Want to win $50? Submit designs now for Yo! Venice! print masthead

Mirror Media Group, publisher of yovenice.com, is thrilled to announce the website will have its very own print edition starting Friday, April 3.

The print version will be delivered to Venice homes and businesses every other Friday along with Mirror Media Group’s regional publication called Westside Today (westsidetoday.com), which will attach as a second section to Yo! Venice!.

For each Yo! Venice! print edition cover, the masthead will change thanks to submissions from the local community.

The creator of each masthead that is selected for publication will win a $50 cash prize and the chance to be featured in a profile piece in print and online.

The ongoing masthead competition is now open. Deadline for the first masthead will be March 15.


— Must include the text Yo! Venice!

— Must be 10 inches wide

— Must be between 1.8 and 3 inches tall

— Must be JPEG format

— Must be 300 DPI

— Must include date range (eg. use April 3 – 16, 2015 on entry – winners will be asked to update their masthead design with dates when selected for a specific edition)

— Optional: Your name/website

Email submissions and/or any questions to brenton@yovenice.com.

Women’s S&M Sex Ed. Comes to Venice, Get Kinky, For Free

Sex Educator Jean Franzblau has unveiled free lessons to help keep women interested in S&M safe.

Very “50 Shades of Grey”.

Franzblau is offering her workshop, “S&M: A Gentle Introduction” on March 7th at the Love Dome in Venice.

Based on her own experience exploring kinky sexuality, Franzblau offers her free class, “3 Dangerous Blunders Women Curious About S&M Make (and How to Avoid Them)” on her newly designed website – SexualEsteemWithJean.com.

When Franzblau learned that there were S&M dungeons in Los Angeles where she lived, she decided to visit one. She was shocked to realize that she had secret desires that only S&M could quench.

“I felt like Alice in Wonderland slipping into a dimension where I didn’t know the rules. I could have gotten into some serious trouble. S&M can be edgy and exciting. It’s critical as women that we keep our wits about us so that we can ‘play’ safely and take care of ourselves.”

About Jean Franzblau: With her background as a writer and performing artist, Franzblau created the solo show “Coming Out Kinky – A Grown Up Comedy” which she performs in cities across the country to spark authentic conversations about sexuality.

Franzblau has worked internationally with companies as a seminar leader and with corporate executives – as a coach – to inspire people to reach their highest potential. Franzblau provides workshops and coaching ranging from Rated G (such as Cuddle Sanctuary) to Rated R (such as S&M: A Gentle Introduction.) She graduated cum laude with a BA in communications from UCLA and has 18 years experience with the 12-step model of recovery. Find her on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn or on her YouTube Channel.

For more information head to: SexualEsteemWithJean.com.

Venice Art Crawl Mixer at QART.com Thursday

ART.COM Gallery and Showroom will host the next Venice Art Crawl Mixer and Meet-up.
See the works of Tom Everhart, Berberyan, Peter Max, Iman  plus Venice Artist Jules Muck.
“Come mingle, network and meet like-minded people that are passionate about Art, Venice and the Local Community,” organizers said.
“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! Come one come all!”
QART.COM Gallery and Showroom
480 Washington Blvd.
Marina Del Rey, CA 90291
Date/Time Information
Thursday, February 19, 2015
6:00 – 9:00 pm
If you are interested in volunteering and cannot make the mixer please email: tyler.uhlenhake@gmail.comIf you are interested in sponsoring the VAC email: sunny@sunnybak.com If you are interested in submitting an event or have general questions please email: info@veniceartcrawl.com or events@veniceartcrawl.com

Abbot Kinney’s Chocolatier Blue Closes as Investor Pulls Out, Media Reports

According to website abbotskinny.com, the fabulous Chocolatier Blue, closed its doors for good Saturday night. Calls to the business were unanswered today.

Abbotskinny reports that Samantha Salamone, head pastry chef/chocolatier who personally cooks up fresh deserts on demand, said, “Due to a major investor in the company pulling out, they have to cut the Venice location. It was a dream job really.”

Chocolatier Blue on Abbot Kinney opened up 7 months ago and was a hit on the busy street.

Salamone said that the closure is heatbreaking for her.

“I just signed a lease down the block and moved here to Venice and now I’m out of a job,” she was reported by Abbotskinny as saying.

So what’s next for the space and Chocolatier Blue? With square foot rent prices in the area topping those of New York City, big bucks will be needed to fill the gap.

Self-Love Super Power Circle This Weekend in Venice For Valentine’s

Valentine’s Weekend is almost upon as and Full Circle Venice has two-days of love-centric events to make you feel special.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re single or partnered -Valentines Day Weekend is a time for love!,” organizers said.

Friday Feb. 13

“Come to the self-love super power circle with Christine Arylo and special guests on Friday, February 13th, International Self Love Day, an inspiring transformational experience where you will join with people from around the world to take a stand for yourself: “I give up negative self-talk in 2015!” Alone, your inner critic will always triumph over your mind, but when people come together, in the name of love, armed with super powers, in community, SHIFT HAPPENS!” according to Full Cirle

In this workshop, you’ll receive tools to grow your self-love: self compassion, self care, self empowerment and more. Learn why negative self talk is so hard to get rid of, and why you aren’t alone. You’ll connect with others and yourself on a deeper level through Christine Arylo’s super power circle. Enjoy heart opening, soul inspiring musical performances by Jami Lula and Michael Vincze, plus spoken word and poetry by Mustafa Shakir and Shiloh Sophia McCloud.

Saturday Feb. 14Yoga

This Valentine’s Day, the Peace Yoga Gallery is bringing the Peace Train to Full Circle Venice! The evening begins with two hours of bliss-filled yoga with Cheri Rae followed by an organic dinner served by L.O.V.E. and live music from Cipes & The People Dancing. Join us for a night filled with infinite love and movement!

For more information on both events go to:  fullcirclevenice.org

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