The Bathing Pavillion was the defining edifice of early Venice. Like most of what you see here, it's all long-gone.
Ballroom dancehalls provided the large venue space needed to accommodate the popularity of new dance crazes at the dawn of the Jazz Age and Swing Era
Café Nat Goodwin’s, an early movie biz hangout. The original film stars would imbibe at the Alexandria Hotel in downtown L.A., but soon enough, the loose atmosphere around Venice became the main draw.
Inside the Venice West Café . . . behind these jazz cats, on the wall, is Wallace Berman’s bohemian benediction: "Art is Love is God."
1959 — Lawrence Lipton’s discerning look at the Venice West Beat scene, featuring tales of the Venice West Café and the Gas House, as well as its many poets, artists, scenesters and entrepreneurs.
Portrait of the Gas House gang in Venice, drawn by Shanna Baldwin, circa 1960 (Used by permission, courtesy of Shanna Baldwin and S.E. Griffin)
At the end of the pier, Pacific Ocean Park featured a Tiki ride, "South Sea Island," sponsored by U.S. Rubber.
Surrounded by the sky ride orbs above and a waterfall below, South Sea Island provided a relaxing, last outpost from L.A., positioned
Bas relief of the South Sea Island entrance. "An unforgettable visit to the tropics via an exciting Banana Train ride through a volcanic crater, erupting geysers, an earthquake and a tropical storm." — P.O.P. brochure
South Sea Island took you on a tour of a volcano interior, with Martin Denny-styled music filling out the sound
— BRIAN CHIDESTER & DOMENIC PRIORE
On Thursday, June 2nd, Dumb Angel attended the debut of Kitty Diggin's incredibly well-thought out theme club Dandy at Safari Sam's on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. The first night's soiree was subtitled An Evening of Candy Stripes, Brocade, Ruffly Sleeves and Absinthe-Inspired Visions. The audience came decked out in '20s gear, with DJs Prickle and Shauna spinning an intense mix of songs somewhere between Duke Ellington's "The Mooch" and Peter & Gordon's "Lady Godiva". The correlation between '20s and '60s fashion and music was complete, with the Kinks' "Dandy" somewhat defining the direction of ensuing affairs. "1960s Carnaby Street had this wealth of appreciation for the '20s," Diggins told Dumb Angel, "Lavender velvet pantsuits, paisley shirts with ascots and scarves, plus the flapper bob hairstyle were all a huge part of Carnaby's flair and lasting appeal." A group of appropriately-attired Go Go dancers were workin' all night, with the evening's musical highlight coming from New York City's Armen Ra — Master of the Theremin. Classically-trained, and from a family of musicians in Tehran, his Middle Eastern melodic sense raised the bar in an already unique evening of fun, dancing and sound. The next Dandy (July 13th) promises to be every bit as enlightening, this time subtitled: Bastille Day Go For Barouque.
— DOMENIC PRIORE
A wild tyme was had by all at Dandy. Photo courtesy of http://www.drunkrockers.com/.
Dandy attendee Melissa Jean on the veranda, Sunset Boulevard in the background. Photo by John Scott Perreira.
Dandy ended with an incredible '20s / '60s DJ mix by Prickle (who took most of these photos) and Shauna. In this rockstar-free environment, the participants were the headline act.
On a Loony Tunes level . . . host Greg Noll receives a bomb for his new surfboard factory from shaper / competitor, Hobie Alter
Promotional program for Dirty Feet, from 1965, written by producer/director Ted Nikas about his experiences in making the film around his coffeehouse, the Prison of Socrates