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February 21, 2001
Mathis Winkler NEWPORT HARBOR -- A Duffy electric boat is probably not the first vessel that comes to mind when picturing one of Venice's centuries-old canals. But while the Newport Beach-made boats are unlikely to replace gondolas in the near future, a specially designed version began making its way to Italy on Tuesday. Delivered by airplane, the San Cassiano will transport visitors from Venice's train station to their hotel in early March, said Gary Crane, Duffy's vice president.
NEWS
December 12, 2004
PETER BUFFA It starts Wednesday and it's really bright. It's 96 years old and it runs hot and cold. Do you know what it is? I'll tell you. It's the Christmas Boat Parade, the Parade of Lights, the Boat Parade, any of those will do. You decide. As traditions go, it's a lulu. Ninety-six years is a long time in anyone's book, and everyone loves it. Well, almost everyone. Kids are fascinated by it, fully grown people cherish it as a Christmas memory, caterers and wine merchants can't get enough of it. It all began in Venice -- California, not Italy.
NEWS
May 7, 2001
Mathis Winkler MARINERS MILE -- For years, Marco Tranquillini would take time off from his job as a mail boat driver and gondolier in Venice, Italy and come to Orange County to visit a friend. But then, "one beautiful day, I went to rent a movie at Albertsons," said the 34-year-old Venetian. That's where he met Alejandra, his girlfriend, and the visits became more frequent. He'd surprise her for Valentine's Day, arriving with a single red rose.
ENTERTAINMENT
By SUSANNE PEREZ | January 20, 2006
Casanova, the legendary lover and seducer, has been portrayed many times and many ways in the movies. Now director Lasse Halstrom ("Chocolat") has Heath Ledger wearing the puffy shirt in his lavish version of "Casanova," set in 1753 Venice. It's an old-fashioned farce, featuring more bodice heaving than bodice ripping. The opening scene has Casanova fleeing rooftops after he has made himself well acquainted with some nuns. He is captured by Vatican Inquisitors, who would like nothing better than to hang him for his wild ways.
NEWS
November 4, 2002
HE IS A silent observer, graceful navigator and trustworthy guide to romantic destinations. EVERYTHING BUT SINGING Lars Berg is a gondolier, a boat painter, gondola mechanic and has even served as a minister for a gondola wedding. Although multi-talented, he would still rather push the play button than sing for his guests. In Venice, Italy, being a gondolier comes from a tradition passed from father to son. Blond-haired, blue-eyed Berg doesn't have any Italian blood to assist him as a gondolier for Adventures at Sea in Newport Beach.
NEWS
July 31, 2001
In the early 1900s, a city not far from here was developed. The city was named Venice and is located just south of Santa Monica. Development is not solely limited to Orange County and Newport Beach. There have been developers throughout man's existence. Developers do make things happen. Venice, in the 1910s to 1930s, was a city with canals and gondolas. It was a beautiful landmark with a theme and thriving tourist business, which encouraged beach usage.
NEWS
January 8, 2001
Mathis Winkler Despite having a splinter stuck in the ring finger of her left hand, Georgia Mahoney seemed thrilled about the latest catch by her gondoliers. "We just had four [wedding] proposals in one night," Mahoney said of the apparent new record at the Newport Harbor gondola cruise business that she and her family have owned for several years. Sitting in her Lido Marina Village office, where Venice's traditional transportation vehicle surrounds her in forms ranging from a large tapestry depicting a gondola scene to a porcelain version that holds her business cards, Mahoney said couples celebrating golden wedding anniversaries and 16-year-old love-struck teenagers come to glide around the bay. In many ways, she said, Newport Harbor's waters outshine the canals of Venice, Italy.
NEWS
December 9, 2004
Connie Reinglass Have you ever taken a vacation or holiday, and you shed tears just absorbing the absolute beauty and charm of a country? That is how I felt on our recent tour of Italy. The churches of Italy, including St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, made me feel as if there cannot be a place any holier. Others in our group agreed. We, along with a group of 25 people, were able to enjoy such a vacation. Our trip commenced in Rome, an awesome place.
NEWS
June 5, 2003
John Rettberg We had made plans six months in advance to visit cities in Italy, France and Spain that we had not previously visited. Of course, we didn't know then that the war in Iraq would coincide with our trip schedule. We already had doubts about traveling abroad since terrorism is always in the back of one's mind. Terrorism has a special meaning to me since I was in Manhattan on Sept. 11 and saw the tragedy first hand. Fortunately, I was not in the Trade Center that day, as I had been so many times, and all but two of my friends escaped the terrible inferno.
NEWS
April 10, 2003
Lolita Harper His paintings depict luxurious structures with striking architectural slopes adorned with precious gold. But he lives out of a late-model yellow sedan. His scrapbook contains dozens of invitations to prestigious art panel discussions. But today, polished patrons avoid the scruffy man as he wanders through a popular furniture store. Once an acclaimed artist, 80-year-old E. Dewey Turner must now confront his fall from grace as he tries to sell his masterpieces just to put food on the table.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Heather Youmans | July 6, 2012
UC Irvine's drama department will soon realize a 40-year-old dream, when its inaugural season of "Shakespeare Under the Stars" opens next month at an open-air theater, which production staff and technical theater students built by hand. The festival will feature contemporary adaptations of Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors" and "The Merchant of Venice" presented in the New Swan Theatre, a mini-Elizabethan theater in the round that can be dismantled and moved. Drama professor and department chair Eli Simon, is leading the effort on behalf of UCI's Claire Trevor School of the Arts.
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FEATURES
By PETER BUFFA | April 11, 2009
Last week, it was Sicily. Now, it’s on to Venezia, the city Italians call “La Serenissima” — “The Most Serene.” To say Venice is unique is to say nothing at all. Venice shouldn’t exist; it shouldn’t be there; it doesn’t make any sense. So many things in life are like that, no? The entire city is built on wooden piles sunk deep into the marshes surrounding the Venice lagoon. It was founded in the 5th century by people called the Veneti who fled their inland villages to escape Germanic invaders called the Lombards.
FEATURES
September 6, 2007
Venice Beach, best known for its artists, street performers and “funky atmosphere,” is in west Los Angeles, just south of Santa Monica. It’s more than just the sand and surf — it’s the beach, the promenade that runs parallel to it (Ocean Front Walk) or “the boardwalk,” Muscle Beach, the tennis courts, the skate dancing plaza, the beach volleyball courts, the bike trail and the sidewalk vendors. Stores offering toe rings, jewelry, clothing, body piercings, tattoos and food can be found on the promenade.
ENTERTAINMENT
By SUSANNE PEREZ | January 20, 2006
Casanova, the legendary lover and seducer, has been portrayed many times and many ways in the movies. Now director Lasse Halstrom ("Chocolat") has Heath Ledger wearing the puffy shirt in his lavish version of "Casanova," set in 1753 Venice. It's an old-fashioned farce, featuring more bodice heaving than bodice ripping. The opening scene has Casanova fleeing rooftops after he has made himself well acquainted with some nuns. He is captured by Vatican Inquisitors, who would like nothing better than to hang him for his wild ways.
NEWS
December 12, 2004
PETER BUFFA It starts Wednesday and it's really bright. It's 96 years old and it runs hot and cold. Do you know what it is? I'll tell you. It's the Christmas Boat Parade, the Parade of Lights, the Boat Parade, any of those will do. You decide. As traditions go, it's a lulu. Ninety-six years is a long time in anyone's book, and everyone loves it. Well, almost everyone. Kids are fascinated by it, fully grown people cherish it as a Christmas memory, caterers and wine merchants can't get enough of it. It all began in Venice -- California, not Italy.
NEWS
December 9, 2004
Connie Reinglass Have you ever taken a vacation or holiday, and you shed tears just absorbing the absolute beauty and charm of a country? That is how I felt on our recent tour of Italy. The churches of Italy, including St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, made me feel as if there cannot be a place any holier. Others in our group agreed. We, along with a group of 25 people, were able to enjoy such a vacation. Our trip commenced in Rome, an awesome place.
NEWS
June 5, 2003
John Rettberg We had made plans six months in advance to visit cities in Italy, France and Spain that we had not previously visited. Of course, we didn't know then that the war in Iraq would coincide with our trip schedule. We already had doubts about traveling abroad since terrorism is always in the back of one's mind. Terrorism has a special meaning to me since I was in Manhattan on Sept. 11 and saw the tragedy first hand. Fortunately, I was not in the Trade Center that day, as I had been so many times, and all but two of my friends escaped the terrible inferno.
NEWS
April 10, 2003
Lolita Harper His paintings depict luxurious structures with striking architectural slopes adorned with precious gold. But he lives out of a late-model yellow sedan. His scrapbook contains dozens of invitations to prestigious art panel discussions. But today, polished patrons avoid the scruffy man as he wanders through a popular furniture store. Once an acclaimed artist, 80-year-old E. Dewey Turner must now confront his fall from grace as he tries to sell his masterpieces just to put food on the table.
NEWS
March 26, 2003
in Costa Mesa Imagine the splendor of Venice. Picture yourself wandering the maze of canals and discovering irresistible shops with beautiful treasures. Now imagine all this beauty imported right here to Costa Mesa. Your fantasy has turned to reality with L'Antico Splendore, USA, Inc. Owner Angela Ferrari has transformed a 1,200-square-foot industrial warehouse into a romantic showroom, filled with Italian antiques, vintage pieces and new art ranging from furniture to garden stone.
NEWS
December 11, 2002
Deirdre Newman Newport Harbor already has its gondolas -- sleek and sophisticated watercraft that lend an air of romance to the area. Soon, one of the harbor docks will bear a closer resemblance to Venice when a vibrant mural depicting a quintessential Venetian scene is installed. The mural, created by students from Santiago Creek School for Priority Kids, shows four gondolas cruising a canal of royal blue water against a backdrop of a fiery orange and yellow sky with periwinkle blue and gray clouds providing a dark contrast to the bright, sparkling canal.
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