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Life & People
Alex Catti(December 19, 2016)
An intimate audience gathered at La MaMa theater in Manhattan for an "Italian Miracle" and to welcome Dario D’Ambrosi, a luminary in the world of theater for the disabled and founder of "L'Associazione del Teatro Patologico" (Pathological Theater) in Rome. Since its founding, D'Ambrosi's Pathological Theater has grown into a university-level degree called "Teatro Integrato Dell'Emozione" (Integrated Theater of Emotion) at the University of...
Luigi Pirandello was a prominent writer who lived from 1867 to 1936
Art & Culture
Joelle Grosso(January 10, 2017)
From January 13th to January 19th, Film Forum on Houston Street in New York will be honoring one of the greatest Italian authors of all time in association with Helluva Theater Company’s city-wide tribute entitled “Pirandello 150.”
The outside of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem
Facts & Stories
Alex Catti(January 17, 2017)
The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem is one of the most important religious locations in the entire world. However, since its completion in the 6th century, the basilica has deteriorated due to political instability and natural corrosion. Hope is not lost as an Italian company specializing in the conservation of artistic and historical heritage, Piacenti S.p.A., is on its way to successfully completing a multi-million dollar restoration of this significant religious site.
Pietro Longhi, La polenta
Dining in & out
Dino Borri(January 12, 2017)
Deep roots for a product that Christopher Columbus brought over from Europe to America. Indigenous peoples first prepared it using cornmeal and water.
Colorful artwork by Renato Mambor
Art & Culture
Joelle Grosso(January 11, 2017)
2017 will be a year full opportunities to visit some of the most beautiful pieces of art created by the most distinguished Italian artists of all time. This year, a majority of the events will focus particularly on 20th century and avant-garde art.
Dining in & out
Rosanna Di Michele(January 12, 2017)
Polenta is a dish of boiled cornmeal. It may be consumed hot as a porridge or allowed to cool and solidify into a loaf, which is then baked, fried, or grilled. As it is known today, polenta derives from earlier forms of grain mush (known as puls or pulmentum in Latin or more commonly as gruel or porridge), commonly eaten since Roman times. Before the introduction of corn (maize) from America in the 16th century, polenta was made with such starchy ingredients as farro, chestnut flour, millet, spelt, and chickpeas. Let's find out how to make polenta with mushrooms.
Zygmunt Bauman
Life & People
Kayla Pantano(January 11, 2017)
The renowned Poland-born left-wing thinker recently passed away, leaving behind an influential ethical footprint throughout the world, including the likes of Italy. In just this last year, he graced several festivals and conferences across the country, sharing with others his life testimony on what would be some of his very last days.
John P. and his nephew John D. Calvelli during the interview for the project "Grandparents & Grandchildren in Italian America"
Facts & Stories
Our series continues with this conversation between nonno John P., who came from Vico Apriliano, Calabria, in the late1950s and settled in the Bronx, and his young nephew John D., who represents a new generation of Americans of Italian descent who see their culture not as an element of divisiveness but as a tool for understanding others and placing value on the real wealth of America: diversity and inclusion.
Art & Culture
Stanislao Pugliese(January 12, 2017)
We are delighted to re-publish an article by Stanislao Pugliese in memory of the renowned singer-songwriter Pino Daniele. Daniele passed away two years ago, but during the course of his career, he brilliantly combined rock, African-American blues, and Neapolitan music.
One of Italy’s most prominent linguist, Tullio De Mauro, passed away this week at the age of 84. He is known not only for being a distinguished linguist but also for being a public intellectual, professor, and politician.
"Built With Faith" won the first Italian American Studies Association Book Award at the annual IASA conference in Los Angeles, November 5, 2016.
Through his engaging style, based on the best of ethnographic methods, Joseph Sciorra presents a study that reaches beyond the academic to inform and challenge us to see and react to this Italian American material culture in new ways
"The Brooklyn Barge", The New Yorker, Emiliano Ponzi
Art & Culture
Mila Tenaglia(January 08, 2017)
What changes when you cross the power of the pen with popular technology? Whatever it is, the marriage seems to bode well for Italian illustrators, as more and more art directors in the editorial world are beginning to recognize the style and...
An illustration created by Emiliano Ponzi
Emiliano Ponzi, Guido Scarabottolo, Lorenzo Mattotti, Franco Matticchio, Olimpia Zagnoli, and Gianluigi Toccafondo are just a few of the major names in illustration that are revolutionizing their profession and reinventing the face of the biggest...
Rock guitarist Simon Hanes
On Tuesday, January 10th, Tredici Bacci will be playing a showcase at The Standard East Village Penthouse (25 Cooper Square). The concert, which is free of charge, has already been defined “an Italian soundtrack-obsessed evening of music” led by a...
Migrants Boat
For Venetian Prefect Carlo Boffi, "Migration is the problem of problems for Italy and the EU -- an extremely complex problem of Biblical dimensions." Nevertheless it is heartening to see that kind hearts can still prevail.
"Add sliced fruit, veggies or herbs for do-it-yourself natural thirst quencher"
Art & Culture
Francine Segan(December 21, 2016)
The Galvanina Springs near the town of Rimini, in the Emilia-Romagna region, is one of Italy’s oldest springs. Its healthful mineral water has been renowned since ancient Roman times.
“Lella Vignelli, a Designer With a Spare, Elegant Style, Dies at 82” wrote The New York Times a couple of days ago. The digital magazine Quartz summarizes in a few words the story of the famous couple, Lella and Massimo Vignelli, and their difficult...
Giovanni Fattori, Macchiaiolo
For better and sometimes for worse, 2016 had its memorable moments. Given the importance of the arts in Italy, among the events of the year listed below are also major art exhibitions and performances of grand opera.
Epiphany celebrations at Piazza Navona in Rome
Art & Culture
Joelle Grosso(January 03, 2017)
Get ready for January 6th because the holidays are not over yet... at least not for Italians! More treats and presents await you thanks to the tradition of the Befana. This day is called the Epiphany, a religious holiday that marks the official...
Rome New Years Eve
Tips on how to invite money and fortune, on how to keep the evil spirits at bay and welcome the good, ones, what to wear, what to eat and do. Italians respect traditions not only because they work but also because they are cost effective.
Take a look at what's in store for the new year!
We reached out to the heads of different Italian and Italian-American institutions in and around New York to find out what major events they have planned for the upcoming year. Here’s what they responded...
Art & Culture

Dining Out Special. Italian Restaurants for Winter

When winter comes with its chill and its darkness, so does that ancestral need of human beings to protect themselves from the cold, to protect each other. Togetherness is felt as a natural necessity and nothing brings people together more than food. One of the strongest symbolic representations of sharing, food has always brought Italian families together; its quasi-sacral liturgy—sitting together for supper and eating together during the holidays—is a long-lasting peculiarity of Italian culture.
Art & Culture

The Shades of Italian Illustration

Emiliano Ponzi, Guido Scarabottolo, Lorenzo Mattotti, Franco Matticchio, Olimpia Zagnoli, and Gianluigi Toccafondo are just a few of the major names in illustration that are revolutionizing their profession and reinventing the face of the biggest Italian publishing houses.
Art & Culture

This Italian Season Winter Cravings

Yes, it’s coming again. Another year has passed, and here we are, ready to let the magic of Christmas fill our souls and hearts. Because let’s be honest, everyone loves Christmas, right? Its lights, its colors, and the general sense of love and happiness that is able to warm up even the coldest of hearts. And while Christmas trees and all sorts of decorations are already filling up every corner of our houses - we also couldn’t help but think about fashion.
Art & Culture

American Christmas Classic 'It's a Wonderful Life' is Based on an Italian-American

Frank Capra was so impressed with Amadeo Giannini's humility and generosity that he based the main character "George Bailey" in his 1946 film "It’s a Wonderful Life" on him.
Art & Culture

An Italian-American Christmas

Italian-American traditions passed down from one generation to the next, in particular family recipes, play a huge part on the holidays; here are some of the mouthwatering Christmas classics.
Art & Culture

Heart Beyond Spreadsheets. The Hidden Secret of the Italian Artisanal Industry

How an American student of Italian origin traveled to Florence to work on his Master’s thesis and mingle with the locals—and ended up tripping over the world of Italian artisanship. And how he discovered the secret ingredient of Italian lifestyle and elegance: heart.
Op-Eds

In Santa's Backpack, Clues to The Year Ahead for Italy

Peek into Santa's personal Italian backpack, and you will find not only a few year-ender gifts, but also a calender sketching out events for the year ahead. The most serious: national general elections.
Facts & Stories

The Calvellis’ Italian Saga from Calabria to the Bronx

Our series continues with this conversation between nonno John P., who came from Vico Apriliano, Calabria, in the late1950s and settled in the Bronx, and his young nephew John D., who represents a new generation of Americans of Italian descent who see their culture not as an element of divisiveness but as a tool for understanding others and placing value on the real wealth of America: diversity and inclusion.
Art & Culture

Exhibition of Large-Scale Presepe Opens in Rome

“Il Presepe. Religiosità e Tradizione Popolare” is currently on display at the Palazzina Gregoriana del Quirinale in Rome as a celebration of both the holiday season and fine Italian artistry.
Art & Culture

The Anti-Diva Diva Sings And Boy, What a Voice!

We meet Marianna Pizzolato, the mezzo- soprano with the booming voice, in her dressing room at the Metropolitan Opera just before she takes center stage in Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri.
Facts & Stories

Trump Taps Vincent Viola as Army Secretary

The Italian-American businessman, veteran, and philanthropist becomes the latest addition to Trump’s presidential team.
Life & People

Places Please! Teatro Patologico’s Revolutionary Theater in Rome

An intimate audience gathered at La MaMa theater in Manhattan for an "Italian Miracle" and to welcome Dario D’Ambrosi, a luminary in the world of theater for the disabled and founder of "L'Associazione del Teatro Patologico" (Pathological Theater) in Rome. Since its founding, D'Ambrosi's Pathological Theater has grown into a university-level degree called "Teatro Integrato Dell'Emozione" (Integrated Theater of Emotion) at the University of Studies of Tor Vergata.
Op-Eds

The Reasons for Change

There is nothing wrong, of course, in following the Fathers’ prescriptions in favor of a republican (as opposed to democratic) form of government. But in this case the electors should not be constrained by their pledge when they meet. They should behave as free agents, independent thinkers, and deliberative representatives, not as mere delegates of their parties or even of their voters.Interestingly, in these very days a petition that has collected 5 million signatures is being circulated to this effect on the Internet.
Facts & Stories

Sergio Romano: Populism, Panic and Opportunity

Sergio Romano carries a lot of weight on Italian turf. The historian, political analyst and commentator served as the Italian Ambassador to Moscow at the twilight of the Soviet Union and later suspended his diplomatic career to focus on research and teaching. Even those who differ in opinion admit his viewpoint is always illuminating, informative, occasionally prophetic. We sat down with him to talk about America, Europe and the subject of his latest book: Putin
Op-Eds

Italo-Trumpism in NYC

Why did so many Italian Americans vote for Trump and how might they be rewarded for their fealty to him?
Art & Culture

Christmas Fashion: Italian Style on Sale

We looked to some of our favorite Italian designers and put together a gift guide of stylish pieces at reduced prices for all of the fashionistas you still need to shop for.
Facts & Stories

The Christmas Story Told in the Presepe

In this holiday season little is more cherished in Italy than the Christmas crib. First created in mountainous Greccio in 1223, it is still revered and recreated every year all over Italy.
Art & Culture

The Young Pope and a Few Questions About God

Paolo Sorrentino’s series is immensely spiritual insofar as it posits questions that man has long posited yet struggles to ask today.
Facts & Stories

Ambassador Varricchio Speaks to Italian Journalists: Our Professions are Actually Very Similar!

Italian Ambassador in Washington, Armando Varricchio, met the Italian press in New York to wish everyone Happy Holidays. This is a great opportunity for us to reflect together: “It’s important not only to closely follow all facets of America’s new image, but also to understand how the new Italian administration will be ready to shape productive exchanges and establish fresh diplomatic ties with the United States.”
Facts & Stories

Happy Saint Lucy's Day!

Saint Lucy's Day is a Christian feast day celebrated on December 13, commemorating Santa Lucia, a 3rd-century martyr.
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Heavy snow and rain amid low temperatures and continuing tremors were affecting central Italy especially strongly on Wednesday.

Three earthquakes have hit central Italy in short succession, with tremors felt in the capital, Rome, forcing an evacuation of the underground train system.

The Italian language is under assault from a growing tide of English words, the abandoning of verb tenses and a shrinking vocabulary, and could be driven to extinction altogether, the head of the country’s most illustrious language institute has warned.

Italian coffee company Lavazza has confirmed its commitment tennis and it is the official coffee at the Australian Open tournament for the second consecutive year.

A Medieval-era horse skull was discovered at the Colosseum on Tuesday during surface excavations while cleaning the area around the steps of the monument's foundation, said Rome Archeology Superintendent Francesco Prosperetti.

James Bradburne, director of the Brera Art Gallery in Milan, has told ANSA that a change in humidity was the reason that about 40 works of art in the gallery were covered, not the recent cold snap as reported in the media.

The Rome Opera is opening its season on Wednesday with Mozart's 'Così Fan Tutte', one of the most theatrical pieces in opera history, led by Roman-born conductor Speranza Scappucci.

Italian Transport Minister Graziano Delrio dismissed Germany’s demands to recall Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV cars for alleged pollution violations as “completely unacceptable,” refusing to give in after months of pressure over emissions standards.

The four wildcard invitations to this year’s Giro d’Italia will be revealed this week, with Italian Professional Continental teams desperate to secure a place in the 100th edition of their home Grand Tour.

A former Miss Italy finalist could lose her sight after a bitter ex-boyfriend allegedly threw acid in her face.

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Marianna Pizzolato nel ruolo di Isabella per "L'Italiana in Algeri" di G. Rossini.
Arte e Cultura
Letizia Airos(January 16, 2017)
Metropolitan Opera. Incontriamo nel suo camerino, prima della messa in scena di L'Italiana in Algeri, Marianna Pizzolato, mezzo-soprano dalla strepitosa voce e grande interprete di Rossini.
Gourmet
Dino Borri(January 16, 2017)
Origini antichissime per un prodotto che Cristoforo Colombo portò in Europa dall'America. Nasce con gli indigeni che preparavano una ricetta a base di farina di mais e acqua.
Opinioni
Gennaro Matino(December 31, 2016)
È una grande sfida ragionare di futuro, è un’impresa titanica, ancor di più quando la sensazione più diffusa tra la gente è quella che il futuro le sia stato rubato, una percezione maligna che pervade il vissuto quotidiano, che contagia, che...

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Italy in NY Calendar

Format: 2017-01-19
Format: 2017-01-19

January 19

Cagnacci’s “Repentant Magdalene”: An Italian Baroque Masterpiece from the Norton Simon Museum
10:00 am
New York
The Frick Collection
1 East 70th Street
10021 New York, NY
United States
Art Exhibition: Guido Cagnacci, Dying Cleopatra
10:00 am
New York
Italian Cultural Institute
686 Park Ave
10021 New York, NY
United States
Re-Constructivist Architecture
10:00 am
New York
Ierimonti Gallery, Suite 501
24 West 57th Street
10019 New York, NY
United States
Tabula Rasa by Leslie Lyons and J.B. Wilson
11:00 am
New York
Galleria Ca’ d’Oro, 9th Floor
529 West 20th Street
10011 New York, NY
United States
Screenings: Pirandello 150
12:00 pm
New York
Film Forum
209 West Houston St. west of 6th Ave
10014 New York, NY
United States

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George De Stefano
Benvenuti to Minestrone. Like that Italian “big soup,” my blog will be a blend of various ingredients – in this case, my musings on culture, politics, media, and social trends. I hope you like the taste.
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Occhio contro occhio

Joseph Sciorra
Chiacchiere from Giufà’s love child.
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This Will Make You Happy

Darrell Fusaro
Great stuff from the secret journal of a successful artist.
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Raccogli e passa

Laura E. Ruberto
Dispatches from California.
Traces

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Jerry Krase
A blog exploring the real and imagined connections between Italians, and hyphenated Italians, around the world.
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Attraverso

Joan L Saverino
Transnational connections and disconnections from Calabria to Appalachia, from Sicily to Philadelphia and places in between.
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