July 9, 2005 |
The J. Paul Getty Museum snagged the top item in an auction of Old Master pictures Friday, paying $7.6 million for "The Grand Canal, Venice, With the Palazzo Bembo" by Francesco Guardi. The 18th century Italian painting was consigned to Christie's in London by heirs of German collectors John and Anna Jaffe, whose artworks were confiscated by the Nazis in 1943 and recently returned to the family.
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.
October 11, 2009 |
Benito Mussolini, who ruled Fascist Italy from 1922 to 1943, had ambitious plans for the nation's capital. In the historic center he sought to uncover the remains of Imperial Rome, on which he modeled his new Italian empire, opening massive archaeological works and at the same time destroying many of the city's medieval landmarks. Outside the center Il Duce ordered the construction of whole districts in a new architectural vernacular that melded Roman classicism with stream-lined modernism.
October 11, 2009 |
Along the wide, straight Via dei Fori Imperiali near the Colosseum, sightseers often stop to look at a series of maps showing the growth of the Roman Empire: just a dot on the west coast of the Italian peninsula in the 8th century BC, larger in the next two panels, then at its most expansive in the fourth tablet when the Roman world stretched from Spain to Mesopotamia. Nothing remains of the fifth map placed here in 1936 to commemorate Italy's conquest of Ethiopia under the direction of Benito Mussolini.
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April 11, 2009 |
Gil Cedillo, a Los Angeles state senator running for Congress, has spent more than $125,000 gathered from campaign donors over the last six years on shopping excursions, gourmet meals, entertainment and upscale hotels around the globe, public records show. At Patina, the haute cuisine restaurant at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Cedillo paid $1,203 for dinner. He dropped $289 at Nic's Martini Lounge in Beverly Hills.
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.