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Citizens of Italian descent comprise a significant percentage of South Louisiana's total population, and have had a tremendous impact on Louisiana culture, from architectural masonry to foodways to jazz and brass band music. In Independence, the proportion of Italian residents is conspicuous in that Italian-Americans outnumber any other cultural gr...

Sugar Land City Council recently approved an agreement with the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, the International Film Festival of Spello (IFFS) and the Region of Umbria for the creation of an Italian Film Festival in Sugar Land. The multi-day festival called Umbria in Sugar Land is scheduled for Sept. 27 through Oct. 1 at locations throughout Sugar...

In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we talk with Lena Prima, New-Orleans based singer songwriter and daughter of the legendary Louis (Louie) Prima. In our Stories Segment, Anthony reads a section from his new book, Forty Days in Italy Con La Mia Famiglia: How to Travel to Research Your Italian Roots, which will be available on Tuesday,...

The nonprofit Italian Club of Dallas has become a club without a home after losing its location in Addison. The organization, which describes its role as promoting and preserving Italian culture and traditions, moved out of the space it occupied since 2006, following a dispute with the landlord that it cannot discuss, but which surely must have som...

“Sono lieto potervi comunicare che con la risoluzione HR 2282 della 85ma legislatura, è passata la proposta che il mese di Ottobre sarà dedicato alla Storia Italiana”. Ad annunciarlo è Vincenzo Arcobelli, consigliere del Cgie e coordinatore del Ctim in Nord America. "Un altro importante riconoscimento da parte del congresso Texano, dedicato all'Ita...

Representative Tan Parker announced the successful passage of House Concurrent Resolution 144 which designates June 2nd as Italian Heritage Day in Texas. The resolution was sponsored  by Senator John Carona in the Texas Senate and was unanimously passed by both legislative bodies. The 2nd of June of each year is the anniversary of the Festa of the...

THE cellar is flooded and Chris Ranalli worries about snakes. From the safety of the back door, he points out the sturdy walls—two feet thick, as if to withstand Mediterranean earthquakes—and the elegantly vaulted ceilings. “They lived in the top two storeys and made wine in the basement,” explains Mr Ranalli, who now tends the 100-year-old vineyar...

Sonja and Mark DeJacimo say they have enjoyed attending the Italian Festival in McAlester since its beginnings. “We’ve always experienced the Italian Festival ever since it started,” Mark DeJacimo said. He’s looked forward to seeing who’s been selected as the Festival Re and Regina each year.  “You’d see people you know,” he said. This year though,...

Plans are in place for this weekend’s Italian Festival, set for Saturday and Sunday, May 13 and 14, at the Southeast Expo Center west of McAlester. “We’re predicting great weather and a huge turnout,” said Bobby Lenardo, one of the Italian Festival Committee members. Everything from food, music, carnival rides and the traditional arts and craft sho...

Homeless and starving, the Corrente children traipsed through the mountains of central Italy during World War II, foraging for food and shelter, going so far as to rely on leaves for sustenance and suckling from sugar-dusted towels soaked in whatever water they could find — this for some semblance of flavor. Angioletta Pavan, grieving the loss of h...

Join us at the ICCC to discover the role the Etruscans played in the development of the city of Bologna. Saturday, June 3, 2017. Lecture starts at 6:00 pm, doors open at 5:30pm. Previous registration not required, but suggested: Suggested donation at the door - $10 for members, $15 for non-members This lecture led by Massimo Maracci - Director of C...

As genres go, New Orleans-style jazz is the quintessential musical hybrid, mixing everything from brass band marches and French quadrilles to beguine, ragtime and blues. There’s no disputing that the cross-fertilization was carried out under an innovative performance style that first took root in New Orleans in the hands of African-American musicia...