EIPC Summer Conference - Venice, Italy, June 8th & 9th 2006
The EIPC has announced its Summer Conference, taking place in Venice, Italy, on June 8th & 9th 2006.

Running over two days, the conference will be held at the Novotel Venezia Mestre Castellana. Located near the Lagoon, the hotel is just minutes away from the airport and railway station, is linked to Venice, and is right outside the "Castellana" motorway exit.

The programme consists of no less than eight highly-relevant technology sessions, in which subjects include PCB design challenges, an essential look at RoHS compliance; high-accuracy ink-jet printing; laser-repairing of PCBs; imaging technologies, direct digital printing; printed electronics; halogen-free materials and new AOI techniques, amongst no less than twenty-eight very different presentations.

The popular Panel Discussions at the end of each session will allow for the exchange of views, and for end-users to compare experiences.

The Evening Event, Venice by Night, Guided Tour and Networking Dinner at the end of the first day is destined to be as popular as ever, this time dinner is to be on board a chartered motor cruiser which will take the delegates on a gentle tour of the famous lagoon and waterways of the city whilst Italian cuisine at its finest is served.
Call it "Death in Venice." The anonymous bureaucrats down at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) at the U.S. Department of State have selected Felix Gonzalez-Torres as the U.S. representative to the 2007 Venice Biennale. The much-liked Gonzalez-Torres (1957-96) died of AIDS ten years ago, and his familiar piles of posters and hard candies -- free for the taking -- and dangling strings of lightbulbs should make a perfectly grim, postmodern memento mori for America during a time of war.

In recent years, artists like Fred Wilson (2003) and Ed Ruscha (2005) have designed custom installations for the pavilion; this time around, since the artist can’t make anything new, the task goes to Guggenheim Museum curator Nancy Spector, who organized a Gonzalez-Torres show at the museum in 1995 and is overseeing the fabrication of a new work, based on a Gonzalez-Torres drawing but not realized during his lifetime (the Gugg is organizing the installation). The budget for the pavilion, which can be $1 million or more, is not yet set; the curator is still pricing the cost of the posthumous work, not to mention all that printed paper and candy.
Leominster native gives lecture on Venice, Italy
Dr. Linda Pellecchia-Stone, guest lecturer from the University of Delaware and a native of Leominster, will present a slide lecture on Venice at Fitchburg State College on Wednesday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Kent Recital Hall of the Conlon Building.

Venice is like no other city in the world. An island divided by large and small canals, its buildings seem to float rather than stand firm on the ground. Light and color mingles water to produce magical effects not seen in any other city. The Serenissima (or Most Serene) as she was called in the Renaissance looked towards the East and Byzantium more than to Rome. Thus the style of architecture in this unique city is different from those on the mainland. Pellechia-Stone will take the audience back in time to see how palaces were built, who built them and why, and what they can tell us today about how Renaissance Venetians lived.

The event is sponsored by the Center for Italian Culture at Fitchburg State. Admission is free.
Effervescent views of Venice
Two effervescent views of Venice, both picturing the Giudecca canal, recently brought hefty sums at auctions just one week apart. On April 6 at Christie's New York, British landscapist J.M.W. Turner's (1775-1851) ethereal masterpiece of the scene hoisted up a new record for the artist: $35.8 million. Seven days earlier, the Paris auction house Tajan secured $133,354 for a similar canal view, setting the second highest auction record for the French artist Felix Ziem (1821-1911).

Venetian scenes have enthralled collectors since the early 18th century, when members of the British gentry first made Grand Tour pilgrimages to Italy and picked up "souvenir" paintings by the likes of Canaletto (1697-1768), whose work now sells for sums that reach into the tens of millions. Venice was a major destination for artists by the time Ziem, who had studied architecture at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Marseille but was expelled in 1838 for unruly behavior, arrived on the scene. The remarkable architecture of the water-bound metropolis was undoubtedly intriguing to paint.
Carnival 2006, day and night: photo gallery.
Go to photo gallery.
Italy V China spaghetti match in Venice
The competition between Italy and China organised by Maurizio Scaparro, manager of the Carnival of the Theatre of the Venice Biennial "the lion and the dragon" as a prologue to the event from 23rd to 28th February.
If you want to know more follow the link.
Carnival of Venice
Pre-Lenten carnivals are celebrated in many places around the world, from Trinidad to Rio de Janeiro to New Orleans' famed Mardi Gras.
But Venice claims to have the oldest carnival tradition, with laws establishing the holiday dating back to the 13th century.

This year, the Venice carnival -- known for elaborate masks and costumes -- takes place Feb. 17-28.

Events include masked balls, music and dance performances, gondola parades, formal dinners and children's celebrations.

For details, go to http://www.carnivalofvenice.com and click on "2006 Calendar of events.
New nest for Venice fest, project to make up for a lack of gov funding
The battle for Italian fest supremacy is heating up.
The city of Venice has taken the first step toward securing private financing for a new Palazzo del Cinema for the Venice Film Festival.

The building would rival Rome's Renzo Piano-designed auditorium, which is to host the Eternal City's first film festival, Cinema, in October -- and could be crucial to the Venice fest's survival.

Mayor Massimo Cacciari inked a complex agreement that will allow the city to sell off the Ospedale del Mare hospital compound on the Lido to hotel and real estate developers, with the proviso that at least E100 million ($120 million) of that coin be used to build a futuristic palazzo within the fest grounds.
Czech Low-Cost Airline to Fly to Venice
The Czech Republic's low-cost carrier Smart Wings will start a service between Prague and Venice in June.

The airline will operate four flights a week between Prague and the Italian town as of June 1, it said in a statement.
SN Brussels Airlines cuts prices for early booking
SN Brussels Airlines lowers its fares to 32 destinations for customers who book their ticket at least 2 months before the departure date. Price reductions up to 45 pct will be implemented. With this new pricing strategy, SN targets mainly the early bookers.

Thanks to the reduced fares you can now fly to Venice as of € 86 instead of € 136.
The Adventure Of Love In Aristocratic Venice
Some news about a new movie "Casanova".
- Ledger's legendary lover is charming in zesty, zippy farce.
- The Adventure Of Love In Aristocratic Venice.
- Lothario lost in the Venice canals.
- Flick Chick review: Casanova.
- Casanova a fun-loving farce.
- A little less conversation, a little more action please.
- 5 minute clip from Apple.
- MORE ...
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Venetian Winter
Venetian Winter has undertaken to gather together and coordinate all the initiatives planned for Venice and its mainland area.
And this year is no exception, with a very rich choice of cultural events covering wine and food and items of historic, artistic and musical interest: and all that public bodies, associations and Venetian businesses have programmed for the coming winter season.

Check the detailed programme of 'Magici ascolti' (pdf 320 KB) and of 'Chocolate in the Villas' (pdf 320 KB)
Holiday cheers!
It is time to revive the venerable but largely forgotten tradition of beginning the evening with a light, bubbly champagne cocktail.
Champagne can be mixed with just about any fruit, juice or liqueur imaginable but we found our favorites to be the classics. Among them were the
Bellini, Kir Royale and a Champagne cocktail. What we love about these drinks is that they are bright and festive and appealing to even those who don’t favor champagne.
The Bellini was first served at Harry’s Bar of Venice some time in the 1930s and was officially named in 1948. There are very strict rules that apply to the preparation of a proper Bellini.

It goes like this: cold Prosecco (Italian sparkling wine) and cold white peach puree are shaken together in the proportion of three parts wine to one part peach puree. The mixture is then poured into a well-chilled highball glass until the glass is full and there is1/4 inch of foam on top. Delicious and impractical.

There is also a version made with strawberry puree called a Rossini. The good news about all of this ceremony is that we found it can be abandoned without diminishing the end result.

When in season it is a great idea to make your own fruit puree. However, this time of year, we had difficulty finding sweet ripe fruit but frozen ripe strawberries or peaches worked just fine.

Bellini ingredients
2/3 cup white peach puree
1 teaspoon raspberry puree
1 bottle chilled Prosecco, Asti Spumante Brut or other Italian sparkling dry white-wine

In the bottom of each flute or white-wine glass, pour about 1 1/2 tablespoons peach purée and add 2 or 3 drops of raspberry purée. Pour an equal amount of the wine into each glass and serve immediately.
Elton, Furnish spend honeymoon in Venice
VENICE, Italy — Sir Elton John and David Furnish are honeymooning in Venice after tying the knot in a civil union ceremony in Britain last week, Italian news reports said.
The couple took a water taxi to St. Mark's Square, lunched at Harry's Bar and shopped in the romantic canal city, the ANSA news agency and the Venice daily The New Venice and Mestre reported Saturday.

ANSA said John and Furnish arrived Thursday and were staying at John's home on Giudecca, one of the islands of Venice's lagoon.

The English pop star and Canadian filmmaker, together for 12 years, exchanged vows and diamond wedding bands Wednesday during the first week of legalized civil unions in the United Kingdom.