Movies can amaze with their ability to not just take you out of yourself but to put in the middle of worlds you otherwise would never get a chance to see or experience.
The Venice Film Festival usually produces a couple of films that go on to Oscar glory. In the past it has been the launchpad for Academy darlings, Brokeback Mountain, Black Swan and The Wrestler.
I used to anticipate the Toronto International Film Festival (or TIFF, as it were) with something approaching glee. But as I prepare to head north on Sunday, I feel, well, not dread or even trepidation -- I guess resignation is the word I'm looking for.
The German documentary Julia tells the fascinating true life tale of a beautiful Lithuanian transexual prostitute living in Berlin, and accompanies her voyage through nearly ten years, thanks to the lens and love of filmmaker J. Jackie Baier.
We dig a hotel with a gorgeous view, so it's no surprise we can't stop staring at the photos of these 14 rooftop bars.
John O'Kane's at times rambling but nonetheless intriguing book length essay, "Venice, CA: A City State Of Mind," sums up the history, the observations, the artists and writers and poets great and famous and obscure who have lurked among the dark shadows of this Nirvana by the sea.
If you love Italian food, you must watch this video.
Like both his grandfather and father before, Mario Costra has spent the past 20 years navigating the watery streets of Venice on his gondola.
While it's hard to go wrong with Italian food, some cities are known for certain specialties. Don't miss these items on your Vacanza Italiana.
Venice. Floating city, contemporary art contradiction. The Venice Biennale is a six-month celebration of contemporary art, and in part a celebration of the ancient archipelago that refuses to be defined.
There's a cutting-edge, politically provocative, modernistic new-style musical at the Public Theater that will have you literally dancing in the aisles.
The music of Venice spans rock, pop, rap and hip hop punctuated by anthemic ballads.
Why go out for pizza when you can convert your BBQ grill into a wood burning pizza oven for an entertaining and delicious 'make your own pizza party' right at home?
If you ever get the chance to go to Venice, go. But not during the summer months. Go when the tourists are at a lull instead of eight deep, when the weather is delightful (or at least passable). Go when Venice can breathe, so you can fully enjoy your vacation.
With LA having just elected a new Mayor, the timing feels right for putting out some transportation and planning ideas that can help make LA a more livable city.