The subject of immigration has always been a hot political topic in the United States. The DNA of our nation is comprised of people from many different lands, many who have fought and died to make this country great. In their honor this Memorial Day, HISTORY is taking a journey back to the inception of the United States in the new, two-day, four-pa...

Each year, “Open Roads: New Italian Cinema” screens films that draw upon Italy’s rich cinematic heritage and that provide a snapshot of contemporary Italian life. A collaboration of The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Istituto Luce Cinecittà, Open Roads 2017 will screen at New York City’s Walter Reade Theater beginning June 1. Italophiles will w...

The curtain fell on the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday, with Italy’s Jasmine Trinca winning the Un Certain Regard acting prize for her performance in 'Fortunata'. A film by actor-director Sergio Castellitto, ‘Fortunata’ follows the journey of a freelance hairdresser in pursuit of her dream to open her own salon in the Roman subu...

Years ago I awoke in a hotel in Rome on a sunny morning to the sound of bands  playing and troops marching through the city. When I turned on the television, I saw crowds massed along the streets, flags fluttering in the sky and scores of uniformed soldiers. Rushing to the concierge, I asked what was going on. “Signora, è il due di giugno!” he excl...

I joined my Teggianesi friends in Williamsburg, Brooklyn Sunday afternoon (May 28th) to celebrate the Grand Feast of their beloved patron, San Cono da Teggiano. Mass was celebrated in Italian by Fr. Vincenzo Chirichella in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, which is currently under renovation. It was great to see members of the Sacred Military Consta...

Representative Tan Parker announced the successful passage of House Concurrent Resolution 144 which designates June 2nd as Italian Heritage Day in Texas. The resolution was sponsored  by Senator John Carona in the Texas Senate and was unanimously passed by both legislative bodies. The 2nd of June of each year is the anniversary of the Festa of the...

What a nice stretch of festivals we’ve had, from Greek Fest to Memphis in May Barbecue and now to another favorite, Memphis Italian Festival. Italian Fest, as everyone calls it, is back at Marquette Park for its 28th party Thursday through Saturday. It always strikes a good balance of family fun and grown-up good times, mixed in with good food and...

The hands caught the attention of those walking by the front of the Santa Barbara Mission. The artist, barefoot and covered head to toe in chalk, bounced her head to the music from her ear buds and swiped soft hues along the pavement canvas. She scanned a reference image and lifted her head to view the result, then rubbed in the pastel chalk with h...

All of Italy shared in the celebration of Jessup’s patron saint. An Italian film crew traveled across the Atlantic Ocean last week to document La Festa dei Ceri, a celebration of St. Ubaldo Baldassini, which happens in only two places on the planet — Gubbio, Italy, and Jessup. On Sunday, during the last event of the weekend-long festival, videograp...

Festa Italiana will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. Aug 25 and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 26  at Villa Cesare, 900 Eagle Ridge Dr. A variety of Italian favorites will be available including pizza, Italian sausage, Italian beef, arancini (rice ball), meatball sandwiches and specialty desserts. A beer garden, featuring Italian beer Peroni, will be open both...