Category Archives: Venice Beach Events

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


Doccupy Film Series Sunday: Police State USA

Doccupy kicks off its 2014 schedule with, “Police Militarization and Surveillance,” Sunday, Sept. 21 at 7:00 pm.
“Given how the recent events in Ferguson MO have transfixed the nation we couldn’t think of a better way to start our 4th season,” organizers said.
John Ralphling, National Lawyers Guild
Teka-Lark Fleming, The Blk Grrrl Show
Dan Factor, LA Defense Attn.
“We will explore national and local ramifications with solutions and strategies provided as always. “

“We are once again graced with a VNC grant to help finance these gatherings of concerned citizens.”

A quality free meal will be provided to the community before the event.

The event will be help at The Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Lodge Ave, Venice.

“Come early and meet your neighbors over some healthy grub.”


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

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

High surf

Huge surf to batter Venice beach through Friday from Hurricane Marie

High surf generated by Hurricane Marie will batter California’s coast starting today, raising fears of some flooding and powerful
rip currents through Friday and creating “extremely dangerous” conditions for swimmers and surfers, forecasters said.

The surf will begin rapidly developing along south-facing beaches late this morning and increase this afternoon, according to a National Weather Service advisory.

It will peak this afternoon through Wednesday, then slowly diminish but remain strong enough to meet high surf advisory criteria through Friday, it said.

“There is the potential for damaging and life-threatening surf across south- and southeast-facing shores of Los Angeles and Ventura counties,” warned the advisory. “These areas will potentially see the largest surf seen in recent years, with breakers of 10 to 15 feet possible.

“Surf this large will have the potential to cause structure damage and significant beach erosion,” and low-lying areas “may experience some minor coastal flooding near times of high tide,” the NWS said. Tables indicate tides will peak at 6.7 feet at 2:17 p.m. today and 6.6 feet at 2:12 a.m. and 2:44 p.m. Wednesday.

In addition, very strong rip currents and longshore currents will
likely create extremely dangerous and life-threatening conditions for anyone,” the NWS warned.

The high surf advisory will be in force in several counties north and south of Los Angeles, including Orange County. But Los Angeles and Ventura counties “will likely see the largest impacts of this powerful surf event,” according to the NWS advisory.

An NWS high surf advisory will be in effect from 10 a.m. today to 6 p.m. Friday in L.A. County.

The NWS warned that the surf event starting today “will create extremely dangerous swimming and surfing conditions.”

Additionally, it “has the potential to produce structural damage to
piers and beachside property as well as significant beach erosion,” according to the advisory. “Sneaker waves can bring unexpectedly large waves across rocks and jetties near the water’s edge and suddenly inundate beaches.”

House of Ink

Venice Tattoo Parlor, One Of Its Artists Sued Over Alleged Assault

The tattoo parlor from the Oxygen channel’s Tattoos After Dark television series and one of its artists are being sued by a woman who alleges she was assaulted outside the Venice establishment last year.

Corey Fortenberry filed the lawsuit Tuesday against Asaru Mushavu and the House of Ink, alleging assault, battery, negligent hiring, negligent supervision and general negligence.

She seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.

Mushavu could not be immediately reached, and a man who  answered the phone at the House of Ink said he had no comment.

Fortenberry alleges she and a female friend were leaving the Sidewalk Cafe n Venice about 5 p.m. on April 14, 2013, when her companion became sick outside the tattoo parlor.

Mushavu complained about the woman becoming ill and asked who was going to clean up after her, according to the suit.

Then suit alleges Fortenberry told Mushavu she would take care of the cleanup, but he “suddenly punched Ms. Fortenberry for no reason.”

He later “concocted an absurd story that he feared for his safety and that he was defending himself when he punched a defenseless woman half his size in the face,” the suit says.

Fortenberry still has a bruise on her face that her doctor says is a hematoma, according to her lawsuit.