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On the eve of every performance, Riccardo Massi goes silent, not uttering a single word all day. It's part of the Italian tenor's strict regimen to preserve his instrument -- his vocal cords. "I experimented a lot, and I saw this is the best thing to do," said Massi, the male lead in Puccini's beloved "Tosca" through Saturday at the Kennedy Center...

Reps. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) and Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) won the annual congressional bocce tournament hosted at law and lobbying firm Venable LLP on Wednesday evening. The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) sponsored the tournament, which began in 2012. The participants played bocce on the court on the roof of Venable's D.C. offices. Pascrell...

From the moment she walks on stage, Deana Martin takes her audience on a musical journey with her non-stop dynamic energy, honoring her legendary father Dean Martin and other great performers who shaped American music and popular culture for over four decades. For this Memorial Day week, Martin has been tapped to perform and participate in multiple...

Smack in the middle of the annual Italian Market Festival in South Philadelphia Saturday, some 30 men gathered to play half-ball — a game with a local history spanning about 70 years that calls for a broomstick, a three-story building, and half of a squishy ball. Split into teams of five people, these men comprised the 10th annual John Marzano Half...

Singer and songwriter Mario Biondi, the Sicilian-born baritone, possesses a voice which is often compared to Barry White and Isaac Hayes. Biondi uses this as his base to approach international genres such as jazz and soul, playing his own distinctive sound.  Able to move effortlessly between English and Italian languages, the artist creates origina...

To most opera lovers, it’s as familiar as their own hands: the opera about an opera singer, Giacomo Puccini’s “Tosca.” To newcomers, it can seem the epitome of the heightened emotions and tragedy that are stereotypical of opera. And to musicians like those in Washington National Opera’s upcoming run of the opera, from May 11 to 25, “Tosca” represen...

Singer and songwriter Mario Biondi is one of the most unique voices to emerge from the Italian music scene in the 21st century. The Sicilian-born baritone possesses a voice which is often compared to Barry White and Isaac Hayes. Biondi uses this as his base to approach international genres, such as jazz and soul, plying his own distinctive sound.  ...

Bravo, Little Italy is getting new bocce courts! These well-loved and popular courts on Stiles Street are being refurbished after having seen hundreds of bocce games and tournaments throughout the decades. How did this project evolve? The bocce courts were built in 1993 on behalf of the Little Italy Community Organization (LICO) for the community,...

Il Festival “Unexpected Italy: a celebration of Italian culture” organizzato dal Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in collaborazione con l’Ambasciata d’Italia e l’Istituto Italiano di Cultura, corona l’ampio programma culturale italiano nella capitale USA. Il Festival, che avrà luogo dal 3 maggio al 1 giugno, è stato presentato dall’Ambasciato...

The NFL world lost one of its greats. Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Baltimore Colts defensive end Gino Marchetti died Monday night at the age of 93. Marchetti played 14 seasons, all but one of them with the Colts. He was named the top defensive end of the NFL’s first 50 years, was selected for a then-record 11 straight Pro Bowl appearances ...

We’re kicking off a new series called “A Chat With” on CBS3. Each week, Jessica Kartalija will sit down with local celebrities and newsmakers to get a unique look at who they are. The first guest is Philadelphia sports radio icon Angelo Cataldi. Q: How much do you love what you do every day? “Obviously enough to do it for 29 years and to get up at...

Thursday, May 16, 2019. Time: From 6:00 pm To 7:00 pm. Entrance: Free. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566. As part of Unexpected Italy, the Festival organized by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy in Washington DC and the...