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House of Pies Coming to Venice, Venice and Lincoln

By John Crypto

Southwest corner of Lincoln and Venice Blvd is getting a long awaited neighborhood improvement — a House of Pies.

A construction trailer is a welcome sign to the area after being overrun with unhoused neighbors for the past three years.

Many Venice creatives working after hours will have a new spot for a hot meal without having to go to the Santa Monica Denny’s.

The hours in Los Feliz are 7 am to 2:30 am.

There is no official word on completion.


Pawn Shop Open on 3rd Ave

(Photo courtesy of Rick Swinger.)

Business Lady in Sacramento Gets Off on Governor Newsom

Note: This was sent in by Darlene Davis and rather than just put it in the comments on the weekly Venice Update, it was felt this side of the business man, which is seldom mentioned, was necessary to be aired.  How many other business persons have this problem too.

(20 August 2019) Fox Nation host and California resident, Tomi Lahren going off on the homeless crisis gripping cities across the Golden State, after a Sacramento business owner’s rant against CA Governor Gavin Newsom went viral.


Larry Bell Artist and Sculptor to Have Show

Larry Bell, long-time resident on Market Street and now artist-in-residence at the Twentieth Church Christ Scientist in Venice, will have a show at 7 pm, 17 August, 132 Brooks Ave, Venice.

Parking will be available at 916 Main Street.

LA Philharmonic Celebrates 100th by Giving 100 Tickets Free

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is collaborating with the LA Philharmonic to make performances accessible to everyone in the County. The innovative “100 for the 100th: Be Our Guest” program wants to ensure that the wonderful performances at the Walt Disney Concert Hall for the Phil’s 100th birthday will be a celebration available to all of LA.

Note: This is from Supervisor Sheila Kuehl’s newsletter. It implies that all supervisors are offering the free tickets but then it does narrow it to 3rd District. Not all of Venice is in the 3rd District.

The program is distributing 10,000 free tickets to performances during the LA Phil’s anniversary season, including concerts conducted by Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, major guest artists, youth concerts, world, jazz, songbook programs, and more.

If you live in the Third District and would like to “Be Our Guest” — fill out this online ticket request form today!

Is Hal’s in Venice Closed? Is Hal’s in Playa Visa Closed Too?

Is Hal’s in Venice closed? Daryl Barnett took photo of a Closed Hal’s and Casa Linda. Daryl then drove to Playa Visa and found the same notice on the door. Ironically, the New Year’s Eve menu is in the background.

Sign Reads Closed (Business Liquidating)
Please appear at Hal’s Playa Vista (12751 Millennium Drive, Suite 140) on Friday, December 28, 2018; Noon to 5 pm to resolve outstanding paychecks.

Employees not able to appear on Friday will be contacted starting the following Monday.

Waterfront Cafe on Boardwalk Gets Beautified


Waterfront Cafe on the Boardwalk just installed about nine planter boxes in front of their restaurant.

The post office is one prime example of how the planters beautify the area. Planter boxes are along Sunset , 4th street, Staples also.

“About three years ago Tom Elliott and I and Darin Morris, a landscape architect,  discussed doing a landscaping project between the Boardwalk and the east wall of the Rose Avenue parking lot to keep that area from constantly reverting to being a “gasoline alley,” said Mark Ryavec, president of Venice Stakeholders Association. “Later I presented that concept to Robert Davis, the superintendent of Venice Beach, and did not at the time get a reply. More recently I presented it to him again because I heard from the LAPD that he was looking at hard landscaping for that stretch.  He replied that he was indeed considering installing landscaping there.

“Well, I went out there this morning and the new management of the Waterfront Cafe apparently funded Venice Community Healing Gardens to install planter boxes all along that stretch in front of the cafe and beyond. And for the first time in many years that area is clean and neat. “

McCluskey Plans to Have Universities Across US Offer 1970 Grads the Commencement Ceremony, If They Didn’t Have It and Want It

It is your last semester of college. You have visions of the end — graduation day, the cap and gown, pomp and circumstance plays is your head, thoughts of saying goodbye to your friends, hugs and kisses from your relatives, a tear drops on the page and suddenly you awake to hear: “school is closed … no more classes …. leave town immediately, this is an order.”
But what about graduation?

Almost fifty years later Mary Fran McCluskey asks the question again: What about graduation? “I have waited 50 years to walk across that stage. I feel slighted and what about the other kids in the 50 other schools in the nation that closed. McCluskey attended Southern Illinois University and was scheduled to graduate 10 June1970

In the case of Mary Fran McCluskey, Southern Illinois University is negotiating to have that graduation ceremony for her classmates. It is tentatively scheduled for 2020 – 50 years overdue, in June, at Homecoming.

Why did they close?
It was time of the protests of the Vietnam War. The protests were a reaction to the shooting of four students at Kent State University by National Guardsmen during a campus demonstration about President Nixon’s decision to send U.S. and South Vietnamese troops into Cambodia. Four days later, a student rally at Jackson State College in Mississippi resulted in the death of two students and 12 wounded when police opened fire on a women’s dormitory.Hundreds of colleges and universities across the nation shut down as thousands of students joined a nationwide campus protest.

Governor Ronald Reagan closed the entire California university and college system from 6 May to 11 May, which affected more than 280,000 students on 28 campuses.

Elsewhere, faculty and administrators joined students in active dissent and 536 campuses were shut down completely, 51 for the rest of the academic year. A National Student Association spokesman reported students from more than 300 campuses were boycotting classes.

Now, let’s fix it
That was what it was like in 1970. Mary Fran McCluskey has started a national plan to have graduation ceremonies at the other 50 universities that closed … 50 years later. “Our goal is for every student who was not able to graduate with his 1970 class to take part in a graduation ceremony, if he wishes,” she said. SIU is the first college to plan a commencement for their 1970 grads.

The McCluskey Project aims to locate each of these universities and work with them to graduate their 1970 classes perhaps in 2020 — 50 years later. . If you know of any of these universities or are a member of the class of 1970, who received a degree but did not have a graduation ceremony, please contact: info@1970CommencementProject.org
to learn more.

Junker Completes “Grizzly Bears Once Walked on Venice” Mural


LA Muralist Eric Junker, who twice designed the annual Abbot Kinney Festival logo, has completed  a 70-foot mural at 1525 Abbot Kinney (aka “The Brig parking lot).

He calls this piece “Grizzly Bears Once Walked on Venice,” which is true;  they caught salmon in Ballona Creek!    Eric and David Paris, owner of the Brig, have also involved  Safe Place for Youth (SPY),  the homeless teen center on Lincoln Blvd in the project.

Paris said that Eric has held  workshops on mural painting at SPY and has had the kids out to see the mural on Abbot Kinney.  ” The last of February  a group of kids from SPY came to the site to work under Eric’s direction in completing the “Grizzly Bear” mural,” said Paris.   “Then they did a section of wall with their own art.”


Venice Update Wants Lunar Eclipse Photos

Venice Update would love to publish your photo of Tuesday morning’s Lunar eclipse.  Submit to VeniceUpdate@gmail.com.