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Francesco Simeti with his work in Civita di Bagnoreggio. Photo by Piotr Niepsuj.
Art & Culture
Roberta Cutillo(October 10, 2019)
Following the opening of the artist’s latest show in New York’s Assembly Room, I sat down with him in his Gowanus studio to talk about what informs his practice, its accumulative nature, as well as its penchant towards a baroque aesthetic, which he uses to “trick” viewers into confronting the difficult realities, from devastating wars to the rapid advance of climate change, hiding behind all the embellishments.
Facts & Stories
Emily Hayes(October 18, 2019)
In the wake of an official Brexit deal between the UK and the European Union, leaders deadlocked last night on whether to allow Albania and North Macedonia to join, leaving Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte disappointed with the outcome.
Jhumpa Lahiri
Art & Culture
Roberta Cutillo(October 14, 2019)
Famed author, professor, and translator Jhumpa Lahiri in conversation with Director of Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò, Stefano Albertini, at New York’s Italian Cultural Institute, to present her latest publication, “The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories,” a new and surprising anthology of an often neglected yet typically Italian genre.
Facts & Stories
Roberta Cutillo(October 11, 2019)
Following authorization from the World Trade Organization, the Trump administration plans to impose tariffs on $7.5 billion worth of goods, including aircrafts but also Italian cheeses, French wine, Scotch whiskey, and other products from the European Union beginning October 18th.
Facts & Stories
I. I.(October 09, 2019)
Casa Belvedere, a historical landmark and home to Staten Island’s Italian Cultural Foundation dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Italian cultural heritage in all of its forms, is seeking votes to obtain funding for the restoration of the upper levels that sustained severe water damage from Hurricane Sandy, with the ultimate goal of transforming them into new gallery space.
Mulberry Street in the early 20th century, a central street in Manhattan's Little Italy
Op-Eds
Letizia Airos Soria(October 07, 2019)
An Italian TV station makes a show that looks for ‘pure Italians,’ starting from their food choices. The result? Presumption, arrogance and lack of knowledge.
Art & Culture
Monica Straniero(October 04, 2019)
Here is the program of screenings and guests coming to Rome's Auditorium Parco della Musica between the 17th and 27th of October on occasion of the 14th edition of the Rome Film Fest with Antonio Monda, festival’s artistic director for the fifth year
Facts & Stories
Your Italian Hub - a new comunication agency operating in the United States. The newco is born of the experience of the editorial network i-Italy, which for over 10 years has been covering all things Italian in English for Americans, and of the Colavita Group, a leading force of the Italian food industry and one of the main importers and distributors of Italian products in the US.
Facts & Stories
I. i.(September 24, 2019)
The Columbus Citizens Foundation announced Giovanni Colavita, CEO & President of Colavita, and Cosimo, Gerardo, and Giuseppe Bruno, renowned New York restaurateurs, as honorees of the 2019 Columbus Celebration. In addition, television's...
Art & Culture
Roberta Cutillo(September 24, 2019)
A special event, featuring a lecture and music performance, held at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò traces the unique and little-known history of the Arbëreshë people of southern Italy, “an anthropological miracle,” that can serve as a model of both...
Art & Culture
Roberta Cutillo(September 20, 2019)
A new exhibition at La Reggia di Caserta, the grandiose royal palace constructed by the rulers of the House of Bourbon and often dubbed the “Versailles of Italy,” acts as a much-needed bridge between the public and private sector by showcasing 17th...
Facts & Stories
Roberta Cutillo(September 13, 2019)
La Scuola d’Italia invited parents, teachers, board members, and supporters of the school to celebrate the inauguration of the new academic year and to present the new initiatives undertaken by the school in this crucial phase of growth and...
Art & Culture
Marcello Sajia(September 12, 2019)
In remembrance of the SUNY and Stony Brook Professor, who recently left us. From the island of Salina, Marcello Saija, his friend and partner of initiatives to truly and deeply explain Sicily and emigration to Americans, shares his memory of him....
The globally renowned artistic manager and consultant to cultural institutions, Francesca Campagna, known for both her deep knowledge of opera and her ability to extend the reach of preeminent artists and institutions to new audiences, becomes the...
We sat down with director Stefano Albertini to discuss Casa 2.0, the new and improved iteration of Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò’s cultural program and how the institution’s upcoming events will propel it in its mission to foster “cultural exchanges...
Director Ascanio Petrini tells the incredible story of Pasquale Donatone, a cab driver who transported illegal migrants from Mexico into the US and was expelled back to Italy, his country of origin. It’s him the actor who plays himself, a mix...
After defeating the French Gaël Monfils, 23-year-old Matteo Berrettini will go on to play the world’s No.2 Rafael Nadal on September 6, 42 years after Corrado Barazzutti, the last Italian male player to reach a Grand Slam semifinal.
Art & Culture
Letizia Airos(September 10, 2019)
On view for the first time in the United States, at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, the drawings Carlo Levi realized during the artist’s retinal detachment. This is the story of a farmer from the gulf of Milazzo, who emigrated to Switzerland and...
Art & Culture

Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood, Tarantino’s Homage to Italian Cinema

Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, previously presented in Cannes, comes to Rome for a highly anticipated preview of the Italian release with Sony Pictures on September 18. Along with the director, who wore a black t-shirt stamped with the word Brutalism, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie also attended the premiere.
Art & Culture

Thomas Heatherwick’s Pier 55 . Waiting for a New Exciting Green Space.

New York, just added the magnificent courtyard of Hudson Yards, with a contemporary walk-able sculpture called the Vessel as the center piece. This structure was designed by Heatherwick studio. The Studio has also designed a new park at Pier 55.
Art & Culture

Milena Vukotic: Fellini Changed My Life

Interview with Milena Vukotic: the actress, one of the most beloved stars of Italian cinema, theatre, and television, discusses Fellini and Woody Allen. Regarding MeToo, she says “it’s good that we are talking about this today and that certain facts have emerged. Yet, I don’t think it will cause the power dynamics between producers, directors, and actresses to change much. And there is also still much work to be done regarding the issue of equal pay, which in the United States is a hot source of debate amongst male and female colleagues.”
Op-Eds

Farewell to Durante, the Man Who Promoted Italian-American Culture... in Italy

Writer, journalist, and literary scholar Francesco Durante, 66, died in Capri on Saturday. With astounding range, infinite intellectual curiosity, indefatigable energy, his detached, wry irony, combined with his passionate empathy, helped us make sense of our world and the past.
Art & Culture

Jazz Italiano: Neapolitan Folk Jazz kicks off JCTC’s Voices: International Theater Festival

Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) kicks off New Jersey’s first annual, international theater festival with Jazz Italiano, an intimate, black-box theater concert by IDR_Italian Doc Remix, the internationally acclaimed ensemble known for its vibrant combination of cutting-edge jazz improvisations and traditional Neapolitan folk music. Jazz Italiano takes place Thursday, August 22nd at Merseles Studios, 339 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, N.J. 07302.
Life & People

My Gorgeous Places & Suggestions in Umbria

Where to sleep and eat when you are in Umbria. Just few ideas
Life & People

Umbria. Exploring Italy’s Greenest Spot 

Rich in environmental, cultural, and gastronomic diversity, Italy’s greenest region offers tourists unforgettable experiences. 
Roberto Scarcella Perino's Furiosus
Art & Culture

Roberto Scarcella Perino's Furiosus in Florence

A performance of Roberto Scarcella Perino’s Furiosus, a two-act opera based on Ludovico Ariosto’s chivalric epic Orlando Furioso
Facts & Stories

Naples Universiade On Par With The Olympics, Athletes Say

From July 3rd-July 14th, Naples was the world’s stage for the 30th biennial Summer Universiade sports event.
Facts & Stories

The Future of Climate, Development and Social Justice at St. John’s in Rome

Experts and academics across various fields discussed major issues relating to climate, development and social justice, with a particular focus on their relationship to education and envisaging solutions for a better future, during a symposium held at St. John’s University’s Rome Campus.
Art & Culture

Mogol: A Classical Music Project With Berklee College

Mogol, the poet of Italian music, has worked with great singers such as Battisti, Mina, Riccardo Cocciante, Adriano Celentano, Mango, Gianni Morandi and many others. His literary works embrace the notes, creating musical milestones that have topped the charts 121 times throughout his career.
Art & Culture

Andrea Camilleri’s “ indecipherable Note”

He leaves us today, at age 93, the great master of contemporary Italian literature. We will miss everything about him. But, even without him, the search for the places and smells of Montalbano’s Sicily continues. A Sicily that many of us will never find because, like Vigata, it doesn’t exist geographically. What does exist is a place made up of colors and flavors, of unforgettable dishes, of dishonest people but also many good ones, who love justice and fight for it despite everything.
Art & Culture

'Piranhas,' a Film About Coming of Age Amidst The Camorra

Claudio Giovannesi discusses his new film 'Piranhas', based on the novel by Gomorrah author Roberto Saviano, which will be on view in select American theaters starting August 2nd.
Art & Culture

Mount Vesuvius Told Through Digital Art

A new exhibition of works by multimedia artist Gennaro Regina at Ercolano’s MAV museum tells the story of the volcano’s historic eruption in 79 CE in a new and engaging way.
Facts & Stories

More Beloved Italian Products Coming to The US Courtesy of Colavita

On June 23rd, Colavita hosted a party at Gallow Green, a beautiful garden oasis in the heart of Chelsea for its customers and partners. The event included a private preview of the new products that the Italian food company will start distributing in the US in addition to its current offerings, which beyond the Colavita brand itself include Italian favorites such Perugina, San Benedetto, Mulino Bianco, Rio Mare, and more...
Life & People

July 20, 1969: “I’m Going to the Moon, Too. Dad, Will You Come with Me?”

Apollo 50-year anniversary. It’s estimated that 650 million people watched the historic landing on July 20, 1969. I remember that night spent in Vasto, Abruzzo, in my grandparents’ home with my dad. The church bells were still not able to chime simultaneously and yet man was about to make history. At least at the time. There was no Internet, there weren’t CDs, Apple hadn’t invented anything yet, and there weren’t even cell phones.
Art & Culture

Aspromonte, The Land of The Forgotten

Director Mimmo Calopresti discusses his latest film about a small Calabrian village’s redemption.
Facts & Stories

Ciro Casella: "The Golden Lion to The South, Like a Hug From The North"

New York restaurant San Matteo receives the Golden Lion in Venice as a "special recognition for professional merits.”
Facts & Stories

Longevity Gene Found to Rejuvenate Blood Vessels

Italian researchers discover link between longevity gene and cardiovascular health.
Facts & Stories

Mantuan Mostarda Conquers The World

Mantuan Mostarda, a delicious ancient product, born in the Renaissance court of the Gonzaga, is now having a revival, not only in Italy but across the globe. From the United States to Australia: living proof that the strength of the Italian food industry often lies in its prime niche products, always unique and irreplicable.
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ANSA.   An Italian on trial with his American girlfriend for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher said Friday that he ''wouldn't hurt a fly''. As the trial of Raffaele Sollecito, 24, and Amanda Knox, 21, reopened in Perugia, Sollecito said in an address to the court that he was the victim of a miscarriage of justice. (Read the article)

ANSA. President Giorgio Napolitano on Friday said he would not approve an emergency decree to prevent doctors from removing Eluana Englaro's feeding tube in accordance with a landmark right-to-die ruling. (Read the article)

Nymag. Teresa Rizzo-Marino has to vacate her Lower East Side restaurant, Isabella’s Oven, and she’s not happy about it. Kicked out of her space by her landlord, Ms Marino's most serious accusation revolves around what she calls “ethnic discrimination” — “they discriminate against Italian people, non-Kosher places, any little thing they can find. I’ve never met people like this in my life." (Read the article by Daniel Maurer)

NBCDFM. Another designer, Fausto Sarli, dedicated the jewel of his collection to Michelle Obama. The gown, pinkish and studded with crystals and lavish swirls, represents a light in the desert, said Sarli. (Read the article by  Andrew Greiner

TIMES ON LINE. Speaking in court, Mr Sollecito sought to proclaim his innocence, insisting he “would never hurt a fly” and was “the victim of injustice”. (Read the article by Richard Owen)

AP. Italy's government issued an emergency decree Friday to prevent a woman in a vegetative state from having her feeding tubes disconnected but the president immediately said he wouldn't sign it. President Giorgio Napolitano said the decree violated the "fundamental" separation of powers between the executive and judicial branches since it defied court rulings that have favored removing Eluana Englaro's feeding tubes. (Read the article by Alessandra Rizzo)

ANSA. The cabinet on Friday unanimously approved an emergency decree to stop doctors carrying out a landmark right-to-die court ruling that is fiercely opposed by the Catholic Church. (Read the article)

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL. Over 1,600 migrants currently held on the Italian island of Lampedusa are at risk of being forcibly returned to their home countries. According to an official statement by the Italian Minister of the Interior on 23 January, 150 migrants have already been returned from Lampedusa since 1 January. (Read the article)

Reuters. Mania over President Barack Obama has reached the catwalks of Rome, where a top haute couture designer showed off a kaftan emblazoned with his face and another dedicated a gown of "hope" to his wife Michelle. (Read the article)

The Wall Street Journal. Italian eyewear maker Luxottica SpA is expected to unveil a new social-benefits program for its domestic work force, an attempt to ease the pain as the global economic downturn hits Italy's industrial north. (Read the article by Stacy Meichtry and Jennifer Clark)

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Laura Pace(October 17, 2019)
Più che una semplice mostra, un viaggio che parte da Firenze fino ad arrivare a New York e che trova le sue radici nel ‘800 attraverso l’amore per l’arte e per gli ideali storici di quel tempo. Come punto focale un solo argomento: la Libertà.

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