La musica è da sempre protagonista importante dello scambio culturale tra Italia e Stati Uniti: ha avuto un ruolo fondamentale nel tenere alta la bandiera degli italiani emigrati all'inizio dello scorso secolo, ed è stata veicolo dell'entusiasmo e dell'ottimismo americano che ha contagiato l'Italia dopo la guerra. Nessuno potrebbe descrivere questa...

Organizers of Baton Rouge's Columbus Day Festa are ready for the big time. The Greater Baton Rouge American Italian Association is making an effort to push the annual event celebrating its Italian heritage into a regional focus, and that starts this year with a performance by Deana Martin.   "(We) want to see this become a larger, regional e...

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By Jennifer Larino The Piazza d'Italia in the Central Business District was designed in the 1970s as the catalyst to broader revitalization of an aging stretch of Tchoupitoulas Street. The revival never happened and the landmark has spent recent years pushed behind parking lots.   Nearly 40 years later, five real estate development teams ha...

The weekend looks a little warmer and drier, a great weekend to go to a festival, and it just so happens, the Sicilian Heritage Festival is going on in Independence, Louisiana this weekend. Joining the Eyewitness Morning News in Frank's Kitchen, is Grand Marshal, Chef Tommy Masaracchia of Tope La' Restaurant in Hammond, who is here with this year'...

By Katherine Sayre   A committee of New Orleans city leaders steering a redevelopment of the Piazza d'Italia is slated to pick which developers move forward in the selection process on Sept. 11, Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration said Thursday (Sept. 3).   Five developers from across the country -- including Florida, Tennessee, Geo...

The Jefferson Performing Arts Society is kicking off the new year in their new facility by reprising an old favorite, "The Light in the Piazza." The show was a big hit for JPAS in 2012, winning five Big Easy Awards, including best musical, despite only running for a single weekend at Tulane University's Dixon Hall. When the new multi-million dollar...

by Chris Waddington   The Italian Saxophone Quartet comes to the University of New Orleans on Tuesday (April 8), capping the concert season for the Musical Excursions series with another show that embraces a rare instrumental combination. (The UNO series hosted the Ethos Percussion Group in February.)   The Italians banded together th...

By Lynne Jensen   The Lenten season has begun, but in no way does it signal a halt to parades in New Orleans. March is the month when the city honors two popular icons: St. Patrick and St. Joseph. Sometimes, such tributes call for a parade and a preparade party.   The 44th annual Italian American Marching Club's St. Joseph's preparade...

It is snowing outside and the temperature has plunged well below freezing. Nearly one hundred people have come to the St Louis County library – the latest stop on the promotional tour for my book on the Italians.   St Louis has a substantial Italian American community, traditionally concentrated in a part of the city known as The Hill. &nbs...