August 26, 2009 |
Headed to LACMA to catch the "Pompeii and the Roman Villa" exhibit before it closes Oct. 4? Before you go, put a bottle of this crisp, minerally white from Italy's Campania region (that's Naples/Pompeii and environs) in the fridge to break open when you come home. Served well-chilled, it's refreshing with notes of citrus rind and white pepper. Incidentally, Falanghina is the name of the grape. It's terrific with spaghetti alle vongole , which goes together really quickly. Enjoy it with grilled fish or shrimp too, for easy summer drinking.
April 19, 2012 |
A museum in Italy has resorted to burning artwork to protest cuts that its leader sees as unfair and destructive. The Casoria Contemporary Art Museum in Naples plans to burn three paintings a week to protest what is perceived as the government's war against art. As reported by BBC News, Antonio Manfredi, director of the Casoria, set fire to the first painting on Tuesday and has garnered the support of European artists who are sympathetic to...
September 29, 2013 |
The letter was two sentences long, addressed to "Dear Mr. Rossellini" and signed "Ingrid Bergman. " Like many moviegoers in the late 1940s, the actress was deeply affected by "Rome, Open City" and "Paisan," Roberto Rossellini's landmarks of neorealist cinema. Alone among the Italian director's admirers, she offered her star power and talents, as "a Swedish actress who speaks English very well," in hope of an on-screen collaboration. Rossellini accepted eagerly. But any expectation that Bergman's high profile would heighten his clout at the box office were dashed.
December 21, 2010
Authorities recovered a collection of art pieces that included works by Picasso, Colombian artist Fernando Botero and Spanish sculptor Eduardo Chillida and which was stolen from a Madrid warehouse last month, Spanish police said Monday. Specialized Crimes unit chief Dionisio Martin said the art was found in a stolen truck in an industrial area on Madrid's southern outskirts. The pieces, recovered Saturday, had a total value of about $6.5 million, Martin said. He said 35 pieces were stolen and that one remained missing.
March 12, 1986 |
Carmen Culver has a little-girl voice, a Porsche and a soundproof office where she occasionally screams about sexism in Hollywood. These days she's screaming less. After writing the scripts for one of the most memorable miniseries ever aired, "The Thorn Birds," and one of the least memorable, "The Last Days of Pompeii," she has turned herself into a producer.
April 11, 2006 |
Suburban sprawl did not begin in Los Angeles. Showmanship did not originate in Las Vegas. And kitschy decor has been around a lot longer than the tacky McMansions that seem to be popping up on the best lots everywhere. All three flourished on the Bay of Naples for a couple of centuries before Vesuvius erupted in AD 79, burying Pompeii and ruining the market for beachfront property for miles around.
December 26, 1987 |
When archeologists sifted through the ruins of Herculaneum, an ancient Roman city that had been buried along with Pompeii during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79, they were startled to discover the preserved body of a child still clutching her doll. Dolls have been in existence as far back as 40,000 BC, since Cro-Magnon man. They have been found in ancient Egyptian tombs, and the early Greeks and Romans fashioned them from such materials as wood, wax, terra cotta and ivory.
December 4, 1987 |
There comes a time in every movie star's life when the studio starts sending out scripts for him to play character parts. Once-gorgeous leading ladies are asked to play homicidal old hags. Once-handsome leading men are wanted to play aging priests or philosophical drunks. There is no record of any of them doing it gracefully. The world of sport has its equivalent, the brash young rookie taking over for the fading superstar. It's the nature of things.