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Combine the typical struggles of childhood with the emotional implications of being above average weight during that formative time, plus the nuances of growing up in an Italian-American family in New York, and mix it with a heaping spoonful of levity and humor: that's comedian Mary Dimino's Scared Skinny in a nutshell. Taking place at the Union Co...

Candice Guardino is being called someone who "Stuns!" and is "Redefining Solo Performances" by The Chicago Stage, so it only seems fitting that the world renowned Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, NJ would present Italian Bred. It's based on true life events and told through the eyes of a little girl growing up Italian on Staten Island. Candice sli...

The Hudson Shakespeare Company returns for its 26th season of touring summer Shakespeare with a retro spin on Shakespeare’s classic war of the sexes romp – “Taming of the Shrew”. The action is moved from the 1590s to 1960s Italy and reintroduces the characters in this new period and foreign setting taking influences from Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita” a...

For the first time in five years, the rain held off, and the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) was able to hold its Fifth Annual Congressional Bocce Ball Tournament outdoors. The tournament, held in memory of former NIAF Board Member and Chair of the Foundation’s Government Relations and Public Policy Committee Mark Valente, featured 10 t...

Maurizio Pollini won the International Chopin Piano Competition over half a century ago. It launched him on a world-bestriding career that has been prodigious, but he is nearing the end of a brilliant career arc. Health problems forced the Italian pianist to withdraw from recitals in Washington in 2015 and 2011. The Kennedy Center’s Fortas series o...

New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera's Artistic Director Lucine Amara invites soloists in all vocal categories to audition for solo roles in the professional opera company’s 2017 production of Tosca.  New Jersey residents are encouraged to apply.  Open auditions will be held on Tuesday, June 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 pm and Thursday, June 15 fr...

TAPinto Montclair is giving away two pairs of tickets to see "America's Got Talent" star Sal Valentinetti perform at the Wellmont on June 2 at 8 p.m. Valentinetti, an Italian-American crooner, is known best for his vocals, larger-than-life personality and heart of gold. The live performance will take place at the Wellmont Theater, 5 Seymour Street,...

After landing a commitment from Francesco Badocchi just two weeks ago, the Virginia Cavaliers signed the Italian prospect (by way of Kansas) to a national letter of intent. Virginia beat out Illinois for the fast-rising prospect, who was also drawing significant interest from the Kansas Jayhawks. “We are pleased to add Francesco to our 2017 recruit...

Co-owners Marc Petrosino and Michael Latini of Monkey Boys Productions located in a former steel warehouse in Glenside, Pa., are puppeteers, designers and fabricators. They create puppets, props, creatures, costumes, practical effects and entertainment for film, TV and stage. On a visit to the Press Club, President Peg DeGrassa heard firsthand how...

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents two opportunities to have an evening with Vic DiBitetto in the Victoria Theater - first on Friday, January 26, 2018 at 8:00pm and again on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 8:00pm. A grand prize winner on America's Funniest People, frenetically fantastic comedian Vic DiBitetto – aka “The Italian Hurric...

Rain fell first, down in the valley, then turned to snow. Tiny ice pellets battered down on the wool-clad back of a boy from Pittsburgh as he rode alone over the day’s second major pass, the 5,000-foot Forca Capanine. He stuffed a newspaper in his jersey and continued onward, down into the storm. By the finish of the Giro d’Italia’s eighth stage, h...

Deana Martin performs this tribute show to her father Dean Martin all over the country, but last night it was a special performance at The Ciccone Theatre in New Jersey. The evening also honored the Scognamillo family's world famous Patsy's Italian Restaurant, the place that Frank, Dean, and families called their New York City home. The evening was...