From Venice Homeless to Calling Venice Home, Meet Ed, Who Made It Back

Ed at PATHCouncilmember Mike Bonin has highlighted the great work that the Venice Outreach Team from PATH, often unrecognized.

Ed, a very successful carpenter, became chronically homeless in Venice after an injury left him unable to work. When the Venice Outreach Team from PATH met Ed, his injuries and health had deteriorated.

PATH was able to connect him with interim housing at PATH’s West LA, and during his stay, he was able to improve his health.

“I am very happy to report that, according to PATH, Ed was able to sign a lease and move into a new apartment. Currently Ed is enjoying photography, and has started a new business in Venice. Congratulations Ed and welcome home!” Bonin said.

Ending homelessness is done one person, one home, at a time.

For more information on PATH, check out their website here.

Chicano Photo Exhibition in Venice Opens With Reception Saturday

ChicanoThe Durón Gallery at SPARC, Venice,  will present A Short Essay on Chicano Photography, with a reception Saturday, February 21, from 5pm-8pm.

The exhibition is showcasing works from the collection of Mary and Armando Durón that will feature a survey exhibition on Chicano photography that has not been mounted in any venue large or small since in many years.

“One can argue that Chicano photographers took their cue from their quest to create their own reality admitting that it was not objective but reactionary to the few quite negative images that existed about Chicanos and their ancestors,” according to organizers.

The exhibit reveals that the aesthetic and formal concerns were never ignored as Chicano photographers sought to make their mark on their terms. The works in this exhibition will attempt to go beyond photojournalism and to demonstrate that aesthetic, formal and social concerns were ever-present and together often formed the resulting images by the artists.

The Durón Family Collection consists of hundreds of works, together with an extensive library of books, catalogs and ephemera collected over 30 years. Armando Durón has spoken and written widely as a knowledgeable collector on Chicano art of Los Angeles. His unique perspective as a collector, long-time friend of Chicano(a) artists and avid student on the subject is widely sought from Los Angeles, to the Smithsonian, from high school students to professional appraisers.

Durón writes an occasional column for Brooklyn & Boyle newspaper, “From the Living Room Couch” on Chicano art. Works from the collection are regularly shown throughout the country. The Mission of the Durón Gallery is to present socially relevant and politically conscious art, weather visual or performing, especially for underserved audiences, by established and emerging artists, artists’ collectives and student projects.

SPARC is a community-based non-profit arts organization founded in 1976 by distinguished UCLA professor and artist Judy Baca, filmmaker Donna Deitch, and artist Christina Schlesinger. SPARC is rooted in Art, Education, Community and Social Justice. For more info visit:

SPARC is located at 685 Venice Blvd., Venice, the old Venice PoliceStation, SPARC’s historic headquarters since 1977.

Want to win $50? Submit designs now for Yo! Venice! print masthead

Mirror Media Group, publisher of, is thrilled to announce the website will have its very own print edition starting Friday, April 3.

The print version will be delivered to Venice homes and businesses every other Friday along with Mirror Media Group’s regional publication called Westside Today (, which will attach as a second section to Yo! Venice!.

For each Yo! Venice! print edition cover, the masthead will change thanks to submissions from the local community.

The creator of each masthead that is selected for publication will win a $50 cash prize and the chance to be featured in a profile piece in print and online.

The ongoing masthead competition is now open. Deadline for the first masthead will be March 15.


— Must include the text Yo! Venice!

— Must be 10 inches wide

— Must be between 1.8 and 3 inches tall

— Must be JPEG format

— Must be 300 DPI

— Must include date range (eg. use April 3 – 16, 2015 on entry – winners will be asked to update their masthead design with dates when selected for a specific edition)

— Optional: Your name/website

Email submissions and/or any questions to

Women’s S&M Sex Ed. Comes to Venice, Get Kinky, For Free

Sex Educator Jean Franzblau has unveiled free lessons to help keep women interested in S&M safe.

Very “50 Shades of Grey”.

Franzblau is offering her workshop, “S&M: A Gentle Introduction” on March 7th at the Love Dome in Venice.

Based on her own experience exploring kinky sexuality, Franzblau offers her free class, “3 Dangerous Blunders Women Curious About S&M Make (and How to Avoid Them)” on her newly designed website –

When Franzblau learned that there were S&M dungeons in Los Angeles where she lived, she decided to visit one. She was shocked to realize that she had secret desires that only S&M could quench.

“I felt like Alice in Wonderland slipping into a dimension where I didn’t know the rules. I could have gotten into some serious trouble. S&M can be edgy and exciting. It’s critical as women that we keep our wits about us so that we can ‘play’ safely and take care of ourselves.”

About Jean Franzblau: With her background as a writer and performing artist, Franzblau created the solo show “Coming Out Kinky – A Grown Up Comedy” which she performs in cities across the country to spark authentic conversations about sexuality.

Franzblau has worked internationally with companies as a seminar leader and with corporate executives – as a coach – to inspire people to reach their highest potential. Franzblau provides workshops and coaching ranging from Rated G (such as Cuddle Sanctuary) to Rated R (such as S&M: A Gentle Introduction.) She graduated cum laude with a BA in communications from UCLA and has 18 years experience with the 12-step model of recovery. Find her on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn or on her YouTube Channel.

For more information head to:

Venice Art Crawl Mixer at Thursday

ART.COM Gallery and Showroom will host the next Venice Art Crawl Mixer and Meet-up.
See the works of Tom Everhart, Berberyan, Peter Max, Iman  plus Venice Artist Jules Muck.
“Come mingle, network and meet like-minded people that are passionate about Art, Venice and the Local Community,” organizers said.
“Whether you’re an artist wanting to get involved in future art crawls, a local business owner offering wall space for artists to showcase or interested in volunteering, come join us at the VAC mixer! Come one come all!”
QART.COM Gallery and Showroom
480 Washington Blvd.
Marina Del Rey, CA 90291
Date/Time Information
Thursday, February 19, 2015
6:00 – 9:00 pm
If you are interested in volunteering and cannot make the mixer please email: tyler.uhlenhake@gmail.comIf you are interested in sponsoring the VAC email: If you are interested in submitting an event or have general questions please email: or

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