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Lilly Smartelli dreams of marrying her best friend on Valentine’s Day. “Bernie and I have been looking for just the right wedding venue to stage our big Italian wedding,” said Ms. Smartelli, 55, who lives in Phoenix. Ms. Smartelli marks Feb. 14 on her calendar, not as a romantic holiday, but as a day defined by comfort, happiness and a different so...

Frank Sinatra’s 1954 Oscar, one of the Rat Pack ringleader’s most cherished possessions, has gone home. After a 10-year stay at Encore in Las Vegas, the gold statuette has been returned to his family. It no longer greets diners at a Steve Wynn-created restaurant named after Sinatra. Wynn acquired it as part of a rare loan arrangement with the singi...

Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco had a great year in 2018. He toured all over the country, published a collection of essays and appeared alongside Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen in the critically acclaimed film “The Green Book.” In fact, the Los Angeles-based comedian’s year was so good he recently clocked in at No. 10 on Forbes’s year-end list of...

The Italian Association of Arizona, a local 501c (3) non-profit, is excited to announce its 6th Annual Italian Festival celebrating all things Italian. This two-day event will entertain and delight guests with live music, delicious Italian food and wine, dance performances, authentic Italian crafts and more. The festival will take place on Saturday...

Isabella Rossellini has become something of a surrealist Jane Goodall. Rossellini has always lived a unique life—but in the last decade, the 66-year-old actress and model has taken perhaps her most peculiar turn: She's become one of the world's foremost lecturers on animal fucking. Her interest in the science behind animal fucking was first broadca...

Ray “Coach” Faraca, 88 of Kellogg, Idaho, passed away on December 23, 2018. He was born on December 8, 1930 in Kellogg, the son of Italian immigrants, Antonio and Agnes Grace (Caruso) Faraca. Ray was a lifelong resident of Kellogg and extremely well known in the community.  He graduated from Kellogg High School in 1950 and then attended the Univers...

“Even before choosing to travel, I was a nomad and I got to know first-hand the nature of the various Italian communities abroad, I was able to appreciate their versatility, their high cultural level, their widespread talent and their excellent integration skills.” Silvia Chiave, Italy’s new Consul General in Los Angeles, knows very well what it me...

The Bronx Wanderers’ very name indicates movement. And the popular family act is on the move, hauling out of Windows Showroom at Bally’s and into the Linq Hotel’s Mat Franco Theater in January. Making official what had been expected for weeks, producers Alan and Kathi Glist have secured a preview opening of 9 p.m. Jan. 28, with a media premiere tar...

When: Thursday, December 6th (6:00pm–7:30pm) - Where: Sahara West Library, 9600 W Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas, Nevada 89117 - Free and open to the public. For more information, please call 702.507.3631. Come hear Karen Haid, international award-winning author of Calabria: The Other Italy, share the beauties and wonders of Calabria, a fascinating Itali...

Saturday, December 1, 2018. 3:00 PM 5:00 PM Caffe Musica (14300 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle) presents visual artist Katherine Wright - Saturday, December 1st 3-5pm, free admission. Please join us for this meet-the-artist event. Enjoy the gorgeous watercolors by this very talented artist which depict scenes from Puglia, Italy. Happy-hour refreshments w...

Most people are familiar with Italian food. There’s pizza, gelato, and all manner of pastas. And the food is great. But there’s much more to Italian culture than that. Casa Italiana di Las Vegas wants to clear up a few things about Italians. And in a way, that’s its mission: to promote Italian culture. “We have to battle misconceptions on a regular...

The international comedy hit My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm in Therapy!, featuring actor and comedian Peter J. Fogel, will be coming back to Stage West at The Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe, from Dec. 19 through Jan. 20, 2019. One part lasagna, one part kreplach, and two parts Prozac, you don't have to be Jewish or Italian t...