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The Twin Cities is blessed with a cornucopia of cultural and ethnic film festivals: Nordic, Black, International, Cuban, Polish, African, Latin, Asian. This past weekend, March 6 - March 9, the 6th Annual Italian Film Festival, organized by the Italian Cultural Center with the support of the MN Film Society, took place at the St. Anthony Main Cinem...

Jack Fasciano has settled on a spot for his Angelo's Wichita Bake @ Home Italian Foods – the former Toni D's space in Carriage Parkway, 650 N. Carriage Parkway. He expects to sign the lease sometime this week, he said, but isn't sure yet when he'll be able to open.   In March, Fasciano raised more than $40,000 through a Kickstarter ca...

After successful visits to America, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia, two first class relics of St. Anthony of Padua will return to America for a ten-day tour of the Archdiocese of Denver beginning on October 14 and ending on October 23. Father Mario Conte, OFM Conv, Executive Editor of the Messenger of Saint Anthony, will travel from the Basili...

By R.D. Hohenfeldt Since 2014, the Rolla City Council has given city workers the day off on Columbus Day. Monday night, the governing body made it a City Hall holiday again. "It is traditionally a very slow workday," City Administrator John Butz said in his written agenda commentary for the Monday night council meeting.   At the m...

By Wally Kennedy Last week, when I suggested that a new day was dawning for pizza in Joplin with the opening of Midtown Pizza Kitchen, 1212 S. Main St., some people thought that comment was over the top. Well, Joplin's pizza scene is truly changing.   I did not have enough space last week to tell you that an Old Chicago restaurant is c...

Italy came to Pueblo last night, well, an Americanized version of it, in the form of O Sole Trio, a two-singers-and-a-piano-man team from New York City, who performed an enjoyable variety of Italian-flavored songs as the latest installment of the Center Stage Performing Arts Series at the slightly warm Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center....

Polidori Sausage was recently named one of Denver's certified green businesses. Each year, the organization, Certified Green Denver, hosts the "Green Business Showcase," highlighting green restaurants, salons, offices, and other businesses in the Denver community.   This year's event was held at Linger Restaurant on Tuesday evening, June 14,...

By Christina Grijalva   A little bit of Italy was in Siouxland Wednesday. Culinary Expert and 'Iron Chef America' judge, Mario Rizzotti, is cooking his way across the Midwest and that includes Sioux City. Farmers and vendors set up shop every Wednesday and Saturday for the farmer's market, but this Wednesday included a special gues...

Presenting, in no particular order, the 2013 Columbus Day Parade lineup, as of 9/21/13: Honor Guards from the United States Marine Corps and the Knights of Columbus, Parade Starter, Italian American Business Association President, Bill Lucatuorto, Grand Marshal, CBS4 Sports Anchor, Vic Lombardi, Italian of the Year, Vice President of the Dante Ali...

By Betsie Freeman Omaha's American Italian Heritage Society hasn't had a home of its own since it moved out of Little Italy in 2006. That's about to change. Construction crews are grading land at 132nd and Fort Streets for the group's new hall, an 18,000-square-foot building that will house a banquet room, meeting areas and a full commercial...

Mark your calendars for Friday, March 7 and get ready for a glittering evening of scrumptious food, fantastic wine and award-winning Italian cinema! Tickets are on sale now for the fabulous opening-night party for the 6th Annual Italian Film Festival of Minneapolis/St. Paul.   The evening includes: Delicious appetizersItalian wines (one gl...

By Rena Garrett At St. Louis' historic Union Station, a team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories from Missouri. A musician hopes to find connections to a famous St. Louis jazz composer; two sisters explore links to a survivor of the legendary Donner party; an Italian-American woman finds out if she is related to Italian royalty; an...