NEWS FROM : NEW ENGLAND  

by Briana Palma   During his career as a painter, Ralph Fasanella (1914-1997) was fascinated by the struggle the working class endured both before his time and during his life. For three years in the 1970s, Fasanella lived in Lawrence while he transformed huge canvases into colorful scenes of the city's industrial past. Now for the fir...

On Saturday, March 29th, A Bronx Tale actor Lillo Brancato will join Ridgefield Playhouse Film Society for a Q&A at their screening of Robert De Niro's directorial debut. Part of the "Lost and Found Film Series", the evening celebrates the 20th anniversary screening of A Bronx Tale.   Lillo Brancato will discuss the twists and turns in h...

by Melanie Barnard   South Norwalk, after a couple of years of relative dormancy, seems to be coming alive again. With the advent of new condominiums and office spaces, there is much more foot traffic, and those folks get hungry. All of which is good news for this historic part of town, and Quartino Trattoria & Vineria is front and cente...

There's a new kid in town in Fort Point, now that the Italian cafe Trattoria Buco has opened its doors inside the Artist Building at 300 Summer St. after nearly a year of preparations. The latest culinary project from Reno Hoxhallari, of Basta Pasta in Cambridge and Basta Pasta Enoteca in Quincy, features fresh Italian food served from 7 a.m....

The Society of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, an Italian-American club in the city's South End, have added $500 to the reward fund for information leading to the conviction of whoever stole a bust of the late State Rep. Anthony M. Scibelli.   The donation brings the fund up to $1,100 with $500 already from City Councilor Tim Rooke and $100 from s...

Award-winning classical pianist Alessio Bax will take the stage at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University on Friday, January, 20 to perform a concert of Scriabin and Ravel at 8 p.m.   Deemed by International Piano as "a pianist of refreshing depth," Bax shows off an extensive concerto repertoire and is a recurring pe...

On Friday, May 30, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh welcomed his colleague from Rome, Ignazio Marino, to City Hall to talk traffic and several other initiatives the two cities will work together on. After the meeting, Mayor Marino headed down to the BSA Space for a lecture titled "Traffic Advisory, From Rome to the North End: Life without driving".  ...

The Newport International Polo Series, Presented by your Rhode Island BMW Centers, is pleased to announce the return of Italy on Saturday, July 19th at 5pm for a 6-chukker match against USA.   Competing for Italy will be a team from Rome, home of the oldest of Italy's 15 polo clubs, a significant footprint for the sport where only about 150...

by Elise Balzotti   Firenze, Florencia, Florence — no matter where you're from, or how you pronounce the name, this Tuscan city is one of the most enchantingly beautiful in all of Italy. Firenze is like a painter's palette, vibrant with color from all the periods of its lengthy history.   From cobblestone alleyways shaded by medieval...

For the June 2015 Festival, the Boston Early Music Festival's undertaking to produce all three of the extant operas of Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643) — The Monteverdi Trilogy — with a cohesive artistic and scholarly vision, is a momentous occasion in the modern revival of Baroque opera. Monteverdi was the first great genius in the history of opera...

by Kyle J. Norris Since The Press Hotel opened in May, the boutique spot has made a serious name for itself with the local crowd as well as visitors. That's due in part to the strength of its restaurant, Union, and its bar, The Inkwell, run by veteran Chris Gatchell.   Gatchell believes, "Bars should use quality spirits that can be augmente...

By Ben Lambert   Joseph Petricone Sr. died Wednesday evening at the age of 71, leaving behind a legacy as a pillar of the Torrington community. He operated Petricone's Pharmacy, at 110 East Main St., following in the footsteps of his father, Fiore, who opened the location in 1930.   "He was a gentle giant - warm, caring," said Jo...