February 14, 2010
The Venice Carnival is in full swing with the canal city's Renaissance, Baroque and Venetian Gothic palaces and piazzas a perfect setting for this annual, sumptuous street theater. Shrove Tuesday festivities will be jam-packed with dinners, balls, music and dancing in sometimes eccentrically modern garb, but mostly in gorgeous period costumes and masks. A gondola parade along the Grand Canal, Casanova's Ball in the Palazzo Zenobio, a Baroque concert in a Venetian music school and cocktails while listening to opera in a historic hotel are just a few items in two weeks of stylish hedonism and decadence.
December 5, 2010
The Navona is inside an antique palazzo built in the 1400s that has belonged to this family for centuries. For those who love to walk, Castel St. Angelo and Vatican City are accessible by foot. The Navona is in Rome's historic center, yet its quiet location on Via dei Sediari is ideal for sleeping too. I can't say enough about the family, the hotel and its operation. Hotel Navona, 8 Via dei Sediari, Rome; 011-39-06-6830-1252, http://www.hotelnavona.com . Doubles from $136 MaryAnn Vanover, Santa Barbara
May 21, 2002 |
Plans for a $100-million apartment and retail complex in Westwood are drawing fire as--once again--a savvy developer tries to push limits on new construction while equally sophisticated neighborhood activists battle to scale down his project. For decades, Westwood was a busy retail area and a hot spot for movie premieres. But in the late 1980s, a spate of violence scared off moviegoers and the recession reined in development.
October 31, 2010 |
Just days before the election, U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.) rattled off his virtues to a room full of college students here: Endorsements from the National Rifle Assn. and National Right to Life Committee; his opposition to the healthcare bill, to the bank bailouts, and to altering the Pentagon's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. He praised John McCain and distanced himself from Nancy Pelosi. Finally, Jaclyn Northrup couldn't take it anymore. She raised her hand. "You say you're a Democrat," she began.
November 2, 1997 |
This is the centenary year of the coining and first appearance in print of the word "homosexual," according to the Oxford English Dictionary, in which, in my 1965 edition, the word "heterosexual" can be found only in the addenda of new words. In a world where centennials are routinely and arousingly celebrated, why was this centenary ignored (though our Postal Service, perhaps unwittingly, did issue a postage stamp commemorating Thornton Wilder)?
October 30, 1987 |
A Christmas card painting has arrived at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art well ahead of the holiday season. "Holy Family With St. Francis in a Landscape" by 16th-Century painter and art historian Giorgio Vasari is a gift of the Ahmanson Foundation. Depicting an adoring mother and child in glowing light, with Joseph and St.
November 23, 2004 |
The company that owns the Venetian resort in Las Vegas is aiming for an initial public offering price of $20 to $22 a share, according to documents filed Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company, to be known as Las Vegas Sands Corp. when it goes public, said it planned to sell more than 23.8 million shares of stock and give underwriters the option to purchase an additional 3.5 million shares.
July 16, 2010 |
In the last few years, fashion designers have been invading the hotel industry. "Hotel companies and guests have become conscious of design," says hospitality industry analyst Bruce Baltin, from L.A.-based Colliers PKF Consulting USA. "Also, it is another avenue for designers to expose their styles to consumers." This spring, LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the luxury conglomerate with more than 50 brands including Louis Vuitton, Emilio Pucci and Givenchy, threw its monogrammed hat into the ring, announcing plans to develop luxury hotels.
August 8, 2004 |
Alan Casden is not one to back down. Over the years, the multimillionaire developer has sued a raft of business associates who have displeased him. One business partner -- who happens to be his brother -- says Casden openly mocked him. At a bar mitzvah party for oil tycoon Marvin Davis' grandson, Casden shoved his wife as worried guests looked on, she has said in court papers.