May 11, 2021 #1 Local News, Forum, Information and Event Source for Venice Beach, California.

Seeing Red and Green in Venice

by Melanie Camp

Snowflakes from snow machines danced down onto Windward Ave., and mist rolled in from the Beach as neighbors gathered for a block party to celebrate the Sixth Annual Holiday Lighting of the Venice Sign on Saturday, December 2.

Actor and Venice local Matthew Modine pulls the lever and turns the Venice Sign red and green for the holidays. Photo by Venice Paparazzi.

In previous years the Venice Chamber of Commerce has kept the celebrity guest of honor a secret, but this year the cat was out of the bag. Actor and Venice local Matthew Modine pulled the lever and lit up the Venice Sign red and green for the Holiday Season.

“The sign represents creative opportunity,” said Venice Magician Chris Korn. Korn has live in the neighborhood for 15 years and has never missed a holiday sign lighting.

Venice Magician Chris Korn turning tricks. Photo by Melanie Camp.

Revelers enjoyed classics from Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and founding member of the Beach Boys, Al Jardine, 17-year-old Venice High senior and violin genius Kiev Morales, and Canadian singer-songwriter, Apryll Aileen. Both the Kenneth Brown Band and “American Idol” graduate, Adam Lasher with his band, got up on stage so the crowd could get down and dance.

Venice businesses like Hotel Erwin gave away hot chocolate, and candy canes and Ben & Jerry’s shared coupons for their new store opening soon on the Venice Boardwalk.

Congratulations to Jo Chapman for winning a free overnight stay in an Epic View King with dinner for two at Hotel Erwin in our Yo! Venice raffle.

Check out Venice Paparazzi for all the photos!

Francyne and Carl Lambert enjoy the build-up to the sign lighting. Photo by Melanie Camp.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and founding member of the Beach Boys, Al Jardine on stage with the Kenneth Brown Band. Photo by Venice Paparazzi.
Related Posts

LAHSA Application for Permanent Housing Moves Online

May 10, 2021

May 10, 2021

Agency consolidates 15 different paper housing applications into one digital application By Chad Winthrop The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA)...

Apple Plans to Add More Than 3K Jobs in Culver City-Area

May 10, 2021

May 10, 2021

3,000 jobs coming by 2026 By Toi Creel Apple will be bringing over 3,000 jobs to the Westside. According to...

Venice Bakery’s Cash Registered Stolen

May 6, 2021

May 6, 2021

A Venice bakery had its cash registered stolen following a smash and grab robbery this week. According to the Los...

Tacos and Ice Cream Highlight New Playa Vista Dining and Retail Center

May 6, 2021

May 6, 2021

Loqui, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams highlight new complex  By Toi Creel A popular taqueria and ice cream shop highlight a...

Details on Venice Boulevard Mixed-Use Proposal

May 4, 2021

May 4, 2021

More apartments could soon be coming to this lot on Venice Boulevard in Palms. Learn more in this video made...

Venice’s Fox Theater Revamp

May 4, 2021

May 4, 2021

A developer wants to revamp the historic Fox Theater building in Venice. Learn more in this video made possible by...

Edify TV: Site Work Begins on Nearly Billion Dollar LAX Station

May 4, 2021

May 4, 2021

Site work has begun for a nearly billion dollar light rail transit station coming to LAX. Learn more in this...

Edify TV: Concert Capacity Rules Issue for Small Venues

May 4, 2021

May 4, 2021

Live music is back in LA County but the owner of a Westside jazz club says reopening will have to...

Woman Gives Birth on Venice Beach Boardwalk

May 3, 2021

May 3, 2021

LAFD transport mother and newborn to hospital following Sunday birth  By Sam Catanzaro A reported homeless woman gave birth on...

Edify TV: Could Penmar Golf Course Become Affordable Housing?

April 29, 2021

April 29, 2021

Under a state bill facilities like Penmar golf course could be converted into space for affordable housing. Learn more in...

Tokyo-Style Pizza?

April 29, 2021

April 29, 2021

The Rose Venice’s Jason Neroni announces plans for former A-Frame space on Washington Blvd. By Kerry Slater A Venice-chef is...