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Goffredo Palmerini(June 11, 2021)
A journey through the “spur of Italy’s boot,” tracing the path of transhumance in discovery of ancient and evocative sites. The journey begins in Abruzzo and passes through Molise before reaching the rolling hills of Tavoliere delle Puglie, where you will find the Gargano Promontory overlooking the sea. A place of wonderful little villages, ancient cathedrals and deep spirituality, today Gargano is a flourishing tourist destination – a seaside resort with an artistic and gastronomic itinerary of exceptional interest.
Facts & Stories
NY's Rising Culinary Stars Face Off in the Colavita Culinary Challenge at the Food and Finance High School (FFHS), the only public culinary high school in New York City.
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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...
Art & Culture
Edvige Giunta(March 24, 2021)
We do not meet on the island where we were born, the island that after thirty-seven years in the United States I still call home, the island of her music. We do not meet at a bar on the lungomare of my hometown of Gela or in Aci Castello, another place in Sicily I call home, or in her native Enna, the navel of Sicily. Instead, we meet on Zoom, the salotto of COVID times: 4:00 in the afternoon for her, 10:00 in the morning for me. Women, the women who are no longer with us, bridge the time/space...
Art & Culture
Virginia Di Falco(March 03, 2021)
Few cities in Italy or the world possess a patrimony as extraordinary as Naples. Our recommended travel itinerary approaches this marvelous city from three different angles, starting with Naples’ scenic side, as beautiful today as it was ages ago, when 16th Century travelers on the Grand Tour arrived seeking beauty and gradeur. Next up is the rich, majestic Naples, capital of the Kingdom of Two Sicilies, known for its monuments and squares, its culture and truly popular side streets. Finally, we’ll introduce you to a hidden Naples, which has existed underground for centuries. This may be the most mysterious and spectacular side of Naples, spanning two millennia and conti- nuing to look to the future: from catacombs to under- ground art, with the most beautiful train stations in Europe...
Dining in & out: Articles & Reviews
G. M.(January 31, 2021)
Baci, the most famous Italian praline in the world has a secret. Or two. With each and every one you’ll find a love note inspired by a real love story. Few people know that behind this small piece of chocolate there is a great woman who, incidentally, was also a renowned stylist: Luisa Spagnoli. This is her story.
Art & Culture
Stefano Dominella(January 21, 2021)
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.
Art & Culture
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
Virtual Book presentation organized by ISO (Italian Studies at the University of Oxford, UK) in collaboration with the Inserra Endowed Chair at Montclair State University (USA), the Italian Sub-Faculty at Oxford University, and the Italian section...
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...
The Eternal City has been a source of inspiration for artists of all times. On March 11th, join for a one-of-a-kind historical, artistic, and emotional virtual tour of Rome as seen through the creations of Bulgari
Life & People

It is Christmas. Let's sit Around the Dinner Table

Each Italian region has its own Christmas specialties: fresh filled pastas, like tortellini and ravioli, the capon, or seafood cooked in different styles, and many savory and sweet pies. Christmas desserts are very important and range from the ubiquitous Panettone and Pandoro, to the Struffoli, Torrone, Panforte, Mustazzoli and many more.
Art & Culture

Presepi. Nativity Scenes in Italy

The nativity scene, in Italian called presepe, represents the scene of the birth of Jesus Christ and is one of the main traditional Christmas decorations in Italy. In almost every church and in many homes there is a presepe. It is usually prepared on December 8, the day of the feast of the Immaculate Conception and is displayed for about one month. Many cricitics this year at the crib in the Vatican from Castelli in Abruzzo, with Joseph and Mary and the other characters, in the shape of a torpedo
Life & People

Saint Lucy's Day in Italy

Saint Lucy's Day is a Christian feast day celebrated on December 13, commemorating Santa Lucia, a 3rd-century martyr. The feast is a Catholic celebrated holiday with roots that can be traced back to Sicily. Of course this is a different year and the pandemic has canceled all initiatives, but we want to remember them so that we are all ready to celebrate next year.
Facts & Stories

Eataly Expands To North Texas in Dallas

The authentic Italian culinary destination safely opened their very first Texas location in NorthPark Center
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David Dinkins (RIP) vs Rudy Giuliani: A Tale of Two Mayors

In Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities the French Doctor Manette, after spending 18-years in La Bastille in City # 1 (Paris) is released to live in City # 2 (London) with his daughter Lucie, whom he had never met. The story is used to warn the readers about the terrible conditions that led to the bloody French Revolution, and the even bloodier Reign of Terror. A similar, perhaps slightly less bloody, Tale is reflected in the inglorious record of New York City Mayors that has been a progression of mostly more, and less unflattering comparisons.
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Congratulations! It’s A Girl! Kamala Harris, Vice President

Exactly 100 years after women gained the right to vote, we will finally have a woman in the second highest office in the land. And as a woman of color and the daughter of immigrant parents, Kamala Harris crashes through two other glass ceilings. Her mother was born in India and her father was born in Jamaica.
Francesco Simeti - Unrelenting
Art & Culture

Francesco Simeti - Unrelenting @ The Italian Consulate

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
Facts & Stories

#TheItalianResilience - Will Made in Italy Save Italy?

The 100per100 talks are back to understand what the future of Made in Italy will be in the world
Art & Culture

NICE Film Festival USA - Italian Movies Are Coming Online!

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 exploration of the richness of contemporary Italian cinematography through renowned authors as well as new talents.
Art & Culture

2020 Remembering Marco Charity Initiative for the Gilda’s Club for COVID-19 relief program

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.
Art & Culture

A Wonderful Message for Today’s Divisive World

BOOK. Can Inheritance Be Transcended by Accidents of Love? Luca Taviano and Rabbi Joseph Neiman: Two Stangers of Different Faiths United by a Hope and a Secret. An interview with David Biro, author of "This Magnificent Dappled Sea"
Facts & Stories

Dr. Jill Biden is Set to Become the First Italian American First Lady!

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 fields. We send our congratulations to the First Lady designate.”
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What Does The Triumph of Biden-Harris Represent Historically?

“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.”
Art & Culture

ITALIAN HERITAGE AND CULTURE COMMITTEE of NY, INC. Celebrates 100 Years of Federico Fellini

A series of online discussions about Fellini and his films, facts, and fantasy. The series will highlight Fellini, the man and his legacy, including clips from some of his most famous films: La Strada, Notte di Cabiria, I Vitelloni, La Dolce Vita, 8 1/2, and Amarcord.
Life & People

Holy Souls, Holy Souls, I Am One, and You Are Many

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 all the Italian regions in the days between October 31st and the day of Saint Martin (November 11th) is custom to celebrate the juxtaposition of life and death with numerous events
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Nel mezzo del cammin...

“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...
Art & Culture

The Italian Language Week Go Digital and Live

Events organized by the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles, under the auspices of the Consulates General in Los Angeles and Houston
Campagna di comunicazione "XX Settimana della Lingua Italiana nel mondo"
Art & Culture

Settimana della lingua italiana nel mondo. Con Dylan Dog, Lupo Alberto, Corto Maltese, Diabolik

Italian Between Word and Image: Graffiti, Illustrations, Comic Books is the theme for the XX Week of the Italian Language in the World (October 19-25, 2020), a theme that can be developed both in a socio-linguistic key and by emphasizing expressive forms such as comics books, graphic novels and children’s books. “La Settimana della Lingua Italiana nel mondo”, ormai alla sua XX edizione, è divenuta nel tempo una delle più importanti iniziative di celebrazione della lingua italiana. Gli eventi e le attività previsti verteranno su forme espressive per valorizzare la lingua italiana attraverso l’immagine, con particolare attenzione al fumetto, la novella grafica e più in generale alla filiera dell’editoria per l’infanzia e l’adolescenza. Sotto l’Alto Patronato del Presidente della Repubblica, quest’anno si svolge dal 19 al 25 ottobre 2020. E’ organizzata dal Ministero degli Esteri e la Cooperazione Internazionale, dalla rete diplomatico-consolare e dagli Istituti Italiani di Cultura in collaborazione con il Ministero dei Beni Culturali e il Turismo, il Ministero della Pubblica Istruzione e Università e dai principali partner della promozione linguistica nel mondo (Accademia della Crusca, Società Dante Alighieri, RAI) e dall’Ambasciata della Confederazione Elvetica.
Life & People

Learning About My Grandmother by Living through a Pandemic

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.
Art & Culture

75 Years Working for Peace. Special Guest Roberto Bolle!

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 performance will be streaming LIVE on: UN Web TV (webtv.un.org), the UN Channel on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Stay tuned!
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From Autoblog. "The Italian supercar manufacturer decided to show off some of their non-automotive offerings in Detroit. Specifically, Lambo brought examples of its Ad Personam personalization program. A white 560 Spyder was flanked by a satin blue LP640-4 and LP560-4 coupe that were both simply mesmerizing. We're huge fans of these new satin paints, because aside from lending an air of understated luxury to the Lambo's lascivious lines, they're remarkably easy to photograph" (Read the article by Frank Filipponio)

From Autowewk. " Maserati is unveiling a higher-performance version of the Quattroporte at the Detroit auto show--the Sport GT S (...) Maserati says the GT S marks the 70th anniversary of the automaker's first Indy 500 win" (Read the article by Greg Migliore)

From The New York Times.  Italian wineries want to protect their newly popular product’s name, as well as expand sales.

"The Italian winemakers worry that upstarts will weaken prosecco’s image just as it is taking off. (...) In recent weeks, the winemakers have been scrambling to nail down a final proposal to the Italian government before a year-end deadline. The producers hope to be eligible for a streamlined European Union system that goes into effect in August. If all goes well, the new prosecco protections will be in place for the 2009 harvest." (Read the article by Amy Cortese)

From Marketwire. Prominent political, religious, and communal leaders joined American Jewish leaders today outside of the Israeli Consulate in New York City to support Israel's right to self-defense and to fight the terrorism waged by Hamas in Gaza. Besides Governor David Paterson, featured speakers included a host of New York politicians and the leaders of several ethnic organizations. Italian Americans were represented by John Calvelli, chair emeritus of the Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations and board member of the National Italian American Foundation.

"Unfortunately, the picture being painted of Israel is that of an aggressor," said Michael Miller, executive vice president and CEO of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York. "Israel is anything but that." he added. "Our standing in front of the consulate of Israel is a major display of solidarity and support for Israel as it seeks to live in safety and security." (Read the original article)

From the New York Times. "The story of La Befana has been told in Italy since around the time Leonardo da Vinci painted the “Mona Lisa.” Origins of the legend, some say, are far older and rooted in a pagan goddess. (...) La Befana is a character in Italian folklore, sometimes referred to as the Italian Christmas witch. A soot-covered old woman, she is said to fly on a broom to the homes of sleeping children, entering through the chimney and bearing gifts." (Read the article by James Angelos)

Related articles from i-Italy:

'La Befana' Arrives on Her Broomstick
Thousands of Italian children hunted out stockings on Saturday ahead of Epiphany celebrations that half of Italians still see as an important part of their heritage

Watch Out: the Befana is Coming to Town!
More than 2000 years ago the Three Wise Men visited Jesus after his birth and gave him three symbolic gifts: gold, frankincense and myrrh. From that time on, the Befana comes every year, on January 6, to fill Italian kids’ stockings with all sorts of goodies!

From The New York Times. In an editorial that appeared on January 10, entitled "Not a Company Man," the daily notes that "Mr. Panetta may not be an intelligence professional, but he is honest and sensible and not easily cowed. Those sound like good credentials for a very hard job."

"We’ve seen what some top company men have been willing to go along with during the Bush-Cheney years: secret prisons beyond the reach of American law and all conscience; torture, abuse and degradation of prisoners; renditions for torture on an outsource basis; made-for-the-Sunday-news-shows intelligence reports. Mr. Obama has pledged to end all of that. (...) For any intelligence professional committed to his craft, and the nation’s security, that should be a relief" (Read the New York Times editorial).

Ps: The editorial made no mention of Panetta's Italian roots from the region of Calabria. It also failed to mention that "Calabria is home to the 'Ndrangheta, a Mafia network said to be even more powerful and wealthy than Cosa Nostra in Sicily". A few days ago these inopportune remarks were made, just out of the blue, by the British daily Time, eliciting critical comments from exponents of the Italian American community (See Laura Ruberto's op-ed in i-Italy).

From IFC.com.  "One of the most prominent Italian-American actors working today, Palminteri currently stars as the titular Vegas shark in 'Yonkers Joe,' an entertaining drama about a con man whose seedy world of palming dice, cheating casinos, and conning any poor sucker is uprooted when he's forced to look after his adult son with Down's syndrome." In this interview to the Independent Film Channel, Palminteri talks about his last movie, his father, and his Italian-American heritage.

 An excerpt from the interview:

You've taken a lot of roles that reflect your Italian-American background. Are you offered a ton of projects that play into cultural stereotypes, like gangster movies?

Yeah, and I usually don't do them. [laughs] That's why I do movies like "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints," "Yonkers Joe," or "Once More with Feeling," that I have at Sundance. I don't want to play a goombah character if he's just one note. I'm very proud of being Italian-American, but people don't realize that the mafia is just this aberration. The real community is built on the working man, the guy who's the cop, the fireman, the truck driver, the bus driver. This is my father. These mafia guys get all the press because they're fun to write about, they're fun to watch. That's why I wrote "A Bronx Tale." The working guy's the tough guy: "It doesn't take much strength to pull the trigger, son." He says that in the movie, that's why it was important for me.

 (Read the interview by Aaron Hillis)

From The New York Times. The College Board will drop its Advanced Placement Italian exam at the end of this academic year, just four years after it began offering it. The A.P. Italian is not attracting enough students; last May, 1,930 took the Italian test. There are no plans to eliminate any other A.P. programs, even though the Japanese exam also has few takers — 1,538. But A.P. Japanese, like several other exams, was devised to be much less costly as it is given via computer, unlike the paper-and-pencil Italian exam. (Read the article by Tamar Lewin)

From the New York Times. "Like many of the Italians who frequently visit the Amico senior center in Borough Park, Brooklyn, Salvatore Amato, 78, who arrived here from Sicily in 1958, speaks little English. Some, like Luigi Buonincondro, 91, a former Italian soldier who came to New York from Naples in 1961, understand English, but have a hard time reading or writing it."  (Read the article by Fernanda Santos...)

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Monica Straniero(November 21, 2021)
Dada Masilo da anni è una stella nel cielo della danza internazionale per la fusione di suoni occidentali e ritmi africani per raccontare il presente. È stata celebrata a Vienna nel 2014 e 2017 per i suoi adattamenti a grandi classici del balletto...
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Monica Straniero(November 10, 2021)
Dopo l'esibizione sul palco dei Rolling Stones, in apertura del concerto della band rock più grande di sempre, per i quattro giovani artisti italiani non c'è niente che li possa fermare.

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