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Nov 17 at 2 PM Indianapolis Opera and the Italian Heritage Society of Indiana team up to celebrate the 200th birthday of Italy's greatest opera composer.   This afternoon concert features performances by opera guest soloists, the Indianapolis Opera chorus and a special prosecco toast!

The Council of Catholic Women of Mary, Seat of Wisdom Parish will host its inaugural Italian Dinner on Saturday, November 9. The celebration of Italian cuisine will be held at Mary, Seat of Wisdom School's Barry Gymnasium in Park Ridge, 920 Granville Avenue, from 6 to 9 p.m. The event is open to the public.   The evening offers something fun...

Fifty years ago this fall, the Italian-American Society in Indianapolis decided to restore the Chapel in the Meadow in the Atterbury Fish and Wildlife Area.   The chapel had been built 20 years earlier by Italian prisoners of war and dedicated in the autumn of 1943. So this fall also marks the 70th anniversary of the chapel itself.  ...

"My 19-year-old grandson, a sophomore at my alma mater, Fordham University, is the core of my happiness and life. I hardly acknowledge my daughter [Nina] when he's around; I'll walk right past her and go to him."   These words are bemusing in their honesty and could likely belong to any proud Italian-American grandfather known for his bluntn...

by Paola Boivin   The barbs are flowing as freely as the grappa. Jerry Colangelo is surrounded by 13 of his closest friends, many from the Hungry Hill neighborhood of his youth. "You're a funny guy, Jerry," someone shouts. "You mean 'odd'?" Joe Piunti says. "Did I ever expect Jerry to become this big? Hell no," offers Kelo Pan...

The 84th annual Italian American Festa will take place from noon to 7 p.m. Aug. 11 at Hickory Grove Park, 12403 Hickory Grove Road, Dunlap. There will be spaghetti and lasagna dinners; meatball, sausage and Italian beef sandwiches; Italian desserts and beer and beverages for sale.   Read more   Source: http://www.pjstar.com &nb...

By Valeri DeCastris Publicity Chairman, Greater Rockford Italian American Association (GRIAA) Annual Hall of Fame awards were recently bestowed upon members of the Italian American community at Franchesco's Restaurant in Rockford.    Sponsored by the Greater Rockford Italian American Association (GRIAA), the awards recognize community...

"It's an opera of the now," said director A. Scott Parry. "It's real human beings going through real experiences on stage in real time. It's geared heavily towards entertainment. I would love for people to forget everything they think they know or associate with opera before they attend." "Don Giovanni" is the Italian opera based off the legend of...

By JoAnne Viviano   With the 2015 Columbus Italian festival now in the record books, organizers and participants say they hope to bring back a couple highlights that were new to the festivities this year. Chief among them is making the St. John the Baptist Italian Catholic Church building a bigger part of the celebration that it sponsor...

1 On 1 Genealogy Consultation The Casa Italia Genealogy Department is now offering one on one genealogy assistance in our library on select Mondays. We are not only assisting with Italian research, but any ethnic background. Terri O'Connell is providing consultation on a few dates and specializes in Irish research and also Germans and Russians in...

by Jason Beudert   Anthony Nunes has been dreaming about opening an Italian-themed wine bar since he was in high school. Don't believe him? Next to his name in the 1986 North High School yearbook reads the following passage: "Future plans: own an Italian restaurant."   But that dream would have to wait 20-plus years while Nunes pursue...

Cleveland's Severance Hall was included in the eight-city American tour of the Antonio Stradivari 1726 "Ex Adams Collection" violin played by Matteo Fedeli with pianist Andrea Carcano. Presented by The Consulate of Italy in Detroit commemorating the Year of Italian Culture in the USA 2013, the program of short pieces served well to show off the ric...