Category Archives: Venice Beach Events

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


Danny’s Venice to host free Scorpio Birthday Bash tonight

Danny’s Venice is hosting a free event tonight, Nov. 21, called the Scorpio Birthday Bash —  the fourth annual celebration of November birthdays of various locals, one of which is its very own bartender, Dakota.

Venice’s own Fly N Lion will be performing from 9 pm until 1 am.  There will be $5 Fly N Lion shots all night.

This event is open to the public and there is no cover charge.

Danny’s is located at 23 Windward Ave. Venice. For more information, visit

Hama Sushi

Save the date: Celebrate 35 years with Hama Sushi on Thursday, Nov. 20

Celebrate 35 years with Hama Sushi on Thursday, Nov. 20  with free tempura ice cream for restaurant diners and happy hour all night on the patio from 4 p.m. to close.

Located on the former Grand Canal in historic Venice Beach, California Hama was founded in 1979 and was one of the first authentic Japanese sushi restaurants in the United States.

A decade ahead of the sushi craze, many Southern California residents can trace their first sushi experience to a table in this iconic restaurant.

Hama Sushi’s Esther and John Chaing on 35 years of Hama Sushi. Photo courtesy Venice Paparazzi
Hama Sushi’s Esther and John Chaing are celebrating 35 years of Hama Sushi. Photo courtesy Venice Paparazzi

Today people from all over the country travel back to Hama to eat at our sushi bar once again.

From its nightly last call theme song, to its birthday traditions, both regulars and first-time guests feel right at home the second they sit down.

Attracting a large and diverse clientele, at Hama guests are as likely to have an A-list celebrity seated next to them as they are a local surfer right off the beach.

Hama is also about more than great food and fast and friendly service; it is about treating customers as honored guests and making the dining experience a cherished memory for years to come.

Hama Sushi is located at 213 Windward Ave, Venice.

For more information, call 310.396.8783 or visit


1975 Venice Murderer sentenced to potential life prison term

A Los Angeles man convicted of murdering an 80-year-
old woman inside her home in Venice nearly four decades ago, when he was a teenager, was sentenced Wednesday to a potential life prison term.

Dennis Vazquez, now 55, was found guilty Sept. 10 of first-degree murder for the Dec. 17, 1975, killing of Alice Lewis.

Authorities believe Lewis was killed during a residential burglary,
according to Deputy District Attorney Guillermo Santiso. Her body was discovered about 10 the next morning by a nurse who took care of Lewis once a week, the prosecutor said.

Vazquez was arrested in September 2009 after a DNA hit identified him as a suspect in Lewis’ killing.

He had been required to provide a DNA sample following his April 2009 arrest in an unrelated case.

Vazquez — who was a week away from turning 17 at the time of the crime — lived one street away from the victim.

A second man, Kevin Michael Shanahan, now 55, was also charged with her murder. Shanahan, who was also 16 at the time of the crime, was sent to Patton State Hospital after a judge ruled that he was incompetent to stand trial, according to the prosecutor.

Is this your stolen bicycle?

Venice home owner finds stolen bicycle after attempted break-in

A Venice home owner said at around 2:30 am this morning, somebody tried to break into their house in The Canals.

The owner said he scared them off, but found this bicycle (pictured above) on the side of his house, assuming it was stolen and the culprit ditched it while fleeing.

If you have any information on the owner of the bicycle, email