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Festa Italiana – scheduled this year July 17-18 at Harriet Island in St. Paul – is looking for enthusiastic volunteers eager to showcase Italy's regional richness and diversity to Festa's visitors. If you know and love a particular Italian region and would like to tell other people what makes it great, join Festa Italiana volunteers when they...

Today we honor Jasper Mirabile, Sr. of Jasper's Restaurant & Marco Polo's Italian Market. Please read the following hisory of Jasper's taken from www.JaspersKC.com. In 1954, a small neighborhood Italian restaurant and bar was opened in Kansas City by Leonardo Mirabile and his son, Jasper. The restaurant, named Jasper's, quickly became a popula...

Albert Rosa, a survivor of the notorious Auschwitz death camp who went on to fight the Nazis with the U.S. military during World War II, will share his story Wednesday, Feb. 24, in the LSC Theatre at 7 p.m. Admission is free; no tickets required. Rosa, now 91, and his family were transported to Auschwitz in 1943 after Germany invaded his nativ...

The history of Kansas City's Italian-American community starts as early as 1890, just a few decades after the birth of Kansas City. Italian immigrants first came to Kansas City because of the wealth of jobs in railroad development, according to Giovanni Schiavo. Though Italian-Americans living in Kansas City today are predominantly of Sicilian dec...

by Roy Wenzl   Carsten Treder, an officer wearing the gray uniform of the German army, stepped forward Thursday and spoke to other soldiers freezing in the Kansas wind near him. At his feet were two neat rows of the graves of 62 German soldiers, decorated on this day with the red, gold and black flags of the German nation. Nearby were the g...

by Mark Harden The Denver Art Museum said Tuesday it will host an exhibition of Renaissance art masterpieces from Venice, Italy, opening in October. It's the latest in a string of blockbuster exhibitions for the museum, including its three-part show of impressionist works in 2013-14 and its recent displays of Cartier jewelry and the works of...

Danilo Gallinari's knee surgery wasn't as complex as anticipated, so he could return to the Denver Nuggets sooner than expected.   Gallinari tore his left ACL in a game against Dallas on April 4 and was expected to miss at least half of next season. He underwent surgery this week at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Vail, where he was operated...

Music lovers will temporarily swap frigid Minnesota temps for the warmth of sun-drenched Tuscany, thanks to Minnesota Opera's upcoming production, The Elixir of Love. Set in the rolling hills of the Italian countryside, Donizetti's timeless romantic comedy opens January 24 at the Ordway Music Theater in St. Paul for five performances.   In t...

The feast of St. Lucy is December 13th and in Italy ushers in the Christmas season. In keeping with this long-lasting tradition, the Cultural Center will have a celebration at the Center on the feast day, Sunday, December 13th. The celebration will begin with the lighting of the Christmas Fire at 3:30 pm. This will be followed by a candlelig...

June 18 will be the first day that Museum of the Rockies visitors can take in an exhibit they've never seen before — and probably will never see again.   "Leisure and Luxury in the Age of Nero: The Villas of Oplontis near Pompeii" will illustrate not only the wealth that people loved to show off during the years before Vesuvius did them all...

By Dick Kaegel   KANSAS CITY -- The Royals have agreed to terms with 16-year-old shortstop Marten Gasparini, considered by some experts to be the most promising European prospect ever. Gasparini, from Cervignano, Italy, reportedly will receive a signing bonus of $1.3 million -- highest ever for a European, eclipsing the previous mark of...

Dozens of southeast Kansans celebrate Italian culture with food this afternoon. "Too often what we see is our parents and our grandparents had certain traditions that maybe our younger people don't carry on. And so, by hosting these kinds of events we're able to make sure that that heritage lives on," says Linda Grilz, co-host of the Italian Exhib...