NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

Lately there have been grumblings among some, though not all, of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association board members, wondering why the orchestra should be taking on expensive projects like lavishly cast concert operas in a city that already has a world-class opera company.   Performances as glorious as the all-star concert version of V...

My 5-year-old stuffed spaghetti in his mouth like it was some kind of contest. My 3-year-old happily devoured her pepperoni pizza.   And my husband and I clinked drinks in the sunshine, savoring a moment of leisurely serenity with two normally picky, occasionally whiny eaters. (This was a treat, and not just because we didn't have...

Cincinnati is getting typecast: The Queen City will stand in for New York City in yet another major motion picture this year.   John Travolta, of "Pulp Fiction" and "Saturday Night Fever" fame, will star as the title character in "The Life and Death of John Gotti," a biopic on the life of New York mob boss. The Golden Globe-winning actor's r...

Attorneys Leonard F. Amari and Michael V. Favia and Monsignor Kenneth Velo will share the spotlight when the Justinian Society of Lawyers hosts its annual installation and awards dinner on Sept. 10 at the Palmer House Hilton.   The following officers will be formally installed at the event: Anita M. DeCarlo (president), Jessica DePinto (firs...

Our next meeting will be September 20, 2014, at the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, starting at 10:30 a.m. and concluding at noon. Anyone with an interest in Italian Family history is welcome.   At our meeting, we will update each other on new developments in genealogy, using DNA and other sources in ou...

Date: Thursday, May 07, 2015 Hours: 6:00 p.m. Site: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago - 500 N Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611 Organized by: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago In collaboration with: http://galateo.eventbrite.com Presented by editor and translator M. F. Rusnak "Galateo: Or the Rules of Polite Behavior" (Univers...

by Julie Yolles   Champagne toasts and milestones all around for the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning musicalJersey Boys this month. On Nov. 6, Jersey Boyscelebrated 10 years on Broadway. When the curtain rises Tuesday at the Fisher Theatre, Detroit will mark the 100th city that the current national tour has played.   And for ac...

Death is inevitable, but what death shows us about the social behaviors of the living is not. And recent University of Cincinnati research examining the ancient bereavement practices from the the Central Apulian region in pre-Roman Italy helps shed light on economic and social mobility, military service and even drinking customs in a culture...

Chef David DiGregorio has been in Chicago for 35 years, but he still has the broad East Coast accent of his native Rhode Island—an accent that bespeaks big family tables full of hearty Italian food.   After working for several restaurants here, he's spent the last ten years as chef-partner of Lettuce Entertain You's Osteria Via Stato, which...

During the 1950s and 1960s, W. 69th Street, north of Detroit, was mostly an Italian neighborhood. Right after WWII, a new wave of Italian immigrants came to the U.S. escaping from the horrors of poverty and the desolation that brought the end of the war.   Some other neighbors came before the war, and helped to welcome new immigrants. The st...

Internationally acclaimed Italian jewelry designer Marco Bicego is planning a return visit to Cincinnati, where he will greet fans and discuss his latest collections at James Free Jewelers on Friday and Saturday, November 13th and 14th.   Cincinnati is one of just three cities on his upcoming American tour, which also includes Boca Raton, Fl...

The Tuscarawas County Italian-American Festival Foundation is accepting applications for its 2014 scholarships. The scholarships wll be awarded to any Tuscarawas County high school senior who plans to further his education at a college or university. Applications can be picked up at any high school guidance office or on the festival's website at w...