyn Maybe, poet and Senior Program Officer, James Irvine Foundation Rick Noguchi, rocker Exene Cervenka, Venice Arts Council Co-Founder and Endangered Art Fund Chair, Suzanne Thompson, poet and Pres. Beyond Baroque Sherman Pearl, Rosendahl's Chief of Staff Mike Bonin, poet Wanda Coleman, Back row L to R: VNC Pres. Linda Lucks, poet and muralist Francisco Letelier, Councilman Bill Rosendahl, poet and performance artist Linda Albertano, and BOARDRIDERS store manager Johnny Christopher Nelson. Not pictured Michelle Shocked and Peter Case.
VJAMM Jams Beyond Baroque
By Don E. Geagan and Suzanne Thompson
In a time when we are consistently threatened by the loss of public space and facilities, such as the Venice Post Office, a very special building continues to serve the community. On Saturday, October 29th, a place dedicated to the possibilities of language, housed in the Old Venice Town Hall, Beyond Baroque welcomed over a hundred mostly Japanese Americans in support of the Venice Japanese American Memorial Marker (VJAMM) to be placed on the northwest corner of Venice and Lincoln Boulevards.
Daily News http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_19101664.
The Venice Japanese American Memorial Marker Committee will host a benefit screening with co-sponsor Beyond Baroque in Venice on Saturday, October 29, 2011. Reception with performances at 1PM, Films at 2PM.
Some of the Venice Beach Art Benches are crumbling. See John Moody's Photo documentation of the benches.