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The Whitaker St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase, an annual presentation of the nonprofit Cinema St. Louis, serves as the area’s primary venue for films made by local artists. The Showcase screens works that were shot in the St. Louis region or were written, directed, or produced by St. Louis-area residents or by filmmakers with strong local ties who are...

Columbus Park, in Denver’s Sunnyside neighborhood, has been a gathering place for families for decades. The sign bearing the Italian explorer’s name for the park has been removed. The sign’s disappearance both pleased and surprised Arturo Bones Rodriguez. “I looked over and I said wow it’s down. Now the next thing was, who took it down. Was it prot...

Mici Handcrafted Italian, a fast-growing six-unit fast casual chain based in Denver, announced the launch of its comprehensive national franchise program. The award-winning brand will be available for qualified operators in markets throughout the U.S. beginning July 10, 2020. “The Miceli family has built the Mici brand over the past 16 years and I'...

Italian-Americans plan to meet with Pueblo Mayor Nick Gradisar after two people were arrested during Sunday's rally over the Christopher Columbus monument. Pueblo police say 66-year-old James Pospahala of Pueblo was cited for disorderly conduct and 28-year-old Daniel Gilette of San Antonio, Texas, was arrested for interference, resisting arrest. Bo...

America’s Last Little Italy: The Hill will debut online July 10th through 19th aspart of the 20th annual St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase. This historical documentary traces the roots of the venerable St. Louis neighborhood known as “The Hill.”. Check out the trailer: America’s Last Little Italy: The Hill tells the story of this unique Italian-America...

Claiming that the monument glorifies a rapist, slave trader and murderer, an outspoken and impassioned collective of about 75 activists on Sunday called for the removal of the Christopher Columbus statue from the Mesa Junction. The statue is the centerpiece of the Christopher Columbus Piazza, site of the annual Columbus Day celebration in honor of...

Another controversial statue has been torn down in Denver. The 15-foot bronze sculpture in Civic Center Park was designed by Denver sculptor William F. Joseph. It has a four-sided human figure encircled in rings and symbolizes the globe. It’s titled "In Honor of Christopher Columbus." Video shows people attempting to pull the structure down Thursda...

No protesters have been charged for tearing down a statue of Christopher Columbus outside the Minnesota State Capitol on June 10, despite the governor pledging "consequences" for those involved. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension's investigation continues "as the BCA works to identify other participants in the incident, beyond the leader...

Wednesday marked 50 years since the dedication of a statue in Denver's Civic Center to Christopher Columbus, though it may not stay that way for long. "We are right now working with Arts and Venues to look at the history of that statue," Mayor Michael Hancock said to reporters at a news conference amid calls from protest leaders to remove the statu...

Enel SpA has started construction of 74 turbines at the Cimarron Bend wind farm in Kansas, the company's subsidiary, Enel Green Power SpA, said on Thursday. The Italian energy company said the expansion project will involve investment of over $281 million, and will increase capacity at the wind farm to 599 megawatts from 400 megawatts. The expansio...

Restauranteur and owner Frank Scibelli calls Little Mama’s a “prequel” to Mama Ricotta’s, a Charlotte staple since it opened in 1992. The new Italian-American restaurant is a representation of the restaurants Scibelli and partners Stephanie Kalish and Tom Dyrness remember dining at while growing up in the Northeast in the ’60s and ’70s. And you can...

A bronze statue of Christopher Columbus erected in Tower Grove Park in 1886 was taken off its pedestal and removed Tuesday at the direction of the park’s Board of Commissioners, making St. Louis the latest of several U.S. cities to contend with controversial monuments this month amid national protests for racial justice. The statue on Main Drive...