Venice's broader political identity after all is a hang-loose facsimile of an independent city-state where citizen-activists, like those around the Free Venice Beachhead, its monthly alternative newspaper, have learned to monitor and challenge the interests that threaten the community, especially those from outside it.
Premiering in the Orizzonti section at this year's Venice Film Festival, Yaelle Kayam's Mountain was one of the films that impressed me the most. I use that exact word because Mountain left both an impression on me and, as the Italians use the word "impressione" literally, it shocked, struck and shook me, profoundly.
Perhaps what feeds this genius, this champion of communication and understanding among us, is that he comprehends the power of one. It is a power we often forget -- I know I do -- the ability to change the world, one small, tiny, at times seemingly insignificant action at a time.
Everest is a wondrous, beautifully shot, perfectly acted, very Hollywood film and I could swear I felt snow brush against my face at one point. It's perfect entertainment.
A good 30 years after his death, the genius that was, is and always will be Orson Welles is finally enjoying the recognition he deserves.
I've seen the show twice, taking the better part of a day each time. Along with Vermeer and Van Gogh, Turner's one of my very favorite artists. The experience of this show rates as one of the aesthetic highlights of my life.
Mystery and intrigue may be synonymous with the city of Venice, but the latest imbroglio between politicians and preservationists there seems a little more ham-handed.
Most visitors often overlook the small islands surrounding the heart of Venice. But a trip to the islands of Mazzorbo and Burano are well worth the trip.
Changes in the way we think about mobility is continuing to happen in Los Angeles because the old models of moving people around the region are severely limited and are not doing the trick for a growing number of us.
Recently, I've read a lot about Venice, Italy, and tourism in the town that's played an important role in my life for close to three decades. Many writers, bloggers, journalists speak about what attractions you should avoid, where not to eat or what not to buy when visiting.
There's nothing better than a not-to-be-believed sunset, so the travel community at Trippy.com shared where they've seen the best ones on their travels. Here's where they go to see the sun go down!
David Hockney is a fearless innovator who is always ahead of the curve, experimenting with the latest technologies to discover new ways of making images.
Just after 5 p.m. on July 8, 2015 the sky over Mira, Italy, turned charcoal-grey and thunder rumbled in the distance. The storm we had been told would break the insufferable humidity and high temperatures that had suffocated the Veneto Region and most of Italy for days was on its way.
Last week I attended an awesome event called "The Shine" and was blown away by the community created by my old friend and fellow meditation teacher Light Watkins.