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Letizia Airos Soria(November 25, 2019)
A presentation of Emma D’Aquino’s new book about Nino Marano, a man who spent 49 years in prison. It all started with stolen peppers and eggplants. After being arrested and imprisoned, it’s in prison that Nino became a murderer and never got out. Alternating between moments of hope for redemption and recurring episodes of violence. The sentence gets longer and it becomes almost an excuse to commit new crimes. A difficult and controversial story that opens up to many reflections.
Facts & Stories
Roberta Cutillo(November 19, 2019)
Sease, the new brand by Franco and Giacomo Loro Piana, relaunches the use of an ancient wool made from sopravissana sheep, an almost extinct breed found exclusively on the Sibillini mountains, a part of the Marche region that is trying to bounce back from the devastating earthquakes of 2016.
Art & Culture
Roberta Cutillo(November 18, 2019)
Following the Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations’ annual meeting in Washington DC on November 2, we asked its Chair, Dr. Aileen Riotto Sirey, to tell us a little more about the coalition’s history and its future. A retired psychotherapist, Dr. Sirey is also the Founder and Chair Emerita of the National Organization of Italian American Women (NOIAW). She has been serving as COPOMAIO’s Chair since 2018.
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Letizia Airos Soria(November 15, 2019)
Two Italian language appointments for Emma D’Aquino’s book “Ancora un giro di chiave” edited by Baldini & Castoldi. One of the most renowned Italian news anchors puts together a moving and incredible telling of detainee Nino Marano’s story. Why did we decide to hold them in Italian?
Art & Culture
Laura Pace(November 15, 2019)
This year’s World Week of Italian Cuisine is upon us. From November 18-24 a series of events and initiatives will take place in New York and worldwide to help promote Italian culinary products, practices and heritage.
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Roberta Cutillo(November 14, 2019)
President Sergio Mattarella welcomes the Italian National Paralympic Swim Team to the Quirinal Palace to celebrate their achievements at the latest World Championship in London, where they totaled 50 medals. Also honored were the young Italian paralympic athletes who won 23 medals during the 2019 European Para Youth Games.
Art & Culture
Roberta Cutillo(November 14, 2019)
A masterclass on the wines of Valpolicella conducted by wine educator and sommelier Filippo Bartolotta in the newly opened Di Palo Wine Bar, the latest venture by Little Italy’s iconic Di Palo’s Fine Foods, the “purveyors of New York’s Best Mozzarella.”
A still from Dance Again With Me Heywood!
Art & Culture
This Fall, N.I.C.E. celebrates its 29th edition in the United States dedicated to the Italian cinema and meeting with directors and critics. This year it is an expansive festival, as it branches out throughout New York City neighborhoods as well as outside the city.
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Laura Pace(November 12, 2019)
Five women, two countries, one heart. This was the topic of discussion at New York University’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, where Johanna Clapps Herman moved the audience talking about her new book “When I am Italian” and telling the tale of her journey, as a young 20-year-old girl, in search of her roots. American but also Italian, belonging to neither place or to both.
Art & Culture
Roberta Cutillo(November 11, 2019)
The Institute of molecular bioimaging and physiology (IBFM) in collaboration with University of Milano and Milano-Bicocca University and supported by Fondazione Bracco, used new technology to reconstruct the artistic process that lead to the...
Art & Culture
Laura Pace(November 07, 2019)
New York prepares for four days of great Italian auteurs, directors and premieres. The star of this year’s Italy on Screen Today Film Fest will be the acclaimed “Il Traditore” (The Traitor). Director Marco Bellocchio and actor Pierfrancesco Favino...
The ''oldest intact shipwreck in the world'' wins the 2019 International Archaeological Discovery ''Khaled al-Asaad'' Award. The ceremony will take place on November 14-17 in the UNESCO world heritage site of...
Historical Library of the "Accademia della Crusca"
Art & Culture
Laura Pace(November 01, 2019)
Though it sounds like something out of an ancient tale, the Accademia della Crusca is a real institution in Italy, composed of the leading experts of Italian language and philology. Its contribution to our country is "meraviglioso," as its...
Mastroberardino, one of the Campania region’s major wineries, presents Villa dei Misteri 2012, the latest vintage of a wine grown and made in the archeological site of Pompeii.
Italian director Lina Wertmüller, the first woman to receive an Academy Award nomination for Directing for her 1975 film “Seven Beauties,” received an Honorary Academy Award for her extraordinary career at the star-studded 11th annual Governors...
As curtains draw over the 14th edition of Rome’s Festa del Cinema, with the people’s choice award going out to Alessandro Piva’s “Santa Subito,” here are some considerations about what this event means for the city, whose image is unfortunately too...
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Conte Pushes for Albania and North Macedonia to Join EU

In the wake of an official Brexit deal between the UK and the European Union, leaders deadlocked last night on whether to allow Albania and North Macedonia to join, leaving Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte disappointed with the outcome.
Art & Culture

‘Vitruvian Man’ Will Travel to the Louvre, Italian Court Rules

Leonardo’s “Vitruvian Man” will be allowed to travel to Paris for the Blockbuster Louvre exhibit in celebration of the Renaissance icon set to open on October 24, 500 years after Leonardo’s death.
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Sisters in Liberty, a 200-Year Journey

More than a simple exhibition, a journey between Florence and New York rooted in the love of art and the historical ideals of the 1800s. Its core focus: Liberty.
Art & Culture

Giving New Life to Classic Italian Short Stories

Famed author, professor, and translator Jhumpa Lahiri in conversation with Director of Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò, Stefano Albertini, at New York’s Italian Cultural Institute, to present her latest publication, “The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories,” a new and surprising anthology of an often neglected yet typically Italian genre.
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In the Eyes of Massimo Ferragamo and Giovanni Colavita

The two Presidents of the US branch of their respective family businesses march down Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue at the Columbus Day Parade, after having been honored at the Columbus Citizen Foundation Gala.
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US to Impose Tariffs on European Goods

Following authorization from the World Trade Organization, the Trump administration plans to impose tariffs on $7.5 billion worth of goods, including aircrafts but also Italian cheeses, French wine, Scotch whiskey, and other products from the European Union beginning October 18th.
Art & Culture

Confronting Reality in Francesco Simeti’s “Imaginary” Worlds

Following the opening of the artist’s latest show in New York’s Assembly Room, I sat down with him in his Gowanus studio to talk about what informs his practice, its accumulative nature, as well as its penchant towards a baroque aesthetic, which he uses to “trick” viewers into confronting the difficult realities, from devastating wars to the rapid advance of climate change, hiding behind all the embellishments.
Facts & Stories

Help Restore The Historic Casa Belvedere

Casa Belvedere, a historical landmark and home to Staten Island’s Italian Cultural Foundation dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Italian cultural heritage in all of its forms, is seeking votes to obtain funding for the restoration of the upper levels that sustained severe water damage from Hurricane Sandy, with the ultimate goal of transforming them into new gallery space.
Art & Culture

Italian is the 4th Most Studied Language

Surpassing French, Italian becomes the 4th most studied language in the world, after English, Spanish, and Mandarin.
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What's Behind a Plate of Meatballs

An Italian TV station makes a show that looks for ‘pure Italians,’ starting from their food choices. The result? Presumption, arrogance and lack of knowledge.
Art & Culture

American Stars Abound at the 14th Rome Film Fest

Here is the program of screenings and guests coming to Rome's Auditorium Parco della Musica between the 17th and 27th of October on occasion of the 14th edition of the Rome Film Fest with Antonio Monda, festival’s artistic director for the fifth year
Facts & Stories

Ferrari Opens Tailor Made Center in New York City

Redesigned showroom becomes the first of its kind in the Americas, allowing clients to customize every element of their car
Facts & Stories

'Astroluca' New Commander of the ISS

Astronaut Luca Parmitano becomes the first Italian and third European to command the International Space Station (ISS), taking over from the Russian Alexei Ovchinin.
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‘Your Italian Hub’ And What of i-Italy?

EDITORIAL. A new communication agency is born. One that goes beyond information. A hub.
Facts & Stories

Meet “Your Italian Hub”. The New Italian Communication in the U.S.

Your Italian Hub - a new comunication agency operating in the United States. The newco is born of the experience of the editorial network i-Italy, which for over 10 years has been covering all things Italian in English for Americans, and of the Colavita Group, a leading force of the Italian food industry and one of the main importers and distributors of Italian products in the US.
Art & Culture

Italoamericana: Italian Illustration Takes on America

Italian illustration through the works of some of the most celebrated and appreciated artists in the American market at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Los Angeles
Art & Culture

Ninfa, a Beautiful Garden Amidst Roman Ruins

The Garden of Ninfa, is located in Latina, a few miles from Rome. It is today considered one of the most beautiful romantic gardens in the world.
Facts & Stories

Francesca Campagna Named New CCO General Director

The globally renowned artistic manager and consultant to cultural institutions, Francesca Campagna, known for both her deep knowledge of opera and her ability to extend the reach of preeminent artists and institutions to new audiences, becomes the first female and immigrant General Director of the Center for Contemporary Opera. (CCO)
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Columbus Day Parade's 2019. Honorees and Grand Marshal

The Columbus Citizens Foundation announced Giovanni Colavita, CEO & President of Colavita, and Cosimo, Gerardo, and Giuseppe Bruno, renowned New York restaurateurs, as honorees of the 2019 Columbus Celebration. In addition, television's Rosanna Scotto – host of Fox 5's "Good Day New York" – will receive the Columbus Foundation's 2019 Humanitarian Award. All five of these celebrated individuals will join Ferragamo USA Chairman, Massimo Ferragamo, who was previously announced as the Celebration and Columbus Day Parade's 2019 Grand Marshal.
Art & Culture

Arbëreshë, an ‘Anthropological Miracle’

A special event, featuring a lecture and music performance, held at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò traces the unique and little-known history of the Arbëreshë people of southern Italy, “an anthropological miracle,” that can serve as a model of both cultural preservation and social integration.
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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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Laura Pace(November 25, 2019)
Un messaggio nascosto, per di più in chiave musicale, all’interno di un quadro: “Il Ritratto di Musico” di Leonardo da Vinci. Lo ha svelato lo storico d’arte e ricercatore siciliano Giuseppe Petix alla Fordham University di New York.

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