Category Archives: Venice Beach Events

These posts are about what’s happening in Venice Beach California!

Venice Chamber Mixer Wednesday This Week at Electric Lodge

The Venice Chamber of Commerce is hosting its monthly networking event at Electric Lodge Wednesday from 6-8 pm.

The mixers are held on the 4th Wednesday of every month at various locations within the Chamber service area.

“With great venues, food and drink and a dynamic group of members, we invite you to join us for an evening of fun while networking!,” the Chamber said.

“While there, take a tour and find out news on upcoming events and activities.”

Electric Lodge
The Electric Lodge is a laboratory for artists and environmentalists. We engage our community through the visual and performing arts, innovative classes, programs and seminars, providing experiential contexts and opportunities for dialogue. The Electric Lodge is a torch bearer in the effort to stimulate public understanding and support for the creation of a sustainable worldwide eco-system.

1416 Electric Avenue
Venice, CA 90291

Date: Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Members: We encourage you to invite someone from your professional circle – anyone interested in connecting with business people in the Venice area. Prospective members may attend their first mixer at a discount rate of $10.

Remember to bring your business cards.

Contact the Chamber for details at

Online Venice Innovation Game Invites Ideas: Win $50,000 In prizes

Venice Beach Young Professionals (VBYP),  has  launched the Venice Innovation Game through an online platform called Northern Rift, which will allow individuals to share ideas with peers though a “pitching” process.

VBYP,  a project of the Venice Chamber of Commerce, will be looking to the community for ideas to address issues and challenges we face in Venice.

Ideas will be published for other participants to comment on, contribute improvements to, and vote for the ideas they like best.

By offering a forum for fresh, provocative and creative thought, the game aims to engage and stimulate our diverse and innovative community to offer solutions to Venice’s challenges.

“Every great idea starts as a hunch,” says Venice Innovation Game creator Robert DePinto.  “We all have these hunches, yet very few are shared – so we lose creativity and great ideas disappear.”

The Venice Innovation Game represents a new way for VBYP and the Venice Chamber of Commerce to address community needs by tapping into an unending resource – the creative and innovative spirit of Angelenos living in Venice.

“We’re excited to see the ideas that develop through the Venice Innovation Game,” says VBYP’s President, Aileen Martinez.  “It’s intended to not only recognize local innovators, the winning ideas will become impact projects spearheaded by VBYP.  Young, vibrant entrepreneurs and professionals want an opportunity to do things for a good cause.  With a truly innovative partner like Northern Rift, the ideation of creative ideas and solutions is an important piece in advancing the culture of social good in Venice.”

The Venice Innovation Game opens for ideas on January 23 and the submissions deadline is February 3, 2015.

The challenge is open to anyone with an idea.  Prizes totaling over $50,000 be distributed to the winners with the top 5 ideas and top 5 collaborators.

Prizes include a variety of business workshops and tools that are suitable for start-ups and multinationals alike, as well as premier networking and VIP experiences.

Venice Innovation Game prize sponsors include Founder and Chairman of FIXT, Jimmy O’Mahony, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of We See Dragons, Brendon Cassidy, NextSpace @ Amplify, LMU Athletics, Founder/CEO of CRD, Max Carey Jr., CEO/Founder of BuzzEON, Jason Sullivan, and the Sierra Club Los Angeles Chapter.

More about the Venice Innovation Game and prize sponsors can be found online at


MLK Day Kingdom Parade Today, From Martin Luther King Jr & Vermont

More than 70,000 people are expected to turn out for the 30th annual Kingdom Day Parade, according to local sources.

The parade will  start at Martin Luther King Jr and Vermont, marching to Forty-Third Place and Crenshaw.

The event is organized by the Congress Of Racial Equality of California (CORE-CA), successor to the Chicago based Civil Rights CORE organization founded in 1942 by the late James Farmer and a group of Quaker pacifists to launch an aggressive assault on nationwide racial injustice during World War II.

For more information about the parade check out:

Nightcrawler’s Dan Gilroy and Rene Russo Join Vidiots for Venice Event

Vidiots Foundation and “Bullseye” with Jesse Thorn will present an evening with “Nightcrawler’s” writer and director Dan Gilroy, and actress Rene Russo on Thursday, January 22nd at 7:30 at The Microsoft Lounge, 901 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, California, 90291.

The evening is part of the Annex Series: Conversations on Film and Culture.

Doors will open at 7:00 pm and the event will begin at 7:30 pm.

Dan Gilroy is a longtime screenwriter of such films as “The Bourne Legacy”, “The Fall”, “Two for the Money” and “Freejack”.

Rene Russo has acted in over twenty-five films, including “Get Shorty”, “The Thomas Crown Affair”, the “Lethal Weapon Series”, “Tin Cup” and “Thor”.

Jesse Thorn is the host and producer of NPR’s “Bullseye” on KPCC and co-hosts the comedy podcasts Jordan, Jesse, Go! And Judge John Hodgman. He’s also the proprietor of

The Q&A will be a fundraiser for the Vidiots Foundation.

The mission of the Vidiots Foundation is to: Preserve the human experience of browsing, researching and selecting films in a community setting.  Protect over 50,000 films, including rare, classic and independent titles.  Promote film through free events bringing together filmmakers and film lovers.

Admission is $20.00, $15.00 for students and seniors. All proceeds go to Vidiots Foundation.

For more information, call Vidiots: 310.392. 8508

Tickets can be bought in the store, with a credit card over the phone or at

Venice Art Crawl Mixer at Venice Whaler This Thursday Night

Mingle, network and meet like-minded people that are passionate about Art, Venice and the Local Community this Thursday at Venice Whaler.

“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,” organizers said. “Come one come all!”
The event will take place Thursday, January 15 from 6:00 pm – 9:00pm at Venice Whaler, 10 W Washington Blvd.

If you are interested in volunteering and cannot make the mixer please email:

If you are interested in sponsoring the VAC email: 

If you are interested in submitting an event or have general questions please email: or