Monthly Archives: August 2016

Celebrating Women’s Equality

Happy Women’s Equality Day! In the US, August 26, 1920, was the day women were granted the right to vote when the 19th Amendment was ratified. To celebrate this, I’d like to share with you the story of an early … Continue reading

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Granddaughter of the Doge!

Last summer I met Patrizia, who was working at the time as a barista at Caffe Frari. I was staying nearby and went in most days, and  she always chatted with me and my friends. She’s super friendly, and we … Continue reading

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Spying with Marco Polo

Remember the exhibit in Venice commemorating Casanova with over a thousand mosaic tiles? It’s called “Spying on History with Casanova.” Well, artist Manuel Carrión has begun a new project honoring famed Venetian traveler Marco Polo. Here’s a video from the … Continue reading

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Venetian Rabbit?

Okay, who can come up with the best name for this creature? It resembles a rabbit, but not quite like any rabbit I’ve ever encountered! He’s so skinny and long-legged, and where is his bushy tail? Is this guy a cousin … Continue reading

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Quattro Minuti con Casanova: Baffo’s House

On a windy day, my friend Adriano filmed this episode of Quattro Minuti con Casanova in Campo San Maurizio. Giorgio Baffo, (1694-1768) writer of licentious poems, was also a mentor and friend to Giacomo Casanova. Here at his house, the Palazzo … Continue reading

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Global Metaphor

While in Venice a few weeks ago, I attended the afternoon session of the symposium The Ghetto as Global Metaphor.  Though it was about 100 degrees in the Ca’ Dolfin, I could still enjoy the frescoed walls and elaborate chandeliers, … Continue reading

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Next Recital Opportunity

  Join us this Sunday, August 7, at 4:30 for a lovely afternoon of music and lecture. Once again, Tina Paulson will regale you with songs by and about Venetian women, while I fill in the details of their history … Continue reading

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