The I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival will celebrate its 31st anniversary 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 27, 28 and 29 at the Santa Barbara Mission. A ceremony at noon on Monday, May 29, on the Mission steps will introduce and thank the major festival sponsors and featured artist Meredith Morin as her street painting is concluded. I Madonnari, the f...

The Italian Club was reestablished this semester after being on hiatus for two years due to the lack of students enrolled in higher-level Italian-language courses. Global studies major Lorenzo Marchetti, a third-year international student from Italy, serves as club president. Marchetti is in charge of coordinating the club’s meetings along with Lau...

Cari Amici – Dear Friends, On March 17, 2017 our Santa Barbara community lost a remarkable human being: Silvio Di Loreto.  He was a man of many talents.  After being a B-25 navigator in WWII, he moved to Santa Barbara and started his professional life as a photographer.  Then he became active in real estate in which he excelled and from which he of...

Global studies major Lorenzo Marchetti is a man of many hats here on campus, serving as president of 2020 A Year Without War, co-president of the honors program, co-commissioner of marketing on the Student Senate and Italian Club president. Most of all, he is Italian. “Let’s promote what I am [100 percent Italian],” Marchetti said. “Let’s promote t...

You’d be hard-pressed to find any blarney when Italian-born pianist Alessio Bax joins the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra (SBCO) this St. Patrick’s Day — unless you count the craft beer tasting event afterward, open to subscribers.   The first half of the concert, however, belongs to conductor Heiichiro Ohyama and the orchestra, who will cel...

Fog and drizzle put a damper on the pastels used by i Madonnari artists when they began on Friday night, but by Memorial Day their works of art looked like masterpieces. More than 150 artists were chosen to take part in the 30th annual i Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival in front of the Old Mission in Santa Barbara. They volunteered their...

CIRCOLO ITALIANO Presents THE MAGIC OF AN ITALIAN GUITAR A delightful musical afternoon enlivened by the sounds of some of the most beautiful and beloved classic Italian songs, transcribed with the special touch of Maestro Paradiso! Join Circolo Italiano for this exceptional event in a lovely Montecito garden.   VITO NICOLA PARAD...

I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival will celebrate its 30th anniversary from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. May 28-30, 2016, at the Santa Barbara Mission. A ceremony at noon Monday, May 30, on the Mission steps will introduce and thank the major festival sponsors and featured artist, Cecelia Linayao, as her street painting is concluded.   I Madon...

Ciao, Amici! After Cinema Italiano Contemporaneo, our traditional Fall event, Circolo Italiano is now opening our Winter schedule with two delightful events. We start with a combination of a fabulous Matinee at the Opera and a lovely champagne luncheon at La Cumbre Country Club on Sunday, Nov. 8th.   For this event Circolo Italiano is j...

The stage was a woven rug, on which stood a podium, a mic stand and a flowerpot. The backdrop was a bare color-changing screen.   It was a simple arrangement, but it was enough for the performers of "Speaking of Francesca Marciano." In this cozy setting of downtown Santa Barbara's Center Stage Theater, local actors read stories from author M...