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Abbot Kinney Festival returns Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm

The annual Abbot Kinney Festival returns for its 30th year this Sunday, Sept. 28  from 10 am to 6 pm toasting to the best of world-famous Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

A mile-long stretch of food trucks, beer and spirit gardens, live music, handcrafted goods and a popup shrimp boil meet the eclectic brick-and-mortar boutiques, renowned restaurants and art galleries that make Abbot Kinney a singularly unmatched destination.

Abbot Kinney Festival Association (AKFA) Chair Donna Humphrey said the organization was thrilled to make this year’s festival better than ever.

“Since its inception, the Abbot Kinney Festival has represented the incredible solidarity within this colorful neighborhood — and, each year, we show our appreciation by reinvesting all proceeds back into the Venice community,” Humphrey said.

Abbot Kinney Festival Map

Highlights this year include:

  • 5 live music stages featuring local and emerging artists
  • 300 quality vendors, from art to jewelry to handcrafted goods
  • 3 beer and spirit gardens, featuring Stoli, Firestone Walker, Goose Island, Shock Top
  • A popup shrimp boil by Chef Greg A. Daniels of Salt Air
  • Dozens of top food trucks & booths: Superba Food + Bread, Kogi BBQ, Cousins Maine Lobster, and much more
  • Whole Foods Market “green scene,” a showcase of favorite farms
  • Fresh pressed juice by Jamba Juice
  • KidsQuad of games, music, rides & activities
  • Chances to win great raffle prizes, from a Linus bike to an iZip
  • Free bike valet
  • Early Bird Beer & Spirit Garden Fast Pass, to skip lines and access a dedicated bartender

Starting in 1984, the AKFA, in addition to awarding community grants (11 and counting this year), has recognized exemplary residents and stakeholders nominated by the community for their contributions to the spirit, creativity and uniqueness of Venice.

The first Spirit of Venice Award was presented in 1989 to descendants of Abbot Kinney, the founder of Venice, CA. Also that year, West Washington Boulevard was renamed to Abbot Kinney Boulevard in his honor.

Awardees this year include:

  • Ed Moses, Artist
  • Tom Everhart, Artist
  • Laddie John Dill, Artist
  • Mariana Aguilar, Community Activist
  • Eduardo Manilla, Chairman of the Arts Committee of the Venice Neighborhood Council
  • Jay Adams (posthumous), Skateboarding pioneer and one of the original members of the legendary Dogtown Z-Boys

Renowned artists and awardees Ed Moses, Tom Everhart, and Laddie John Dill commemorate the 30th anniversary of the festival with exclusive artwork, available for sale as t-shirts, posters, and more at the official festival merchandise booth.

The festival caters to kids of all ages with its dedicated KidsQuad, located in the expansive outdoor field of Westminster Elementary, right on Abbot Kinney. Kicking off with a festive parade to usher in the festival at 9:45 am, the family fanfare continues all day, featuring:

  • Pony rides, a mega slide, Rock Climbing, and more
  • Live entertainment on the KidsQuad Stage, from all-kid punk rock band Room 23 to French performance artist Madame Chocolat
  • Community building for kids, help build a cardboard city with ReDiscover Center
  • Arts & crafts: glitter tattoos, tie-dye T-shirts, tutu tutorials, face painting, and sand art
  • Adventure & games: dig for treasure, Wheel of Fortune, and make a wizard wand

For more information on the Abbot Kinney Festival Association, community grants, and this year’s festival, visit


Venice home invasion: Half-clothed woman flees to roof to escape intruder

A half-clothed woman climbed onto the roof of her home in the 200 block of Windward Avenue in Venice on Wednesday morning while trying to escape from an intruder.

According to NBC, the woman was sleeping when the suspect broke into her home. The suspect was quickly detailed and led away in handcuffs around 7:15 am; a police officer used a fire ladder to rescue the woman.

Video courtesy Tony Vera.

Click here to read more on the incident on NBC.


Save the date – The Other Venice Film Festival set for Oct. 10-12

The Other Venice Film Festival (OVFF), a community event dedicated to screening full-length, short and animated films that embody the spirit, energy and diversity of Venice, returns for its eleventh season.

The festival will run from Friday, Oct. 10, to Sunday, Oct. 12, with opening-night appearances by Michelle Rodriguez and Rie Rasmussen of 1%ERS.

The 2014 OVFF, taking place at the Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center in Venice, will feature more than 50 filmmakers, panel discussions, local artists, contests and parties.

On Friday, there will be a screening of 1%ERS starring Michelle Rodriguez and Rie Rasmussen with a Q-and-A with director Francesca de Sola to follow.

Friday will also open with the world premiere of the feature film Freedumb, a documentary directed by local Venice residents Laura Rudich and Sean Vanloozen.

Saturday features include multiple screenings of documentaries, shorts and special screenings from The Youth Film Series. That evening at Beyond Baroque, there will be a live performance by Musciens Sans Frontieres, last year’s winning music video recipient.

In addition, Irish artist Gary Palmer will also have his work on display at the Beyond Baroque. The event closes on Sunday with a Stella Artois beer garden and an awards ceremony.

“The spirit of the festival is rooted in the Venice community and celebrates the passion of local artists while embracing the talent of international filmmakers,” said Reuben De La Casas, founder of the festival. “The caliber of international filmmakers attending the festival this year is something not many other film festivals of our size can take pride in. I’m excited to watch the festival as it continues to grow each year.”

Some of this year’s sponsors include Stella Artois, Yelp and Doritos, which is in its second year of sponsorship for its “Crash the Super Bowl” contest, which receives submissions from both professional and amateur filmmakers for the chance to win $1 million and have their commercial appear during the Super Bowl. More information can be found on

Tickets for the festival are $10 per screening and $30 for the Stella Artois–sponsored beer garden.

For a full schedule of film screenings, to get more information about each film or to purchase tickets, visit

Blue Bottle Coffee opened its doors in Venice today. (Twitter/@BlueBottle_LA)

Blue Bottle Coffee opens on Abbot Kinney

Blue Bottle Coffee is slowly expanding from its Oregon and Northern California home bases as its second Los Angeles location opened today on the bustling Abbot Kinney Blvd.

Blue Bottle will of course be brewing its signature espresso drinks and single-origin drinks, as well as its popular New Orleans Ice Coffee, which can also be bought in milk cartons. Baked goods from Brentwood’s Farmshop will be available for purchase in addition to Blue Bottle’s own cookies, though the pastry menu is set to grow in variety over time.

A feature unique to the Venice location is a huge LED light installation that fades in color according to the sunrise and sunset: the lights will start transitioning into various colors around 6 am as employees file in to start the day and start to fade around 7 pm.

Blue Bottle’s Venice shop is located at 1103 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

For more information, visit


Venice chamber of commerce mixer tonight at ecole claire fontaine

Venice Chamber of Commerce will hold their monthly mixer tonight, Tuesday September 23, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Ecole Claire Fontaine.
The event is held on the 4th Wednesday of every month at various locations within the chamber service area.
Attendees can enjoy a “fun and relaxing evening networking with other active and involved business professionals,” according to the chamber.  “Learn how you can become more engaged in our thriving business community!”
Prospective members may attend their first mixer at a discount rate of $10. Admission is $5 for members, $20 for non-members.
For more details:

Ecole Claire Fontaine is located at 1047 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. Street parking only. Guests are encouraged to carpool, bike or skate.

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