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Arkansas is steeped in history, natural beauty and southern hospitality.  It is (you would think) one of the last places in America where residents from, fourth, fifth and sixth generations can trace their lineage back to Italy.  One location in Arkansas where Italian immigrants were brought over to work on a cotton plantation circa 1895 was Sunnys...

The Menil Collection presents In Dialogue: On Italian Drawings from the Twentieth Century, with Irina Zucca Alessandrelli e Edouard Kopp. Co-curators of the exhibtion Silent Revolutions: Italian Drawings from the Twentieth Century Conversation in streaming open to the public Wednesday, Feb 10 2021, 7pm on Menil Collection website e sul YouTube Chan...

Barbara Chifici, owner of Deanie’s Seafood Restaurants and matriarch of the Chifici Family, has passed away. She was 77. Family members say Chifici, who was also known as Mrs. Barbara, passed away late Saturday night at Ochsner Medical Center in Kenner from Coronavirus complications. Chifici, who came from a large Italian family of New Orleans rest...

Anytime Paula Scholz hears an Elvis song, she thinks of Tom Ruggeri. She worked with him for 18 years, starting as a waitress, shuttling cocktails back and forth, then moving upward at Ruggeri’s restaurant to help with the business and, as she tells it, lovingly battle in a way you’d expect from a family-run joint. “He and I fought like cats and do...

Each year on January 27, the United Nations remembers the many people of Jewish origin affected by the Holocaust and this day is officially called the "International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust" (Il Giorno della Memoria). To remember the victims of the Holocaust, on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 the ICCC in collabor...

Louis Anthony DiRosa, who served the legal profession for 62 years as a lawyer and a judge in New Orleans, died Dec. 16 at his Metairie home. He was 94. DiRosa established his private law practice after earning a law degree at Loyola University in 1950. He was elected a Civil District Court judge in 1983. Even though DiRosa left office in 1996, he...

During 1807-1810 the New Orleans City Council established the legal name of the street as Tivoli Circle. The name has never been changed. In 2020, The New Orleans City Council passed motion M-20-170 to remedy mistreatment of immigrant groups such as Italians by changing street names. That motion did not include renaming streets which honor Italians...

Joseph DeSalvo Jr., a New Orleans native who set aside corporate law to open Faulkner House Books in the French Quarter and make it a literary destination, died Tuesday at Touro Infirmary. He was 88. His life as a bookseller followed a career that included stints in New York, Houston and New Orleans as an attorney at Exxon, Tenneco and Good Hope Re...

The city of New Orleans should retain Tivoli Circle as the name of the land 400 feet north of The National WWII Museum. Renaming Tivoli Circle is not authorized by City Council motion M20-170 and reinforces the seventh “Whereas” clause which states: “New Orleans troubling history of mistreatment and violence toward immigrant groups.” Taking away th...

The following is an open letter to Mayor Cantrell and the City of New Orleans from Rob Florence who is urging the City to rename Governor Nicholls Street to Cosimo Matassa Street. To sign the petition and show your support, click here and here.  Hello Mayor and City Council, as you and the City Council Street Renaming Commission work to remove Conf...

League City’s Italian Heritage Museum will welcome guests starting Saturday morning. Dubbed a soft opening, it is just the beginning for the museum that honors the contributions Italian families have made to League City. “It will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for tours,” said Monica Hughes, director of the Butler Longhor...

As rewarding as it can be to see familiar, iconic artworks in museums, discovering a piece or an artist for the first time is thrilling — and even better when it opens windows into new galaxies. I had that sense throughout “Silent Revolutions” at the Menil Drawing Institute, which for me became “silent revelations.” Italian drawings of the 20th cen...