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Nick Chambers grew up hearing stories about his Italian family’s history—how his great-grandfather, Anthony Carbone, journeyed from Italy to America as a pre-teen and in 1903, founded a successful Denver business importing and selling wine, pasta, olive oil, and other essentials. But it wasn’t until later—much later, when Chambers was in his early...

For Sofia Bertei, the only home she has known until just a few months ago, was in Genoa, Italy. But Sofia wanted to be a foreign exchange student and that meant leaving home in Italy for a year. “I decided to be a foreign exchange student because I’ve always been curious about other cultures and also because I think the experience is going to make...

Andrea Bocelli made his St. Louis debut on Sunday, October 17, performing before a sold-out crowd at The Enterprise Center in Downtown St Louis. The great maestro was accompanied by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Steven Mercurio, the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, soprano Larisa Martinez, baritone Edward Parks, singer/actress Loren Allr...

One of Aspen’s most beloved and longest-running local establishments, L’Hostaria Ristorante, is saying ciao after 25 years of nourishing the community. The Italian restaurant and bar, locally referred to fondly as simply “L’Host,” will close for good on Nov. 5, owner Tiziano Gortan announced Wednesday. In reflecting upon the past quarter century, t...

Starting Saturday, November 6, Opera Colorado presents Tosca at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House for four performances only. This lavish production of Puccini's operatic blockbuster is Opera Colorado's first performance at the Ellie Caulkins Opera house since COVID-19 restrictions were put in place in March 2020, causing all mainstage productions for...

The ICC is looking for a part-time Director of the Youth School. The program offers Italian language courses to children from 3 to 17 years. Requirements: University degree in Language Education, native speaker of Italian or equivalent (C1-CEFR), experience in teaching Italian as L2 to children and teenagers. Please send your resume to info@theital...

Five years after the death of renowned screenwriter and filmmaker Ettore Scola, a scholar of Italian culture at the University of Kansas is contributing to a renewal of interest in Scola’s cinematic career. Edward Bowen, assistant teaching professor of Italian at KU, has contributed an article on the critical reception of Scola’s films in the Unite...

In the English-speaking world, there has been a long tradition of mystery writers from Edgard Allan Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, P.D. James, and Martha Grimes, just to name a few. However, not many Italian mystery writers, or ‘giallisti’, have reached comparable fame. But this is changing as both the quantity and the quality of Italian mystery nove...

Columbus Day might not be recognized as an official holiday in Colorado, but this didn't stop the annual celebration from taking place at the statue of Christopher Columbus in Pueblo. The Pueblo Christopher Columbus Piazza celebration has become a rallying point for Indigenous protestors and those who sympathize with the minorities in this country...

It’s a calm warm Friday morning in mid-September — 70 swimmers dive into the waters of Lone Star Lake for a 5k swim at the CSCAA Open Water Championship in Lawrence, Kansas.  For freshman swimmer Ilaria Murzilli, this wasn’t her first time swimming a 5k. But, where she once saw the ocean floor, this time around she only saw darkness.  From that cam...

The city of Frontenac celebrates twenty-two years of bridging cultures, and celebrating their heritage. And they’re doing this at their annual, Festa Italiana. “There’s German food, Italian food, there’s more Italian food than anything, just because that’s the heritage of  Frontenac,” said President of the Frontenac Education Foundation, Ann Brown....

Rock Springs, Wyo., isn’t normally known for movie premiers. But on Sept. 25, members of the community gathered to hear the story of one of their own. Archie Hays American Legion Post 24 hosted a documentary film screening that details the horrifying journey of a World War II POW. It wasn’t until 10 years after his grandfather's passing that Mark P...