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Opera180 of Kansas City concludes its 1st season with the classic La Boh'me, with music by Giacomo Pucciniand libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica. Performances are May 30, 31, and June 1 at The Drawing Room by Weinberger Fine Art at 1903 Wyandotte in downtown Kansas City. The production will be sung in Italian. Opera180 produces its first...

Duluth's Italian American Club spaghetti dinner is coming up Wednesday, so club members were prepping for the big dinner Sunday at the American Legion. Folks were doing that by making the tasty meatballs that go with the pasta, a team effort to prep meatballs for the expected 1,000 attendees. Club members are making 2,500 meatballs for the event us...

Relics of St. Pio, better known as Padre Pio, have been touring in the Americas for the past two years, venerated by more than 500,000 faithful Catholics. They will visit Kansas City’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception May 15. The relics — Padre Pio’s glove, crusts of his wounds, cotton gauze with blood stains, a lock of his hair, his mantle a...

Did you know that in Naples, Italy, people play cards with a completely different deck than in the USA? Join us on Thursday, April 25th, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at 528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 502, Minneapolis MN 55403, for a great evening of fun playing a traditional Italian card game while enjoying an authentic aperitivo Italian style. Luisa and Il...

Joseph Brocato died in 1946, but his legacy is part of a history and genealogy society campaign to record significant moments in local history. Brocato’s moment came in 1914, at the height of the golden age of railroading, when he introduced local farm families to something new and, at that time, wondrous. He was already 38 and the father of four....

The Italian Community of St Louis (Comunitá degli Italiani - St Louis) held a fundraiser on Saturday, March 31st for Ngone Seck, an Italian immigrant with West African roots. Ngone, who recently began her engineering classes at Washington University in St Louis, had accrued a massive amount of medical debt which caused her to get a full time job at...

An Italian Jesuit’s murals and frescoes have wowed visitors to this town’s mission for over a century. It will take plenty of work to keep it that way. “You can see where bits of plaster have actually fallen off,” said the mission’s pastoral delegate, the Rev. C. Hightower, gesturing around the church’s 58 paintings. “You can see all the cracks, an...

A proposal for Montana to observe Indigenous Peoples Day as a state holiday instead of Columbus Day failed Monday in a state Senate committee. House Bill 219, carried by Rep. Shane Morigeau, D-Missoula, cleared the House by a 27-vote margin in February but fell 5-3 in the Senate State Administration Committee. If passed, the bill would have replac...

The Italian-American Cultural Center of Iowa is excited to announce that we have recently received a $25,000 Betterment Grant from Polk County! Thanks to this grant, we are able to further our mission by continuing down our path to a securing a new facility. We are using this grant to purchase much needed appliances – an oven, refrigerator and free...

Vincent Bommarito Sr., who turned his father’s spaghetti tavern into St. Louis’ standard for fine dining, died Monday (April 1, 2019) of kidney failure at Missouri Baptist Medical Center. He was 88. Tony’s, in downtown St. Louis, evolved into the pinnacle of elegance and gourmet fare in the decades that Mr. Bommarito ran it, winning numerous Miche...

House Bill 1185, which eliminates Columbus Day and replaces this with Colorado Day, should be viewed as a slap in the face and offensive to anyone of Italian descent. I am not of Italian descent and I am offended. Those of Italian descent should be proud of their heritage and to the contributions made to this country. This bill divides people of th...

The Italian-American Cultural Center of Iowa will hold the 22nd annual St. Joseph Altar celebration on March 18th and 19th. Doors will open at 5:00 pm on March 18, with a Lenten meal served at 5:30 pm. The children will present the traditional “tupa tupa” (knocking) pageant, followed by the blessing of the altar. The feast of St. Joseph, patron of...