St. Patrick’s Day is both a celebration of faith and a triumph of the human spirit. In addition to his theistic mission, St. Patrick brought the gifts of classical antiquity to the Emerald Isle, enduring privation and enslavement: “So I live among barbarous tribes, a stranger and exile for the love of God.” But centuries later, the grace of St. Pat...

Preparations are underway for the return of the traditional St. Joseph’s Altar at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Denham Springs that will once again be open to the public after two years of interruptions brought on by concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. Members of the Friends of St. Joseph organization have already started bakin...

In Ocean City, the town is getting a splash of Italian flare with the return of the St. Joseph’s Day Festival. Sponsored by the Ocean City Lodge of the Son’s and Daughters of Italy, the festival will reopen its doors to the public after a two year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers tell 47ABC, you can expect the same authentic Italian...

The city of Los Angeles celebrates the hundredth anniversary of the birth of the Italian director Pierpaolo Pasolini (March 5, 1922) with an integral retrospective entitled Carnal knowledge: the films of Pierpaolo Pasolini. Born from the collaboration between Cinecittà and the Academy Museum of Motion Picture, the retrospective will take place unti...

The Beauregard-Keyes Historic House & Garden, home to the Corrado Giacona Family from 1904-1925, will again honor the Patron Saint of Sicily with its annual St. Joseph’s altar March 16-18. The public is welcome to join staff and volunteers in marking this sacred Sicilian tradition, which has been celebrated in the French Quarter since Sicilian immi...

Since it started in 1895, the Venice Biennale has been an every-other-year barometer of the global art world. As such, the release of its artist list with each iteration provides not only a glimpse into which artistic styles might be coming to the fore, but also more recently has prompted a discussion about the demographics of those artists.  Cecil...

Ready to experience the best of what makes Restaurant Fest so special? We’ve got you covered! Join us on Thursday, March 10 in La Piazza for a mini-Wine & Food Fest: Restaurant Fest Edition, featuring our favorite small bites from all three of our Restaurant Fest menus. Enjoy tastes of authentic Italian dishes from La Pizza & La Pasta, dishes inspi...

The Vespa is such a potent symbol of Italian lifestyle that it is often a surprise to find that other cultures have embraced the iconic scooter. One country that I never thought would embrace the Vespa is America. The country that gave us large-displacement v-twins and gargantuan V8s designed to cover the vast distances across the country seems lik...

A popular event will return to the streets of downtown Butler this summer. Thursday night Butler City Council approved an agreement to bring the Butler Italian Festival back for a 5th year. The festival will run from 5 p.m. on Friday, August 26th through 6 p.m. on Sunday, August 28th on Butler’s Main Street, which will be closed from Cunningham to...

Lovers of the Venice Carnival know it means masks and costumes, but also tasty delicacies such as frittelle and galane. But only the most experienced know about mammalucchi: the mouth-watering fried, sugary pastry which began life as an accident. The original bakery in the lagoon city where you can have an authentic mammalucchi is Pastricceria Bar...