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There are legendary musicians still performing their craft after all these years, and then there is Frankie Valli. The ageless front man for the Four Seasons, born Francesco Stephen Castelluccio to an Italian-American family in Newark, New Jersey, is still belting out songs some 65 years after he began doing it professionally in the early 1950s. Th...

On March 19, Casa Italiana di Las Vegas in collaboration with the West Charleston Library presented “Ciao Marcello!”, a wonderful black and white silent short film which is a tribute to Federico Fellini and his favorite actor, Marcello Mastroianni. Francesco Mazzini, who plays the lead role, introduced the movie which tells the story of a semi-reti...

The Bellagio Conservatory’s newest display brings summer to life. The “That’s Amoré” design brings Italy to Las Vegas by way of flowers, intricately designed mosaics and bright yellow lemons. Two large animatronic swans, crafted with real feathers, move and sway in one of the garden’s ponds. Adjacent to the pond, a picnic display features dishes an...

A new Las Vegas jewelry trade show is gearing up support. Premier, a trade show run by Emerald Expositions that is set to launch in 2019, has signed the Italian Exhibition Group as one of its anchor exhibitors. The show is to take place from May 31 to June 4 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. IEG plans to “showcase a significant pavilion of Italia...

The misty, verdant gorges of the Pacific Northwest and the sunny hills of Tuscany are 5,600 miles apart, but on June 23 they'll be bridged by the voice of Andrea Bocelli. The Tuscan opera/pop crossover sensation will bring his wheat-cracked tenor to Portland in a program of beloved arias and heart-on-the-shirtsleeve Italian contemporary music, back...

Ettore “Ted” DeGrazia was an everyman’s Jack of all trades—an impressionist painter and sculptor, a composer, an architect, a director and a lithographer, among other titles. His work was all created in and inspired by the world of the Sonoran desert and the melting-pot culture it provided. The DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun has 15,000 original DeGraz...

One thousand feet above Washington's Columbia Valley, the highest reaches of dusty Snipes Mountain lie beneath river stones, vineyards staked incongrously in a mix of arid earth and the water-rounded rocks of gemlike beauty and crayon-color variation that winegrowers here call cobblestones. Less than than seven inches of rain fall on them every yea...

Tragedy and Passion intersect in Verdi’s hotblooded melodrama. Get set to experience the thrills and chills of this outstanding operatic melodrama at Seattle Opera's latest production of Verdi's Il Trovatore. Regarded as an absolute rollercoaster ride of heightened emotions, jealousy, lust and revenge, the production also depicts some of Verdi's mo...

Sarebbe un bel soggetto per un film la storia di Susan Johnson e Paul Henke, due turisti americani in visita ad Asti. Lei infermiera e membro del Consiglio cittadino, lui vigile del fuoco, entrambi dell’Oregon (USA), il cui viaggio in terra astigiana si è trasformato in qualcosa di indimenticabile. Domenica mattina, durante la visita al Battistero...

Chef and restaurateur Brian Clevenger has a fondness for Seattle's Eastlake neighborhood. It's the first place he lived when he moved to the city and is now home to his newest restaurant. Le Messe, Italian for harvest, stays true to what Clevenger does best — simple, good food. The menu features an assortment of house extruded pastas, fresh vegetab...

In an age when even sit-down restaurant food is manufactured on automated assembly lines, at least one restaurant remains committed to carrying on its food traditions. House recipe tomato sauce simmered for six hours and hand-tossed pizza dough made fresh daily and baked on a brick hearth are hallmarks of Casa Mia’s fine craft. In business since 19...

Five years ago this month, Arancino at The Kāhala opened adjacent to the hotel valet. It created a buzz with its fine-dining vibe, a prix fixe menu starting at $85 (and taking hours to finish), a sommelier-created wine list and a dress code that required men to wear shoes. While much has remained—the wine list is still impeccable and much of the dr...