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For the 12th straight year, the Milwaukee Italian Film Festival returns, bringing a slew of great films – most of which wouldn't likely otherwise screen in Brew City – and, as always, it's free and open to all. This year's event, slated for April 27-29 at UW-Milwaukee's Union Cinema and co-sponsored by the Department of French, Italian and Comparat...

Chicago Opera Theater — ‘Il Pigmalione & Rita’. When: 7:30 p.m. April 14 and 20 and 3 p.m. April 22. Where: Studebaker Theater, 410 S. Michigan. Tickets: $45-$145. Info: www.chicagooperatheater.org Opera companies regularly schedule Gaetano Donizetti’s popular masterpieces like “Lucia di Lammermoor” and “Don Pasquale.” But for its final 2017-18 off...

Welcome to Ferndale’s first American Bocce league taking place Thursday nights at Pop’s For Italian!!! What: American Bocce hails from Chicago where it has become a huge hit with the locals. Fast paced, casual leagues that revolve around having some good drinks and fun with like minded folks. ABC recently launched in the Detroit area and we are ext...

Imagine your family is of humble means and you aspire to become an #Opera singer, a career that requires costly ongoing training. You wonder how you’ll manage conservatory or university tuition, private lessons and all the rest. You win first prize in a vocal competition. A jury member takes you under her wing and assumes your intensive training, e...

When “At War with Love” kicks off the Italian Film Festival at the Detroit Film Theatre on Wednesday, it will be a happy accident for educator Elena Past. The Wayne State University associate professor teaches a course called Mafia Movies, and the 2016 mix of comedy and drama is a perfect fit for it. “I scheduled the class long before this opening-...

Caliendo’s Banda Napoletana is aiming to cap off its 45th anniversary year with new uniform hats for its musicians. One of the few authentic Italian festival bands left in America, the ensemble was launched by Raffaele Strocchia in 1926, and is now run by Strocchia’s cousin Marty Caliendo.  “All of the years playing outdoors in virtually every type...

Milwaukee's Larry Baldassaro is the author and/or editor of a number of great books about baseball history, including "Beyond DiMaggio: Italian Americans in Baseball," "Ted Williams: Reflections on a Splendid Life" and co-editor of "he American Game: Baseball and Ethnicity." You may also recognize Baldassaro's name from his work for the Milwaukee B...

Baseball has always been a big part of Cleveland culture, and on Wednesday, March 28, students and faculty at Case Western Reserve University have an opportunity to learn more about it. At 7:30 p.m., a “Celebration of Italian American Baseball” will feature a screening of an award-winning documentary, “Italian American Baseball Family,” followed by...

“It’s rare that he hits a cheap one.” - Mike on Mike appreciation from Blowers. Thirty four minutes later, he did it again. And then thirty two minutes after that he did it yet again. In the top of the bottom of the eighth inning he took pity on Nick Ramirez, who’d just entered, the game, and only knocked a line drive single into center. Perhaps it...

It’s a difficult decision, but Nonne made it easy on her family. Back in the day, Maria Cerroni — known affectionately by her extended family as “Nonne (no-knee)” — drove her sons, Andy and Pat, home from football and basketball practices at Johnson Creek High School. When they went into coaching and had families, she drove long distances to watch...

A man who has been entertaining people in the Valley for 75 years celebrated a birthday on Thursday. Frank Gallo turned 90. Friends and fans gathered at The Manor in Austintown for a birthday celebration. Gallo started his entertainment career when he was just 15, playing with the United Mine Workers band in Pennsylvania. He played nightclubs in Yo...

Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) Department of Modern Languages and Literatures Program in Italian and Department of Physical Education and Athletics, in collaboration with the CWRU Film Society and CWRU Spartan Baseball are proud to present a “Celebration of Italian American Baseball” on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at Strosacker Auditorium beg...