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The life of Charles A. Fracchia Sr. was an only-in-San Francisco story. Fracchia, who died on July 21 at the age of 83, loved this town and devoted a good part of his life to that passion. He was the founder of the San Francisco Historical Society, a prolific writer of books and articles about The City, a teacher and one of the very best San Franci...

Back in 1919, a group of 22 young men from northwest Italy’s Piedmont region got together most evenings at a house in North Oakland to drink wine and play cards and bocce. Similar smaller gatherings took place at other Piemontese family houses in the area. By 1920, the men’s exuberant energy overwhelmed their hosts. “So we kicked them out of our ho...

The Doris Foley Library will offer a free online presentation with tips and strategies for people starting to research their Italian ancestors on Tuesday, July 27, at 2 PM. The Nevada County Community Library will host the program, “Basics of Italian Genealogy,” on Zoom and Facebook Live. Topics to be covered include where to start; traditional Ita...

Italy’s senate passed a resolution last week which politicians claim will ultimately strengthen the government’s hand when battling complex restitution cases. Using the announcement as a platform, Massimo Seri, the mayor of Fano, renewed calls for the Getty Museum in Los Angeles to return the “Victorious Youth” (aka the “Atleta di Fano”), the 300-1...

Elisabetta Ghisini, presidente dei COMITES di San Francisco, ha trent’anni di esperienza nel campo della comunicazione e del corporate marketing; attualmente CMO di ContinuumLab.ai, ha insegnato alla Hult International Business School e ha alle spalle anche un’esperienza di leadership in BAIA, la Business Association Italy America. Ha fondato da po...

Lorenzo Ortona came to California to serve as Consul General of Italy in San Francisco five years ago, bringing his wife, journalist Sheila Pierce, and his two children, Sofia and Luca along. The time for a goodbye just arrived and we had our last conversation to hear about his joyful moments, accomplishments, and things he’ll never forget. It was...

The IAMLA was delighted to join Councilmember Gilbert Cedillo for the inauguration of Annette Cardona Square in the Northeast Los Angeles neighborhood of Cypress Park earlier this week. Cardona, who was known later in life as Annette Charles, was born in Los Angeles to Italian and Mexican parents. She is best remembered for playing the role of Char...

July 13 - October 3 - Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049. North Pavilion, Plaza Level. Get here free tickets to the Getty Center. Paolo Veneziano led the premier painter’s workshop in late medieval Venice, producing work ranging from large complex altarpieces to small paintings intended for personal devotion. This focused...

The Italian Consulate General in SF has the great pleasure to share the 6 episodes of the podcast "Letters to Italy" created and directed by Sara Marinelli for Comites SF. The project was funded by the Directorate General for Italians Abroad of the Italian MFA. The stories told in the podcast regard the impact of Covid 19 on the Italian Community o...

The future as we imagined it by watching science fiction movies could be closer than we believe. In particular, a project created in 2012 from a vision of entrepreneur Elon Musk, who hypothesized a super speed ground-level transportation system, in which people could travel in a hovering pod inside a vacuum tube at a very high speed, could soon bec...

While we wait for Italian Design Day, we are pleased to showcase the program organized by Milano Design Film Festival. 1891, 1917, 1935, 1983. These are the respective years of birth of Gio Ponti, Ettore Sottsass, Jr., Tobia Scarpa and Antonio Aricò. The show organised by Milano Design Film Festival draws an ideal and real line for bringing some of...

Chula Vista, the second-largest city in San Diego County, is a remarkably vibrant minority-dominant city as far as American cities go. Its population of 270,000 is 59.8% Hispanic, 85% of whom are Mexican Americans. The median family income in 2019 was $81,727 and the poverty rate just 9.6% — half of California’s 18.2%. By contrast, McCallen, Texas,...