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On the occasion of the 2013 Year of the Italian Culture in the US and Giuseppe Verdi's Bicentennial, please save the date for VIVA L'ITALIA, a gala evening to benefit an anticipated once-in-a-lifetime performance of the Verdi Requiem at the War Memorial Opera House on October 25, 2013. The performance will unite the orchestras and choruses of San F...

UCLA Department of Italian and Istituto Italiano di Cultura Los Angeles cordially invite you to Italy-America Poetry Encounter   What happens when Italian and American poets meet on the literary stage?Do they speak the same language? Do they dress as much alike, literarily speaking, as their brothers and sisters on the street? How uni...

by Silvia Simonetti   Eager to connect more deeply with the local community, IALA's schedule has been particularly rich in engaging events during the last week. On Thursday, January 23, the Italian American Lawyers Association hosted the "NIABA Night" at Casa Italiana, while on Saturday 25, members and their guests gathered at the USC C...

Attention Italians of San Pedro! The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles is preparing an exhibit on San Pedro's historic Italian neighborhood and community. Fisherman! Canneries! Vinegar Hill! Fisherman's Fiesta! Genovese, Sicilian and Ischitani! Societá di Pescatori!   If you are interested in sharing your stories, memories and photos, O...

by Laurie Lucas   It's not enough to merely eat authentic Italian flatbread sandwiches in Riverside. The owner of Piad'Amore restaurant wants a dual-immersion experience for customers into his homeland's favorite street food and his native tongue. Every Thursday from 6-7:30 p.m., owner Antonio Pagano hosts Italian lessons at his 2-month-old...

by Mauro Battocchi   San Francisco's Annual Italian Heritage Parade will hit the streets on Sunday, October 11, 2015 in North Beach, the historic Italian district of San Francisco. Last year, on October 12, almost 90 floats took part in one the largest Italian Heritage parades ever recorded. This year we would like to see the greatest partic...

On Sunday January 31, 2016 at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto (3921 Fabian Way), a new flower in the current "Italian Spring" in San Francisco will blossom: the first ever Silicon Valley Italian Festival is on the way. Sponsored by all stripes of the Italian community, from the Italian Consulate General in San Francisco to Cl...

The celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco got an Italian touch: while the museum's current home was designed by architect Gae Aulenti, the museum is hosting an exhibition regarding the Italian Jesuit Missionary Matteo Ricci, curated - among others - by Italian exhibition designer Marco Centin.   The co...

Giovanni "Gianni" Giotta, founder of Caffe Trieste and one of North Beach's great personalities, died Saturday at 96. He was born in 1920 in Rovigno on the Istrian peninsula, a town that now belongs to Croatia. He came from a fishing family and began accompanying his father on the boats when he was just 6, graduating to merchant marine ships b...

Some of the best — and craziest — things can happen when you travel. A new startup, Storytrail, is here to capture those memories and share them on the web in a series of video guides and walking tours. Its mission: Let stories be your guide when you travel. Storytrail launched on June 8, 2016 with a guide to Rome, Italy. The company plans to add...

Author and Italy expert Susan Van Allen will be presenting a lecture on the third edition of her book, "100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go," on Monday, December 5, where she will also offer tips on making your Italian dream vacation come true, with an entertaining presentation on Bel Paese. Her lecture will be at Distant Lands Travel Bookst...

Ambassador of Italy to the United Stated Claudio Bisogniero will be visiting Southern California in April, for his second official mission since last Fall. His presence here will honor the success received by the many initiatives for the 2013 – Year of the Italian Culture in the U.S. Ambassador Bisogniero will be present at the opening of Sicily:...