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Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni said Friday he expects his country to continue to have a pro-European government after next month's elections, rejecting suggestions that growing populism might force a change of course in Italy.
San Francisco Italian American groups launched a referendum campaign Thursday to reclaim the former Columbus Day as “Italian American Heritage Day” following a Board of Supervisors decision last month to rename it as Indigenous Peoples Day.
THE CEO of William R. Rhodes Global Advisors warned Italy could be the next country to follow the UK outside the EU if the rising eurosceptic sentiment will prevail in the next Italian general election.
By August of 1918, the city of New Orleans was paralyzed by fear. In the dead of the night, the Axeman of New Orleans (as he came to be known) broke into a series of Italian groceries, attacking the grocers and their families. Some he left wounded; four people he left dead. The attacks were vicious. Joseph Maggio, for example, had his skull fractured with his own axe and his throat cut with a razor. His wife, Catherine, also had her throat cut; she asphyxiated on her own blood as she bled out.
Four years after tearing her ACL at the Olympics, Michela Moioli made a late pass to win her first gold medal.
Italian economic growth fell slightly in the fourth quarter, but the Eurozone’s third-largest economy still ended 2017 on a much stronger note than it did in the previous year.
One of the world's oldest Erasmus students has picked Italy for his study-abroad semester, thanks to his memories of seeing opera here 40 years ago.
Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has made many claims in the course of Italy’s rough-and-tumble election campaign, and on Thursday he added another: he was the key architect behind the end of the Cold War.
Italian pairs partners Valentina Marchei and Ondrej Hotarek weren’t on the same page in the Kiss and Cry.
Giorgia Meloni’s party commands just 5 percent support in polls, but her Italy-first message is resonating with voters.
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Italy in NY Calendar
The 13th edition of the annual festival will feature world and US premierees of recent italian movies, as well as retrospectives, tributer and award ceremonies. Presented by Capri in the World Institute under the auspices of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, together with the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles, the Ministry of the Economic Development and in collaboration with te IIC, MiBACT-DG Cinema, Italian Trade Agency and ANICA
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Explore Michelangelo's enduring works throughout the city of Florence with Paola D'Agostino, Director of the Bargello National Museum.
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer.
Assistive listening devices are available from the ushers.
Gianluca Franzese is an Italian-born American artist who currently lives and works in San Francisco. The son of a jewelry maker and a pupil of the old masters of Italian art, he started painting early on, moving through realist, expressive, and narrative styles. With a background in decorative painting, his style has evolved to blend continuous patterns of color with dynamic metal reflections, with meticulous attention to detail and dedication to flawlessness. Each painting plays with the viewer’s perspective, illuminating the spaces in which they reside. In his own words, Franzese’s art “reflects my belief that beauty is a process that happens over time, with a focus on underlying patterns and geometries found in nature. The metallic elements in the pieces are sensitive to the temperature of the environment, expressing a particular temperament based on context. This responsive variable means that the work is always unique to the time and place in which it is viewed.” His works have been exhibited in San Francisco, Miami, New York and Florence, and are in many private collections, notably Tiffany & Co. in Milan, Italy.
Marietta Patricia Leis is an Italian-American visual artist from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She works in several media including painting, photography, sculpture and video. Leis received a BA and MA in psychology from Antioch College, Los Angeles and her MA/MFA in studio art from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.
[Insights 2, by Marietta Patrica Leis, 2014]
Insights 2, Marietta Patrica Leis, 2014
Leis’ art is concerned with the preservation of our planet. Her art, regardless of medium, resonates with the beauty of our natural environment. ‘Color of place’ is an element that she enlists to create a visceral recording of her travels. Her work can be found in many public collections among them: The Albuquerque Art Museum, NM; Harwood Museum, Taos, NM; University Art Gallery, NM State University, Las Cruces; New Mexico State Library, Santa Fe, the Holtze Hotel, Denver; the University of New Mexico Division of Continuing Education; Ross Laboratories, Columbus, Ohio and the State Capitol Building, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her work in the public sector includes commissioned work and 1% for the Arts competitions. Leis’ extensive exhibition record as well as collections that she is in, awards that she has received and lectures that she has given is documented in Who’s Who In American Art (31st Edition). The late New York Times contributing art critic, William Zimmer, called Leis’ reductive paintings “sublime”. In regard to her own philosophy regarding her work Leis states, “The aim of my art is to represent not the outward appearance of things but their inward significance.”
First generation Italian-American sculptor Giuseppe Palumbo is the son of a professional artist from Italy. He has studied at the Art Students League in Denver, The Loveland Academy of Fine Art and the Scottsdale Artists School, as well as in San Miguel Allende, Mexico and Pietrasanta, Italy. Palumbo has spent a lifetime creating, designing and building, from architecture to furniture and jewelry. He has been sculpting since 1992.
[Hog Heaven, by Giuseppe Palumbo, 2014]
Hog Heaven, Giuseppe Palumbo, 2014
Palumbo’s textural, figurative bronze sculptures somehow contemporaneously communicate fantasy, humor, depth and meaning. In the form of dancing sheep, meditating bulls, flying pigs, walking seashells and little men balancing on a ledge, Palumbo gives shape to human emotions as well as to social and political perspectives. Palumbo states that his objective is “not to create a replica of the living, but to capture the essence of a being, not a frozen pose, but a sculpture alive in texture, spirit and warmth. My objective is to communicate in a language that words don’t convey. If my work moves the viewer, stirs their soul, is a reflection of our times, or pleases the aesthetic, then I have achieved my goal. My chapter in the story of the sculpture is short; once I’m finished with the piece it then becomes an endless tale as each viewer relives and creates their own story.” He maintains studios in Berkeley, CA and Eldorado Springs, CO and his work has been exhibited in many important shows throughout the US. Palumbo’s whimsical sculptures can be found in many public and private collections throughout the US and the world, including Queen Rania of Jordan’s private collection.
Festival Verdi is the first international festival dedicated exclusively to the study and production of the operas of Giuseppe Verdi, the most represented opera composer and celebrated ambassador of the Italian culture. The festival takes place every year around October 10th, Verdi's birthday, in Parma and Busseto, the land where the Maestro was born and lived.
The festival was inaugurated in 2001, the centennial of the death of the great composer, and has had illustrious guests such as conductors Bruno Bartoletti, Riccardo Chailly, Daniele Gatti, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Daniel Oren, Antonio Pappano, Yuri Temirkanov, and directors Hugo De Ana, Dante Ferretti, Peter Greenaway, Denis Krief, Pier’Alli, Pier Luigi Pizzi, Stefano Poda, Pier Luigi Samaritani, Graham Vick.
Anna Maria Meo, the Director of the Teatro Regio di Parma, will speak about the festival and show images as well as a 15 min. video from the opera "Giovanna d'Arco," staged at the festival in 2016 and directed by Peter Greenaway and Saska Boddeke.
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Join us for a discussion on Italian Americana with Dr. Laura Ruberto, professor, Humanities Program of Berkeley City College's Department of Arts and Cultural Studies and Dr. Joseph Sciorra, associate director for academic and cultural programs at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College, NYC. Dr. Sciorra is also the editor of the journal Italian American Review and the author of Italian Folk: Vernacular Culture in Italian-American Lives. Donation $10 per person, $5 for students.
Light refreshments and social hour 6:00 - 7:00 pm. Discussion 7:00 - 8:00 pm. For more information email [email protected] or call us at 408-293-7122.