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Nicole Campisano(February 22, 2018)
Presented at the St. Anthony Main Theatre, Minneapolis and St. Paul are hosting its annual Italian Film Festival. This is the 10-year anniversary of the event that screens modern Italian films and documentaries. The Italian Film Festival is hosted by the Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul, and is organized by the Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul.
From the left, Maestro Roberto Scarcella Perino and Maestro Giuseppe Bruno at Casa Italiana. Photo Credit Shushu Chen
Art & Culture
Nicole Campisano(February 16, 2018)
Accomplished Italian composer in residence at NYU, Roberto Scarcella Perino, graced the audience with the US premiere of his “Piano Sonata No. 3” played by virtuoso pianist Giuseppe Bruno along with other pieces from the maestro's repertoire.
Life & People
Maria Teresa Cometto(February 16, 2018)
You can be innovative and start a “revolution” even in a small town in Italy: that’s the story told by world known scientist Ilaria Capua last night at the Italian Cultural Institute in New York. It was the kick-off of a new series of conversations called “Outstanding Italian Women in the US”. “We’ll have also women in art, music, food and finance,” said the director of the Institute Giorgio van Straten, introducing the event.
Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Bust of Cardinal Roberto Bellarmino, 1623-24. Marble. Church of the Gesù, Rome. Detail
Art & Culture
Alexandra M Fanelli(February 16, 2018)
"The Holy Name: Art of the Gesù: Bernini and His Age" opened at Fairfield University Art Museum on February 2nd. Curated by Director Linda Wolk-Simon, this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition features treasures from Rome's Church of the Gesù, never before seen in America, including a great Bernini’s marble sculpture.
I. i.(February 09, 2018)
Fiorella Mannoia, the female voice of Italian song, the "singer’s singer" will take the Manhattan stage on Friday, February 23rd at Town Hall. In this long-awaited Stateside appearance, the audience will be treated to Mannoia’s interpretations of the songbook that has accompanied fans of Italian music for over two generations. This special event also serves as the wrap-up of The Combattente Tour, a string of exactly 100 live dates through Italy’s most prestigious theaters as well as...
Art & Culture
Sara Krevoy(February 14, 2018)
On view until Feb. 23, NYU’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò presents an iteration of the photographic exhibition ReSignifications, which focuses on the study, understanding and celebration of black bodies. Synchronized with the occasion of Black History Month here in the US, the exposition is rooted in an Italian and European context.
Life & People
Letizia Airos(February 09, 2018)
Our congratulations to Linda R Carlozzi, for making Crain's NY's list of 100 Leading Women Lawyers in NYC! She is a Principal in the New York City, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She joined the firm in 1997 and focuses her practice on traditional labor law. Besides being an accomplished professional, Linda is a leading member of the Italian-American community; she serves on the Board of Directors of the National Italian American Foundation, NOIAW Member and is the...
Life & People
Tommaso Cartia(February 09, 2018)
An exclusive interview with Gina Lollobrigida and the protagonists of ‘Filming on Italy.’ On Feb. 1, the great Italian actress was recognized on the prestigious Walk of Fame. Thanks to the request of Tiziana Rocca and her Agnus Dei, the Hollywood Chambers voted unanimously to honor Lollobrigida. An exceptional event that accompanies the rich program of ‘Filming on Italy,’ a festival created by Rocca in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles. which this year pays homage to another Italian star, Monica Bellucci.
The Mentoris Project - Christopher Columbus: His Life and Discoveries by Mario Di Giovanni
Art & Culture
Nicole Campisano(February 09, 2018)
This February, the Barbera Foundation will present the Mentoris Project with a series of e-books that celebrate the accomplishments of Italians and Italian-Americans at the Institute of Italian Culture in Los Angeles.
Spaghetti alla Nerano - Tartina's specialty
Dining in & out
Tommaso Cartia(February 09, 2018)
Tartina (canapè), a new Italian restaurant on the Upper West Side, definitely serves more than just hors d'oeuvres of Italian tantalizing delicacies, yet it still maintains the same fresh, casual, and cool vibe in a shabby-chic atmosphere. After the successful venture in Midtown, the restaurant has relocated bringing all of the charms of the Italian dolce vita to the Morning Heights neighborhood.
Art & Culture
Nicole Campisano(February 05, 2018)
Lineapelle’s two-day event showcased exclusive international producers of leather, and textiles for shoes, handbags, and other goods. Among the luxurious craftsmanship was a free aperitivo sponsored by various Italian brands: Abaton, Edesia,...
Facts & Stories
Photo Credit. Sara Pettinella
Art & Culture
Tommaso Cartia(February 01, 2018)
After last year's success, Italian singer Mafalda Minnozzi and American guitarist Paul Ricci are back with a new U.S. Winter Tour and a new album - Cool Romantics. On Feb. 8th they will perform at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò to commemorate...
Little Chefs - Learning Italian and how to make Tiramisu at Speakitaly
Life & People
Sara Krevoy(January 31, 2018)
In a little less than one year, Raffaella Galliani has nourished her very own language school into a growing, thriving business. The language teacher of nearly 12 years has broken out on her own, working both with adults and children to enrich...
Art & Culture
Sara Krevoy(February 01, 2018)
On Feb. 9, the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco will open an exhibition consisting of paintings by Italian artist Silvia Caimi. The Institute will host a reception to kick off the display, including an artist talk with Caimi herself.
The solo exhibit Hope by Laura Fantini is on display, now through April 29th, at Queens Botanical Garden. The Brooklyn- based Italian artist, presents a body of work that includes drawings from her latest series of drawings, which is based...
NYC's MET Museum Digitally Recreates Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel
The Michelangelo exhibition at the MET is the cultural event of the season.  The New York Review of Books defined it “the finest show on the artist any of us will ever see”. To explore in depth the idea behind the exhibit, the Cultural Attaché of...
As February celebrates African-American History Month, Director Fred “Kudjo” Kuwornu will present his documentary, "Blaxploitalian 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema,” at the Italian Cultural Institute in San Francisco on February 20th....
Capitoline museum in Palazzo Nuovo
Italy is celebrating the nearly three centuries since inauguration of the world's first public art museum, the Capitoline, founded and funded in 1733 with income from, of all things, a public lottery.
Life & People

Gina Lollobrigida and Monica Bellucci Protagonists in L.A.

Starting from Jan. 31st, the iconic Italian actresses will be honored during the 3-day Filming on Italy festival sponsored by the Agnus Dei Production of Tiziana Rocca and the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles.
Facts & Stories

Ferrero buys Nestle's U.S.

Italy's brand Ferrero continues expanding aggressively, and has now closed a $2.8-billion deal for Nestle's US confectionary business, becoming the third biggest chocolate producer and confectionery company in the world.
Art & Culture

The Sicilian Carts Journey to L.A.

Until Feb. 4, the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA) will hold an exhibition ‘The Sicilian Cart: History in Movement.’ Focusing on Sicily’s most recognized symbol–the carretto–the display delves into the historic vehicles of transportation and culture, whose presence still resonates on the island today.
Art & Culture

PERSPECTIVES Opens at Museo Italo Americano in SF

The exhibition, opening on January 28th through April 29th 2018, features the works of Italian American artists Gianluca Franzese, Marietta Patricia Leis and Giuseppe Palumbo.
Life & People

The National Organization of Italian American Women Honors Three Wise Women

National Organization of Italian American Women (NOIAW) will honor three of the New York area’s influential and prominent women. - Paola Prestini, Co-founder and Artistic Director, National Sawdust. - Elizabeth Defeis, Law professor and lawyer, Expertise in human rights. = Teresa Ghilarducci, Professor, labor economics; Nationally-recognized expert in retirement security.

Finding the Right Words?

A few days ago, while watching Al Jazeera, or was it the dreaded Russian Television Network during lunch, I was not at all surprised to hear that the most-articulate-ever President of the United States of America, or POTUS as some refer to him, had embarrassed us, the Suffering People of the United States, or SPOTUS, again. Unlike his Kenyan-born Muslim presidential predecessor, there is never any doubt that he alone among all others truly says what he means. This time, he was heard muttering something scatologically unmentionable about “depressions into which manure is deposited.”
Art & Culture

Brooks Brothers Kicks Off Its 200th Anniversary in Florence

In Florence, Italy, Brooks Brothers held its 200th year anniversary in Palazzo Vecchio to celebrate the brand’s longevity and accomplishments. CEO Claudio Del Vecchio who bought Brooks Brothers in 2001, is honored to be a part of the company's history.
Art & Culture

Best Places to Visit in 2018: Basilicata Ranks Third

In Italy’s deep south, there is a region that for decades has never gained the attention it deserves. The New York Times, however, just placed Basilicata as the third best place to visit in 2018.
Art & Culture

Iom Romì (A Day in Rome) Screens at the New York Jewish Film Festival

After a strong November debut at the Pitigliani Kolno’s Festival in Rome, director Valerio Ciriaci’s film Iom Romi (A Day in Rome) will be screened at Film Society of Lincoln Center on Jan. 21 (4:30pm). Ciriaci will hold a Q&A session at the end of the film, joined by executive producers Natalia Idrimi and Alessandro Cassin.
Facts & Stories

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

The Consulate General of Italy commemorates International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27th, by reading the names of Italian Jews who were deported from Italy on Monday 29th. In memory of the victims, the Consulate General of Italy, the Italian Cultural Institute, Centro Primo Levi, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at NYU, the Italian Academy at Columbia University, the Calandra Institute at CUNY, and La Scuola d’Italia Guglielmo Marconi will host multiple educational programs concerning the ideologies that lead to the Holocaust, such as antisemitism.
Facts & Stories

Rubbish and Recycling

The holidays are over but not the outrage in Rome over the huge piles of rubbish, worse than ever after the Christmas season. The streets are littered, including in the historical center. This being the country that gave us Machiavelli, the rubbish also stinks of politics.
Life & People

Erene Mastrangeli: Finding Purpose Within the Chaos

Italian-born singer-songwriter Erene Mastrangeli–who currently resides in NYC–reflects on the journey that brought her to pursuing music in the US, her experience in the music industry, and her upcoming album Love, Shine.
Life & People


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Gianni Versace - An American Crime Story

FX premieres “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” January 17th. The miniseries revolves around the murder of the Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace starring Edgar Ramirez as Versace, Penelope Cruz as his sister Donatella and Ricky Martin as Versace's partner.
Art & Culture

The Capital Italian

A journey through DC’s Italian roots while enjoying its contemporary Italian-centric culture. The city’s strong ties to the Italian sense of beauty have remained steady through modern times.

President Mattarella and Italy - Plunging into 2018

In his New Year's speech President Sergio Mattarella praised Italy's politicians for having the legislature last the regulation 5 years. But in national general elections that take place in just 60 days, those with "institutional responsibilities" must each do his share, he said.
Life & People

La Befana vien di notte!!!

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 conclusion of the festive season for Christians all around the world.
Art & Culture

Tredici Bacci comes to Brooklyn

Tredici Bacci, a 14-piece ensemble, will perform in Bushwick, Brooklyn for a concert event January 13th.
Facts & Stories

Italian Apparel Company wins Trademark Battle against Apple

Apple sues an Italian clothing company for the right to use the name Steve Jobs on whatever they please, and loses.
Art & Culture

The Baths of Caracalla in 3D: “A Journey Back in Time”

Now until the end of 2019, tourists visiting the roman Baths of Caracalla ruins will be able to witness the site in its original glory with the help of virtual reality goggles.
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Guardian. Britain is facing the threat of a co-ordinated nationwide strike which could hit energy supplies later this week as the dispute over the employment of Portuguese and Italian workers escalates.
Gordon Brown has no regrets over using the phrase "British jobs for British workers".  (Read the article by Deborah Summers)

AAP. "Euthanasia is a false response to the drama of suffering, a solution unworthy of man". Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday rejected euthanasia as a "false" answer to suffering, saying those in pain should instead be helped to confront it. (Read the article)

Economictimes.indiatimes.com. NETTUNO, ROME. An Indian immigrant was beaten and set on fire Sunday near Rome. Police are investigating whether the incident was an anti-immigrant attack, but had not ruled out a robbery motive.   Hospitalised in a serious condition, the 35-year-old homeless man was sleeping in Nettuno train station south of Rome when several people beat him brutally before setting him on fire with a container of petrol, police told ANSA news agency.  (Read the article)

The Times. The drive to make Italians eat Italian  began in the town of Lucca this week, where the centre Right council banned any new ethnic food outlets from opening within the ancient city walls. Yesterday it spread to Lombardy and its regional capital, Milan, which is also run by the centre Right. The antiimmigrant Northern League party brought in the restrictions “to protect local specialities from the growing popularity of ethnic cuisines”.

Luca Zaia, the Minister of Agriculture and a member of the Northern League from the Veneto region, said: "We stand for tradition and the safeguarding of our culture. (...) I never ate Kebab.  I prefer the dishes of my native Veneto. I even refuse to eat pineapple." Massimo di Grazia, the city of Lucca spokeman, echoed him: "The ban intends to improve the image of the city and to protect Tuscan products. It targets McDonald’s as much as kebab restaurants". La Stampa, an Italian daily newspaper, defined the measure "a new Lombard Crusade against Saracens". Now imagine if the American government decided to "protect" US products and cuisine. Imagine NYC without "ethnic" Italian restaurants. (Read the article by Richard Owen)

Securitymanagement.com. The global recession may have hit Europe hard, but there's still one business that's thriving in these lean economic times: Italy's organized crime syndicates.

The Italian mafia's revenue for 2008 jumped 40 percent, reports Bloomberg.com. Sales increased to 130 billion euros ($167 billion), up from 90 billion euros in 2007, according to figures supplied by Eurispes and SOS Impresa, an association of businessmen to protest against extortion. (Read the article by Matthew Harwood)

Reuters. "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (a film by David Fincher film featuring Brad Pitt iand nominated for 13 Oscars) got a little stranger Friday after an attorney representing Adriana Pichini, an Italian office worker, filed legal papers alleging that the screenplay was based on a story she wrote in 1994. Pichini said the film seems to be based on a story she wrote 15 years ago called "Il ritorno di Arthur all'innocenza" (Arthur's Return to Innocence). ... The story was officially registered with the proper Italian copyright authorities in 1994 and even sent to publishers in the U.S., but was never published.

(Read the Article by Eric J. Lyman)

ANSA. Venice. A new 'restaurant for pilgrims' is driving Venice prices down by offering cheap, quality lunches to visitors to St Mark's Basilica. The eatery, which advertises three-course lunches for a tidy 13 euros ($17), has yet to open but has already caused a flutter around the famously pricey square. (Read the article)

ANSA. Sanremo. Reclusive Italian singing legend Mina is to open this year's Sanremo Song Festival with a video tribute to Italian music. ''It won't be a commercial release but a huge tribute to the history of Italian music,'' festival artistic producer and presenter Paolo Bonolis said Monday at a press conference on the February 17-21 event. (Read article)

In "The Journey of the Italians in America," a thick, coffee-table book, Vincenza Scarpaci documents vibrant immigrant communities that flourished in the early 20th century. (Read the Article by Katie Schneider)

ANSA.The Vatican has shelved plans to put up a statue to Galileo Galilei, the Italian astronomer famously forced to recant his discovery that the earth moves around the sun. (Read the article )

Joseph Nicolas Robert-Fleury "Galileo Galilei in front of the Inquisition in the Vatican 1632"


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I. i.(February 18, 2018)
Il 4 marzo 2018 in Italia ci saranno le elezioni politiche per il rinnovo del Parlamento italiano. Anche i cittadini italiani residenti all’estero, iscritti nelle liste elettorali della circoscrizione estero, potranno esercitare il proprio diritto...
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Letizia Airos(February 04, 2018)
Intervista con Enrico Colavita. A cavallo tra la presidenza di Confindustria Molise appena avviata e la recentissima candidatura al Senato della Repubblica Italiana. Un imprenditore che da sempre ha creduto nelle reti d’impresa e che mette la sua...

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Italy in NY Calendar

Format: 2018-02-22
Format: 2018-02-22

February 22

10:00 am to 05:00 pm
New York
Italian Cultural Institute
686 Park Avenue
New York, NY
United States
'Improvisation for classical pianists' presented by Moira Lo Bianco
12:00 pm to 02:00 pm
New York
Michiko Rehearsal Studios
149 W 46th St
New York, NY
United States
Regional LUNCH - Living Lazio with Zina Russo
12:00 pm
San Francisco
Italian American Heritage Foundation
425 N 4th St
San Jose, CA
United States
PERSPECTIVES Works by Gianluca Franzese, Marietta Patricia Leis and Giuseppe Palumbo
12:00 pm to 04:00 pm
San Francisco
Museo Italo Americano
2 Marina Blvd., Building C
San Francisco, CA
United States
North Beach Walking Tour
01:45 pm
San Francisco
Victoria Pastry Cafe
700 Filbert St.
San Francisco, CA
United States





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