A photo from Sunny Bak's exhibition. Courtesy of the artist.

Funding call to help Venice Art Crawl artists

Venice based celebrity photographer Sunny Bak is looking for angel donors to bring Venice Art Crawl artists on tour with her for “Beastie Bak and the VAC”.

Included in this rare Beastie Boys exhibit are artists Isabel Alford Lago, Bill Dambrova, Todd Goodman, Bobbi Bennett, Mark Saterlee, Constance Brantley, Lindsey Nobel, F CK and Cey Adams, all who have shown at the Venice Art Crawl.

Currently Ms. Bak is president of the Venice Art Crawl, a Venice Chamber of Commerce-hosted event that shows in pop up galleries in Venice four times a year.

VAC’s goal is to foster and reinvigorate the creativity that has historically made Venice such a vibrant and dynamic community.

It is with this spirit that Sunny has included the nine VAC artists for this special Beastie Boys exhibit.

The VAC in just four short years has brought art back to Venice and created a community of artists and art lovers. Bak discovered Todd Goodman on the Venice boardwalk.

Historically Venice has been a long time haven for artists but in the last 15 years the gentrification of this once home to Jim Morrison and Dogtown Z boys has driven the artists away, Bak said.

“There is more art to see in Venice than the boardwalk,” she added.

“Beastie Bak and the VAC” will go to Miami, Washington DC and London if funded by the Kickstarter campaign that has already garnered support by Beastie fans across the world.

To add your support check out the Kickstarter campaign here.

The exhibition at Studio 18 runs until October 16 and then to  Miami, Washington DC and London if funded by the campaign.

Boat fire

Community embraces couple who lost everything in boat fire

Two Marina del Rey residents, who lost everything that they own when the boat they live in was lost in a fire on the water, are finding that generosity in the community still exists.

A friend of the couple, who are only identified as Tina and James, said the pair jumped the gun and cancelled their insurance a week before the fire because they had sold the boat to a friend, but he had not yet taken possession, or title.

“They had hired a mechanic from Craigslist to work on their Atomic 4 engine before changing ownership. Somehow it burst into flames,” according to the crowdfunding campaign.

The crowdfunding campaign is also raising funds for the mechanic who has 20 years experience.

“The mechanic is a single dad raising his daughter alone,” the campaign said. “He now has third degree burns from his elbows down to his fingertips, and tons of medical bills. Tina and James are homeless with just the clothes on their back. Imagine being at work an hour away and getting that call, ‘um, we think your boat is on fire.’ Imagine rushing home to find a pile of ash, and an even bigger pile of bills.”

The community has come together to raise more than $4,000.

Learn more the fundraising efforts at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/liveaboard-boat-fire.

High Surf

High surf, dangerous rip currents along coast as high surf advisory issued

A moderate southerly swell will begin generating high surf and dangerous rip currents along Southern California’s coast today — threats that will persist through Monday, forecasters said.

Minor coastal flooding is also possible and may occur during evening high tides between Saturday and Monday, the National Weather Service forecasters said.

A high surf advisory will be in effect in Los Angeles County until 6 p.m. Monday. A less severe beaches hazard statement will be in force in Orange County until Monday night.

“There is a high risk of rip currents on all area beaches today and tonight,” an NWS statement said, adding that the risk will recur Sunday and Monday. It added that breakers of 4 to 7 feet are likely this weekend.

“While this upcoming surf event will not be nearly as powerful as the one produced by former Hurricane Marie, it will bring a high risk of rip currents, sneaker waves and has the potential to cause additional beach erosion,” the NWS said.

In Los Angeles County, the most heavily affected stretch of coast will involve beaches from Long Beach through the Palos Verdes Peninsula, including Cabrillo Beach and Point Fermin, as well as Malibu and Zuma beaches.

“The large surf and strong rip currents will create dangerous swimming and surfing conditions,” warned an NWS statement. “Sneaker waves can bring unexpectedly large waves across rocks and jetties and suddenly inundate beaches.”

Broad Humor

Broad Humor Film Festival returns to Venice this weekend

This weekend The Broad Humor Film Festival is back in Venice to tickle your funny bone with a weekend long romp of women-centric feature films.

Named one of the five “coolest” women’s film festivals in the world by Moviemaker magazine this past year, the 2014 festival has been greenlit by a successfully run Kickstarter campaign.

Films run today through Sunday — men are welcome too — at The Electric Lodge, which is located at 1416 Electric Avenue
Venice.

Past screenings have included female-made comedies from all over the world, and this year’s line up is as (potentially) broadly international as prior years.

The fest mission is to provide a fun-filled three days of films by women directors and writers.

Unique among film festivals, Broad Humor manages to serve up laughs from a female perspective, build community with lively discussions and events, and showcase voices we don’t usually hear.

For more information or to buy tickets visit broadhumor.com.

Mark Twain Middle School

Man dies after crashing into Venice middle school

Authorities today identified a 44-year-old man who was killed when his vehicle ran through a T-intersection and struck the wall of a Venice middle school.

Speed was believed to have been a factor in the crash, which occurred around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, said Los Angeles Police Department Officer Emilson Saint Julien.

The vehicle struck a wall of the Mark Twain Middle School in the
2200 block of Walgrove Avenue.

Daniel Wang of Los Angeles died at the scene, said coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter.

No one else was injured in the crash, Saint Julien said.

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