This weekend's Italian Festival in McAlester is expected to be much bigger than last year's, judging by the number of vendors who have signed up to participate in the event.   "We've got close to 100 vendors, about double what we had last year," said Bobby Lenardo, who is co-chairman with Mary Ann Fields of this year's festival.   Rea...

By Scott Cherry One thing I like about Villa Ravenna Ristorante Italiano beyond the food and hospitality is the broad range of the menu, both in price and variety of dishes.   If one wants to have dinner for $10 to $15, the menu has plenty of dishes in that price range. If one wants to have a more upscale entree in the $25 to $40 range, tho...

Jackie and Dominie Smith are proud to continue the tradition of Italian heritage in southeastern Oklahoma by serving as Re and Regina for this weekend's Italian Festival — although they were surprised at their selection.   "I thought it would be a nice honor, but I never thought it would be me," Jackie Smith said. The couple is set to r...

By John Brandenburg   Large oils and paper or collage works, as well as butterflies and burned books, give us a lot to think about in a show by three Italian artists. The exhibit by Massimiliano Luchetti, Sara Lovari and Enrique Moya Gonzalez is at Mainsite Contemporary Art, 122 E Main.   Called "Arezzo in Norman," the show was c...

Il Museo Philbrook di Tulsa, Oklahoma, ospita dal 10 marzo al 26 maggio la mostra "Afrodite e gli Dei dell'Amore", organizzata dal Museum of Fine Arts di Boston.   Elena di Troia e Paride, Cupido e Psiche - numerosi amanti famosi sono stati influenzati da Afrodite, una delle divinità più potenti e venerate dell'antichità. Ciononostante, Afro...

A touring art exhibition that condenses 500 years of Italian art through 40 paintings is open to visitors of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Museum curator Alison Amick has worked more than two years organizing Of Heaven and Earth, a collection of Italian paintings from the Glasgow Museum in Scotland. The show presents five sections covering...

by COMITES - Houston   We have all been very moved by the images we have seen of the overwhelming destruction resulting from the massive earthquake that struck central Italy in the pre-dawn hours on August 24. If you would like to make a donation toward relief efforts, COMITES - Houston (representing the Consular District which includes...

By Ryan Stewart   This Thanksgiving, do as the Romans do. No, you don't need to plan your holiday feast around pasta, pizza or breads. But you might do well to take a page from the Italians when it comes to the structure of your holiday meals, said according to Stephen Prescott, M.D., Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation president. &nb...

Before this season winds down, it's important to squeeze in some summer romance.   For such occasions, you might consider The Vine Italian Cafe in Nicoma Park. Located in a nondescript building, it feels as if you've been transported to the old country — provided Italy is that country in question.   Read more   Source: htt...

by Mia Pons   Cultural Connections: Arezzo, an art exhibit that contained works exchanged between local and Italian artists, will reopen next month in the Paseo district during the First Friday Art Walk at the Paseo Plunge.   "When the Italian artists were here back in the fall creating the exhibit, I took them to the Paseo Arts Distr...