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WEBINAR: “Italian Success Stories in Texas: Small, medium-sized, and large companies share insights from their experience doing business in the Lone Star State.” When: Thursday, July 9 from 9 a.m. CST to 4 p.m. CET - Panelists: Brando Ballerini (Saipem), Andrea Benedetti (Duna USA), Pietro Palini (One-Off America LLC). Moderated by media consultant...

Blaine Kern Sr., the flamboyant New Orleans float builder and visionary who, as "Mr. Mardi Gras," propelled the modernization and expansion of Carnival, died Thursday, according to his wife. He was 93. Kern ushered in the era of the superkrewes and pioneered such parade razzle-dazzle as giant props, double-decker and multi-unit floats, splashy ligh...

Two of the best exhibitions I’ve seen this year — Flesh and Blood: Italian Masterpieces from the Capodimonte Museum at the Kimbell in Fort Worth and The Glory of Spain: Treasures from the Hispanic Society at Houston’s MFA — are from a genre I usually detest. The treasures or masterpiece show starts with a fetching theme, gathers what a museum might...

Red paint was splattered across the Christopher Columbus statue in San Antonio's Columbus Park on Thursday. The vandalism at the park, located on the western edge of downtown, was discovered by an officer on patrol around 4:30 a.m. No one was in the vicinity of the park at the time, police said. A work order was filed to remove the paint and the ca...

A monument erected in 1990 to honor the Italian immigrants from 1880 to 1910 to Louisiana is how targeted for removal in Baton Rouge. Today many third, fourth, and fifth generation Italians cherish their fathers and mothers from both current and past generations for work ethics leading to a better life for future generations. Such was the case in t...

The city quietly removed a statue of Christopher Columbus from Bell Park on Friday. The statue will be held in storage while the city decides how to relocate it, according to the mayor’s office. Earlier this week, Houston removed two Confederate monuments from city parks, as well. In a statement issued by his office, Mayor Sylvester Turner said, “A...

San Antonio’s Christopher Columbus Italian Society is working closely with Councilman Roberto Treviño to rename city-owned Columbus Park and remove a statue of the famed explorer. Against the backdrop of widespread protests to end systemic racism against African Americans and other minorities, Treviño called the society’s support a “major step towa...

The Christopher Columbus statue at a park near the Museum District has been vandalized again. As in previous incidents, vandals tossed what appears to be red paint on the 7-foot-tall statue, which is located at Houston's Bell Park at 4900 Montrose. The statue also bears a cardboard sign with the message, "Rip the head from your oppressor." It's not...

The annual Grape Festival scheduled for Aug. 4-8 has been canceled because of the covid-19 pandemic, according to a news release from a festival representative. This year was to be the 122nd festival. "Due to the changing circumstances and unforeseen future due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we feel this decision must be made in order to protect the saf...

Like many of you, we miss visiting our Dallas and Fort Wort Worth museums for inspiration, or just to lose ourselves in the canvases of Rothko or Rembrandt. Many institutions had opened exhibitions shortly before the order came for us to shelter-in-place. The world-renowned Kimbell Art Museum, for example, had unveiled “Flesh and Blood: Italian Mas...

Efforts are still underway requesting the City of New Orleans to allow marker in the French Quarter which focus on the Sicilian Contributions. However since September, New Orleans has refused to proposed markers to be installed in Jackson Square, any other city land, or the river walk in the French Quarter. After the Dingley Tariff was passed in 18...

Charles Marsala, President of the American Italian Federation of the Southeast, met with Basil Russo, President of the Italian Sons and Daughters of America at the 2019 National American Italian Federation Convention. Initial start-up funding for the lodges was provided from the Marsala Cultural Fund. Each lodge was opened with twenty-five paid mem...