Celebrate history & birth of the free-spirited literature movement the “Beat Generation” in Venice with “LA’s Diva Deluxe” – jazz, poetry, music.

Check out this colorful MUSIC, ART & BEAT GENERATION TOUR video on The Venice West about Venice history for an upcoming cool event  youtube.com/watch?v=s9vsPk1iSts 

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Contact: Gerry Fialka [email protected] 310-306-7330

The Venice West presents Suzy Williams – Venice Beats
Sept 11, 2022 – SUNDAY at 7pm (doors 6pm) at 1717 Lincoln Blvd.  thevenicewest.com/ $10 (Free souvenir Sponto postcard with each paid admission)
Gerry Fialka host a celebration of the Beats in Venice with Suzy Williams “LA’s Diva Deluxe” with Brad Kay, Kahlil Sabbagh, Carol Chaikin, and from The Bonedaddys – Mike Tempo, & Rick Moors. Delve deep into Venice West Cafe & Sponto history, live stellar poets, songs by Jack Kerouac, Philomene Long, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and all the local cats. Featuring Reverend Dan of http://musicfornimrods.blogspot.com/ and Flo Lawrence (from the film MANK) doing “Nature Boy” by Eden Ahbez.
THE VENICE WEST tour – Gerry Fialka – Venice Beats (20 minute version) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9vsPk1iSts 
Short promo (3 minute version): youtube.com/watch?v=V8FYPSXzpDo
Jack Kerouac, author of ON THE ROAD, introduced the phrase “Beat Generation” in 1948 to characterize a perceived underground, anti-conformist youth movement. Venice West Cafe at 7 Dudley Ave in Venice, California was one of the birthplaces of this free-spirited literature and art movement. The Beats shared themes of spirituality, environmental awareness and political activism.
Suzy Williams is known for her “enormously amusing, endearing presence … with tough, belting authority” (-John Rockwell, New York Times) as well as her voice that is “vibrant and lusty … great gusto and bold emotion” (-Nat Hentoff, Cosmopolitan) and her “energy must be seen to be believed … “a natural performer” (-Robert Palmer, New York Times). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suzy_Williams
Gerry Fialka – “Gerry’s a master at introducing people and steering the wayward onesomes to action … to spreading awareness … His encyclopedic grasp of Venetian and media history swells the archive that circulates in the heads of citizens.” – John O’Kane wrote an entire subchapter “Pixilated Populism” in his book Venice, CA: A City State of Mind (which includes a photograph of Gerry Fialka on its cover), devoted to Fialka, and summarizes Fialka’s significance to Venice https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerry_Fialka
“Gerry Fialka is one of the most giving impresarios that ever landed in Venice, California. He continues to fulfill Venice founder Abbott Kinney’s dream of Chautauqua’s influence on people. Fialka is the glue of the Venicessance. ” – Jeffrey Solomon, Historian, Venicebeachwalkingtours.com
“Gerry Fialka is the Studs Terkel of Venice, California – nurturing active participation for common ground.” – Michele Raven, Writer/Producer


Jazz shaman and influential comedian Lord Buckley held court at the Venice West Cafe. He summarizes our feelings with two quotes:
“People, yes people are the true flowers of life and it has been a most precious pleasure to have temporarily strolled in your garden.”
“Laughter truly is religious. It gives off vibrations from the subconscious. When a person is laughing he’s illuminated, he’s illuminated in the fully beauty of a human being. You’re thinking love, you’re vibrating love. It’s a prayer. It’s a beautiful thing.”
More info: 310-306-7330 https://laughtears.com/

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