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Members of Omaha's Little Italy community cheered and cried Sunday as family and friends celebrated the final day of the Santa Lucia Italian Festival at Lewis & Clark Landing. The four-day festival concluded with members of the Italian-American community walking with an ornate and decorated statue of Santa Lucia through the streets of down...

The Italian-American Heritage festival is taking place in Western Gateway Park. Attendees can enjoy Italian food, entertainment and live music. This year, a staple restaurant in the metro for 59 years, Mama Lacona's, won the award for best sauce after entering the competition for the first time. "I'm not at liberty to give any ingredients...

Garden City, KS–City Commissioners decided at Tuesday's meeting to accept a $10,000 bid from business partners out of southern California to buy the old American Legion building on Pine Street . Francesco Dorigo has owned a number of Italian restaurants out of state, now he will start one here.The original bid of $1 for the Garden City Arts Council...

By Patricia Montemurri   The remains of a Catholic virgin martyr saint revered for forgiving her attacker before she died were on display today in a Philadelphia church visited by Michigan's papal pilgrims. And the relics will soon be coming to three Detroit-area parishes.   The relics of St. Maria Goretti, an 11-year-old killed in 19...

Emilio DeGrazia is a first-generation Italian-American who grew up just this side of the "wrong side" of Detroit. On the opposite side of DeGrazia's childhood street, he described, was "a land of no return." His side led him to decent schools and prolific career as a writer of prose and poetry. On Tuesday, January 5, DeGrazia will share some of tha...

By Eileen Mosco   State Rep. Joe Salazar (D-Thornton), self-appointed censor of holidays, introduced HB1135 to change Columbus Day to Indigenous People's Day. He and his followers blame Columbus for all the ills imposed on the indigenous people. How absurd.   Italian-Americans celebrate the day because: 1. Columbus was Italian. 2. H...

The Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Denver will hire a Teaching Assistant Professor of Italian for appointment to begin September 1, 2016. This is a non-tenure track position, with full benefits and a 3-year contract, renewable; promotion possible. Salary is competitive. The annual teaching load is eight classes on a qu...

Dr. Dominic M. Nigro was born in Cosenza, Italy in 1893. As a child, Nigro's family moved to the United States and settled in Kansas City, Missouri. He attended the University of Notre Dame, earned a medical degree at Creighton University, and went into practice as a doctor, treating Harry Truman before he was President. In the 1930s, he served as...

Join us on Thursday, December 10th from 7:00 to 8:15 PM, for a guided tour of Mia's collection of Italian Renaissance art. Our Mia docent will guide our small group through a number of paintings and other art pieces that are part of Mia's permanent collection. The tour offers a great opportunity to learn about this period of history and ask questio...

by Jaime DeLage   After a year off to reorganize and a year away in Shoreview, the fledgling Festa Italiana is returning to Harriet Island this weekend.   The first Festas were held on Harriet Island in September 2011 and 2012, but miserable weather the second year convinced organizers to move their event to midsummer. The lack of sum...

In conjunction with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts exhibit Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945 we offer an event highlighting the history, philosophy and the work of Brunello Cucinelli.   Brunello Cucinelli is an Italian company in the fashion industry that produces luxury products. Known for its cashmere products, Brunello Cucinelli is now...

Many American cities have areas famous for their large populations of Italian immigrants. In New York it is Little Italy, in Boston the North End and in St. Louis the Hill. It was only natural that those seeking a new life in a foreign land would settle among family and friends. Here it was in the southside Greenbush neighborhood, affectionately ni...