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What's new at Minnesota Opera? Well, everything next season.   The 2014-15 season announced Thursday features five fresh productions, all of them bringing new approaches, sets and costumes to works that are (mostly) at least a century old. Among them are a Giacomo Puccini opera the company has never presented, as well as a world premiere by...

A European traveling water circus, Cirque Italia, will stop in Cape Coral for two weekends this month, featuring a vivid and dramatic experience for attendees of all ages.   Cirque Italia owner Manuel Rebecchi was born and raised in Milan, Italy. To preserve his family's traditional European style circus, Moira Orfei Circus, he crafted a new...

Russo's Restaurants, the family of dining concepts that includes Russo's New York Pizzeria and Russo's Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen, announced today plans to significantly enhance the brands' footprint in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas, all of which have a current Russo's presence. Evidencing the excitement around both brands, Russo's kicked off 2014...

La Regione Lombardia ha accettato di essere la Regione d'Onore del trentanovesimo Gala Niaf che si terrà a Washington nel prossimo mese di ottobre.   L'assessore regionale all'Istruzione, Formazione e Lavoro ha infatti consegnato al Presidente della NIAF (National Italian American Foundation) Joe De Raso la lettera del presidente della Lomba...

Attorney Joseph A. Mengacci of Middlebury received of the association's St. Joseph's Day Italian American Lawyer of the Year award at the 17th Annual Italian-American Legislative Caucus Dinner on Tuesday, April 8.   The Connecticut Italian American Bar Association is a recognized Affinity Bar of the Connecticut Bar Association representing I...

by Max Gross   Next week, the James Beard Foundation is honoring a legend. Arriving in New York in 1955, Sirio Maccioni became one of the great paragons of the city's dining scene. From the hallowed Le Cirque, to the slightly more casual Circo, to Sirio in the Pierre, Sirio's fare (no one calls him Maccioni) has, for years, been the gold st...

The last day in business for Totero's, a 75-year-old Italian restaurant in Racine, will be June 26. The Italian-American restaurant, still in the century-old building at 2343 Mead St. where Achille Totero founded it, now is operated by the third generation: his grandchildren Albert Totero and Albert's sister, Angela Totero.   Albert Totero...

The Clark Chapter of UNICO marched in the Annual Clark Memorial Day Parade on Monday. Members marched down Westfield Ave to ALJ High School for the Ceremony.   Clark Unico is a chapter of Unico National, the largest Italian American service organization in the United States. The Clark Unico is active in the community, provides scholarships t...

Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) General & Artistic Director Esther Nelson recently announced the repertoire for the Company's 2014-15 season.   BLO's strong artistic momentum continues with new productions of masterpieces by Verdi, Janácek, and Mozart, along with a new Opera Annex work by the Swiss composer Frank Martin. The season opens with L...

Ann Skidmore, founder of luxury tableware and decorative accessory importer Arte Italica passed away on June 18 after battling lung cancer.   "Ann was one of the most extraordinary people that I have ever met or worked with in this industry," said Chris Collins, Arte Italica president.   Read more   Source: http://www.home...

by Chris Bruce   The web video might be the sitcom of the modern age as the main way people consume comedy. Even if you don't want to sit down and watch a TV show, you can dedicate just a few minutes for a laugh from a brief film.   Fiat found huge success last year with its Backseat Italians ad for the 500L on Funny or Die, with over...

By Nancy Wiechec   Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said Pope Francis has accepted his invitation to attend the World Meeting of Families in the U.S. next year, even though the Philadelphia Archdiocese still has not received official confirmation from the Vatican.   Archbishop Chaput made the announcement July 24 before givin...