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by Sandra Tornberg   The Federazione Abruzzese del Michigan held its Festa Abruzzese on Sunday, September 20. Wayne State University Professors Elena Past and Silvia Giorgini-Althoen and a group of their Italian students joined FADM members and friends for a great afternoon. In addition, Consul of Italy in Detroit Dr. Maria Luisa Lapresa mad...

By Janet Podolak   Loretta Paganini grew up in Bologna, considered by many to be the breadbasket of Italy. In the north of the boot-shaped country, its rolling farmland has many crops and is the home for Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, Balsamic vinegar and many other products known the world over.   Paganini's mother was a longtime profes...

Giorgio Tavecchio did not play in the Green Bay Packers' disappointing exhibition opener against the Arizona Cardinals.   His parents had flown in from California to watch the free-agent kicker make his debut, as had other relatives from New Jersey. The weather was nearly perfect on the early August evening and 73,000-plus Packer fans were e...

Rockford's original, authentic, 37th Annual Festa Italiana is almost here! Located at the Boylan High School Grounds, Festa Italiana is a celebration of tradition, food, entertainment, and scholarship. Festa proceeds go GRIAA's mission of promoting the Italian culture in our community through events and education with the majority of these proceeds...

Rabbi Barbara Aiello, Italy's first—and only—female Rabbi, as well as the country's only non-Orthodox Rabbi, will be speaking at the McHenry County Jewish Congregation (MCJC) in Crystal Lake on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 7 pm. Her topic will be "The Hidden Jews of Sicily and Calabria." Rabbi Barbara is the founder of the B'nai Anusim movement in S...

Lately there have been grumblings among some, though not all, of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association board members, wondering why the orchestra should be taking on expensive projects like lavishly cast concert operas in a city that already has a world-class opera company.   Performances as glorious as the all-star concert version of V...

Cincinnati is getting typecast: The Queen City will stand in for New York City in yet another major motion picture this year.   John Travolta, of "Pulp Fiction" and "Saturday Night Fever" fame, will star as the title character in "The Life and Death of John Gotti," a biopic on the life of New York mob boss. The Golden Globe-winning actor's r...

Our next meeting will be September 20, 2014, at the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, starting at 10:30 a.m. and concluding at noon. Anyone with an interest in Italian Family history is welcome.   At our meeting, we will update each other on new developments in genealogy, using DNA and other sources in ou...

Date: Thursday, May 07, 2015 Hours: 6:00 p.m. Site: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago - 500 N Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611 Organized by: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago In collaboration with: http://galateo.eventbrite.com Presented by editor and translator M. F. Rusnak "Galateo: Or the Rules of Polite Behavior" (Univers...

by Julie Yolles   Champagne toasts and milestones all around for the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning musicalJersey Boys this month. On Nov. 6, Jersey Boyscelebrated 10 years on Broadway. When the curtain rises Tuesday at the Fisher Theatre, Detroit will mark the 100th city that the current national tour has played.   And for ac...

Death is inevitable, but what death shows us about the social behaviors of the living is not. And recent University of Cincinnati research examining the ancient bereavement practices from the the Central Apulian region in pre-Roman Italy helps shed light on economic and social mobility, military service and even drinking customs in a culture...

During the 1950s and 1960s, W. 69th Street, north of Detroit, was mostly an Italian neighborhood. Right after WWII, a new wave of Italian immigrants came to the U.S. escaping from the horrors of poverty and the desolation that brought the end of the war.   Some other neighbors came before the war, and helped to welcome new immigrants. The st...