Visiting Venice, L.A.’s cultural hotspot

Photo by Lauren Roberts
Photo by Lauren Roberts
THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY LAUREN ROBERTS AND PUBLISHED BY DAILY BRUIN ON OCTOBER 26, 2011.

I’m convinced that there’s nowhere quite like Venice. It’s a cultural mecca for all things quirky and the people-watching capital of Los Angeles—if not the state.

Its pseudo hippie culture is capable of producing any form of entertainment, from rainbow-wigged juggling performers, sidewalk artists and acrobatic break dancers to serenading street dwellers.

Granted, I’d been here before. But this time I came back with the semblance of a game plan, as it’s inevitable that the easily distracted would get lost on the boardwalk where there is no shortage of colorfully outrageous sights to choose from.

As a classic rock fan and an even bigger art nerd, I set out for some Venice highlights—its local Doors history and its signature murals by artist Rip Cronk. The latter definitely made up for the former.

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