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In addition to performing in Rockford's Festa Italiana, the Amici Italiani Adult Dance Troupe is again performing at the 2014 Chicago Taylor St. Festa Italiana!   Their performance is scheduled for Saturday, August 16th, 2014, @ 3:00 p.m. You will be able to see them perform on the Pan American Bank Stage. See the Amici Italiani Adult Dance...

by Joel M Beall   Frequent visitors of Eden Park have undoubtedly come across the statue of a she-wolf feeding twin infants. Some might be privy to the fact that it's a replica of the famous Capitoline Wolf located in Rome, and was bestowed to Cincinnati as a gift. What might be foreign, and somewhat of a head-scratcher to observers, is...

It's about a month until the 33rd annual Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival gets underway, with this year's event set for July 24-26 at Wheeling's Heritage Port.   The Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival began in 1983 as the brain child of Anthony Zambito, Vincent Colaianni, Anthony Iannarelli and Benny Battistelli who visited the Cl...

by Mitch Stacy   The parents who created a "visual bucket list" for their 5-old-old daughter who's slowly going blind started by showing her wondrous sights close to their Ohio home. They never dreamed she'd get to see Rome someday. Elizabeth "Lizzy" Myers and her family will travel to Italy sometime next spring thanks to Turkish Airlin...

An annual soiree is bringing together some of the best Italian restaurants in the area as a benefit for the Penrickton Center for Blind Children in Taylor. "A Taste of Italy" takes place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 at the Downriver Italian American Club Hall, 646 Biddle Ave., and features Italian food, wine and music.

by Gus Burns   As Christopher Columbus Day came to a close Monday, Detroit's own Christopher Columbus statue stood defiled by vandals. For most of the day, a hatchet stuck from the center of the Italian explorer's likeness. A bystander climbed up and removed it about 4 p.m., remarking that it was disrespectful.   Tape that held t...

This month we highlight the distinguished career of highly respected academic leader, John P. Pelissero.John P. Pelissero, Ph.D., became interim president at Loyola University Chicago on July 1, having previously served as provost.   He is also a political science professor at Loyola, where he has been a member of the faculty for 30 years. H...

The Cleveland Museum of Art is returning to Italy a medieval illuminated manuscript page, or leaf, after the country showed the work was illegally cut from the book that once contained it.   The removal of the leaf occurred sometime between 1933 and 1952, when the museum bought the work in good faith, museum director William Griswold said Th...

The Greater Rockford Italian American Association celebrates local Italian heritage through things like Festa Italiana and the Amici Italiana dance troupe, but now the group wants to celebrate the history of local Italian families. The group is asking all Italian-Americans in the Rockford are to take part in the Immigration Histories of Rockford's...

The Italian American Club of Livonia will offer Italian language classes for adults and children starting in September.   Registration takes place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20. Beginning, intermediate and advanced Italian classes for adults start Tuesday, Sept. 19. Classes meet from 6:30-8 p.m. and from 8-9:30 p.m. Tuition is $75 for 12 class...

Photographer Richard Haskin and writer Pierette Domenica Simpson are proposing a DETUR in the Art community of Detroit and Turin.   DETUR, (short for Detroit-Turin Exchange) refers to a new path intended to create a cultural bridge for artists of every genre to explore, enrich, and connect with the Art world that now mostly exist...

The Sicilian American Cultural Association will honor a trio of outstanding Italian Americans on Sept. 28 at Monastero's Banquets in Chicago. Josette Weber, Dominic Candeloro and Paul Ciminello will step to the podium at the organization's annual Medal of Merit luncheon. Tickets are $35 for adults (cash bar) and $15 for children 2 to 12 years of a...