Mark your calendars and come celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph Sunday, March 19, 2017 at St. Ambrose Church. It is not often that this annual event for the parish falls on the actual feast day of St. Joseph. That makes this year’s celebration that much more special. “There may be some minor changes, but the feast will continue the same traditions o...

March 25, Saturday – 59th Annual Swallow’s Day Parade – There is no better way to show your Italian pride than by marching along a parade route lined with over 30,000 spectators, filmed on TV and broadcast live on several radio stations. Come dressed in Italian colors and carry an Italian Regional flag, toss a pizza or just wave to the crowds. We a...

The decision to nix Columbus Day from the San Francisco Unified School District calendar last month came not with a bang but a whimper in The City. But the news apparently struck a chord with Italian Americans in Washington, D.C., who wrote a scathing letter Feb. 2 that singled out Board of Education Commissioner Matt Haney for his “particularly un...

Some other area schools have changed Columbus Day to Indigenous Day, and now it is Williamsville's turn to tackle the topic. The school board has put the name change on the agenda for a vote next month, but at least four of the nine board members have signaled their opposition to the proposal. No matter how the vote goes, some board members are  tr...

Moving the Italian Festival is a mistake! Some wish to move the festival to the waterfront because it is now chic, and it has a beautiful open space, though restricted. The quality of the festival on Hertel Avenue over the past few years has improved. It has made the businesses in Little Italy more visible to the community, it is open to everybody...

Fairs and festivals across our state could take a big hit if lawmakers cut over $4 million in state funding. That's on the table right now, but what's also there is the governor's goal to support fairs and festivals by doubling the tourism budget. The directors of some local festivals say they would have to downsize a lot if they lose their largest...

The Sacramento Italian Cultural Society will screen “Se Dio Vuole” (“God Willing”), the next in its film festival series, on Friday, Feb. 17. The comedy-drama, which won the 2015 David di Donatello Award for best new director for Edoardo Falcone, tells the story of a doctor, a charismatic priest and a dysfunctional family taken by surprise by an an...

The Verdi Festival in Emilia-Romagna, renowned among opera-lovers around the world, has been nominated by the International Opera Awards for both the Best Festival and Best New Production. Winners will be announced on May 7, 2017.  This year’s Festival Verdi, dedicated to the 150th anniversary of Arturo Toscanini’s birth, is scheduled during Emilia...

After close to 8,000 people turned out for the first Italian Fest last year, the city of Boca Raton has added more food and wine vendors and expanded the footprint to close off Federal Highway in front of Sanborn Square for the party from 4 to 10 p.m. Feb. 25. "We'll have 20 food vendors and multiple bars; last year we had one, this year we have th...

What would inspire people to book trips to Ivrea? The small city near Turin is not just your next obscure travel destination. It is an absolutely must-visit stop in the carnival season, when its distinct identity takes shape as the exciting Battle of the Oranges roars.   Oppressed peasants in the Middle Ages likely dreamed of throwing stones and pi...