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While two major International Film Festivals are taking place in Venice and Toronto, the American Initiative For Italian Culture (www.aific.org) based in Washington, DC, offers the first Film Festival entirely dedicated to the Italian Cinema, called Italian Film SUDestival, September 19-24, 2014, at West End Cinema.  The name SUDest...

Chazz Palminteri stars in "A Bronx Tale," his acclaimed one-man show that launched him to fame, at the Mayo Performing Arts Center, Friday, October 17 at 8 pm. Tickets are $49-69.   Written and performed by Chazz Palminteri, A Bronx Tale tells the story of Calogero Anello, a young boy from a working class family who gets involved in the worl...

When Bruce Gradkowski made his first start for the Oakland Raiders back in November 2009, the tweets and the e-mails started coming. Jewish fans came up to him constantly and assumed he was Jewish.   It turned out Bruce Gradkowski is not Jewish. Bruce has a Polish mother & an Italian father. The 31-year-old is yet another Pittsburgh...

It was ready, set, go Saturday morning at the 15th Annual Italian Heritage Festival 5K. Even the rain couldn't hold back the determined runners. Registration was at 7 in the morning, with the race kicking off at 8:30 a.m.   The starting line was at Byard-Mercer Pharmacy on Main Street. The course went throughout Glen Elk. All in all, the cou...

In her 1987 bestseller "Beloved," Toni Morrison described one of the benefits of having a sister as "sweet, crazy conversations full of half sentences, daydreams and misunderstandings, more thrilling than understanding could ever be."   That's pretty much the plot of "Cooking with the Calamari Sisters," a comic extravaganza playing through S...

The National Italian American Foundation 2013 Photo Contest is now accepting submissions. The topic is: Italianità ...The Italian spirit or essence; ItaliannessThe photo contest is open to amateurs, shutterbugs and professionals. Submit only one photo per person/entrant. If you submit multiple entries, we will consider only the first photo received...

The National Chamber Ensemble, together with the EMBASSY OF ITALY and the ITALIAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE present NIGHT OF ITALIAN OPERA! Enjoy a glorious night of instrumental music, arias and duets with opera stars soprano YANA EMINOVA and baritone ANTON BELOV.   Some of the exciting operatic music of the evening will include duets from great o...

The Energica Motor Company recently announced that it will display its new Energica Ego sportbike, a 3D-printed motorcycle, at the 2016 CES show in Las Vegas. The Energica Ego and Energica Eva, an electric streetfighter, are the first Italian high-performing electric motorcycle designed with F1 technology.   Franco Cevolini, president a...

A psycho-education scientist and a Montessori educator address the question of the fundamental importance of free movement and organized extracurricular sport activity for the cognitive development and well being of the child in a symposium presented by Coni, the Italian National Olympic Committee during the National Italian American Foundation's 4...

By Kathy Lauer-Williams   Chazz Palminteri was a frustrated aspiring actor in New York in the 1980s — he couldn't seem to catch the eye of casting directors. He too often found himself sweeping the floor of a theater rather than honing his craft on its stage. So in 1988, he started writing "A Bronx Tale," based on his own story of growi...

WASHINGTON- Nelll'Auditorium dell'Ambasciata d'Italia a Washington, sede dell'Istituto Italiano di Cultura, si e' svolto il concerto della pianista Francesca Hurst che ha presentato musiche di Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757), Domenico Cimarosa (1749-1801), Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849), Jennifer Margaret Barker (1965-...

The new era of the Philly POPS begins this weekend under the baton of new maestro Michael Krajewski as Italian musical treasures will be saluted during the Columbus Day weekend.   The Philly POPS opens its 2013-14 season with the theme "Viva Philadelphia!" – a celebration of the City and of Philadelphia's Italian spirit as well as a demonstr...