by Sarah Hope   Months before winning the mayoral seat he would hold for 40 years, Joe Riley was talking about art. "I remember it like it was yesterday," Riley said, sitting behind his large, crowded desk, reflecting on the Spoleto Festival USA's first 39 years. "What I knew — what I believed — was that a great arts festival, a world-class,...

by Patrick Sisson   A sparse glass-and-metal home may be complimented for its Miesian proportions, and any tower balancing on a curvaceous leg of concrete might get noticed for its debt to Niemeyer, but as far as the dictionary is concerned, just one architect is significant enough to be the official namesake of an architectural style. &nbs...

With a shower of confetti and the pealing of church bells, the Spoleto Festival USA on Friday opened its new season with a lineup including three operas, a production by Ireland's Gate Theatre and a concert by banjoists Béla Fleck and his wife, Abigail Washburn. The 38th edition of the festival concludes June 8 with a concert and fireworks at Midd...

By Ishani Chatterji   The best-known Italian puppet, Pinocchio, may not be among the 165 handcrafted marionettes performing at the Emmett Robinson Theater beginning today. But with "Sleeping Beauty," the real-life Geppettos of the Carlo Colla and Sons Marionette Company have dusted off another fairy tale best known to American audiences thro...

An Italian-American Christmas Feast with guest chefs Joe Clarke (American Grocery Restaurant) along with Lauren Zanardelli & Graham Foster (Neue Southern Food Truck). Seven course dinner featuring a variety of seafood and/or shellfish dishes to celebrate 'La Viglia' (the vigil). An Italian-American Christmas tradition that is believed to h...

The King Street Marketing Group and the Italy America Chamber of Commerce introduce the Charleston Italian Festival. The event will be a celebration of Italian culture, arts, food, wine and automobiles. It will be held on Daniel Island from noon to 7:00 p.m., September 19, the Feast of San Gennaro.   The Charleston Italian Festival will feat...

By Erin Shaw   Food lovers had eyes the size of pizza pies Saturday at the fourth annual Italian Heritage Festival on Hilton Head Island. More than 20 cuisine tents served up everything from handmade meatballs to cannolis to Gelato to shaved ice. There was also plenty of pizza and plenty of wine.   Hosted by the Italian-American...

By April Blake   The weather is great, and everyone wants to celebrate with an outdoor street party. Next up in the season's list of heritage celebrations is the eighth annual Italian Festival from 11 a.m. through 10 p.m. on Oct. 3 at the Robert Mills House and Hampton-Preston Mansion on Blanding Street.   Hosted by the Sons of Italy...

By Wil Shelton   Whether you are fluent in Italian, or just interested in learning a few words, a new opportunity for those seeking to brush up on their language skills is available at Renato's in Centro, 121 W. Main St., in downtown Spartanburg.   Mangiamo in Italiano is an Italian conversation group that meets every Friday at 1:15 p...

One of the most popular locations for the Americans who like to spend their free time in a wonderful place enjoying the sun and the nature of the east coast is Hilton Head Island, in South Carolina: one of the three American States where you can actually find a city named Italy (the other two are Texas and New York). Jokes apart, Italy is here too...