Virtual Reality Highlights from the 2019 Venice Film Festival

Four selections that run the stylistic, technical and narrative gamut of VR films today

Only the prestigious Venice International Film Festival would dedicate an island to virtual reality programming. This year, Lazzaretto Vecchio (otherwise known as VR Island) once again hosts Venice Virtual Reality—which, upon launch in 2017, was the world’s first-ever international film festival VR competition. Last year’s 75th annual festival presented a milestone VR slate. For 76th event, the division’s co-curators Liz Rosenthal and Michel Reilhac selected …

Aperol Celebrates its Centennial Anniversary

An apéritif and its signature cocktail swept the world

In true Venetian style, Aperol recently celebrated its 100th year with romantic decadence. The iconic brand hosted an event where many Aperol Spritz drinks were poured for guests under the Italian city’s summer sun. It was here in Venice that Aperol grew in popularity before infiltrating the US. And while the apéritif’s cult-like fanbase radically charged the brand’s rise to popularity, a large part of its …

Word of Mouth: Venice, California

Beyond Abbot Kinney, a focus on local charm remains in LA's seaside neighborhood

Despite immense development in CA’s Venice, it remains delightfully rough around the edges, with plenty of retro charm. It continues to house a thriving arts community and a number of fantastic local businesses. From a design-forward hotel to the recently reopened Dudley Market, impeccable coffee, design stores and beyond—Venice remains a colorful and crucial part of LA‘s ecosystem. We recommend skipping the electric scooters and …