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Detroit will show off movies from Italy during annual the Italian Film Festival USA of Metro Detroit April 5-30, featuring award-winning films and promising new talent. Part of a nationwide festival, there will be 13 screenings, with 11 films making local premieres. There will also be a new short film program featuring seven titles from which the a...

The Cleveland Orchestra was in prime form for the final season program of the ensemble’s Miami residency Friday night at the Arsht Center. With music director Franz Welser-Möst on the podium, the Italian-themed program featured one of the masterpieces of the symphonic repertoire, a glittering orchestral showpiece and some balletic potboilers. Mende...

It’s a snowy Saturday afternoon in Rockford, Illinois. My grandfather, Ignazio, is all but pressing his ear against the Zenith radio to hear the Metropolitan Opera broadcast of La Boheme, starring Bidú Sayao and Ferruccio Tagliavini. He pleads with me to sit with him and listen to the music of his country, which he deeply misses. No doubt the opera...

No musical instrument is more closely associated with the Italian immigrant than the accordion, and no place in Italy is more closely associated with the accordion than Castelfidardo. Known throughout the world for the accordions it manufactures, this small town in the Marche region is the inspiration for a musical and theatrical celebration that w...

Early last year, as anti-immigrant rhetoric intensified during the presidential campaign, William Massolia, the Griffin Theatre Company’s artistic director, thought of his own family’s past. All four of his grandparents came from Italy speaking very little English. Massolia started sleuthing. He dug up his paternal grandparents’ marriage certificat...

The Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Feast Committee will honor Louis Napolitano III as Man of the Year at its kickoff dinner on April 28 at Elmcrest Banquets in Elmwood Park. The De Chrisopher Family and Padre Pio candle houses will be honored at the event, and James V. (Jimmy) Lorenzo will receive the Fr. Benjamin Franch Biretta Award. Donations are $65 pe...

There’s a plan to erect a monument in the Upper Peninsula to remember the 73 people who died more than a century ago when someone yelled “fire” at a Christmas party for families of striking miners. The monument at Italian Hall Memorial Park in Calumet would have the names of the victims. Many were children. A committee member, Mike Lahti, tells The...

Dr. Joe Baldassano was named Arcolian of the Year at the Arcolian Dental Arts Society’s annual Christmas party at the Park Ridge Country Club. The award was presented by Arcolian President Dr. Russ Spinazze and past President Dr. Michael Biasiello. An active Arcolian member for over 28 years, Baldassano has served on the board and in every executiv...

One night, a little more than a decade ago, Chicago immigration attorney Mary Sfasciotti received a desperate call from a nun in the Milwaukee area. Sister Josephe Marie Flynn asked Sfasciotti to help defend a former Congolese political activist in her parish who had been jailed. Regina Bakala faced deportation and was seeking asylum in the United...

Siamo: The Italian-American Heritage Society of Northeastern PA, in partnership with the Taylor Community Library, will present its second annual St. Joseph’s Day festival on Saturday, March 18, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Taylor Community Library, 710 S. Main St. in Taylor. St. Joseph is the patron saint of Italian-Americans and immigrants and his...

Banking executive Peter Volpe will be honored as Man of the Year and Stone Park Mayor Beniamino Mazzulla will receive a Chairman’s Special Recognition Award at Casa Italia’s 47th annual gala on April 22 at Alta Villa Banquets in Addison. (708-345-5922, casaitaliachicago.org) Peter Volpe. Casa Italia is proud to present its 2017 Person of the Year A...

The Chicagoland Italian American Charitable Organization will honor Louis Scaramuzzo as Humanitarian of the Year on April 29 at Medinah Shrine Center in Addison. To make reservations, visit www.ciaco.org or call 630-400-9908. The Chicagoland Italian American Charitable Organization is proud to honor Louis Scaramuzzo as our 2017 Humanitarian of the...