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January 31, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
What would a perfect tour of L.A. in a day include? Danny Roman thinks he has it figured out, and it doesn't involve maps of the stars' homes or double-decker buses.  "[Travelers] land at LAX , hop in a rental car, turn on the GPS that tells them to get on the 405 Freeway at 5 p.m.," Roman says. "Then they hate L.A. " He started Bikes and Hikes L.A. Ecotourism two years ago to offer a better way to explore the history and beauty of Southern California. Roman has designed a 32-mile bicycle tour of the city from West Hollywood to the residential areas of Beverly Hills and the beaches of Santa Monica, Venice and Marina Del Rey. OK, technically this isn't just L.A. but no need to quibble.
October 6, 2012
Abstracted Italian from Jason Neroni that may sound like Rome but tastes more like Venice Beach. LOCATION 533 Rose Ave., Venice, (310) 399-6400, PRICES Charcuterie, $8, three for $18; snacks and small plates, $8-$17; pastas, $14-$18; desserts, $8-$10. DETAILS Dinner 6 to 10:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 5 to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday; lunch, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday only; brunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
October 3, 2012 | By Lisa Boone
Jeff Spicoli as design inspiration? It's totally true, dude. Visit Superba Snack Bar in Venice and you'll find touches of the legendary character from the 1982 Sean Penn flick "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" here and there. That's because Paul Hibler, who owns Superba as well as the Pitfire Pizza restaurants, hired architects Rebecca Rudolph and Cathy Johnson, who said they hung photos of Spicoli alongside pictures of Paris cafes for inspiration.  The finished restaurant is much like their preliminary design board: Superba has the feel of an indoor-outdoor Parisian cafe with a surfer chic that is distinctly Californian.  Because of the restaurant's small size -- the dining room is only 700 square feet  -- Rudolph said she had to use the outside patio as much as possible.
September 9, 2012
Re "The homeless and their stuff," Editorial, Sept. 7 The Times fails to understand that the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals' decision preventing the city from removing abandoned property left on public property impacts all areas of Los Angeles, not just skid row. The decision puts a tremendous burden on city sanitation crews and police to address the accumulation of tons of "stuff" left on sidewalks, parkways and streets. This is an acute problem in many parts of Los Angeles, especially at Venice Beach, where hundreds of young travelers enjoy a meth-fueled lifestyle of beach camping, skateboarding and late-night partying at the expense of local residents who just want to sleep at night.
July 15, 2012 | By Jori Finkel
This weekend the Venice Beach boardwalk has a new sort of freak show: a display of assorted terrorists like Osama bin Laden and Shining Path leader Abimael Guzman (seen here in prison stripes) made by artist Cara Faye Earl. Based on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's "most wanted" list, these sculptures are lifelike but not lifesize, barely knee-high. They are up this weekend only as part of the Venice Beach Biennial, an event designed by Hammer Museum curator Ali Subotnick to bring dozens of boardwalk artists together with more mainstream types.
July 11, 2012 | By Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
The Venice Biennale is arguably the most prestigious and glamorous international exhibition in the world, taking place in Italy every two years. The wryly titled Venice Beach Biennial, which is taking place on boardwalk this weekend and probably won't take place again, has humbler and funkier aspirations. Running Friday through Sunday, it's a free-to-the-public, open-air art exhibition that brings together 87 artists. They include artists who usually show on the boardwalk working alongside, and sometimes in collaboration with, well-known artists (Barbara Kruger, Evan Holloway, Katie Grinnan and Nick Herman, to name a few)
June 10, 2012 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
When he heads to the beach from his Santa Monica home, Stuart Perlman wears paint-spattered jeans, a plaid shirt over a T-shirt and a black wool Stetson to shade his bearded face. With one hand he rolls a plastic crate piled high with paints, brushes, a portable easel and a yellow-and-white-striped beach umbrella. In the other, he totes plastic bags filled with containers of homemade pastas and soups, gifts for his "regulars. " Perlman is a psychologist. In his spare time he paints faces - of individuals that most people look past.
May 30, 2012
Venice Beach features a boardwalk, a skate park and basketball courts along its wide, sandy shore. And if Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl has his way, it will get another attraction by the Fourth of July - a zip line, offering a 720-foot-long, barely one-minute joy ride above it all. A 44-foot launch tower planted near the skate plaza would zip riders over grass and pedestrians to a landing pad near the basketball courts. City officials hope that as many as 400 riders daily will pay $20 to take a ride.
May 19, 2012 | By Rosanna Xia, Los Angeles Times
Forget the 200-foot-tall observation wheel. Venice Beach expects to get a zip line this summer. The Venice Neighborhood Council this week approved the installation of a 720-foot zip-line ride to run for a three-month trial period, clearing the way for consideration by the California Coastal Commission. Under the proposal, riders will take off from a 44-foot tower near the skate park and ride to a 24-foot tower at Windward Plaza by the basketball courts. The metal towers will be decorated with local art, and the attraction will bring in much-needed revenue to clean up the boardwalk, said Linda Lucks, president of the council.
April 16, 2012 | By Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will unveil a $16-million bike-share program Sunday that aims to put thousands of bicycles at hundreds of rental kiosks across the city. Initial plans are to add 400 stations and 4,000 bicycles over the next 18 to 24 months in areas around downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, Playa del Rey, Westwood and Venice Beach. The private investment from Bike Nation will not need any city money, according to the mayor's office and the company. Bike Nation has agreed to a minimum contract of 10 years.
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