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Italian art never stops in New York. "Unrelenting", by Italian artist Francesco Simeti, projected onto the walls of the Italian Consulate in NYC. This is a Magazzino Italian Art's project created during the pandemic
Bernardo Bertolucci: No End Travellingi by Mario Sesti
Art & Culture
This fall, while traveling is not an option and movie theaters continue to be closed in many areas, American audiences can take a dip into Italy’s culture and atmosphere from the comfort of their couch. Italian movies are coming online. The 30th edition of New Italian Cinema Events USA (N.I.C.E.) will take place in New York, from November 14th to November 21st and in Philadelphia, from November 29th to December 6th. A curated selection of 11 recent movies not yet released in the U.S. will be available to the public on Eventive.org for this landmark cinema festival, offering a thorough...
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On November 12th 2020 The Gilda’s Club NYC will host their annual gala, honoring Giovanni Caforio (M.D. Bristol Myers Squibb) and Emma Stone (Actress and Gilda’s Club NYC Ambassador), virtually. To support this year Gilda’s Club NYC fundraising, Remembering Marco will participate to the virtual auction launched on November 5th 2020 with The Yellow Cab Project. The Yellow Cab Project is part of the activities of Remembering Marco, a charity initiative started by Annalisa Menin in 2013 to raise funds in her husband, Marco Omiccioli, memory.
Jill and Joe Biden at Hiatt Middle School.
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The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) , the largest and most loyal representative of the more than 20 million Italian American citizens living in the United States, congratulates Dr. Jill Biden as she is set to become the first Italian American First Lady. “Dr. Biden’s strong connection to her Italian American heritage and dedication to education aligns with NIAF’s mission,” said NIAF Chairman The Honorable Patricia de Stacy Harrison. “Education is at the Foundation’s core as we provide scholarships and grants to empower high achieving students to further their education in all...
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Stanislao Pugliese(November 08, 2020)
“This is not who we are,” Biden, Harris, and many others insisted during the campaign. Yet we must acknowledge the fact that 70,000,000 Americans voted for Trump. The candidate and President understood his supporters all too well. “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot some people and I wouldn’t lose voters.”
Photo Credit: Jordan Family. Rose Jordan - Left Front Row Wearing Black Ribbon because of the Death of Her Mother Filomena
Life & People
Kathryn Suzanne Krase(October 20, 2020)
If you met my grandmother, “Nana Rose”, chances are you can share a story about the experience. Chances are, she talked about you, too. My Nana had a “personality”, for sure. She appreciated personality in those she interacted with and was dismayed by the lack thereof. Of utmost importance to her was whether her partner in a moment could hold a conversation, keep her entertained, or make her laugh. That one was important. A laugh changed her life; I’ll save that story for another time.
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Dacia Maraini *(October 26, 2020)
“Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita,/ mi ritrovai in una selva oscura (Midway upon the journey of our life,/ I found myself within a dark forest).” This powerful beginning could be enough to fall in love with the Italian language. With its musicality, its verbal intelligence, its expressive force...
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Italy as a haven of gay liberty: a grand tour with Oscar Wilde, featuring previously unseen photographs and archival materials. Oscar Wilde's Italian Dream 1875-1900 by Renato Miracco, Philip Kennicott
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Letizia Airos Soria(October 06, 2020)
A new project. In this virtual but very concrete space, we will collect stories of Italian resilience from all over the world, from New York to Milan, from Paris to Berlin to Buenos Aires ... There will be stories, interviews, and ideas. We will publish them in different languages, as they come to us, without necessarily looking for translations, but we will be happy if you will help us, perhaps translating and disseminating ------ Un nuovo progetto. In questo luogo virtuale, ma molto concreto, raccoglieremo storie di resilienza italiana da tutto il mondo, da New York a Milano, da Parigi a...
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Stefano Dominella(July 21, 2020)
From Florence on down, craftsmanship reigns. Up north is the reign of finance, industry, and media, with Milan at the helm. And at the center presides Rome, like a classy patrician, the ancient capital of Italian couture. Leading us on this first installment of a multipart trip to the heart of Made in Italy is a doyen of the fashion world.
The Cathedral of Syracuse
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Goffredo Palmerini(August 10, 2020)
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.
Life & People
Due to COVID-19, the Italian Welfare League had to make the difficult decision to postpone this year’s highly anticipated 100th Centennial Celebration until 2021. The Italian Welfare League will host a Virtual Autumn in New York Fundraiser on Oct 24 at 12 noon. The event is free. You can register here.
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Maria Rita Latto(October 28, 2020)
These are times of pandemic, everything changes. Even these days dedicated to Halloween and other traditions in Italy as in the world. Everything will be different but we need to remember our traditions to continue as soon as everything is over. In...
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Governor Andrew Cuomo has been named Grand Marshal of the 76th annual Columbus Celebration Weekend, In Addition, Dr. Anthony Fauci Will Be Honored with Namesake Annual Columbus Citizens Foundation Medical Scholarship .This year, the Columbus...
In celebration of International United Nations Day, experience a virtual concert at Teatro alla Scala with special guest Roberto Bolle! Let's come together to reimagine, rebalance, and restart this Thursday at 12:00 PM EDT. The UN Day Concert...
Removal of public Columbus statues is happening all over the U.S.A., giving Americans of Italian descent a wakeup call, nudging this sleeping minority to ask, what does this statue really means to their identity as U.S. American citizens.
Photo by Marco Anelli © 2017
We met with Giorgio Spanu, co-founder - along with his wife Nancy Olnick - of Magazzino Italian Art in Cold Spring. The half-Italian, half-American couple has for the past 20 years been instrumental in the promotion and divulgation of contemporary...
In Reggio Emilia, Northern Italy, a PhD course about the educational experience that inspires toddlers schools all over the world. An interview with Carlina Rinaldi, pedagogist, president of Reggio Children Foundation
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In a Fase 1 State of Mind

Fase 1 is a collection of short stories and poetic fragments of sixty-four Italian writers, journalists, intellectuals and representatives of different fields who, from February to April 2020, have captured - in a concise way - when they felt something shifted, entering this global Covid-era. Ebook, download for free!
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Over 50 Italian Artists Sing "And the Sky is Becoming Brighter" Together for the Italian Red Cross

In the current COVID emergency, Italian singers joined together. This time it was for the Red Cross, recording the song " And the sky is becoming brighter/ Ma il Cielo è sempre più blu" from their home studios in "full lockdown style".
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“Childhood is the Dna of Humanity”

In Reggio Emilia, Northern Italy, a PhD course about the educational experience that inspires toddlers schools all over the world. An interview with Carlina Rinaldi, pedagogist, president of Reggio Children Foundation
Life & People

The Restaurants to Come

June 17, stories and ideas from the world, about the future of (Italian) restaurants after COVID-19
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Tax Savings for Retaining Employees During COVID-19 Crisis

The Coronanavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act incentivizes employers to keep employees on the payroll. It does this by providing a refundable Employee Retention Credit (ERC) equal to 50% of qualified wages paid by eligible employers during the COVID-19 crisis.
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Guide to PPP Loan Forgiveness

Now that our questions have been answered on eligibility and application requirements for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the focus will be on how to achieve maximum loan forgiveness. While we are expecting additional guidance to be released from the U.S. Small Business Administration this month, the following analysis of key issues reflects our current understanding of the considerations associated with PPP loan forgiveness, as of April 15, 2020.
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My Spencerian Milestone

Remembering my first grandchild in a time of plague reminds me of how grateful I should be for what I've had, and still have.
Life & People

The Italian Way to Say 'Everything's Gonna Be Alright' in Music

In Italy, we have heard “Andrà tutto bene" (Everything's Gonna Be Alright) by Nesli radiating from our balconies a thousand times. It has become a mantra said (and sung) to say that together we can beat the virus and turn our “new-normality” into a “real-normal-average-forgotten life.”
WE'RE ALL IN THE SAME DANCE
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We're All in the Same Dance: a New Hymn to Life

Consumed by the malaise of this spring's quarantine, violinist, percussionist and composer, Mauro Durante of Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, gifts the world with a new hymn to life.Music and dance break down the walls of a house in Puglia to cross the globe and bring us together in a shared experience. “We're all in the same dance” is a scream, a jolt, that invites us to heal through the most powerful medicine: unity. This is his story.
Life & People

Constantinian Order US Delegation: Italian Hospital Covid-19 Relief Fund

Solidarity is an immense and world-changing force. Let's aid those in greatest need.
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Italians at the Time of Coronavirus

The thought of a young student in such difficult days. To look to the future ... Through action and inaction, but always aware of others, we can save lives and make it through, hopefully bettered…
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Quarantine Plant Care

We have to stay home to avoid the spread of the virus and protect the vulnerable people who can be severely affected by it. Some fortunate people are able to work from home, others, have to find creative ways to pass the time.
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NYU. A New Italian Window for Dialogue & Ideas in the Time of Covid-19

Help the new broadcast program of the Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò (NYU)! The Casa for the Italian Culture in Manhattan has prepared a survey for all those people who are interested in Italian culture and have been able to take advantage of Casa’s offerings online or at 24 West 12th Street over the years. While doors are closed, Casa Italiana is launching a new series of live radio-style shows. The Director Stefano Albertini will host conversations with writers, scholars, and artists. So you’ll be able to join the conversation with questions and comments.
Facts & Stories

Coronavirus Highlights Need for Businesses to Plan for Health Risks

Just like the medical field must rely on old-fashioned disease containment until they have the medical know-how to fight each new illness, businesses need to rely on basic emergency preparedness practices to protect themselves.
Art & Culture

Political Propaganda Under Fascism and Beyond

A fascinating exhibition titled “Propaganda. The Art of Political Indoctrination” conceived and curated by Professor Nicola Lucchi of Queens College opened March 4th at New York University’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, followed by a panel discussion with artistic advisors and NYU Professors Ruth Ben-Ghiat and Ara Merjian. It showcases a selection of works from the Fondazione Massimo e Sonia Cirulli mostly (but not exclusively) dating from Italy’s fascist period and aims to inspire a reflection on the mechanisms of political propaganda under totalitarian regimes as well as during “democratic” times.
Art & Culture

Federico Fellini at 100

San Francisco pays homage to the great Maestro with a selection of his works at the Castro Theatre. This thank to Cinema Italia San Francisco’s 10th program, in collaboration with Luce Cinecittà and the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco.
Art & Culture

The Art of Political Indoctrination in Italy, 1902-1950

PROPAGANDA. Works from the Fondazione Massimo and Sonia Cirulli. Curated by Nicola Lucchi, CUNY Queens College. On view at Casa Italiana Zerilli Merimò On view through April 17, 2020 (Mon-Fri 10-6)
Art & Culture

Something is Moving in Italy, New Quality Cinema

A new approach to cinema is affirming itself in Italy. The pioneers of this metamorphic tendency in the art of narrating through images are the young writer and director Emanuela Mascherini and Stefano Amadio, the Director of the national film and audiovisual promotional platform cinemaitaliano.info. Their initiative, titled CineAtelier, consists of a review created to give space to auteur cinema through a selection of first or second works presented in decentralized areas.
Art & Culture

The D’Innocenzo Brothers, New Italian Cinema Goes Forward

When we speak of Italian cinema, the same names always come up: Moretti, Virzì and Sorrentino. But nobody knows what to say about the new generation. That’s where the D’Innocenzo Brothers come in. Fabio and Damiano, whose film Bad Tales just won the award for best screenplay at the 70th Berlinale, are the face of a young new self-taught cinema, which could propel Italy towards different horizons, worlds, and cultures.
Art & Culture

Inside the Life and Archives of Vico Magistretti, Pioneer of Italian Design

100 years from the birth of Vico Magistretti, Fondazione Magistretti along with the Italian Cultural Institute present and exhibition dedicated to the acclaimed Italian designer and architect, whose groundbreaking work, conducted throughout his highly prolific sixty-year career, left a profound mark both on his native Milano as well as on the perception of Italian design both at home and abroad.
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THE INQUIRER. Italian investigators have charged Google's global privacy counsel Peter Fleischer and three other Google executives with defamation and failure to exercise control over personal data. (Read the article by Ncik Farrell)

REUTERS. From do-it-yourself culinary websites to specialist shops, a growing number of Italians are catering to the growing taste for the miniature decorated sponge cakes popular in Britain and the United States. (Read the article by Eliza Apperly )

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)

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