Behind The Scenes

A Time To Work

12:00pm Now that I’ve surfed, eaten breakfast and socialized, it’s time to take a nap… I mean to get to work. Though in theory, I could easily continue to ‘soak up’ the Venice vibe for an hour more. But I won’t because there is work to be done today. The Webster’s Dictionary defines work as “activity in which one exerts strength or faculties to do or perform something.” As an actor and acting coach, I work daily at my craft. For

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Finding Ritual in the Routine

10:30am: Now that I’ve had the opportunity to “set the day right” by surfing, I spend a few minutes “talking story” with the boys in the parking lot. Feeling energized and eager to start the day, I head over to a favorite place of mine on Abbot Kinney. I discovered Gjelina Take Away (GTA) years ago and quickly became an enthusiast of Travis Lett’s culinary creations. In order to experience food and beverage here, you will need to open

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The Electric Lodge Concludes its Lighting Series with SECRETS OUT

Sarah Llewellyn lists herself as “an innovative performer, dancer, director, contortionist, singer, and yogi”. Her production SECRETS OUT which concluded the Lighting Series at the Electric Lodge, incorporated most of her talents.  The performance involved a series of vignettes that examined peoples’ fears, insecurities, shame and hidden vices. The production, cast’s performances and the execution of the skits were uneven, but Llewellyn

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How Venice Became the Most Expensive Neighborhood in Los Angeles

Abbot Kinney is only a 10-minute walk from Venice Beach, but it somehow feels much farther. The ocean breeze doesn't reach that far. You can't hear the waves. Instead of the smell of the Pacific Ocean, inscrutable scents spill out of tiny, high-end boutiques. So much is crammed into that half-mile stretch, running from Venice to Westminster, yet you'd be hard-pressed to find a swimsuit, much less a surfboard. You'll sooner find a $200 wool poncho

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Dance, Film and Performance Art at The Electric Lodge’s Lightning Series

The LIGHTNING SERIES at the Electric Lodge in Venice, California included a three-part work by UCLA’s Victoria Marks, a collaboration between Los Angeles artists Jay Carlon and Lindsey Lollie, and a duet by Barcelona based choreographer, Isabel López. Curated by Josh Berkowitz, this was the third of four-performance series that included dance, puppetry, Clown, music and experimental performance art. Finn Murphy and Emma Villavecchia are part

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Lightning Series featured in the Argonaut

“THE LIGHTNING SERIES” TAPS NEW CREATIVE ENERGY TO REMAKE A VENICE CULTURAL INSTITUTION By Christina Campodonico In the 20 years since Dr. Joel Shapiro bought an old Masonic lodge on Electric and California avenues to transform it into a solar-powered experimental arts incubator, the Electric Lodge has made a name for itself with performances, lectures, screenings and workshops that push the boundaries of creative expression. But a surge of new

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New home to Dance Resource Center!

Dance Resource Center is a service organization that provides the Los Angeles area dance community access to information, resources and services; and promotes the visibility and viability of Greater Los Angeles dance on local, state and national levels. DRC has been a resource for all things dance in the Greater Los Angeles Area since 1987. DRC provides evolving relevant and constructive services, programs, and support that respond to the ever changing

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Setting The Day Right, One Year At A Time

It’s 8:00 am in Venice Beach. I’m sitting on my surfboard (in the ocean), not a swimming pool in my backyard…. keeping it real, Venetians. It’s quiet, meditation-like-quiet. The Santa Monica Mountains are to the north of me, Venice Pier down south. A set of waves approach; I paddle for one and catch it, reading and reacting according to what is being given to me. I use what is being given to me; in place of anticipating what I think might

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“Lightning” artist: Karl Herlinger

Ventriloquism as a form has a philosophy baked into it already, because there's two people or there's one person voicing two people, the Id is going on all over the place, it lends itself to philosophy and the different characters that are within...but for me, a lot the ventriloquism out there was missing that humanity, that super inward-looking realism, its been such an outward-facing form...in all that I do, I want to take some of the standard

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“Lightning” series artist: Ssssnake

Ssssnake is a caricature, its an exaggerated version of male energy, sexuality, over the top and to the point where its, I guess, self-deprecating in a way, that I’m always saying to audience “Eyes on me!” That you gotta follow what I’m doing, that you have to do what I say...it depends on my mood, if its a more loving ssssnake or a more aggressive ssssnake. I have a split personality relationship with ssssnake....before I do it I have to

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