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The Little Italy Association, Convivio and the Italian Cultural Center are proud to partner with the San Diego Padres for the 2018 Italian Heritage Night on Thursday, May 31. Come celebrate with us for an evening of special guests and programming. Purchase your ticket today to have a chance to receive a limited edition, commemorative San Diego Padr...

The Italian filmmaker will be honored at the annual fest which takes place the week before the Academy Awards. The 13th Annual L.A. Italia Film Fest is returning to Hollywood. This year's event will pay tribute to Call Me by Your Name director Luca Guadagnino and the film's producer Marco Morabito on March 2. The film will compete for four Academy...

She was described as “the most beautiful woman in the world” in the ’50s and ’60s. From Italian cinema, Gina Lollobrigida arrived in Hollywood, flown in by Howard Hughes himself. The international sex symbol captured the hearts of men everywhere, including famous ones—from Hughes himself to King Rainier III. She appeared in movies opposite iconic n...

If you've been watching television for the past decade, chances are, you have stumbled upon Buddy Valastro, the Cake Boss, a fourth-generation Italian-American baker from Hoboken who has built his financial empire almost literally from cake and icing. During his visit to the Philippines for the TLC Festival 2017, Buddy shared some tidbits about his...

San Francisco Italian American groups launched a referendum campaign Thursday to reclaim the former Columbus Day as “Italian American Heritage Day” following a Board of Supervisors decision last month to rename it as Indigenous Peoples Day. The board voted 10-1 in January in favor of the name change. The national holiday was named in honor of Itali...

The J. Paul Getty Museum Thursday announced the gift of six rare Italian manuscript illustrations that will go on display in December. The gift, from collectors James E. and Elizabeth J. Ferrell, were originally pages from a choir book made around 1400 for the Carthusian monastery of Santo Spirito in Farneta, Italy. The book was commissioned by Nic...

Looking at a black-and-white photo from their wedding, Anna and Anthony Bellisario couldn’t help smiling.  “We felt old. We thought we were really old (when we got married),” Anthony said with a laugh. The photo was taken Feb. 11, 1956. Come Sunday, the Bellisarios will celebrate their 62nd wedding anniversary. But just listening to the couple spea...

Los Angeles dedicates an entire day to one of the most famous Italian film icons in the world: Monica Bellucci. The Filming On Italy Festival, organized by Agnus Dei and the Italian Institute of Culture, opened on January 31st with the screening of Malèna by Giuseppe Tornatore, a movie that, back in 2000, consecrated Monica Bellucci as an internati...

La grande musica italiana premiata a Hollywood: è stato assegnato a Tiziano Ferro l'Italian Excellence Award 2018 che il cantautore (cinque dischi di platino per 'Il mestiere della vita') ritirerà nel corso del 13.mo 'L.A., Italia - Film Fashion and Art Fest' (25 febbraio, 3 marzo). L'evento che promuove il cinema italiano nella settimana che prece...

Our local community has a long-standing tradition of the Italian-American influence, and Convivio has been a leader in preserving and advancing the Italian-American cultural narrative in our community. Unity of purpose, mutual respect and collaboration have long served as prime tenets of Convivio since its inception. We are privileged to work with...

Expectedly — and with afterthought, not a surprise — a phone conversation with sound sculpture artist Bill Fontana is textured with sonic anomalies. “Ping, ping,” warns his Nissan Leaf before San Francisco-based Fontana announces, like a narrator, “I’m driving an electric car. It only makes a sound when it’s backing up.” Later, the phone’s “whoosh,...

Another day, another historic statue comes down. This time in California, to no one’s surprise. On Tuesday, the San Jose City Council voted to remove a Christopher Columbus statue from City Hall. The California city joins a long list of other municipalities that have considered removing Columbus statues or have abolished Columbus Day in favor of In...