Category Archives: Abbot Kinney Blvd

Get 2015 off to a good start at First Friday’s on Abbot Kinney

It’s a New Year and there’s lot to celebrate in Venice.

What better way to get 2015 off to a good start than at First Friday’s on Abbot Kinney tonight, Jan. 2.

As part of the event every first Friday of the month, Abbot Kinney Blvd. transforms into a late-night hub of activity, with stores open late, a delicious array of food trucks and live music and entertainment filling the streets.

The evening runs from 6 pm to 10 pm with all the local merchants joining together to feature the best artists, gifts, products and music.

The night attracts all ages, with a real community feel that truly represents what Venice is all about.

For more information, visit

Have you seen the Venice Sock Panda?

The Sock Panda was tired of living in black and white. He needed artistic inspiration and a forward-thinking  environment to make his colorful dreams come true. So he moved to where else? Venice, California – of course!

Residents may have seen him on the Boardwalk or at the Abbot Kinney Festival: the Panda loves all things Venice.

Some of his sock designs are even inspired by Venice street art.

The Sock Panda gives back to the Venice community.
The Sock Panda gives back to the Venice community.

In keeping with the local spirit, the Panda loves to give back to his community. That’s why every time someone signs up for his sock of the month club, he donates a pair of socks to those in need. Last month he visited  several different senior centers in Los Angeles to hang out with the residents and spread some sock cheer.

Are you ready to see what he has to offer? Use the code “yovenice” at signup, and get 10 percent off every month. Visit

Art and Food at Joe’s this Tuesday 6 – 8 pm

Joe‘s Restaurant  in collaboration with DCA Fine Art is presenting Paintings by Ole Olofson with an opening reception on
Tuesday Sept. 30th, 6 pm – 8 pm.

The idea of art at a restaurant is not new, but combining Michelin star culinary prestige and the groundbreaking paintings of respected Swedish artist Ole Olofson deserves attention, according to the organizers.

The event aims at combining the culinary experience of art and food by feeding your eyes as well as your palate.

Complimentary wine and appetizers by Joe‘s Restaurant will be served during the opening.

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