If times were normal, Maureen Carreno would be full-swing into her consulting job and running her travel agency. "Normally I work at least two jobs, and have most of my life," she said. Since times are far from normal, with many people refraining from travel during the pandemic, Carreno's business has been closed. "That gives me time to chop veg an...

Pop quiz: Who was the first female American citizen to be canonized a saint? Elizabeth Seton? No. Rose Duchesne? No. Katharine Drexel? No. Try St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850- 1917), who was canonized in 1946 by Pope Pius XII. She was born in in Italy but at the suggestion of Pope Leo XIII in 1889, she brought her congregation to the United States...

I am very happy and proud to announce that the City Council of Philadelphia adopted a resolution on December 10, 2020 also naming the 1200 block of Reed St, on which the Mario Lanza Museum is now located, Mario Lanza Way in honor of the 100th anniversary of Mario Lanza's birth!The Mario Lanza Institute worked along with the local councilman and civ...

On Tuesday, November 24, at 4:00 p.m. EST, Luca Cottini, Villanova University Associate Professor and Host & Creator of the Italian Innovators YouTube show, presents “When Food Became a Work of art”, in the framework of the 5th Italian Cuisine in the World Week. Click here to register, registration is required. What does food mean in painting? Why...

On Monday, November 23, 11:30 – 12:30pm, to mark the centenary of Modigliani’s death, Nancy Ireson, the Barnes’s Deputy Director for Collections and Exhibitions & Gund Family Chief Curator, joins Simonetta Fraquelli, an art historian and specialist in 20th-century European art, to explore new perspectives on the artist. Click here to register! Thou...

At least you’d have to say that I’m consistent.  As I get older, I often realize that there are a lot of things I like better as they once were.  I like baseball without the “designated hitter”, the “closer” and the 8th inning “set-up-man.” I don’t like giving out “participation” trophies to everyone who happens to show up and not only to those who...

This fall, while traveling is not an option and movie theaters continue to be closed in many areas, American audiences can take a dip into Italy’s culture and atmosphere from the comfort of their couch. Italian movies are coming online. The 30th edition of New Italian Cinema Events USA (N.I.C.E.) will take place in New York, from November 14th to N...

Da Vinci Fest Live may be an inaugural event for the Da Vinci Art Alliance (DVAA), but the nonprofit has a history in South Philadelphia. “For 88 years, our organization has focused really insularly, we’ve been really focused on just our artist members (but) that work has really grown over the last couple of years,” said Jarrod Markman, executive d...

Wed, Oct 28, 2020, 11:00 PM – Thu, Oct 29, 2020, 12:00 AM CET. ONline event. PI-Philly and the Italian Consulate General of Philadelphia invite you to a spectacular journey in the art of Italian comic book creator Giulio De Vita. REGISTRATION is REQUIRED, here! The artist will offer an overview of his career through his worldwide famous characters,...

Flags In South Philadelphia's Mario Lanza Park Bearing Image of The Tenor Were Replaced with an Image of a Bird. Attorney Robert Petrone reports this week, the flags in South Philadelphia's Mario Lanza Park bearing the esteemed Philadelphia tenor's face were replaced with flags with a cartoon bird on it. Petrone wants to do something about it. "I p...