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Venice in the Seventies

 
 
Reply Sun 21 Nov, 2004 08:09 pm
I mentioned living in a studio space in Venice, California on a thread about automobiles a while ago, and a new a2k member turns out to have rented the same space shortly time after we left there.

Venice was an interesting place in the seventies, and I suppose in all its decades.

Have any other a2kers ever lived in Venice?




Here's a quote from Adastran, after seeing my post -

We must have rented the upstairs West Washington studio right after Ossbuco. I signed up with this forum in hopes of exchanging an email with her about it, but find I don't yet have PM privileges. If you want to, O, it would be fun to compare reminiscences about Venice in the 70's.

Foster

ossobuco wrote:
I've driven fast by proxy -

But, back in '74, my downstairs neighbor was Gerald Weigert, the guy who designed the Vector. Heh, he bought my annoying Chevy van, taking over my payments on that lemon. I only saw him drive the Vector down what was then West Washington Blvd, now known as Abbot Kinney Blvd., at a stately pace, but I could hear what it might do, rrrrmmmmmmmmmmmm.
 
adastran
 
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Reply Mon 22 Nov, 2004 02:49 am
Life in Venice in the Seventies
I lived in Venice from 1974 to 1980, at which time my wife Jill and I moved north to Sebastopol in Sonoma county.

I first lived right on the boardwalk, specifically at 25th and Ocean Front walk. Later we moved to a charming little house on Linnie Canal. My business partner was a long-time Venice resident named Rick Sinatra. We were looking for a place to develop our consciousness-raising invention, the METAPHASER, when we happened upon a place for rent, the upstairs of the old Eagles hall on West Washington Blvd. I remember falling in love with the place the first time I climbed the stairs into that big beautiful space. The only way we could afford it was to give up our canal house and live in the workspace. We did, and I remember it as one of the most wonderful times of my life. Later we moved back to the canals to a quaint little red house at the "intersection" of Linnie and Grand canals.

That's probably enough for now, but it would be fun to list some names and see who knew whom. (As a start, I just got a letter from my old friend Mary Jane Kwan who is putting together a new book about Venice.)

I live in the mountains of Colorado now. If anyone prefers to communicate with me directly, my name is Foster Brashear and my email is foster @ adastran.com.

Foster

PS to ossobuco: Did you paint the flowers on the bathroom wall?
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 22 Nov, 2004 11:43 am
This is so amazing!

There was a ladies' room and a men's room, neither with showers, naturally. My business partner, Ann Bryant, painted the flowers on the ladies' room wall, and I did the faux mexican mural, sort of a jungle with monkey and bird, in the men's room.. (I'm a woman).

I worked at UCLA during those years, and in my particular UCLA building there was a shower facility connected to the physical rehab department. I took advantage of that fairly often, luckily never got caught. I also tended to show up at friends' apartments with a beach bag with shampoo, etc.

We had the place from early '74 to somewhere in the spring of '75. It took us a while to fix it up. It had seven broken windows when we first moved in. We put in a new electric panel, and all the lights in the biggest room. That was hard as neither of us had much money. She knew more about art and art galleries, and had a part time job; I had a full time job, but no savings. We had met when we both had art studios in the St. Charles Hotel
at Windward and Ocean Front Walk. She was looking for a new studio and I helped her look.... and then we found the old Eagle's lodge, and I went in on it with her.

Among the charms of the place was the stack of marble squares and other items from an old Spanish church put in the back lot by the owner of the building. And the Comeback Inn a few doors down, where the Canaligators used to play on some Sunday afternoons.

We had a theater group from USC theater mfa program use the "big room" three nights a week, in order to help pay the lease. In the meantime, we opened an art gallery, and had a few openings - we used the big room for that and the front room for our studio. When we ran out of money to keep everything going (I think they raised the lease price) the theater group took over the space just after us, for a few months - I think on a month to month basis, but I'm not sure.

Ann and I then rented a house on Windward and (blanking on cross street name, a block towards W. Washington from the Circle) - I think it was 225 Windward, and our boyfriends were there with us most of the time. That didn't work out real well, and I started looking for my own place. It ended up that my boyfriend (he had been in the theater group) and I bought a house on Coeur d'Alene, eventually married, and lived there until the mid-nineties.

I've copied your email address and will write you there a bit, as I don't want to start naming a lot of people here..
although we could keep talking here too, as we remember things, in case anyone else sees the thread and wants to join in. I think there is one other person on a2k who lived in Venice, but I can't remember right now who is is.

I suggest you either put a space in your email address above, or take it out. Putting a space in it before the @ keeps net "spybots" from picking it up and including it in spam address lists.
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adastran
 
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Reply Mon 22 Nov, 2004 01:13 pm
ossobuco wrote:
This is so amazing!

There was a ladies' room and a men's room, neither with showers, naturally. My business partner, Ann Bryant, painted the flowers on the ladies' room wall, and I did the faux mexican mural, sort of a jungle with monkey and bird, in the men's room.. (I'm a woman).

I worked at UCLA during those years, and in my particular UCLA building there was a shower facility connected to the physical rehab department. I took advantage of that fairly often, luckily never got caught. I also tended to show up at friends' apartments with a beach bag with shampoo, etc.

We had the place from early '74 to somewhere in the spring of '75. It took us a while to fix it up. It had seven broken windows when we first moved in. We put in a new electric panel, and all the lights in the biggest room. That was hard as neither of us had much money. She knew more about art and art galleries, and had a part time job; I had a full time job, but no savings. We had met when we both had art studios in the St. Charles Hotel
at Windward and Ocean Front Walk. She was looking for a new studio and I helped her look.... and then we found the old Eagle's lodge, and I went in on it with her.

Among the charms of the place was the stack of marble squares and other items from an old Spanish church put in the back lot by the owner of the building. And the Comeback Inn a few doors down, where the Canaligators used to play on some Sunday afternoons.

We had a theater group from USC theater mfa program use the "big room" three nights a week, in order to help pay the lease. In the meantime, we opened an art gallery, and had a few openings - we used the big room for that and the front room for our studio. When we ran out of money to keep everything going (I think they raised the lease price) the theater group took over the space just after us, for a few months - I think on a month to month basis, but I'm not sure.

Ann and I then rented a house on Windward and (blanking on cross street name, a block towards W. Washington from the Circle) - I think it was 225 Windward, and our boyfriends were there with us most of the time. That didn't work out real well, and I started looking for my own place. It ended up that my boyfriend (he had been in the theater group) and I bought a house on Coeur d'Alene, eventually married, and lived there until the mid-nineties.

I've copied your email address and will write you there a bit, as I don't want to start naming a lot of people here..
although we could keep talking here too, as we remember things, in case anyone else sees the thread and wants to join in. I think there is one other person on a2k who lived in Venice, but I can't remember right now who is is.

I suggest you either put a space in your email address above, or take it out. Putting a space in it before the @ keeps net "spybots" from picking it up and including it in spam address lists.
It occurs to me also how amazing it is that we could make this connection. Just another example how the internet has changed everything, making possible connections between people and information that just couldn't happen before.

BTW, I loved the murals in the bathrooms. Luckily, someone, perhaps the photographer (Bill LaChasse) who had the space just before us, had installed a shower in the men's bathroom.

A friend of mine bought the disassembled Italian building facade and reconstructed it on his property in Topanga.

Jill and I bought our wedding rings at Zephyr, the cool little antique store next door.

Please do email me. I knew some people in the Venice art community, and we undoubtedly know some people in common.

Foster
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 22 Nov, 2004 01:36 pm
Zephyr, I remember the place, and the guy who ran it.

A shower in the men's bathroom, oh how wonderful...
I still have a picture of me bathing in the kitchen sink(!). I may scan it and put it on a2k, as I am fairly covered with a grand dressing gown I bought at... Aardvark's.

Italian building facade... that is great. We heard it was Spanish, but that was from the landlord's girlfriend, who was his business person. Since then I've gone to Italy a few times, and am known here on a2k as a mad italophile, so that is nice to know about. I did a couple of paintings with those facade pieces...

I'm just thinking... you might enjoy some of the photos from the place. I will put them on a2k.. I have some of the back yard, some from our gallery, some from the art classes, some in the studio, that would be fun. However, I can't do it this week.

And yes, I bet we know a few people in common..
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adastran
 
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Reply Mon 22 Nov, 2004 04:33 pm
ossobuco wrote:
Zephyr, I remember the place, and the guy who ran it.

A shower in the men's bathroom, oh how wonderful...
I still have a picture of me bathing in the kitchen sink(!). I may scan it and put it on a2k, as I am fairly covered with a grand dressing gown I bought at... Aardvark's.

Italian building facade... that is great. We heard it was Spanish, but that was from the landlord's girlfriend, who was his business person. Since then I've gone to Italy a few times, and am known here on a2k as a mad italophile, so that is nice to know about. I did a couple of paintings with those facade pieces...

I'm just thinking... you might enjoy some of the photos from the place. I will put them on a2k.. I have some of the back yard, some from our gallery, some from the art classes, some in the studio, that would be fun. However, I can't do it this week.

And yes, I bet we know a few people in common..
The last time I was in Venice, probably a year ago, the Zephyr was closed.

I do still have a crystal doorknob that I bought from Rose's antiques across the street. Everything she had was way too expensive, but I was determined to buy something there and got the doorknob.

Did you know that Rickie Lee Jones used to play at the Comeback Inn?

Was the Indian Restaurant downstairs when you were there? I still remember the smells, and watching the cooks cooking up stuff on outdoor grills set amongst the facade stones in the back yard.

My college-age daughter Sierra loves all these Venice stories and somehow feels she was born too late. She thinks she wants to spend the summer there, but obviously it will never be the magical way that it was.

I'd love to see any photos of the old place that you have, and to know more about your art and your gallery.

Foster
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 22 Nov, 2004 04:40 pm
Yes, I was trying to remember the name of the Indian restaurant. Those poor people... when the theater group did it's first play, there was a scene with a train coming through, and the sound for it was quite loud. Ruined dinner for some folks, I think, until the theater folks managed to cut out some of the noise.

That was the first place I'd ever had indian food; I remember the "curries".

No, I didn't know about Ricky Lee Jones being there.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 10 Dec, 2004 10:33 pm
Foster, there's another a2k thread going on reminiscence of 60's and 70's, and I added a bit more about Venice there -

http://www.able2know.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=40627
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Used2bZoom
 
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Reply Tue 27 Sep, 2005 11:22 pm
Remember the band called Severance?
I was the bass player. My nickname was "Zoom." Anyone remember seeing/hearing the band? Gregory Hines was the lead vocalist.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 28 Sep, 2005 08:59 am
With the Canaligators?
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Used2bZoom
 
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Reply Wed 28 Sep, 2005 09:53 am
I was the bass player in the band called Severance.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 28 Sep, 2005 10:02 am
I guess I don't know it. Did you play at the Come Back Inn or hang out in Venice?
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bliepman
 
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Reply Thu 13 Oct, 2005 10:26 pm
Canaligators
I am a proud Canaligator! Hook, Butch and I started playing in Washington Square at the A&W Root Beer stand on the Venice boardwalk... But wait, there's more. Much more.

Bob (currently living in San Luis Obispo)
kickycan
 
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Reply Thu 13 Oct, 2005 10:29 pm
Gotta go back and read this thread. Living in Venice? What a f*cking dream come true!
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Diane
 
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Reply Thu 13 Oct, 2005 10:30 pm
Don't you love when a good old thread gathers new life? I hope all will return with Venice stories. I didn't ever live there but have heard so much about it. Of course, I'm an old hippie from SF in the mid sixties.

More, more, let's hear more.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 14 Oct, 2005 11:07 am
Glad to see y'all...

Kicky, it's Venice, California..
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kickycan
 
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Reply Fri 14 Oct, 2005 02:03 pm
Oh, guess I should have known by the fact that it is in the North America forum...well screw that then. I'm outta here. Carry on!
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lbgrob
 
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Reply Tue 7 Feb, 2006 06:54 pm
Sevrance
hey zoom... While I was too young to remember much of my time in venice... we used to hang out with the Canaligators and Sevrance... our roomates were Janie and Harlan(d) who were in the band Windance (think thats how you spell it)...

I am currently collecting information about my youth in venice and will be creating a site with it... any information about the above bands and bars etc ... pics blah blah are needed....

please email me at grobbler yahoo.com

its funny because i just purchased two 45's of a 1976 Sevrance single... Smile
ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 7 Feb, 2006 08:42 pm
'76, that explains my not hearing of Severance - by then I shared a house with a fellow who became my husband and we were all involved in all that.

Do you remember where you lived, lbgrob?
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lbgrob
 
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Reply Wed 8 Feb, 2006 03:48 pm
venice
We lived on Paloma just past speedway and then on Clubhouse. While on Paloma we had roomates (janie and harlan(d)) on clubhouse we had the apartment behind and janie and harlan(d) had the one in front ... kind of like two houses on one lot.

I spent much of my day playing on the boardwalk with friends... nobody skated there except us at the time and we would frequent Hinanos back when they let kids in...

I remember there was a place on windward that served the best german egg pancakes...and

my mom helped paint the Jaya mural on Dell and Venice (while she wasnt a member her name is on the mural).... so we spent a lot of time in the canals if we were not on the beach....

lots of parties I remember... lots of activities in the canals and protests etc...

with all this being said ... I was born in '68 so I was a bit young Smile

name is Rob (robbie)

do you remember the Canaligators? or Windance?
 

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