Nel corso del mese appena trascorso San Francisco è stata il palcoscenico di molti eventi interessanti legati alla promozione della lingua italiana.   Fra questi, ha riscosso un grande successo lo spettacolo "ABC l'Italiano si impara così", messo in scena presso l'Istituto Italiano di Cultura da Laura Caparrotti, Direttore Artistico di Kairo...

Yesterday I had the distinct honor of waving the start flag in front of the Fairmont Hotel to mark the beginning of the 23rd annual California Mille vintage car tour. Was it the standard green flag, like in NASCAR? Not for the California Mille, a race inspired by the 1000 mile race that ran between Rome and Brescia from 1927 to 1957. It was the tri...

It's a hop, skip and a jump from the Geary Street side of Union Square to 236 Post St., where the Salvatore Ferragamo store just reopened in larger, two-story digs.   A fixture in San Francisco since 2000, the purveyor of luxury Italian goods is now cheek-to-jowl with Burberry, Cartier, Graff and Giorgio Armani, a growing designer alley. &n...

Escape the heat (or give in to the eery fog) with summer chills Italian style. Three films from a more disconcerting, though no less accomplished, side of the Italian psyche: Fiorile (1993, 105 min), 20 August. Register here. Romanzo criminale (2005, 154 min), 27 August. Register here.Girl by the Lake (2007, 95 min), 3 September. Register her...

By Mauro Battocchi The San Francisco Opera company has announced an ambitious calendar of ten operas this season, up from eight last year.   Included from the Italian opus will be Vincenzo Bellini's Norma (Sep 5 - 30, 2014), Giuseppe Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera (Oct 4 - 22, 2014), Gioachino Rossini's La Cenerentola (Nov 9 -26, 2014), Marco...

Una mostra "work in progress" di dipinti realizzati dal vivo in uno studio artistico aperto al pubblico.È questa l'originale idea realizzata dall'Istituto Italiano di Cultura di San Francisco e dall'artista toscano Domenico Monteforte, il quale torna nella città sulla baia dopo la bella mostra esposta in questa sede due anni fa.   Fino all'i...

Claudia Volpi throws down a friendly ultimatum: "I challenge you to find an Italian who doesn't own a pair of Superga shoes." And she's hoping the sporty "People's Shoes of Italy" will soon become common footfare for Fillmore residents as well, now that the doors to her new boutique are open at 2326 Fillmore Street.   The shoes — slip-o...

Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 Time: 6:30 PM. Location: IIC (Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness Avenue, Suite F, San Francisco) Organized by: IIC To illustrate the theme of this year's Italian Language Week, which is "The Italian of Music, the Music of Italian", Kip Cranna from the San Francisco Opera and Marina Romani from UC Berkeley will give a talk ab...

by Serena Perfetto   A unique documentary exhibition, "Italian American Cinema: From Capra to the Coppolas", is currently on display at the Museo Italo-Americano, until March 6, 2016. The exhibition is surely an opportunity to better understand the contributions made by Italian-Americans to the national cinema and culture. Film scholar Josep...

by Mauro Battocchi   As part of Italy's "Extraordinary Italian Taste" campaign, aimed to promote authentic Italian food in the US, Italy is the first-ever partner country at the Winter Fancy Food show which is under way at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. I had the the honor to open the show today together with Maurizio Forte (center in...