This past weekend, I Am Books, an independent Italian American bookstore in the North End of Boston, the city’s historic Italian immigrant neighborhood, hosted its first Idea festival, “an Italian-inspired festival of books, authors, and culture”, according to its website. I Am Books is the first bookstore Italian American bookstore in the US, open...

It’s that “hurry-up” time again! We may feel our hearts quickening as we enter the big box stores — and rightfully so. In October, amid the Halloween decorations, I spotted some Christmas stuff tucked in the corner. Nowadays, it seems like the retailers do it up faster than the speed of light. But — hold on, folks! Do we really need to subscribe to...

Showcasing the best of North Central West Virginia’s deep Italian history, the Feast of the Seven Fishes is set to provide both locals and out-of-towners with a weekend of rich, traditional Italian fun. This year, the weekend will kick off Dec. 7 with The Festival Cucina, while the all-day Italian street market will take over Monroe Street Dec. 8....

Three years after a motion to change the name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples day failed in a split vote, the Hopkinton select board revisited the idea and voted in favor of the change. The board approved the change with a unanimous 5-0 vote at its Oct. 29 meeting. Beginning in 2019, the October holiday will appear as Indigenous Peoples Day i...

Carnival in Sardinia (Carrasegare) is one of the most evocative and most popular events to take place on the island. Suspended between land and sea, the Sardinian land reflects its duality even in the masks that populate the Sardinian Carnival, existing in the limbo between nightmare and fantasy, between superstition and sacredness. Among these we...

Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci served spaghetti and meatballs to seniors at the Town of Huntington Senior Center's Italian Festival on October 17. "Celebrating Italian Heritage Month is always fun because of all the great Italian foods we can enjoy," said Supervisor Lupinacci, who supplied the cake for the celebration, adorned with an Italian flag in...

Fall is here, my favorite time of the year. It means brisk days on an orange, yellow and brown backdrop, butternut squash ravioli, pumpkin pie and apple cider. It also means the end of "festival season" for me. Onesti Entertainment is involved to varying degrees with many festivals, but there are three we produce from top to bottom. And by fall, we...

I Am Books, a diminutive independent bookstore with an Italian focus in Boston’s North End, has organized a two-day festival taking place for the first time Nov. 2 and 3 in Cambridge. IDEA Boston is a celebration of Italian books, authors, and culture, and the festival will include a number of panel discussions, a film screening, music, workshops,...

The spooky season is upon us, with Halloween just around the corner. Ahead of the horror-filled holiday, Italy tour experts Roma Experience has rounded up a selection of the creepiest tours in Rome. Roma Experience offers specialist tours of Italy year-round and this Halloween guests can join its knowledgeable tour guides on visits to the city’s fa...

Hundreds joined Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino at his annual block party and pasta dinner on Saturday evening, Oct. 20,  at Peppertree Plaza in Downtown San Pedro. “Festa Italiana” featured music, a bocce ball court sponsored by the Grandsons of Italy in America and, of course, lots of Italian food. P izza was provided by Buono’s Pizza, p...