Tag Archives: Biennale

Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Marco Zecchin

Marco Zecchin and I met in, I think, 2005 when we were both selling our books at the Italian American Heritage Foundation event in San Jose. We hit it off immediately and have been friends ever since, enjoying dinners together, … Continue reading

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Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Candace Magner

Candace Magner is a lyric singer, baroque guitarist, and musicologist. She created the website BarbaraStrozzi.com to collect all the known information, and has now finished publishing The Complete Works of Barbara Strozzi along with co-editor Dr. Richard Kolb through her … Continue reading

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Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Piero Bellini

I was very fortunate to meet Piero Bellini many years ago when the artist Tony Green said that Piero could help me find an apartment for the summer. Since then, we’ve shared drinks in the Ghetto, live jazz music, a … Continue reading

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“Venice, My Muse:” An Interview with Judith Harris

A mutual friend and Venetophile introduced me to Judith Harris a couple years ago, and I had the pleasure of including her essay on Venice in my book First Spritz Is Free. Judith’s voluminous knowledge of Venetian history enlivens her … Continue reading

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Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Bob and Edith Fusillo

Usually I interview one person at a time, but this month I have something special–a couple who fell in love with Venice years ago. I was introduced to them by Piero Bellini, who often gives me good things to blog … Continue reading

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Venice, My Muse: Interview with Karen Koppett

As the latest in the series of interviews, “Venice, My Muse” this month talks to Karen Koppett, a water conservation specialist, zombie aficionado, and traveler. I’ve known Karen since high school, and we’ve been to Venice together four times over … Continue reading

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As Seen from Below

Earlier this year I posted news and photos of the Lorenzo Quinn’z sculpture at Ca’ Sagredo by Traghetto Santa Sofia. (See “Grand Canal Sea Monster” from May 19, 2017.) When I was in Venice last July, I snuck around the … Continue reading

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Spoiler Alert!

NYT Biennale Review Want a sneak peek into the Venice Biennale? New York Times reporter Robin Pogrebin sent out her video showing various pavilions in both the Giardini and Arsenale parts of the exhibit, as well as some events in … Continue reading

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Grand Canal Sea Monster

Well, not exactly. But something is rising from the Grand Canal! Maybe you already saw these hands that are now propping up the Ca’ Sagredo next to Venice’s Traghetto Santa Sofia. Here’s an article and an image: Supporting Hands Artist … Continue reading

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Quattro Minuti con Casanova: Traghetto at Ca’ Garzoni

This is a lovely story of how Casanova saved a jilted countess from a pimp. The story includes a traghetto, a hooded cloak, malvasia, slippers and gloves, and a bittersweet, secret farewell. I went a bit over four minutes on … Continue reading

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