May 11, 2015 |
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.
October 9, 2014 |
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.
October 7, 2014 |
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.
September 30, 2014 |
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.
September 28, 2014 |
Venice's raison d'être: 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!
September 26, 2014 |
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.
March 3, 2014 |
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.
September 10, 2013 |
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.
September 3, 2013 |
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.
July 28, 2013 |
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.