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Michigan-bred Vatican astronomer and Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno will become the first clergyman awarded one of planetary science's most prestigious awards, when on Thursday in Arizona he receives the Carl Sagan Medal.   And then Consolmagno, for two decades the curator of the Vatican's meteorite collection, plans to head to metro Detroit...

Play bocce with friends young and old (then watch the champs compete in a tournament Sunday). Watch cooking demonstrations and sample cuisine at the Cucina Showcase. Enjoy Henry Prego's musical tribute to Frank Sinatra and Dove c'√® Musica's salute to Eros Ramazzotti daily.   Grab an espresso so you're wide-eyed for a Festa tradition: firewor...

November 8-9 Loyola University Chicago The conference invites 20-30 minute papers that look at the late 19th and 20th century Italian immigration, with an emphasis on Chicago and the Midwest. Presentations may be given from the viewpoint of ethnic studies, urban and cultural history, literature and language, theology, and the sociology of religion...

by Kate Abbey-Lambertz When Ariel Millan received a message at 5:40 a.m. Monday that his sous chef Mateo Burns was having a baby, he said okay and went back to sleep.   Several minutes later, the executive chef of Detroit's newest Italian restaurant woke up with a start and an expletive, sent a congratulatory text and headed into Ottava Via...

The 36th Annual Festa Italiana will be Aug. 1-3 on the Boylan High School grounds, 4000 St. Francis Drive, Rockford.   Special attractions include great Italian food and pastries, bocce tournaments for men's and women's teams, carnival rides and children's crafts. There will be continuous musical entertainment like BritBeat, Tony Spavone, Jo...

Are you in the mood for Italian food? Well, here's a great reason to indulge your craving for pasta. The Association for Developmentally Disabled of Woodford County is hosting their 8th Annual Italian Feast fundraiser this weekend. Here with more about this tasty fundraiser is Jonathan Gaurke‚Äč,Director of Administrative Services.   If you wo...

Seminar Format---Works in Progress--- Book Sales, Signings, Raffles, Give Aways! WE SUPPORT ITALIAN AMERICAN WRITERS---you should too! Network Network Network.... Bring your checkbook and credit card---100s of titles from our presenters and from the library......call 708 345 5933 to reserve your place or Register on our Casa Italia Web Site.&n...

An early masterpiece by the Italian artist Caravaggio is coming to Detroit. "Saint Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy" will be displayed at the Detroit Institute of Arts beginning this week and running into mid-January.   It's on loan from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Conn., and will be shown next to the DIA's own 16th-centur...

Societa Santa Fara di Cinisi invites everyone to their upcoming Procession and Mass in Honor of Santa Fara di Cinisi at Holy Family Church on May 17. Please bring your club or Society banner to walk along our procession at 10:30 a.m.   Procession followed by an 11:30 a.m. Mass. Following Mass will be food and refreshments in the church hall....

On Thanksgiving Eve in 1901, two trains No. 4 and No. 13 collided near Adrian Michigan, killing over 100 Italian immigrants who had recently come to the United States for a better life. On impact, cars on Train 4 exploded but were saved from fire by the quick thinking of the Train's engineer, Aaron T. Strong.   Train 13's cars were shattere...

Many misperceptions surround the spectacles held in ancient Rome, especially as a result of contemporary film and television. For instance, there is the popular belief that gladiatorial combats were the premiere spectacle at Rome: that they attracted the biggest audiences and the most partisan fans. In fact, neither assumption is true. The Circus M...

"We hear a lot about change these days: climate change, change of pace, change is good," says Marcia Piemonte, director of events at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii. "For the last several years, Mother Nature has made the weekend of our Festa di Tutti i Santi one of her hottest and stormiest of the summer. This year, a decision was made to change...