Arts & Culture / Los Angeles

Keeping Venice Weird — Los Angeles Ordinance Bans Commercial Activity Except Art

In Los Angeles, three policeman left their patrol after the L.A. City Council implemented a new ordinance in January banning commercial activity by anyone except local artists on Venice Beach Boardwalk. Violators face consequences that could include not just fines but also, if repeated, jail time. Police Sergeant Daniel Gonzalez sees the ordinance as an opportunity to encourage …

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Arts & Culture / Los Angeles

Street Art in Venice, Los Angeles

Street art of chipped brick and plaster on Abbot Kinney by Alexandre Farto

With Venice’s history as a hub of art and culture, most notably with the Beat Generation, it’s not surprising that street art is scattered throughout the neighborhood, both built into the façade of storefronts and hidden in back lots. (Jean-Michel Basquiat  and Dennis …

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