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February 16, 1995 | By Clifford A. Ridley, INQUIRER THEATER CRITIC
The Merchant of Venice that Barry Edelstein has set on the stage of the Joseph Papp Public Theatre is one despairing view of human relations. The quarrels of the Montagues and Capulets are childish tantrums when set against the mutual hatred of Jews and Christians in this production, which betrays scarcely a hint of human feeling. You will search in vain here for more than a shred of decency in Ron Leibman's Shylock, Laila Robins' Portia, or any of the smarmy Christian men- about-the-canals who despise the Jewish moneylender and are despised by him in turn.
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November 21, 1986 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
In Luchino Visconti's Death in Venice (1971), a famous composer, Gustav von Aschenbach (based on Gustav Mahler, said to have inspired the Thomas Mann novella on which the movie is based), goes to Venice late in the season. An amethyst cloud of fog shrouds the city of canals, yet the grieving musician (who recently has buried his wife and children) sees a vision of ideal beauty. A young Polish lad named Tadzio haunts the composer, movingly played by Dirk Bogarde, who is aroused aesthetically and sexually out of his grief.
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July 19, 1994 | By Clifford A. Ridley, INQUIRER THEATER CRITIC
When it comes to poetic brilliance, psychological depth, internal consistency and other such niceties, The Merchant of Venice may never crash the front rank of the Shakespearean canon. When it comes to telling a ripping good story, however, this early play about justice, mercy, privilege and prejudice can stand with the best of them - and Russell Treyz isn't about to let us forget it. Treyz has directed the Merchant that runs through July 30 at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival here at Allentown College, and a first-rate Merchant it is. Deftly shuttling back and forth among the narrative's several intercut strains, Treyz achieves both a bracing pace and a gathering tension - a tension all the more effective for seldom raising its voice.
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February 2, 1992 | By Jim Finegan, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
If you're feeling fancy free Come wander through the world with me And any place we chance to be . . . - "Two for the Road" We had sat down at the Gran Caffe Chioggia, in the Piazzetta San Marco, with little more in mind than an after-dinner cup of coffee. But when we learned that the trio solicited requests, I asked if they could play "Two for the Road," an all-but-forgotten Henry Mancini song with those sweet, unpretentious lyrics by Leslie Bricusse. In moments the piano player was gently fingering the melody, and the bassist began to back him, tentatively.
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June 15, 1986 | By Samuel Hughes, Special to The Inquirer
The sky was a drizzle-threatening gray as my train crossed the long causeway that connects the Italian mainland to Venice. It's an ingress that often has been compared to the back-door entrance of a palace, but that morning it struck me as being more like a three-mile intravenous tube that the modern world was using to pump its rich diet of tourism into the fossilized body of the city. The weather wasn't a very cheery omen, particularly for someone as groggy and full of expectations as I. Venice can be resplendent in the sunshine, heart-breakingly melancholy in the fog, wild and romantic in a thunderstorm; but under a leaden sky of late fall, she takes on an expression that is at once pinched and sullen.
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April 19, 1992 | By Jonathan Storm, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With an illustrious history that extends more than 1,200 years, Venice certainly lacks the ersatz quality of DisneyWorld, and with the stench of decay that pervades the canals, it is hardly a sparkling paragon. But before the opening of Euro Disney in France this month, Venice was the closest thing Europe had to America's giant amusement park - an unreal city-museum kept alive almost exclusively by tourism. THE BASICS. Once Europe's most powerful city-state, because of its north Adriatic location and mercantile expertise, Venice consists of about 120 little islands, surrounded by more than 175 canals and connected by 400 bridges, some of them architectural masterpieces.
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April 13, 1987 | By Jane Eisner, Inquirer Staff Writer
No longtime Venetian can forget the events of Nov. 4, 1966, when wind and water from the Adriatic Sea came crashing into this most improbable of cities and created the worst flood in living memory. The water on the ground floor of Gianni Zanon's house came up to the top of his legs. He had no electricity; power lines were too wet to carry electricity. Merchandise in the shops was soaked. The canals were so swollen that it was impossible to get to work - besides, his office was flooded.
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March 26, 1989 | By Mike Leary, Inquirer Staff Writer
"Is there anyone but must repress a secret thrill, on arriving in Venice for the first time . . . and stepping into a Venetian gondola? That singular conveyance, come down unchanged from ballad times, black as nothing else on earth except a coffin - what pictures it calls up of lawless, silent adventures . . . what visions of death itself, the bier and solemn rites and last soundless voyage. " - Thomas Mann, "Death in Venice" In a scruffy shed where two tiny canals intersect, master craftsman Romeo Crivellaro carefully chiseled a winged lion on the prow of a wooden boat with sinuous, asymmetrical curves - unmistakably, a gondola.
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May 28, 1999 | By Edward J. Sozanski, INQUIRER ART CRITIC
The Italian painter Giovanni Antonio Canal, known as Canaletto, is famous for his panoramic and highly detailed views of Venice, where he was born in 1697. It's not generally known that he also etched a suite of 30 views of Venice, nearby Padua and their environs - the only prints he is known to have made during his career. The Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania has put on view a nearly complete set of Canaletto's etchings lent by the Arthur Ross Foundation. All but two of the 30 original prints and a fragment of a third (from a plate that was cut apart)
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March 7, 1999 | By Stu Bykofsky, FOR THE INQUIRER
What would you pay for a room with a view overlooking a canal? I paid more than I thought, and I'm talking more than cash. Since the city is built on islands, and since all of the space was gobbled up when the doges were the top dogs, the supply/demand equation drives room rates skyward. A less-than-glamorous three-star hotel charges 300,000 lire ($187) a night, and ours was, let's say, less than grand. I found and booked it by magic, through the Internet (which I don't understand)
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May 11, 2015 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
MURAL ARTIST Eurhi Jones has turned the north wall of Bodine High School into a gigantic ocean wave, created a spectacular jungle on the exterior of the Philadelphia Zoo parking garage and painted a wildlife-rich "Walk Through a Pennsylvania Forest" at the Please Touch Museum. Now, she has turned her eye-popping palette and her passion for nature into a 10-block, 50-artworks trail that winds through her own neighborhood, Manayunk, and leads people to the new Venice Island Performing Arts & Recreation Center on the Schuylkill River.
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October 9, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia's ambitious $2.4 billion, 25-year storm-water management program hinges on innovative practices such as porous pavement, green roofs, and rain gardens to soak up the first flows of rainfall. Anything to keep storm water from overwhelming the sewer system and overflowing into area rivers and streams, carrying road oil and litter and raw sewage with it. But, in the final analysis, sometimes you have to bring on the tank. On Tuesday, the city formally cut the ribbon on a $46 million project on Venice Island in Manayunk that includes a massive tank to hold the storm water and raw sewage that in an earlier time would have gushed into the Schuylkill during big storms.
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October 7, 2014 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
THE PHILADELPHIA Water Department needed to build a 4 million-gallon underground basin in Manayunk to capture stormwater and prevent sewers from overflowing into the Schuylkill. The city's Parks & Recreation Department and the Manayunk Development Corporation needed to replace the crumbling Venice Island playground with a performing-arts center to serve as a neighborhood cultural magnet. In the course of a few jaw-dropping minutes at a community meeting, a marriage was made between strange bedfellows.
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September 30, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
THE CELEBRITY-GOSSIP universe is getting over its hangover today. George Clooney is married. What do we do now? According to the Associated Press, the newlyweds (Clooney and civil-rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin ) emerged yesterday from the seven-star Aman Hotel (yeah, seven! Take that Motel 6) where they were married a day earlier. George, in a light-gray suit, sported a simple wedding band on his left hand. Amal, in a flouncy, white, short dress with pastel-colored appliques resembling flower blossoms, wore a thin band studded with what appeared to be roundish diamonds.
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September 28, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Venice's raison d'ĂȘtre: Clooney Since it was founded in A.D. 421, the glorious city of Venice has witnessed few events as monumental as George Clooney 's wedding to Amal Alamuddin , set for Monday at a 13th- century palazzo called Ca' Farsetti. Crowds cheered as the couple arrived Friday at the Cipriani hotel with friends Cindy Crawford and her hub Rande Gerber . A gaggle of other celebs arrived, too, including Matt Damon , Miguel Ferrer , Richard Kind , Ellen Barkin , and Gabriel Byrne . Ah Venice!
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September 26, 2014 | BY LAUREN McCUTCHEON, Daily News Staff Writer mccutch@phillynews.com, 215-854-5991
IF YOU'RE reading this, you now know for certain your invitation got lost in the mail. Don't feel alone. So did mine. As 150 who's whos of boldface names - apparently Angelina Jolie , Brad Pitt , Mrs. and Mr. Cindy Crawford , Andrea Bocelli and Bono , and, sigh, Matt Damon - gather in Venice, Italy, for the weekend-long (really long-weekend, not to mention long-awaited) wedding of one Mr. George Clooney to some Ms. Amal Alamuddin , you and Temporary Tattle have no choice but to register complaints to the U.S. Postal Service.
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March 3, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
John Sergeant Price, 90, of Bryn Mawr, a cultural leader and World War II veteran, died Saturday, Feb. 22, of cancer at his home. For 60 years, Mr. Price was president and executive director of the America-Italy Society of Philadelphia, a cross-cultural institution. Blessed with a knack for managing investments, he made sure the society was well enough endowed to offer the Italian lessons, films, lectures, art exhibits, and study tours abroad for which it was known. The society subsidized the Amerita Chamber Players, a subset of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
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September 10, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Italian film Sacro GRA , a documentary by director Francesco Rosi about life on the highway encircling Rome has won the Golden Lion for best film at the 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival. This was the first year documentaries were included in the main competition. The Silver Lion for best director went to Alexandros Avranas of Greece for Miss Violence , a disturbing look at sexual violence and abuse perpetrated by a grandfather. During Saturday's ceremony, Greek actor Themis Panou won the best actor prize for his leading role in Miss Violence , and Elena Cotta of Italy won the best actress award for her role in Emma Dante 's A Street in Palermo . Bruno Mars drafted Grammy winner Bruno Mars will highlight halftime at the Super Bowl on Feb. 2 at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., the NFL announced Sunday.
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September 3, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Where in the world was Lindsay Lohan ? That was the question roiling Gossipland over the weekend after la Lohan failed to show at the Venice Film Festival on Friday to support her latest film, The Canyons , People mag reports online. Was there some tension with the director, Paul Schrader , who told reporters he'd been "held hostage" by his "very talented but unpredictable" star for 16 months? "She was supposed to be here today," Schrader huffed. "She said she would be, but she is not. " Not so, LiLo explained on her website.
TRAVEL
July 28, 2013 | By Amy Laughinghouse, For The Inquirer
At any time of year, Venice reels in tourists with her gliding gondolas and sunset-colored palazzos, but one of this lagoon-side siren's biggest draws is La Biennale. Up to 440,000 people flood the city for the festival, which is organized in odd years, encompassing contemporary art, architecture, the Venice Film Festival, and dance, music, and theatrical performances. The pavilions of the Giardini, a garden area first built by Napoleon Bonaparte, and the warehouses of the Arsenale are the epicenter of the event, which draws artists from around the world.
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