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With three weeks to spare, volunteers are starting to prepare the homemade pasta for the 119th annual Tontitown Grape Festival. Volunteer Jettie Franco said participating in the festival is a way to share a piece of her Italian heritage with her family and the community. "I think that's what happens in a lot of nationalities, they don't pass down t...

Texas in summer means hot days at the lake grilling. It usually doesn't mean opera. But beginning 7:30 p.m. July 18, students of Red River Lyric Opera will perform four operas in Midwestern State University's Fain Fine Arts Center Theatre. The three-week summer intensive workshop brings opera singers from across the country to study with voice teac...

Nola Gondola, founded by Robert Dula, will wrap you up with the magic and allure of the Venetian Gondola, and mix it with the romance and flavor of New Orleans. Robert’s childhood dream of being a Gondolier was realized in 2003 when work on his authentic Venetian Gondola began in Venice, Italy. "I'm not Italian," said Dula, who goes by Roberto on t...

When he campaigned for his leadership job, Rep. Steve Scalise embraced two things he loved, baseball and his home state of Louisiana, handing out commemorative baseball bats and serving up a Cajun dinner with oysters and gumbo. The House's third-ranking Republican is known as much for that sort of joie-de-vivre, a backslapping, hearty embrace of t...

Leonardo da Vinci was a genius, a virtuoso and a visionary. His studies, inventions and works of art created during his life from 1452 to 1519 make him the consummate Renaissance man. He drew early concepts for the car, bicycle, helicopter, glider, parachute and much more, but his legacy is best seen today in such works as the “Mona Lisa,” “The Vit...

IT’S OFFICIAL: The fourth annual Taste of Italy Houston wine and food fair will be held on Sunday (trade) and Monday (trade, media, and consumers), January 28-29, 2018. And many of the exhibitors will also be presenting their products and meeting with trade members at the Savor Italy event to be held in Los Angeles on January 25-26 (click here for...

The Dallas Opera named Italian-American soprano Marina Costa-Jackson its 2017 “Maria Callas Debut Artist of the Year” award winner. This award, named after one of the most renowned opera artists of the 20th century, is given to a single performer each season in recognition of a particularly memorable and outstanding company debut. Born in Las Vegas...

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...