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...

By Suzanne Farwell David Peri grew up surrounded by acres of lemon trees in Goleta, learning about the environment and the quality of compassion from his father. One of many Italian stonemasons who came to build mansions in Montecito in the 1930s, his father was generous to the farm workers he employed and provided them with food and other necessi...

by Ana Mezic   For the 29th year, the I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival brought art, food and entertainment to the Santa Barbara Mission. The annual Memorial Day weekend festival is a fundraiser for the Children's Creative Project.   Artists coated in chalk from head to toe sprawled across the pavement in front of the churc...

The Italian Cultural Heritage Foundation of Santa Barbara announces two new appointments with Cinema Italiano Classico, the series of Italian films open to all the Italian film lovers! For 2013, the organization has chosen a mix of genres that goes from comedy to drama, and includes a homage to Spaghetti Western. Last March 8, the Fe Bland Theatre...

Ciao Amici! It is with great pleasure that I announce the details of this yearCircolo Italiano's Christmas celebration. As announced, it will be aPranzo di Natale, a Christmas Luncheon. And here they are... We were able to get a venue that is one of Santa Barbara's most elegant places, La Cumbre Country Club.   The menu is not only...

Ciao, Amici, CIRCOLO ITALIANO BOCCE is again meeting in February for our monthly BOCCE GAME and SOCIAL.   It will be on Sunday, February 16th at 4:00pm at Arnoldi's (corner of Cota and Olive Streets, in Santa Barbara). As in the past, no RSVP is needed and no advance payment is required. The game of bocce is free and each person will pa...

By Brian Bowling   Found squatting in the rarely used chambers of a tax judge while waiting for his own chambers, newly appointed federal appeals Judge Ruggero Aldisert called upon his Marine skills when the angry tax judge showed up and became abusive toward Aldisert's secretary. "The next thing I knew, the judge came striding out of his c...

By Glenn Avolio Italian genealogy seminar and workshop will meet Oct. 12 and is one of the events featured during October's Family History Month. This is a joint offering by the Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society and the Santa Barbara Chapter of Unico (an Italian word meaning unique, dedicated to community service and Italian heritage). T...

The producer and composer of electronic music known as Francesco Grieco has released his latest EP album, "With Love from California." The record comprises six original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 25 minutes.   It has been proudly published independent of support from the corporate music industry on the FGrieco Producti...

This year our Cinema Selection Committee chose three very interesting movies, two comedies and one drama. In selecting these three movies, we wanted to present to our Santa Barbara audience three different aspects of present-day Italian society.   All movies are in Italian and, as in the past, the admission is free.   Read more  ...