The National Italian American Foundation recreated its 40th Anniversary Awards Gala Weekend into an extravaganza of song, homage to heritage, family ties, and passion for food. The Foundation's celebration of its 40-year milestone united Italian American and Italian cultures of the past with an eye to the future. The NIAF gala was presented by Alit...

by Robyn Leach   The spirit of Frank Sinatra was very much alive Wednesday night in the restaurant named after "The Chairman of the Board" at Steve Wynn's Encore. Sinatra will be even more so Dec. 12, "Ol' Blue Eyes' " birthday, when CBS airs a two-hour special from Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas with stage and audience filled with su...

by Chuck Darrow   Of course Deana Martin is a singer. How could she not be, considering who showed her the showbiz ropes? On the one hand, there was Frank Sinatra. On the other, there was her dad, Dean Martin. The lessons they imparted will surely be on display Saturday as Martin performs with her band at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Th...

Surprisingly enough, Italy has contributed more to the world than just Assassin's Creed and bunga-bunga parties. Sure, there were Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Fellini who have frequently been buffeted in a sandstorm of reverence for the feats they've accomplished. But by citing merely handful of names – mainly out of ignorance – we commit an injustic...

By Noah Remnick   Just after 1 a.m. on July 28, Leonora Russo woke to a commotion at her home in Howard Beach, Queens. First came the yelps of her daughter's Chihuahua, then the crash of her front door slamming shut. By the time she reached her window, Ms. Russo saw only a black Dodge Dakota receding into the night.   At the wheel of...

Music has always had a crucial importance for the Italians in America. As a sentiment of strong attachment to the mother land and its traditions, or as a channel to express their passion; as a vehicle for revenge due to the success of the opera and then to the affirmation of the Italian artistic talent, from the Italian crooners of the 40s and the...

by Gerald Meyer   New York City's worst racial incident in the immediate postwar period erupted on September 27, 1945 at Benjamin Franklin High School, an all-boys school located on Pleasant Avenue between East 114th and East 116th Streets in Italian Harlem.   This, the most Italian Little Italy, which in 1940 had approximately sixty...

Though he's been gone for 15 years, Frank Sinatra's spirit lives on at Patsy's, the restaurant he considered his home away from home. The Hoboken born blue-eyed crooner put Patsy's Italian Restaurant on the map as one of his favorite places to dine, where he was frequently found upstairs in a curtained-off alcove enjoying one of his favorite dishes...

It's been called the Italian Decade — that pop-music moment between the D-Day invasion at Normandy and the British Invasion of the Beatles and their peers, a time when a resurgent Frank Sinatra staked his claim as Chairman of the Board, and when Dean Martin, Perry Como and Tony Bennett brought a smoothly passionate brand of crooning to radio airwav...

Tuesday, October 13th at 7 p.m.- Frank Sinatra 100th Birthday Musical Celebration. Join Rich Moran and his trio for a tribute to Sinatra's musical legacy with a diverse selection of songs from throughout his career. Click here to register.stop by the Reference Desk or call 203-239-5803 to sign up.   Monday, October 19th at 7 p.m. -Italy a Cu...