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Taking a gondola ride through the rivers of Venice might be on everyone's life bucket list because it might just be the most romantic thing you can do. It's a little difficult to get all the way over to Italy, but getting to Louisiana is a little easier. This gondola ride in New Orleans is one of the most romantic activities in the entire city that...

Little Rock's exploration of a new sister city relationship with Sicily's capital kicked off Friday with a delegation from Palermo visiting the city. The group -- which included an artist, a fashion designer, a tour operator and a chef from Palermo, Italy -- arrived in Arkansas' capital this week to take part in events centered on food and friendsh...

Ciao, amici! In today’s digital-first "Exploring Arkansas" segment, we’re heading out to the foothills of the Ouachita mountains — a place that reminded its founders of their homeland so much that they eventually called it Little Italy, Arkansas. Watch with us as we find out how the descendants of Joseph and Maria Belotti are working to keep the co...

“In fourteen hundred ninety-two Columbus sailed the ocean blue …” Who in my generation of baby boomers does not remember learning that little ditty in grade school? We were told that Christopher Columbus was a brave explorer searching for a trade route to the East by sailing west.  He made several trips but it wasn’t until his third trip that he re...

Lou Ferrigno may be best known for the title role in the hit television series, The Incredible Hulk, but before that, he was a world-class body builder and more recently, he’s been involved with law enforcement. I had the opportunity to interview him this past weekend at the Wizard World Comic Convention in Tulsa. Ferrigno said he turned to body bu...

When: Wed, November 20, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM CST - Where:  American Italian Cultural Center, 537 S. Peters St., In the history of Western art, a few names shine particularly brightly: Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Picasso. But in the standard histories, and for contemporary commentators, the first in this illustrious line of exceptional artists...

Wednesday, November 13, 2019. 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM CST. American Italian Cultural Center, 537 South Peters Street, New Orleans, LA 70130. Tracing the history and sacred symbolism of the Saint Joseph Altar tradition, native New Orleanian Sandra Scalise Juneau will present a lecture and will demonstrate the intricate art of cuccidata carving, as learned...

Common current Donaldsonville surnames like Sotile, Falsetta, and Pizzolato serve as an ingrained aspect of the area’s Italian influence. The first Donaldsonville Festa Italiana, held Saturday at the Frank Sotile Pavilion, reveled in the cultural impact Italian immigrants and their descendants have made over many decades in the area. The festival i...

Monday, October 28, 2019. 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT. The Italian Cultural & Community Center, 1101 Milford St., Houston, TX 77006. This presentation will navigate through Italy's illustrious past and discover the myriad of inventions that this country's famous sons and daughters have made through the many centuries since the fall of the Roman Empire. T...

“Rigoletto,” Giuseppe Verdi’s tragic 1851 opera about a revenge plot gone horribly awry, carries more than its fair share of 19th-century baggage. Houston Grand Opera’s latest production, which opens Friday at the Wortham Center, brings the story’s lurid qualities into sharp relief through garish costumes and surrealistic set design. Verdi’s sublim...

Nella giornata celebrativa del Columbus Day, si è tenuto presso la University of Dallas (Irving, TX) il progetto del Leonardo Way in US che coincide con il primo seminario del 2019-2020 dell’ormai consolidato NOTAI (NOrth Texas Area Italian) Lecture Series. Organizzato dall'Italian Program sotto gli auspici del Direttore dott. Anthony Nussmeier, il...

On September 21, 2019 member organizations of AIFEDSE elected Charles E. Marsala President, reviewed current Italian Heritage & Cultural projects, and evaluating March 21st, 2020 for a convention. Marsala heritage is 100% Sicilian with his great grandparents coming from Salaparuta, Cefalu, Contessa Entellina, and Palermo. Three Marsalas: Giuseppe,...