May 28, 2010
After critics flayed him for the swoony lyricism of "Ryan's Daughter," David Lean said he could have justified that film's picture-postcard love imagery by having a priest tell the heroine that she was "seeing the world through rose-colored glasses." And why not? A similar strategy had worked niftily for Lean before, in the elegant 1955 romance "Summertime," playing this weekend in a restored print at the Charles. In the opening scene, Lean depicts a single, 40ish woman, Jane Hudson ( Katharine Hepburn)
January 23, 2010
ANNA MARIE FARNISH, 57, formerly of Swissvale, a life-long educator, died on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 in Venice, FL after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. She earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees from Duquesne University. She was currently living in Glen Cove, NY. She was Vice President of Programs at the Institute for Student Achievement in Lake Success, NY. Loving daughter of the late Adam and Mary (Laycak) Farnish; dear sister of Marian (Sam) Vergona, Venice, FL, Michael Farshish, Swissvale, and Louis Farnish, Pgh; aunt of Ed Vergona, Andrew Mahon, Cassie and Jessie Farnish.
August 31, 2008
The 65th Venice International Film Festival got under way last week with a star-studded lineup, including Brad Pitt and George Clooney. But you don't have to be a film fan to visit this gem of an Italian city. In fact, if Hollywood made a movie about Venice, it could easily be called Where the Tourists Are. The city receives up to 20 million visitors a year. 1 Ride a gondola on the Grand Canal: The city's main thoroughfare, the Grand Canal, is nearly two miles long and is lined with churches, palaces and other historic buildings.
May 7, 2008
Michael B. Casey, a retired bonding insurance administrator and freelance writer, died of cancer Monday at Memorial Hospital in Easton. The former Towson resident was 76. Mr. Casey was born in Hartford, Conn., and raised in New York City, Des Moines, Iowa, and Denver, where he graduated from high school in 1949. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1953 from St. Regis University in Denver and did postgraduate work at the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business.
July 1, 2007
VENICE, LA. // A platinum sun set on a warm March afternoon as I drove from New Orleans' Louis Armstrong Airport toward the mouth of the Mississippi River to a place known as "the end of the world." When Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana nearly two years ago, it must have felt like the end of the world. But as I scanned the New Orleans skyline from a highway overpass, the only signs of destruction were the ones playing in my head: the flashbacks from TV news clips during the storm. The Superdome, once battered and overrun with evacuees, had a new roof, and the dry city streets flowed with activity.
June 10, 2007
UNDER NORMAL circumstances, it's not too difficult to differentiate Venice, Italy, from Providence, R.I. But on certain summer nights, the magic of Venice is clearly reflected in Providence's three canal-like rivers, especially when two authentic black-lacquered Venetian gondolas manned by equally authentic blue-and-white-stripe-shirted Venetian gondoliers pole their way past dozens of burning braziers, their flames dancing across the gently rippling waters...