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John and Teresa Sullivan, owners of the Connecticut Academy for the Arts on Prospect Street, brought a bit of Italian art and culture to their space this week, marking Fat Tuesday with a performance of “commedia dell’arte” by Mace Perlman of Greenwich. The actor and educator used his collection of leather theater masks, created by Italian artist Re...

Emma Dante’s passionate and brutal plays stem from a need to confront important familial and societal realities in contemporary southern Italy. Her twenty-first century tales challenge stereotypes of the country and stage acts of resistance against the social, political, and economic conditions of Sicily. The seven works in this anthology paint a c...

When the city of Hartford demolished a 12-acre Front Street neighborhood in the late 1950s to pave the way for urban renewal and the building of Constitution Plaza, it tore the heart out of the Italian community that had lived and worked and worshiped there. Italians had been immigrating to Hartford, a booming economic center, since the mid-19th...

The conviction of Bartolomeo Vanzetti and Nicola Sacco for a payroll robbery in South Braintree Square that left two men dead, continues to be debated a century later. The subsequent investigation and trial remains controversial and the execution of the two men in 1927 was met with worldwide protests. Historian and author Christopher Daley will dis...

The wooden horses, lions, tigers and giraffes of the DeAngelis Carousel have spun all over the South Shore. The all-wood menagerie captivated local children from Pembroke to Stoughton to Houghs Neck through the '20s, '30s, '40s and into the '50s, until its original owner died and the carousel sat aging and unused in a Quincy home for several decade...

Scampo in Beacon Hill donated a portion of the proceeds from December desserts sales to the Merwin Memorial Free Clinic for Animals today. The Italian restaurant, located inside the Liberty Hotel, raised $3,000 to go towards this wonderful organization. On Feb. 4, Scampo presented a $3,000 check to Merwin Memorial Free Clinic for Animals. Scampo ha...

This year, 2020, marks the 100th Anniversary of the Lodge Piave Fiume #1036 of the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America, located in the Town of Watertown. The Piave Fiume Lodge was founded in 1920 by 20 Italian immigrants living in Watertown, Massachusetts. Over the years, the Lodge has met at various locations, including: a back room of a...

Boston Baroque returns to Vivaldi's masterworks, The Four Seasons and Gloria in D, along with Monteverdi's Beatus Vir this March, featuring Concertmaster Christina Day Martinson and conducted by Music Director Martin Pearlman. Two performances of this program will take place at NEC's Jordan Hall-the first, on Friday, March 27 at 8pm, and the second...

In the 1980s, after a decade of working in Vermont on planning and development issues, I became concerned that not enough was being done to revitalize our villages and town centers or to prevent the proliferation of unplanned development out into the countryside. I had witnessed a new era of shopping-mall development sapping the life out of downtow...

Judge Frank Caprio, explaining the ("If I catch you") Italian hand gesture. Hand gestures are a powerful tool that has been a large part of Italian culture. Around 250 specific hand gestures have been identified, with the belief that they originated from a long history of Italy being invaded by many other countries. Given that there was no common l...

A Massachusetts Italian-American association filed an open meeting law complaint against the Danvers Human Rights and Inclusion Committee. The Italian-American Alliance made the complaint to the Attorney General’s office over what they perceived as secretive meetings about changing having the town change the name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peopl...

In a large Italian-American family, says Christopher Di Mezzo, there’s a tradition of learning to speak your mind without making other people too angry. It’s one of the ways growing up in Rome has helped him get off to a strong start in his career in politics. Di Mezzo earlier this month became the Vermont state director of former New York Mayor Mi...