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A new era is coming to an old Ballard mainstay, with some strings attached. After 15 years serving comfort food in a historic firehouse, the Hi-Life will close September 8 — then be reborn six weeks later as Valentinetti, an Italian restaurant featuring occasional puppet shows. Hi-Life owner Peter Levy is making the switch partly as a tribute to hi...

The owners of State 48 Brewery have plans to open a fifth location -- a brewpub -- and an Italian restaurant in north Phoenix. Owner Mario Rana told ABC15 that both concepts, State 48 Rock House Brewery and Mia Osteria, would open at The Shops at Norterra near Interstate 17 and Happy Valley Road. Both concepts will open in the complex across from t...

If there is one word most often used to describe Gail Sacco, it is “fighter.” It was a term she embodied until her death Tuesday after a two-year-plus battle with lung cancer. She was 63. She spent the last weeks of her life doing what she was best known for in Las Vegas: serving the homeless. No longer able to venture out, she had her husband, Jos...

Sep 7, 2019 – Nov 10, 2019. PORTLAND ART MUSEUM. 1219 SW Park Avenue. Portland, OR 97205. Giovanni “Gianni” Rodari was a celebrated Italian writer, journalist, and children’s author. Considered by many to be Italy’s most important twentieth-century writer for children, Rodari was awarded the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1970 to reco...

NeoRealismo: The New Image in Italy, 1932–1960, the most comprehensive curated collection of journalistic images capturing the faces of Italy after World War II, will be on display at arteitalia (442 Flint Street, Reno) September 27 through December 29, 2019. This free exhibit documents not only Italy’s economic and social conditions in the mid-20t...

Last week, the New York Times called Sebastian Maniscalco “the hottest comic in America.” People magazine described him as a comedian’s comedian. And in 2017, Forbes named him to its list of the world’s highest-paid comedians after he brought in $15 million between June 2016 and June 2017. His fans describe him in one word: Hilarious. The 46-year...

Looking for a tasty Italian meal near you? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top Italian spots around Tucson, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to fill the bill. 1. Zona 78 Topping the list is Zona 78. Located at 7301 E. Tanque Verde Road, the Italian spot, which offers pizza and more,...

Following a long hiatus, the third joint conference of the American Association for Italian Studies and the American Association of Teachers of Italian will take place from March 26-28, 2020 at the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. In keeping with the mission of the AAIS/AATI, the conference organizers invite members to organize sessions and round...

Clark Hinckley, son of former Church President Gordon B. Hinckley and author of “Christopher Columbus: A Man Among the Gentiles,” spoke about the importance of Columbus during an Education Week session on Wednesday, August 21. Hinckley began his address by sharing a series of experiences he and his family had that related to Columbus. He served as...

Joe Conforte deserves his induction among the inaugural six honorees in the Nevada Hall of Fame. Nevada author and publisher David Toll (“The Compleat Nevada Traveler”) announced the lineup last week. Mr. Conforte was the only one of the six still alive. Then came news of his death down in the land of Cariocas and breast reductions. The only other...

Nathan Brovelli, bell attendant at Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach, has been named a "Na Hoku O' Ka'anapali" by the Kaanapali Beach Resort Association. Launched in July 2018, the program recognizes "shining stars" who act as ambassadors of the resort area. As bell attendant at the front entrance of The Whaler, Brovelli is often the first and...

Locale, a new Italian restaurant in Mountain’s Edge, aims to be that neighborhood joint you can pop into for supper any night of the week. Though it has only been open two months, it has already earned some serious buzz, especially for the chef at its helm.  Nicole Brisson, who has spent the majority of her career running massive operations like Ca...