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In Italian “festa” simply translates as “festival.” But in actuality an Italian festa is so much more. Within the culture it celebrates the life of a Christian saint. The faithful joyfully attend Mass. Homes and plazas sport decorations. Traditional foods, with recipes handed down for generations, comfort the body as well as the soul. Small wonder...

Anthony V. Salvo, a longtime local teacher turned Salem mayor, died Monday at Salem Hospital following a brief illness. He was 89. “Always a gentleman, Mayor Salvo loved Salem with a spirit of dedication that few could match,” wrote Mayor Kim Driscoll of her predecessor twice removed in a Facebook post Monday. “His tireless efforts, both in public...

I Madonnari is coming back to the Santa Barbara Mission this weekend, when street painters will decorate the plaza using pastels on pavement, creating about 150 bold and vibrant, large-scale art pieces. The local I Madonnari Italian street painting festival will celebrate its 31st anniversary this year, having brought this tradition from the romant...

For the fist time in the United States, the exhibition "Vivere alla Castiglioni" pays tribute to Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, undisputed Italian masters of twentieth-century design. Achille's daughter and son, Giovanna and Carlo Castiglioni, will visit San Francisco during San Francisco Design Week as representatives of the Fondazione Cast...

The I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival will celebrate its 31st anniversary 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 27, 28 and 29 at the Santa Barbara Mission. A ceremony at noon on Monday, May 29, on the Mission steps will introduce and thank the major festival sponsors and featured artist Meredith Morin as her street painting is concluded. I Madonnari, the f...

When: From Sunday, June 04, 2017 to Sunday, August 20, 2017 - Where: Free for Good, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024 - Organized by : Hammer Museum In collaboration with : Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York - Entrance : Free Bringing together five decades of work—from her early Arte Povera experiments, to the enigmatic heads and faces...

It may have been a weekday noon Mass, but worshipers thronged St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland on Tuesday in numbers that could have rivaled an Easter service. The standing-room-only crowd of at least 1,500 converged on the cathedral for the one-day opportunity to be near a few bits of hair and cloth that would connect them with one of the most venera...

The San Francisco Black Film Festival will be opening on June 15th and closing on June 18th. One of the dopest documentaries that will be screening is called “BlaxploItalian: 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema,” which looks at the perception of Black people, born in Italy, in the their national media as well as the cultural currents that it t...

For centuries, Italy has fascinated travelers and artists alike. From the crumbling ruins of ancient Rome to the crystal-clear light of Venice, artists have found inspiration not only in the cities but also in the countryside and in Italy’s rich history and culture. The Lure of Italy: Artists’ Views, on view May 9 through July 30, 2017, explores th...

The majority of Hollywood actors are only successful at creating one or maybe two characters that are truly memorable over their entire careers, and that’s if they’re really lucky. However, Giancarlo Esposito is definitely the exception to that rule. He’s often been called a “chameleon”, which he actually likes hearing since it means that the roles...

While most people are occupied with what will happen in the future, hundreds of historical reenactors in Vallejo were happily living 500 years in the past. The Carnevale Fantastico, an Italian Renaissance and cultural festival, kicked off its weekend-long affair Saturday at the Blue Rock Springs Park in Vallejo. Speaking with thick Italian accents,...

Mario Maglieri – an owner of famed Sunset Strip clubs Rainbow Bar and Grill, The Roxy Theatre and Whisky a Go Go –  died on Thursday. He was 93. Rainbow Bar and Grill announced the news on its Facebook page. "Dear Rainbow friends and family, it is with great sadness to announce the passing of our beloved Mario Maglieri. Owner and founder of the Rai...