John Vorrasi, singer, cofounder, artistic director and longtime guiding light of the William Ferris Chorale, died Monday afternoon after a three-year battle with leukemia. Vorrasi, 66, launched the William Ferris Chorale with his longtime partner Bill Ferris in 1971, and continued to guide the chorus after Ferris’s sudden death in 2000.  ...

Italian Cultural Institute - 500 N Michigan Avenue, Suite 1450 - Chicago, IL 60611 Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT) Maestro Roberto Turrin (piano) and Valentina Sbicego (clarinet) will give a lecture, on the occasion of their masterclass and concert to be performed at Roosevelt University the following day.&n...

Non c'è solo la mostra al Guggenheim di New York a far parlare d'Italia e del Futurismo negli Stati Uniti. Sta ora per iniziare una tournée teatrale in collaborazione con l'Ambasciata, i Consolati e gli Istituti Italiani di Cultura in USA, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò New York University e Acqua di Parma, dedicata a Filippo Tommaso Marinetti c...

This month, we highlight the distinguished career of a rising star in the Chicagoland community, and a proud and contributing member of the Italian-American community, Emilia DiMenco.   Although Emilia DiMenco has never owned a business, she has spent her entire professional career helping them grow. One of her most satisfying achievements w...

If Italian family traditions begin at home, then so, too, should Italian family business ventures. While Lewis Affetto was only 16, he helped his father, Bernard, with tax work he did out of their residence in Chicago’s Galewood neighborhood.   “I’d do bookkeeping for family businesses and some simple tax returns,” recalls Lewis Affetto, who...

Nothing warms the Italian heart like great food and music, especially when it includes dancing outdoors on a warm summer night. And that's exactly what Casa Italia is offering at its second annual Ballo Sotto le Stelle.   Slated for Aug. 21 at Casa's Festival Center, the event will include a sumptuous family-style feast followed by dancing t...

Il dato è impressionante ma la molteplicità degli eventi offre un panorama assai variegato della cultura italiana nel mondo sotto i più diversi aspetti in occasione dell'"Anno" negli Stati Uniti. E naturalmente non poteva mancare anche nel Michigan un omaggio al sommo Dante ed alla sua Divina Commedia. Un'opera vista attraverso un prisma che la res...

This summer will mark Sebastian Maniscalco's fifth appearance at the Just for Laughs festival but whereas his past appearances have been limited to sets at the Ethnic Show, the Relationship Show, and various galas, this time he'll be presenting his hour-long one-man show, Aren't You Embarrassed? at Le Gesù Theatre until July 26.   "It's good...

Date: Thursday, November 05, 2015. Hours: 6:00 p.m. Site: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago - 500 N Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611. Organized by: WWI Museum - Kansas City, MO. In collaboration with: https://supportinganally.eventbrite.com "Supporting an Ally: American Forces in Italy, 1918" a lecture by Jonathan R....

New prose and poetry by three Italian-American writers.   Friday, March 22, 2013 in the Florentine Room   7:00 p.m. Pizza, Refreshments, Light Snacks – 7:30 p.m. Poetry Reading   Judith Valente was a correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, People Magazine, Chicago Public Radio, and, currently, PBS-TV. Sh...