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The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera announces Lucy Arner has been named Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Verismo Opera Orchestra. Verismo Opera, a nonprofit opera company based in Fort Lee, New Jersey, selected Ms. Arner after a search was undertaken earlier this fall.   She succeeds Maestro Anthony Morss, who is retirin...

By Mike Billoni   I was a 22-year-old rookie sportswriter at the Buffalo Courier-Express in August of 1977 when at precisely 7 p.m. my idol, legendary columnist Phil Ranallo, walked into the sports department. A Lucky Strike cigarette dangling from his lips, Ranallo presented his column to copy editor Joe Alli.   As I sat at my d...

By Summer Whitford   Italy's famous for incredible food, so learn some things you didn't know about fresh cheese, pasta, tomatoes, and more. Americans are smitten with Italian food. Without pizza, fettuccini Alfredo, garlic bread, spaghetti with meatballs, and a long list of other classic Italian-American favorites, a large percent...

By Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld   When a restaurant closed next door to the Upper West Side outpost of theMermaid Inn, the fish shack's owners Danny Abrams and Cindy Smith took the opportunity to relocate and double their capacity. Their plan for the newly vacated original space, says Smith, is "to bring a Brooklyn sensibility to Manhatt...

di Claudio Cabona   Sole, palme, spiagge dalla sabbia finissima, strade che si attorcigliano, musica che riporta alle sonorità rap di Will Smith, alle hit da discoteca di Pitbull, ma anche focaccia, mandilli, ravioli alla genovese e un buon Pigato.   Le atmosfere colorate e calde di Miami, che ogni anno vanta un flusso turistico di qu...

One of Cleveland's most historic radio stations has been broadcasting an entirely new message for the last six months. AM 1260, which in its heyday in the 1960's and 70's was known as the Rock and Roll station WIXY 1260, has become "The Rock," Cleveland's Catholic Radio station.   AM 1260 The Rock went on the air in early May, when a group o...

At 2:30 p.m., on Sunday, March 20, the Union Township Historical Society will host a presentation given by Joe and Tina Renna, co-authors of "The Peterstown Book: Cent'Anni (The 100-Year History of an Italian-American Neighborhood)."   The event will take place at the Connecticut Farms Presbyterian Church, 888 Stuyvesant Ave., Union. People...

È stato pubblicato questa mattina, sul sito del Ministero dell'Istruzione, l'Avviso da 28 milioni di euro per dotare le scuole del I ciclo di istruzione di nuovi spazi didattici per l'apprendimento delle competenze tecnologiche di base, da coniugare con la manualità, l'artigianato e la creatività.   Il finanziamento fa parte dei fondi delle...

Filaga, an authentic Sicilian Pizzeria and Rosticceria opened its doors on March 28th at 75 9th avenue in the famous New York Chelsea Market. Founded by Sicilian natives, this pizzeria and rosticceria is inspired by Sicilian style.   The 800 square foot space will at first offer "Pizza al Taglio" (by the square slice), "Pizza ripiena" (...

Some say that as you enter Palazzo Branciforte , in the bustling and mostly dilapidated heart of the city, it doesn't feel like you are in Palermo.   In fact, the historic aristocratic mansion restored in 2012 by architect Gae Aulenti for the Fondazione Banco di Sicilia is a microcosm of wonders, all beautifully organized and accessible, wit...

Stagnation in retail spells death, according to Domenico Vacca. "I think that every ten to 15 years —€" actually, now, it has to be faster than that," the Italian designer told us over a lengthy chat earlier this year. "It's good to reinvent yourself every five years, minimum."   To that end, Vacca has taken reinvention to the extreme at his...

Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, Mike Marino is affectionately known to thousands of his fans as "New Jersey's Bad Boy of Comedy". He has performed in every major comedy club from New York to Los Angeles including: The MGM Grand, Catch a Rising Star, The Comic Strip, Stand Up NY, The Improv, Rascals and The Icehouse.   He has worked with som...