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The colorful 38th I Madonnari Italian street painting festival is appearing in the form of numerous handcrafted chalk art works on the asphalt at the Santa Barbara Mission. It takes place Saturday through Monday on the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. It is a benefit for the Children's Creative project bringing arts education to county schools.  Annu...

Remarkable acquisition by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco , which on May 1 announced the acquisition of a significant work by Lavinia Fontana (Bologna, 1522 - Rome, 1614), the Ritratto di Bianca degli Utili Maselli e dei suoi figli, a rare and valuable family portrait, depiction of a mother with her children that demonstrates Lavinia Fontana...

Watching Lidia Bastianich cook on her PBS show, “Lidia’s Kitchen,” makes you wish you were in the kitchen alongside her. Filmed in her own home in Queens, N.Y., Bastianich is calm and reassuring, sharing tips, wisdom, and stories about her grandmother, giving viewers the confidence to cook Italian cuisine. Her dishes look simple but they offer comp...

When: Wednesday, May 29 - 6:00pm - What: A lecture about Venice, its culture, history and ecological problems
 of today. Presented by Prof. Elisabeth Carroll - Where: Museo Italo Americano, Fort Mason, Building C - 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94123 Dr. Elizabeth Carroll will share her insider's perspective of Venice as a former resident of la...

Our first ever TWO-day festival in 2023 was a great success. We look forward to celebrating again with you on June 1-2, 2024. 11am-5pm. Stockton Street between Union and Filbert, San Francisco, CA. The Statuto Race will be held on Sunday, June 2. If you like to become a sponsor of the event please contact Gina Travaglio. View 2023 highlights here....

On April 25th, the Comites of San Francisco honored the 79th Anniversary of Italy’s liberation from Nazifascism and the end of World War II with a special event at the Museo ItaloAmericano in San Francisco, attended by 80+ people. The evening kicked off with a nod to last year’s commemoration at Casa Fugazi. Maria Fassio Pignati sang “Bella Ciao,”...

A European court on Thursday upheld Italy’s right to seize a prized Greek statue from the J. Paul Getty Museum in California, ruling that Italy was justified in trying to reclaim an important part of its cultural heritage and rejecting the museum’s appeal. The European Court of Human Rights, or ECHR, determined that Italy’s decades-long efforts to...

The J. Paul Getty Museum has acquired “A Drinking and Musical Party,” a lively 17th-century genre painting by Italian artist Bartolomeo Manfredi, from a private collector. The painting went on view on April 23 in the Getty Center’s East Pavilion. The painting depicts a group of seven young men gathered around a table to eat, drink and play music. A...

As Liberation Day approaches every April 25th, the editorial pages of Italy’s national newspapers reignite the national discourse over Mussolini, fascism, and the future of Italian democracy. Although the fall of nazi/fascism may seem remote, it remains relevant today, not only to Italians but also to Italian Americans.   Italian fascist influence...

The Kern County Museum’s newest structure in Pioneer Village was christened last week by a small gathering of museum supporters, some with family names that are well known in Kern County. Longtime local grape grower George Giumarra was there with his wife, Marcia, and son Jeff. The family, with proud Sicilian roots, was central to Museum Director M...

In the summer of 1910, an anarchist named Sabato Rodia arrived in Seattle, a humble Italian worker visiting his brother and their comrades. Later known to the world as Sam Rodia, back then he was Sabato; quiet, passionate, and fiercely committed to the beautiful idea of anarchism where there would no more masters or slaves but only free people livi...

When: Thursday, May 2 at 6:30 PM - Where: Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco @INNOVIT, 710 Sansome St Beyond its fabled beaches, reconsidering how its unique history and ways have shaped Italy and Europe today, Jeff Biggers, in conversation with Valeria Orani, explores how travelers must first understand Sardinia and its ancient and modern...