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From the left: R. Roger Remington, Professor of Graphic Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology; Emanuele Amendola, Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in DC and Professor Elisabetta d’Amanda also from the Rochester Institute of Technology
Art & Culture
Daniela Enriquez(March 19, 2018)
The Embassy of Italy in Washington, D.C. is currently hosting a photo exhibition on the design legacy of the Vignelli’s. The exhibition presents several of the most iconic designs of Massimo and Lella Vignelli, whose influence is worldwide. The opening was last Friday, and it included a lecture by Roger Remignton, Professor of Graphic Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology and a very good friend of both Vignellis, as well as a video by Letizia Airos of I-italy TV featuring an interview with Massimo Vignelli. Emanuele Amendola, Director of the Italian Cultural Institute of Washington D.C. and co-creator of the project – together with the Rochester Institute of Technology – gave an introduction on the importance and influence of the Vignellis.
DirectTV presents Mediaset Italia
Centro Primo Levi presents Alain Elkann’s quasi-autobiographical novel Money Must Stay in the Family (CPL EDITIONS, 2018) together with recently restored family home movies shot in the 1930’s. Presented in collaboiration with the Consulate General of Italy and the American Sephardi Federation.
The presence important Italian wine producers will give an even greater appeal to GALA ITALIA—the longest running promotional event for Italian wines in the U.S.—and stimulate the interest of the American wine press. Guests will have the opportunity to taste the same special wines that were donated to the Ambassadors of the Member Nations of the UN Security Council and pair them with a carefully constructed menu that highlights the characteristics of the wines.
It is tough economic situation facing young Di Maio if he does manage to become premier of a M5S-dominated government. Small wonder then that last week this youth, born at Pomigliano d'Arco near Naples, made a trip to a Neapolitan church to kiss the relic of the beloved saint San Gennaro, whose blood is believed to liquefy annually.
Judith Harris(March 22, 2018)
Despite his party's resounding lead over every other party in Italy, Di Maio's M5S failed to achieve the 40% necessary to gain control of the government -- at least not yet. But on Friday the newly installed 630-member Parliament and 315-member Senate begins electing their presidents, in a notable show of horse-trading and power.
Life & People
Judith Harris(March 12, 2018)
March 16 marks the 40th anniversary of the day when Aldo Moro was kidnapped and his five bodyguards were killed by Red Brigades, in a military-style operation on Via Fani in Rome. The ghost of that murder still haunts Italian politics.
Massimo and Lella Vignelli. Photo Credit Fred R. Conrad
Art & Culture
Tommaso Cartia(March 15, 2018)
There’s an Italian hand behind the iconic designs of the New York and Washington subway maps and lettering, or the logos of companies like American Airlines and Bloomingdales: it is the hand of designers Massimo and Lella Vignelli. The Embassy of Italy in Washington, the Italian Cultural Institute and the Rochester Institute of Technology, celebrate the genius of the Vignellis in an exhibition opening on March 16 that will be on view until April 29, 2018. The opening event will include a lecture, among the others, by R. Roger Remington, Professor of Graphic Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology and a video-interview with Massimo Vignelli by the Editor in Chief of i-Italy, Letizia...
Art & Culture
Nicole Campisano(March 14, 2018)
Paying homage to an Italian great, Cinema Italia San Francisco, in collaboration with Luce Cinecittà, the Italian Cultural Institute of SF, the Consulate General of Italy, The Leonardo da Vinci Society, and the Jan & Maria Manetti Shrem Museum, will be presenting Michelangelo Antonioni’s films at the Castro Theatre April, 28.
Venini creations
Art & Culture
Nicole Campisano(March 13, 2018)
This May, the ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) will be at New York’s Jacob K. Javits Center. Venini, the Italian glass manufacturer from Murano will be in attendance, along with many others, such as Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, and McGuire Glass. This four-day event centers around interior design, architecture, furniture retail, distribution, and more!
The very first wood-fired brick pizza oven of the West Coast
Dining in & out
Tommaso Cartia(March 12, 2018)
Home to the oldest wood-fired brick oven on the West Coast, this family-run Neapolitan style restaurant recently cselebrated its 80th birthday.
CEO and President of Colavita US, Giovanni Colavita, giving introductory remarks
Dining in & out
Alexandra M. Fanelli(March 09, 2018)
On Thursday, March 8th, 2018, the Italian food company Colavita USA conducted an olive oil tasting and hosted a lunch, entitled “Taste of the World”, which offered the guests the chance to try the different types of premium extra virgin olive oils from different regions of the world.
The protagonists of the first talk, from the left: Gianfranco Sorrentino, Vincenzo Pascale, Carolyn Dimitri, Andrea Fiano, Stefano Cordova, Lisa Sasson, Lorenzo Murino and Massimo Forte
Dining in & out
Tommaso Cartia(March 09, 2018)
Gruppo Italiano (GI), kicked off the first leg of the series at NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò. The talk, Biodiversity and the Role of the Italian Food Industry in the World, featured exceptional speakers such as owner of Il Gattopardo Group and Founder and President of GI, Gianfranco Sorrentino; Maurizio Forte, Director of the Italian Trade Commission in New York, Stefano Cordova, Innovation Chef at Bindi North America; Carolyn Dimitri, PhD, Director Food Study Program at N.Y.U., Lisa Sasson, Dietetic Internship Director at Food Study Program at N.Y.U. and Lorenzo Zurino, Founder and CEO...
From Massimo Catalani's The World of Atlantis project- "E laggiù sento tuffi nel mare nel sole o nel tempo chissà"
Art & Culture
Nicole Campisano(March 05, 2018)
The second edition of Italian Design Day is from March 1 through March 8 focusing on the relationship between design and sustainability. Held at the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles, there will be presentations, the opening of an art exhibit, an inciteful panel discussion, and an award ceremony to celebrate the event. Special guests include, architect and artist Massimo Catalani, the ambassador of the 2018 Design Day, and artists Andrea Capellino and Valerio Berruti.
Art & Culture
Nicole Campisano(March 08, 2018)
The world renowned artist and fashion designer is coming to Washington D.C this May. His contemporary artworks will be exhibited at both the Italian Embassy and IA&A at Hillyer from May 4 through May 27.
Facts & Stories
A. F.(March 07, 2018)
Italian Scientists and Scholars in the North America Foundation open a new chapter in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area, expanding the reference point for young Italian researchers to the west coast.
The Cathedral of Syracuse
Art & Culture
Goffredo Palmerini(March 02, 2018)
There are so many ways to explore Sicily. This time we chose to highlight the southwestern side of the Island and its baroque treasures. Baroque Sicily has a particular charm, one that epitomizes Mediterranean aesthetics.
Installation view, Arte Povera: From the Olnick Spanu Collection, Magazzino Italian Art. Giovanni Anselmo, Here and There, 1971-1972; Giuseppe Penone, Tree of Three Meters, 1988. Photograph by Marco Anelli © 2018. Courtesy of Magazzino Italian Art.
Art & Culture
I. i.(March 02, 2018)
Magazzino's latest exhibition "Arte Povera: From the Olnick Spanu Collection" presents a comprehensive overview on the artistic practice of 12 artists associated with the Italian Arte Povera movement such as Giovanni Anselmo,...
Poem (Wild Geese), 2015. Courtesy of Claudia Palmira
Art & Culture
Alexandra M. Fanelli(February 22, 2018)
A selection of works by the multifaceted Italian American talent, Claudia Palmira, are on view at the prominent Margutta Home Gallery in Rome from February 22nd. Along with artists, Elena Drommi, Claudia Bellini and Fabio Ferrone Viola, the...
Pasta Cacio e Pepe. One of the restaurant's special pastas
Dining in & out
Samantha Janazzo(March 02, 2018)
Discover Your Posh Go-To Spot in Venice Beach, Los Angeles
Luigi Di Maio, Leader of the Five Star Movement
The shock waves of this election have swept away the entire political system that has managed Italy for the past two decades. Dominated by populist parties, this is now being called the dawn of Italy's Third Republic.
At War For Love, "In Guerra per Amore" directed by Pif
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...
From the left, Maestro Roberto Scarcella Perino and Maestro Giuseppe Bruno at Casa Italiana. Photo Credit Shushu Chen
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.
La Scuola D’Italia will honor New York State’s former First Lady, Matilda Cuomo, and Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and CEO, Stefano Domenicali, at its annual gala on March 2, 2018 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.
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...
Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Bust of Cardinal Roberto Bellarmino, 1623-24. Marble. Church of the Gesù, Rome. Detail
"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...
Art & Culture

Mattotti's first Exhibition opens in NYC

Lorenzo Mattotti’s vibrant and colorful covers for The New Yorker are now on view in an exhibition at the Italian Cultural Institute, which runs from February 6th through March 8th. 
Life & People

Gina Lollobrigida Shines on the Walk of Fame

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.
Art & Culture

Celebrating Italians who have Changed History

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.
Facts & Stories


Art & Culture

Lineapelle comes to NYC

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, Fratelli Beretta, Gioiella, Il Chinotto nella rete, NENA Group, Panzerotti, Ribalta Mo’, San Benedetto Acqua Minerale, and Urbani Truffles.

Macerata Shootings Cast Shadow Over General Elections

The Macerata shooting of immigrants casts a dark shadow over the forthcoming national general elections, less than one month distant.
Art & Culture

The eMPathia Jazz Duo is Back in the US!

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 'Fat Thursday' in the week of the Carnival festivities.
Art & Culture

Caimi's 'Jumps' on Display in SF

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.
Life & People

Feeding Speakitaly's Promising Future

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 their working knowledge of Italian language and culture.
Art & Culture

“Blaxploitalian” Screens in SF

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. The documentary uncovers and analyzes the personal struggles African Americans, and actors of African descent face in the film industry.
Art & Culture

Meet Barbara Jatta, First Woman Director of the Vatican Museums

The Vatican Museums' new director Barbara Jatta oversees everything from conservation of some of the world's greatest masterpieces to managing the huge crowds entering the Sistine Chapel.
Art & Culture

Art in the Garden: Hope by Laura Fantini

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 exclusively on seeds.
Art & Culture

Keep the Party Going... Carnival of Viareggio is Here!

This winter, Eataly NY and Chicago will be featuring a Tuscan theme throughout their stores in honor of the annual Carnival. The opening press conference in New York, held at the School of Eataly Flatiron, saw the participation from The Region of Tuscany that included Maria Lina Marcucci, President of the Foundation of the Carnival of Viareggio, and Alberto Peruzzini, Director General of Tuscan Tourism Promotion.
Art & Culture

Cattelan's "America" for Trump's Living Quarters

The Guggenheim Museum declines the White House request for a Van Gogh Painting and offers Cattelan's gold toilet, titled "America", as an alternative.
Art & Culture

Michelangelo Divine Draftsman and Designer - How a Monument Comes Alive

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 the Italian Embassy in Washington, DC, Renato Miracco talks to Carmen C. Bambach, curator the MET's Department of Drawing and Prints. 
Art & Culture

A Night of Philosophy Featuring Italian Professor Chiara Bottici

Starting January 27, a 12-hour event presented by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the Brooklyn Public Library will bring philosophers, artists, musicians, and authors together for a free conversation and performance filled event. The Italian Cultural Institute in New York joins the event presenting Chiara Bottici, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research.
Art & Culture

Iom Romì (A Day in Rome) debuts for an American Audience

On Jan. 21, director Valerio Ciriaci’s Iom Romì experienced a successful second-ever screening in front of a packed theater at Lincoln Center. The nearly 30-minute documentary on Rome's Jewish Community, was featured as part of a short film showcase for the 27th Annual New York Jewish Film Festival.
Art & Culture

World's Oldest Public Museum: Rome's Capitoline

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.
Facts & Stories

Art Crime and Carabinieri

Art thefts in Italy are on the way down, and this week Carabinieri in Rome showed their latest recovered objects: 250 valuable antique nativity scene figures. Nevertheless, and despite thefts like the Al Thani jewels in Venice, art crimes in Italy have seriously dropped.
Life & People

Outstanding Italian Women: An Epiphany at NOIAW

The National Organization of Italian American Women (NOIAW), awarded three "Wise Women" at their annual New York Region Epiphany Celebration. Members, family and friends gathered to honor three women who exemplify what it means to be a role model: Elizabeth F. Defeis, professor at Seton Hall University’s School of Law; Dr. Teresa Ghilarducci, Chair in Economic Policy Analysis at The New School for Social Research and Paola Prestini, composer, co-founder and artistic director of the National Sawdust.
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ANSA. he Italian parliament on Thursday approved a measure requiring doctors to report illegal immigrants, unleashing a barrage of criticism. (Read the article)

ANSA. During its current term at the helm of the Group of Eight (G8), Italy intends to propose a summit of regional organizations to discuss new rules for a system of global governance, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said on Wednesday. (Read the article)

Washington Post. Pope Benedict XVI did not know that a traditionalist bishop was a Holocaust denier when he lifted his excommunication last month, the Vatican said Wednesday, calling on the bishop to retract his position. (Read the article by Menachem Z. Rosensaft)

Pope Benedict has sought to distance himself from Williamson's views, albeit without directly criticizing the Holocaust denying cleric, by saying that "I wish that the memory of the Shoah will prompt humanity to reflect on the unpredictable power of evil when it conquers the hearts of men. May the Shoah be a warning for all against forgetting, denial and reductionism." This Papal pronouncement does not, however, undo the damage caused by Williamson's legitimation. 

BBC. Italy has been transformed in recent decades from a nation of emigrants to a target country for mass immigration. The change has brought severe political and social tensions. In the first of a series of pieces on Italy and its immigrants, Aidan Lewis looks at the impact on the Roma (Gypsy) community (Read the article)

LOS ANGELES TIMES. Adriano Galliani did not get where he is by failing to work the angles, and the bald, bushy-eyebrowed chief executive of AC Milan was at it again on Tuesday, pushing buttons in his continuing effort to keep Galaxy midfielder David Beckham at the Italian club. "We are working to keep him, and I think he would like that too," Galliani, 64, told Gazzetta dello Sport. (Read the article)

FOX News. AP.  LONDON. The walkout was triggered by the decision of Italian construction company IREM SpA to use Italian and Portuguese workers for a huge construction project at the Total refinery in Immingham. Hundreds of workers have been off the job for a week at the site, 180 miles (290 kilometers) north of London, and workers at other energy facilities across Britain have staged sympathy walkouts. (Read the article by Jill Lawless)

REUTERS. The father of an Italian woman who has been in a coma for 17 years defied the Vatican and Italy's center-right government Tuesday, moving her to a private clinic where a feeding tube keeping her alive will be removed. Eluana Englaro, 38, has been in a vegetative state since a 1992 car crash. Italy's top court ruled last year that she can be allowed to die but the decision was contested by politicians and prelates and split public opinion in this Catholic country. (Read the article by Silvia Aloisi)

Hybridcars. If the proposed alliance between Chrysler and Fiat goes through, the company could produce a total of six new models—ranging in size from from small to smaller. The terms of the deal would give the European carmaker a 35 percent stake in Chrysler. In exchange, Fiat's small car experience could give Chrysler the opportunity to reduce its dependence on larger vehicles. (Read the article)

E on Line. An Italian woman filed a lawsuit on Friday claiming the 13-time Oscar-nominated film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is based on a short story she wrote in 1994 called "Il ritorno di Arthur all'innocenza" ("Arthur's Return to Innocence"). (Read the article by Jovie Baclayon)

New York Times. “The reviews were so bad it was almost good,” said Robert De Niro, one of the hotel’s owners. Mr. De Niro decided the restaurant should remain Italian, but be more informal and inviting. “Like in Italy, where you have chairs and tables outside,” he said. “I want it to be a place where you hang out.” (Read the article by Oliver Schawaner-Albright)


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Format: 2018-03-24
Format: 2018-03-24

March 24

Italian Wine Specialist Course by Diego Meraviglia
09:00 am to 04:00 pm
Eataly Boston (La Scuola)
800 Boylston Street
Boston, MA
United States
I Piccoli Lettori
10:30 am
I AM Books
189 North St, Boston
Boston, MA
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
Hands-On Intensive Pasta
01:00 pm to 04:00 pm
Los Angeles
Eataly LA
10250 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
United States
Kids in the Kitchen: Scarcella (Sweet Easter Bread)
02:00 pm to 04:00 pm
New York
Westchester Italian Cultural Center
1 Generoso Pope Pl
Tuckahoe, NY
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