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August 27, 2006 | Valerie J. Nelson, Times Staff Writer
Walking along the Pacific Ocean shore in Venice in the late 1940s, Werner Scharff couldn't imagine a more dilapidated piece of beachfront property. No one believed that the area "would ever amount to anything," he recalled decades later, and few wanted to invest there except Scharff, who had made his name and fortune as the designer of Lanz flannel nightgowns.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 1986 | LAWRENCE CHRISTON
Several characters have been dropped from "The Baker's Wife" since it first played the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in 1976, but in its scaled-down reopening at the Coast Playhouse, less has not become more. A weak book isn't necessarily a cardinal sin in a musical if it's buttressed by an expressive score. But in this case, the sketchiness of Joseph Stein's text is exposed by Stephen Schwartz's vapid music and lyrics. And once again, serious miscasting throws the story out of whack.
NEWS
July 20, 1989 | KENNETH J. GARCIA, Times Staff Writer
After another frenzied weekend of gang-related violence, Venice community leaders gathered Wednesday to hear one possible solution to what they consider the area's leading problem: If you can't remove the gang activity in the area, at least you can try to remove the gang leaders for a while.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 2006 | Martha Groves and Lisa Richardson, Times Staff Writers
In the Oakwood section of Venice, two worlds tensely coexist. One is characterized by stylish glass-and-wood houses with lush gardens that grace the pages of Architectural Digest and Dwell. The other is marked by small run-down apartment buildings and neglected bungalows with overgrown yards.
NEWS
April 20, 1989 | TRACY WILKINSON, Times Staff Writer
A Venice community group and one of the nation's largest insurance companies are headed to court over a sprawling, regional shopping mall proposed for Culver City. After nearly six months of negotiations, the Venice Town Council has rejected an offer to settle its lawsuit against the Prudential Insurance Co. and Culver City. The suit--now expected to go to trial within eight weeks--aims at stopping Marina Place, a 1-million-square-foot shopping center planned for land near the busy intersection of Washington and Lincoln boulevards.
NEWS
August 14, 1987 | GEORGE STEIN, Times Staff Writer
Hundreds of area residents jammed an overheated meeting hall Thursday night to hear a report on the homeless living near Venice Beach that called for more shelters, more police and tougher law enforcement. "Help the Needy, Heal the Nutty, Nail the Naughty," read a sign raised by Diana Hobson, a Venice resident since 1976.
REAL ESTATE
March 23, 2003 | Ruth Ryon, Times Staff Writer
Charlize Theron, who stars as a Florida serial killer in the upcoming independent film "Monster" and then will star opposite Geoffrey Rush in an HBO Films project about the late actor Peter Sellers, has purchased a beachfront Malibu home. The actress paid close to $3.4 million, according to a real estate mailer and area residents. Theron purchased a three-bedroom, more than 2,000-square-foot home, which was built in 1930 but recently remodeled.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2012 | Matt Stevens
Step inside the Rose Market near the corner of Rose and 5th avenues in Venice, and make your way to the refrigerator in the back. Small orange price stickers say that $3.50 will get you 40 ounces of Bud Light. To pay, slide your money through a slot to a cashier who sits behind bulletproof glass. Take 10 steps west and you're staring at a funky building that looks as if it's been covered with moon rocks. At Moon Juice, $3.50 will buy you just a two-ounce shot of a detoxifying acid mineral complex called "Liquid Light" and a bit of change for the tip jar. If you want a full glass of organic cold-pressed "Gracious Greens" juice, it'll cost you $12. To pay, hand your money to young workers who give each other massages behind the counter while serving their customers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2013 | By Martha Groves
When reporters for national magazines and tourists from around the world recently began showing up on Abbot Kinney Boulevard, veteran shopkeepers saw the attention as validation that they had turned the once-desolate stretch into a hip strip. Now, however, that pride over what GQ magazine called "the Coolest Block in America" has turned to anxiety for some longtime merchants and residents who say Abbot Kinney is getting too posh for its pants. The arty, indie fare that used to dominate the boulevard is being replaced by $1,400 handbags and $600 boots from Italy.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 3, 1991 | ROBERT KOEHLER, Koehler is a regular contributor to Calendar
Cursed as much as it is blessed by its identification with the Italian city that symbolizes the Renaissance era, Venice is forever attempting a renaissance of its own. This can be a vexing struggle, and the building that most acutely symbolizes the beachside community's own rebirth pangs is the Venice Pavilion, one of the most controversial structures on Southern California's coast. What looks like an above-the-ground bomb shelter to some is a cultural jewel in the sand for others.
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