On the occasion of Remembrance Day, on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Institute of Culture presented an event dedicated to Italian writers who witnessed the Holocaust, in collaboration with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM). The initiative is part of the numerous...

Broadway’s new hit musical “A Bronx Tale” hit the Fisher Theater in Detroit.  It will play from January 21 through February 2, 2020. This one-man show tells the story of a young Cologero (Trey Murphy) growing up as a teenager on the streets of the Bronx in the 1960’s.  The musical begins on the corner of 187th Street and Belmont Avenue where the do...

A venerated Detroit institution is handing its musical reins to a rising star. In a bold, forward-looking move, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra has hired charismatic young Italian conductor Jader Bignamini as its music director — the 43-year-old's first time in that role anywhere. Bignamini’s six-year contract will begin with the 2020-2021 DSO seaso...

The October evening concludes with a loud, festive, Motown-themed reception on the riverfront, the first event at the new Robert C. Valade Park. And Adrian Tonon, true to his reputation, seems to be everywhere at once: a firm handshake here, an arm around the shoulder there, an intimate conversation, a whispered aside. When someone mentions the soi...

At the dawn of this century, Detroit looked for inspiration to other cities that had managed dramatic comebacks after years or decades of decline. Berlin, Germany, was one. Bombed to ashes by the Allies during World War II, Berlin had re-emerged as one of the great capitals of Europe. And another inspiration was Turin, Italy, or Torino as the Itali...

Il Cinema Ritrovato on Tour returns to Detroit! Join us on November 29-December 1, 2019 at the Detroit Film Theatre.  Each summer, the Cineteca di Bologna, one of the most renowned centers for film restoration, presents a film festival featuring an array of cinematic gems: newly restored classics enjoying their second life, rarities from world film...

Ciao from Rome to all the friends of We the Italians! Things are going great here at We the Italians: another month full of wonderful things happened and news to be announced. Last October 25th I had the pleasure to participate in the presentation of the Rapporto Italiani nel Mondo 2019. Once again Delfina Licata and her team have put together an e...

The Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan is always striving to develop new programs to inspire, educate and engage the community. Please join us on December 17, 2019 at The Village Players of Birmingham for the performance of “The Nativity Scene” (Natale in Casa Cupiello) by Eduardo De Filippo. The cast is formed by a wonderful group of volunteers c...

Sometimes you leave a theater thinking to yourself: “Wow. I just saw something very special that I will never forget.” Such was the case watching Opera Modo perform La Gioconda at the The War Memorial in Gross Pointe Farms. This opera company, which has been surprising and delighting audiences big and small for a few years now, has blown the doors...

It was only a few months into my tenure as the Free Press restaurant critic when I realized that — wait — maybe my job was actually, improbably, somehow even better than I imagined. I was sitting in a conference room with two of my editors who wanted to check in to see how I was settling in. During our wide-ranging conversation, I casually mentione...