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A refurbished statue of Christopher Columbus is now on display in Pueblo. The Sons of Italy unveiled the refurbished 109-year-old statue during their annual wreath-laying ceremony marking Columbus Day on Monday.   KOAA-TV (http://bit.ly/1saz3ax) reported that the ceremony unfolded as protesters, some of them in Native American headdresses,...

By Jess Fleming   The historic, mint-green-and-mirror art deco space that houses Il Foro, the new downtown Minneapolis restaurant, is absolutely stunning. Owners Josh Thoma and Kevin Fitz-gerald of Smack Shack and the upcoming reboot of the Lexington, wisely left the former Forum Cafeteria mostly untouched.   They moved a bar and refr...

Cristina Fontanelli has become a well-known personality through her recordings, her appearances on TV, radio, in concert, nightclubs, and opera, and through her acting debut on network television. Her most recent accomplishment is as PBS Host for Andrea Bocelli's historic free concert in Central Park also starring Celine Dion, David Foster and Tony...

Lyric Opera of Kansas City opens its 56th season with a Company premiere and new production of Vincenzo Bellini's The Capulets and the Montagues September 21, 25, 27 and 29, 2013 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.   Based on Renaissance legend (rather than Shakespeare's play), a longstanding political feud drives the drama in Be...

Dr. Monica Seger, assistant professor of Italian at the University of Oklahoma, will deliver three lectures at Missouri Southern State University on Monday, Sept. 9. "Mafia Culture: History and Representation in Italy and Beyond" will begin at 9 a.m. in Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall.   The lecture will explore the roots of the mafia bot...

L'Ufficio del Turismo del Montana – parte del consorzio turistico Rocky Mountain Int. composto da quattro Stati del Nord Ovest Usa – lancia una guida in italiano fornita di cartina e con diverse idee di itinerari estivi nelle zone dei parchi nazionali di Yellowstone e del Glacier. Naturalmente nella pubblicazione c'è spazio anche per quelli inverna...

by Edward M. Eveld   Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday announced the appointment of Antonio J. Soave, an Overland Park businessman, as Kansas commerce secretary. Soave, 51, is chairman and CEO of Capistrano Global Advisory Services, which identifies and negotiates international business joint ventures and acquisitions.   "Antonio's...

To meet the growing demand for pizza in the growing states of South Dakota and Montana, Marco's Pizza® franchise is seeking to partner with entrepreneurs who want a slice of the action. How big is the demand for pizza in South Dakota and Montana? The oil boom in North Dakota has added a ton of momentum behind the economies of South Dakota and...

Salvatore Primeggia, professor of sociology at Adelphi and frequent entertainer on Italian American culture and comedy will appear at the Garden City Senior Center on Golf Club Lane at one o'clock on Monday, October 17th. His topic will be Italian American comedy from the immigration era until the present time. Dr. Primeggia is an author as well as...

by Jasper J. Mirabile Jr. Festa Italiana 2016 is back again this weekend, June 3 to June 5. The longtime local ethnic festival draws visitors from across metropolitan Kansas City and beyond, and this year it celebrates 10 years at Zona Rosa. Festa Italiana Kansas City is a celebration for local Italians to share some of their culture and heri...

If you like Italian cuisines/restaurants, St. Louis offers some of the best Italian restaurants in the country as a result of our rich Italian/American population. The community known as "The Hill" is full of Italian history and is known for its great Italian restaurants, deli's, bakeries and stores. Local residents and even famous people, includin...

What started as a dining room table discussion more than 30 years ago has evolved into, among other things, the long-running La Festa Italiana. In 1980, eight people sitting around a table hatched the idea of an American Italian Heritage Society, and out of that grew La Festa Italiana, now in its 32nd year.   La Festa Italiana, which wr...