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Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s 81-year-old media mogul, has sought to stamp his authority on his unruly centre-right coalition ahead of next month’s general election, dismissing the rise of his Eurosceptic rightwing allies and touting his own moderate choice as the country’s future prime minister.
Bouncing her son on her knee in a bedroom in Milan,Tracy Obawmnoyi described her ambition to become a maid in Italy.
Whatever the outcome of next month’s election, Italy’s bonds should be safe for a while yet.
For those interested in a good overview of Italian fashion’s fundamental years, the exhibition “Italiana, Italy Through the Lens of Fashion 1971–2001” shouldn’t be missed.
There is a risk of Italy's mafias "conditioning" the general election in March, Italy's Interior Minister Marco Minniti warned.
The annual Italian Film Festival of Minneapolis & St. Paul returns with a four-day, 10-movie cavalcade at the St. Anthony Main Theatre.
The three-story school building hasn’t changed much. The blackboards still hang against the ochre-colored classroom wall. Even the morning ritual is familiar: Two students walk through the rows of tiny desks to collect the exercise books, which are still stacked inside in the same storage closet used during the late 1980s, when I was a primary school student in Castellina in Chianti.
JEONGSEON, South Korea — Lindsey Vonn knew that the bronze medal she earned Wednesday came in her final Olympic downhill, the signature event of her singular career. She knew that, but she didn’t have an easy time processing it.
That’s why the words “probably” and “most likely” kept slipping into her sentences. Why she marked the occasion by posing with dozens of folks for a group photo near the finish line. Why she engaged in a series of warm, lengthy hugs — with her sisters; with U.S. coaches; with the winner, her good friend Sofia Goggia of Italy; with the runner-up, Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway. With, seemingly, anyone she could grab ahold of.
Among the designers whose work forms the backbone of “Italiana: Italy Through the Lens of Fashion,” which opens Feb. 22 at the Palazzo Reale during Milan Fashion Week, are names that hulk like monuments in the history of 20th-century fashion: Prada, Valentino, Armani, Versace. Yet there are also other seminal ones — Walter Albini and Romeo Gigli come to mind — that nowadays are sadly unfamiliar to all but dedicated cognoscenti.
Political violence ais increasing in Italy in the final weeks before the country votes in national elections, with skirmishes between fascists and leftwing activists, and racially motivated attacks on migrants reported.
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Twenty years of collaboration, illustrations on current events created at lightning speed, little glitches to solve, curious coincidences, sudden inspirations... all this can happen when one of the most renowned magazines in the world meets an amazing artist like Mattotti. In the prestigious headquarters of the Italian Cultural Institute of New York, as well as in the catalogue published by #logosedizioni, we will finally be able to take a close look at the results of this prolific artistic synergy.
Curated by Melania Gazzotti, the exhibition Lorenzo Mattotti. Covers for The New Yorker collects for the first time the original pastels created by the author for 32 of the magazine’s covers, along with numerous unpublished preparatory sketches and a selection of his illustrations for articles on fashion, culture, and current affairs. A breath-taking travel through Mattotti’s pasty and enfolding colors, which imbue the scenes with light and depth and show the great versatility of the artist, as well as his startling talent in finding innovative solutions for a wide range of topics.
“I can always count on him”, writes The New Yorker’s art editor Françoise Mouly in the introduction of the catalogue, disclosing the background stories of her twenty-year collaboration with Mattotti.
Besides celebrating the best known and loved Italian illustrator, the exhibition and the catalogue aim at showing how a cover for a major magazine is born, revealing curious anecdotes on the creation of the works and highlighting the artist’s creative process, as well as his constant dialogue with the magazine’s art editor. Such dialogue between Mattotti and Françoise Mouly will take place in front of the audience on the occasion of the exhibition opening.
The exhibition will be on view until March, 8 2018. Monday through Friday, 10am to 5pm.
Moira is a Steinway Artist and a Steinway Educational Partner.
Description: As a classically- trained pianist, I want to share the idea that improvisation dates back centuries and belongs to the classical tradition. My goal is for students to revisit the classical repertoire, understanding composers’ historical context and style. We will develop ear training exercises useful for analyzing composition, creating progressions and voicing on the piano, and developing piano solo techniques. Students will acquire the necessary tools to create their own improvisations using classical compositions as source materials and eventually write original compositions that can freely re- invent a classical composition. I aspire to offer students this genre as a source of inspiration that is useful, exciting and enriching outside of the classical and traditional context.
Course Objective: The first weeks will be structured around the study of musical forms with improvisation, improvisation techniques and classical composers including J.S. Bach, F. Chopin, E. Satie, I. Albeniz and B. Bartok. For each composer, will cover historical context, ear training and composition analysis and the learning of improvisational tools. We will also explore composers from students’ home countries, and the impact of native folk on the classical genre. Students will explore the similarities and differences between composers’ styles. Last part of the course will be dedicated to students’ original compositions. The goal is to offer examples of the range and personality, creativity and diversity among composers’ styles – inspiration for students as they create their own original improvisations and compositions.
- The Piano Music of Frederic Chopin (listening examples)
- The influence of Polish folk Music in Chopin’s work
- Chopin’s 24 Preludes, op.28 (analysis and listening)
JamesSuckling.com is delighted to present the Great Wines of Italy Master Tasting San Francisco on March 11 at the Presidio Golden Gate Club, featuring the region's most sought-after wines from prestigious and most renowned Italian brands as well as chosen premium boutique wineries. Over 125 wineries A selection of over 90 points and above. From the Tuscans and Barbaros to Super Tuscans and Barbarescos, to Amarones and Chianti.Winemakers and owners will be personally interested in this walk-around tasting!
Amantis, Andretta, Argiano, Barone Ricasoli, Bellavista, Bersano, Bibi Graetz, Brancaia, Caiarossa, Canalicchio di Sopra, Cantalici, Cantina Dei, Cantina Tramin, Caparzo, Capezzana, Carus, Casale del Giglio, Casanova di Neri, Castellani, Castelli del Grevepesa, Castello di Gabbiano, Tricerchi Castle, Castiglion del Bosco, Cecchi, Celestino Pecci, Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona, Collemassari, Count Loredan Gasparini, Cordero di Montezemolo, Cusumano, Donnachiara, Enzo Boglietti, Fattoria del Cerro, Fattoria La Massa, Feudi of San Gregorio, Feudo Maccari, Fontanafredda, Fontodi, Franz Haas, Frescobaldi, Goretti, Il Borro, Il Molino di Grace, The Paradise of Frassina, Jermann, La Magia, La Mannella di Cortonesi, La Rasina, Le Filigare, Leuta, Livio Sassetti, Luce della Vite, Máté, Masi, Mazzei, Monteverro, Orma, Ornellaia, Paitin, Pecchenino, Petrolo, Piazzano, Pio Cesare, Pitars, Podere Nuovo at Palazzone, Poggio al Tesoro, Poggio Antico, Poggio La Noce, Querciabella, Renato Ratti, Renieri, Rocca delle Macie, Rocca di Castagnoli, Ronco Blanchis, San Fabiano Calcinaia, San Filippo, San Polino, Schiopetto, Sette Ponti, Tassi, Tenuta Buon Tempo, Tua Rita, Uccelliera, Umani Ronchi, Valdicava, Virna and Vite Colte
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.
Join another Commonwealth Club neighborhood adventure! Explore vibrant North Beach with Rick Evans during a two-hour walk through this neighborhood with a colorful past—where food, culture, history and unexpected views all intersect in an Italian “urban village.” In addition to learning about Beat hangouts, you’ll discover authentic Italian cathedrals and coffee shops.
Location: Meet at Victoria Pastry Cafe, 700 Filbert St. (at Columbus Ave., across from Washington Square Park), San Francisco
Time: 1:45 p.m. check-in, 2–4:30 p.m. walk
Notes: Take Muni bus 30, 41 or 45; use North Beach Parking Garage on 735 Vallejo St.; tour operates rain or shine; limited to 20 participants; tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be sold at check-in; walks with fewer than six participants will be canceled (You will receive notification of this at least three days in advance.); photo by Flickr user Clemson
All ticket sales are final and nonrefundable.