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Casa Italiana di Las Vegas wants to clear up a few things about Italians. And in a way, that’s its mission: to promote Italian culture.
Ever dreamed of tying the knot in a fairytale castle in Italy? You can now rent one for just over $100 -- and the whole place will be exclusively yours.
In Nine, the curious musical in which Daniel Day-Lewis (convincingly) pretends to be Italian, his director-in-crisis character eventually flees from Rome to Anguillara Sabazia.
Italian liquor group Davide Campari posted strong results Tuesday, helped by fizzing sales of its signature orange aperitif
Mario Segale, the man after whom video game hero Super Mario was named, has died aged 84.
Mr Segale was a successful Italian-American property developer from the US state of Washington.
If you'd like to eat the world's most scientifically perfect pizza, you have two options: One, fly to Rome and order a Margherita pizza fresh from the brick oven; or, two, solve a long thermodynamic equation to simulate that glorious Italian pizza in your pathetic electric oven at home.
With surprisingly little controversy or debate, the City Council voted this Tuesday to designate the second Monday of October — traditionally celebrated as the federal Columbus Day holiday — as both Indigenous Peoples’ Day and Italian Heritage Day.
The 12th Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival, which runs Oct. 25-28 at the Sottile Theatre, is Charleston’s biggest celebration of Italian culture.
This year it focuses on a particular city in Italy known as a creative center in a country known for its artistic and cultural legacy. Four of the 13 films to be screened at the festival tell stories of Naples.
In Verona, where foodie and street artist Pier Paolo Spinazzè lives, hate propaganda has been on the rise. Spinazzè fights it with love, combining his longtime passions for food and art.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln history professors will continue their History Harvest project by collecting stories from Italian-Americans about their culture and experience during a “harvest” at Omaha’s Santa Lucia Hall on Sunday, Oct. 28.
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Screening of Sicily Jass The world’s first man in Jazz by Michele Cinque, followed by Q&A with the director and author of the movie.
A journey inside the Sicilian chromosome of jazz, forgotten by the official history; the incredible story of a Sicilian who became the world's first man in jazz, Sicily Jass: The World's First Man In Jazz is a film about the life, the music, and times of Nick La Rocca, a son of Sicilian immigrants, a self-taught cornet player, and leader of the Original Dixieland Jass Band, the New Orleans based combo which eventually recorded the first jazz record, in New York, in 1917. Moving between fiction and documentary, while travelling from a timeless Sicily through New Orleans past and present, the film follows the infectious rhythms of early jazz and goes deep into an introspective journey narrated by the voice, the gestures and the puppets of Sicilian master Mimmo Cuticchio.
Is there a literary counterpart to what art historians call the ‘Scuola Metafisica’? Giorgio de Chirico himself wrote disquieting poems, dreamlike prose, and even an experimental novel, while his brother Alberto Savinio became one of Italy’s most celebrated modernist authors and was included in André Breton’s foundational anthology of black humor. Another painter, Filippo de Pisis, claimed to have invented ‘Metaphysical narrative’ in Ferrara, and the early work of vanguardists, such as Palazzeschi, Delfini, and Govoni, has often been associated with Metaphysical art. All these experiences contributed to what critics, in textbooks and literary histories, have often called ‘Italian Surrealism.’ While challenging such a Franco-centric and imprecise formula, this lecture focuses on the most original and influential poetics that emerged from the impact of Metaphysical painting on Italy’s literary imagination: the style known as Realismo Magico, or Magismo.
Magic(al) Realism is an extremely broad category in current critical terminology, but few know that one of its earliest uses (arguably the first in the realm of literature) was proposed by writer Massimo Bontempelli to re-found Italian literature in the inter-war period. Bontempelli was deeply influenced by his meeting and collaboration with the de Chirico brothers, and forged a poetics of ‘everyday marvel’ that, after unsuccessful attempts at Neoclassical and post-Futurist literature, made him one of the most popular writers in Europe. Because of his relations with the fascist regime, Bontempelli’s magical writings and aesthetic theories have been largely forgotten in the second half of the twentieth century, but they still deeply influenced crucial voices of post-war literature, including that of Italo Calvino. This lecture will center on the two Favole metafisiche of the 1920s that are most clearly connected with the Metaphysical Masterpieces currently exhibited at CIMA. It will also argue that the Scuola Metafisica and Realismo Magico share some crucial literary and visual sources, including Ovid’s mythology, 15th century Italian painting, and Ludovico Ariosto’s irony.
Join us for an evening with Alessandro Giammei (Bryn Mawr College) and CIMA’s Spring Fellow Carlotta Castellani, who will discuss the magazine “Industrie Italiane Industriali” (“Italian Factories Illustrated”) as a Modernist Platform where both writers – such as Massimo Bontempelli – and artists – such as Mario Sironi and Carlo Carrà – worked and shared their new aesthetic ideas.
Please note: CIMA will be live-streaming the program on our Facebook page.
6pm – registration, aperitivo, and viewing of Metaphysical Masterpieces
6:15pm – program begins, followed by audience Q&A
8pm – Evening concludes
A creator is someone who invents something that was not there before: being a scientist, an artist, an entrepreneur. Italian history boasts many examples of famous creators, beginning with Leonardo da Vinci, whose 500th anniversary from his death is celebrated this year. Together with the journalist Maria Teresa Cometto we have organized a series of conversations with Italian professionals who master this creative ability, which is one of the peculiarities of Italian personality. In a series of talks, in collaboration with the Consulate Genral of Italy, we will meet some of the most interesting Italian creative innovators of our time.
This evening we host Brian Pallas, founder & CEO of Opportunity Network, a platform worth USD 165M, connecting 25,000 CEOs over a deal flow of USD 200 billions. Brian worked in consulting at BCG, private equity and investment banking. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, has been a judge for Forbes “30 Under 30 Europe” and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network.
Bordighera Press is internationally recognized as the foremost publisher of italianità in North America. Commemorating thirty years of publishing authors in the Italian diaspora, this event will feature three recent publications, Not for Nothing by Kathy Curto, Bitter Bites from Sugar Hills by Sara Fruner, and Il cucchiaio trafugato by Angelo Spina.
Publishing works spanning from New York Poet Laureate Emeritus Joseph Tusiani and his award-winning poetry to groundbreaking scholarship and research like the recentRe-Mapping Italian America (edited by Sabrina Vellucci and Carla Francellini), the event will kickoff a yearlong celebration of thirty years of Bordighera Press and its authors.
House of Secrets
The Many Lives of a Florentine Palazzo
by Allison Levy, Brown University
Author Allison Levy in conversation with:
Leonard Barkan, Princeton University
Gerry Milligan, College of Staten Island/CUNY GC
Alexander Stille, Columbia University
House of Secrets tells the remarkable story of Palazzo Rucellai from behind its celebrated façade. The house, beginning with its piecemeal assemblage by one of the richest men in Florence in the fifteenth century, has witnessed endless drama, from the butchering of its interior to a courtyard suicide to champagne-fueled orgies on the eve of World War I to a recent murder on its third floor. When the author, an art historian, serendipitously discovers a room for let in the house, she lands in the vortex of history and is tested at every turn—inside the house and out. Her residency in Palazzo Rucellai is informed as much by the sense of desire giving way to disappointment as by a sense of denial that soon enough must succumb to truth. House of Secrets is about the sharing of space, the tracing of footsteps, the overlapping of lives. It is about the willingness to lose oneself behind the façade, to live between past and present, to slip between the cracks of history and the crevices of our own imagination.