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If you love pasta, pizza, and everything Italian, then an upcoming festival is for you. The 120th annual Italian Fest is getting ready to kick off, and according to locals, this ongoing tradition means a lot to the community. “The Italian Fest means a lot to the area just as tradition,” said Jim Bertucci, one of the coordinators. “It’s something yo...

The Cleveland Cultural Gardens are often the site of performances of various types, most of which tend to be small and intimate. Not so Opera in the Italian Garden, an annual event that draws thousands of people to this spectacular two-level garden. Concertgoers come early to stake a spot on the grounds and spread out their lavish picnics, or purch...

The Undo's Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival takes place the coming weekend and members of the Bellaire Sons of Italy are busy preparing nearly 3,000 lbs. of Italian sausage for the weekend. It's something these members look forward to every year. Tuesday morning, a group of 20 people gathered inside the kitchen of the Bellaire Sons of It...

It’s a sign summer is more than halfway over already. On Wednesday, volunteers were busy setting up this year’s Italian festival at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Basilica in Youngstown. Vendors were getting their trailers ready for this weekend while the familiar big tent for bands is already in place. Organizers are looking ahead to a warm and sunny we...

A resolution making Aug. 9 Indigenous Peoples Day in Cleveland initially started as a much more ambitious resolution that would have removed Columbus Day from city calendars. The city council passed the resolution on Wednesday. Indigenous People's Day was passed to reaffirm Cleveland's commitment to promote the well-being and growth of the city's N...

The Russo Brothers connection to the Marvel Cinematic Universe is far from severed. The Cleveland directing duo of Joe and Anthony Russo announced at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend that it is teaming with “Spider-Man: Far From Home” star Tom Holland for its new R-rated movie “Cherry.” The film is based on the 2018 novel by Nico Walker and foc...

Mike Nardella, an instrumental member of the Chicago Wolves' Hockey Operations department from Day 1 and a legend in Chicago sporting circles for parts of nine decades, passed away Friday morning at the age of 94. "Big Mike," as he was known to his friends, became a part of the Chicago hockey scene in the 1930s when he was caught trying to swipe st...

Chicago-based writer/director Lucia Mauro and husband/producer Joe Orlandino – the co-founders of the non-profit film organization In My Brother’s Shoes, Inc. wrapped shooting in Italy on their fourth short film, titled, Voci del diario (Entries). The inspiring independent art film is a highly textured cinematic poem that explores the life cycle th...

Ron Onesti returned to Taylor Street with a bang last year, taking the venerable festa there to new heights. Never one to rest on his laurels, the president of Onesti Entertainment put the “icing” on the cassata with the addition this year of the Chicago Gelato Festival. The fest within a fest will feature samplings, demonstrations and a competitio...

The Ishpeming Fourth of July Committee is happy to announce the Fourth of July fireworks will be lit at dusk in conjunction with the St. Rocco/St. Anthony Society's Italian Fest. The fireworks and Italian Fest will take place Saturday, July 27. The Fourth of July fireworks were canceled this year due to stormy weather, and they couldn’t have them t...

Casa Italia will be transformed into a Calabrian wonderland from Aug. 8 to 11 when the 38th annual Festa della Famiglia in honor of San Francesco di Paola takes over the grounds. The event is blessed to be able to welcome Bishop Robert Casey as the main celebrant at its Sunday Mass. Jointly sponsored by Società San Francesco di Paola and the Calabr...

Nadia Lucchin's path to heading the anti-domestic violence organization in town started some 4,000 miles away, on the other side of the Atlantic. It was 2004. Lucchin was teaching English in Rome when she became curious about the young, foreign-looking women she saw walking the streets in secluded parts of the city at night. She learned that the wo...