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Earth Shaking Update

VP Earthquake Map to the Stars.
January 23, 2009. 8:55PM. Venice--Yes, moments ago--at 7:42 pm--an earthquake shook up the neighborhood and the reason why it felt like we were on top of it is: we pretty much were.

According to a website purported to be posted by the US Geological Survey and Cal Tech, the
quake--magnitude 3.4--was centered 1 mile West North West of the Marina.

We're hearing from reporter and local Michael Linder, who is on the phone right now as we type, that the precise coordinates put the epicenter near the corner of South Venice Boulevard and Pacific Avenue.

"Actually, it's right at the back of James' Beach," says Linder.

That's Linder's official quake map to the stars complete with longitude and latitude notations that accompanies this story.

Speaking of earth shaking, we heard through the grapevine that amongst the other art happenings going on tomorrow night, a piece or two by Ed Moses--Venice local, renowned painter and the coolest white man to ever light a joint--might be up in a show in the studio/gallery space across from Barker Hanger. There's an opening going on there tomorrow, Saturday, January 24 from 6 pm - 9 pm.

Moses received a pretty sweeeeet review for his most recent show in San Fransisco with Kenneth Baker of the Chronicle writing "At 82, Los Angeles painter Ed Moses continues to produce work in new ways at a pitch that an artist 50 years younger might envy. His latest show at Brian Gross Fine Art mines two connected veins of recent abstract work, each attesting to his authority as a colorist and technical innovator."

That's enough to make us want to swing by and take a peek at what he's up to now, as long as Moses--who is not only the smartest man in the room but also often the most temperamental--doesn't piss us off while we're at it.

Lastly, tomorrow's ground breaking ceremony for the Venice skatepark has been postponed not due to the earth shaker but the inclement weather by Councilman Bill Rosendahl--the wuss.

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