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Best Bets: From feminist comedy to Beethoven quartets and the characters that became a national phenomena. Dogtown refers to the neighborhoods of Santa Monica and Venice Beach where the Zephyrs (Z-boys), a group of skaters, helped pioneer West Coast skate culture. Directed and co-written...
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Olsen brings folk by way of Venice Beach

...blues'' and some jazzy songs. Sims, who met Olsen at a guitar workshop several years ago, is a huge fan of the Venice Beach, Calif., musician. ``Probably of all the performers I've seen she's probably, if not the best, one of the...
The glass is already broken

...quality of life. The closest I ever came to Nirvana came from a surprising source - a gong. One sunny afternoon in Venice Beach, Calif., a healer named Laura played a gi-normous Zlidjian gong for my friends and I for about an hour. Lying...
From busking to big time

...urging of childhood friends she moved to Los Angeles and stayed with them for free while spending a summer busking in Venice Beach. Subsequently she moved to western Massachusetts, again to live with supportive friends, and then, 10 months later...


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