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I had the opportunity this past week to attend the National Italian American Foundation’s (NIAF) annual New York City Gala.   NIAF has been a big supporter of The Italian American Podcast since the beginning, and Dolores and I are both proud members of NIAF. I am never sure what to expect at events like this.  Will they be crowded or rushed?  Will...

The American Italian Socio-historical Association (AISA) has rescheduled its 2nd St. Joseph’s Day Celebration Conference this year for April 4, 2017 from 9:00am to 2:00pm to be held at the D'Angelo Center Room 128, St. John’s University. It is a goal of the AISA to hold a special conference every year dealing with the Italian American experience in...

At the National Italian American Foundation’s New York gala Wednesday night, comedian Joe Piscopo did his “Saturday Night Live”-minted impression of Frank Sinatra singing “New York, New York.” He also introduced Anthony Scaramucci, who was receiving an award for special achievement in business and financial services -- though Piscopo, who’s conside...

Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Michael Consuelo is retiring at the end of September, after about seven years at the helm. “I’m nearing the age of 70, and having retired once before, I thought maybe another go-around is needed,” he said in a telephone interview on Thursday. “While I’ve enjoyed my tenure with the chamb...

Chelsea’s Agora Gallery will feature the exhibition Spatial Fluidity, which opens April 1, 2017 and runs through April 21, 2017 with an opening reception on Thursday, April 6 from 6-8 pm. Any art lover who enjoys thought-provoking artworks and meeting talented and interesting artists is encouraged to attend. Exhibition Dates: April 1, 2017  – April...

Marisa Merz's story is one of upward mobility. From her humble beginnings in Turin, Italy, the artist developed her own style in a diverse array of mediums, eventually becoming the sole female contributor to a prominent artistic subculture. Through the distortion and manipulation of imagery and materials, she reveals her prowess for abstraction in...

One of the wonderful aspects of what I do is meeting remarkable people who passionately pursue their life’s work. They live by a set of rules that might not seem conventional but I find their determination to live a life of creative struggle profoundly inspiring. Recently I visited the composer and conductor Anton Coppola a few days before his hund...

The Italian American Committee on Education (IACE) and Eataly New York invite students in the Italian language program to participate in the initiative “Food in Focus,” a photography contest. This year’s theme is : “Bringing People Together Through the Power of Food” IACE students are encouraged to submit photos taken with a smartphone. The image s...

Last night I had the honor and the pleasure to attend the 2017 NIAF Spring Gala in New York. It is always an enormous privilege to be able to be part of this amazing celebration of the Italian American community. At the famous Cipriani 42 venue, for a completely sold out event, many friends of We the Italians were so kind to welcome me as the found...

Dating back some 4,000 years, the sport of falconry is still widely practiced today. With origins in the Middle East, falconry is a highly-regarded pastime, which, in some cultures, also serves as a male rite of passage. Italian filmmaker Yuri Ancarini explores an annual falconry competition that takes place in the vast desert of Qatar in his visua...

When: Friday, April 07, 2017 From 6:00 pm To 8:00 pm - Where: Italian Cultural Institute of New York - Organized by : ICI - Entrance : Free After receiving the Critics' Prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (1990), Pietro De Maria won First Prize in other prestigious international piano competitions, such as the Dino Ciani - Teatro La Scal...

While the focus was on St. Patrick's Day Friday, the parade up Fifth Avenue, corned beef, green beer and all the trimmings, on Sunday celebrations shifted to the great Feast of St. Joseph, the patron saint of families and of the Universal Church. The tradition was originally brought over with Italians who immigrated from the "old country" and is st...