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Natasha Lardera(April 27, 2020)
Consumed by the malaise of this spring's quarantine, violinist, percussionist and composer, Mauro Durante of Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, gifts the world with a new hymn to life.Music and dance break down the walls of a house in Puglia to cross the globe and bring us together in a shared experience. “We're all in the same dance” is a scream, a jolt, that invites us to heal through the most powerful medicine: unity. This is his story.
Life & People
Jerry Krase(May 09, 2020)
Remembering my first grandchild in a time of plague reminds me of how grateful I should be for what I've had, and still have.
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Edoardo Innaro(April 14, 2020)
The thought of a young student in such difficult days. To look to the future ... Through action and inaction, but always aware of others, we can save lives and make it through, hopefully bettered…
Life & People
Jonathan Fargion(April 07, 2020)
We have to stay home to avoid the spread of the virus and protect the vulnerable people who can be severely affected by it. Some fortunate people are able to work from home, others, have to find creative ways to pass the time.
Facts & Stories
GRASSI & CO(May 12, 2020)
Now that our questions have been answered on eligibility and application requirements for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the focus will be on how to achieve maximum loan forgiveness. While we are expecting additional guidance to be released from the U.S. Small Business Administration this month, the following analysis of key issues reflects our current understanding of the considerations associated with PPP loan forgiveness, as of April 15, 2020.
Art & Culture
Help the new broadcast program of the Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò (NYU)! The Casa for the Italian Culture in Manhattan has prepared a survey for all those people who are interested in Italian culture and have been able to take advantage of Casa’s offerings online or at 24 West 12th Street over the years. While doors are closed, Casa Italiana is launching a new series of live radio-style shows. The Director Stefano Albertini will host conversations with writers, scholars, and artists. So you’...
Art & Culture
Roberta Cutillo(March 06, 2020)
A fascinating exhibition titled “Propaganda. The Art of Political Indoctrination” conceived and curated by Professor Nicola Lucchi of Queens College opened March 4th at New York University’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, followed by a panel discussion with artistic advisors and NYU Professors Ruth Ben-Ghiat and Ara Merjian. It showcases a selection of works from the Fondazione Massimo e Sonia Cirulli mostly (but not exclusively) dating from Italy’s fascist period and aims to inspire a...
Art & Culture
I.I.(March 04, 2020)
San Francisco pays homage to the great Maestro with a selection of his works at the Castro Theatre. This thank to Cinema Italia San Francisco’s 10th program, in collaboration with Luce Cinecittà and the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco.
Art & Culture
Monica Straniero(March 03, 2020)
A new approach to cinema is affirming itself in Italy. The pioneers of this metamorphic tendency in the art of narrating through images are the young writer and director Emanuela Mascherini and Stefano Amadio, the Director of the national film and audiovisual promotional platform cinemaitaliano.info. Their initiative, titled CineAtelier, consists of a review created to give space to auteur cinema through a selection of first or second works presented in decentralized areas.
Art & Culture
Monica Straniero(March 03, 2020)
When we speak of Italian cinema, the same names always come up: Moretti, Virzì and Sorrentino. But nobody knows what to say about the new generation. That’s where the D’Innocenzo Brothers come in. Fabio and Damiano, whose film Bad Tales just won the award for best screenplay at the 70th Berlinale, are the face of a young new self-taught cinema, which could propel Italy towards different horizons, worlds, and cultures.
Art & Culture
Roberta Cutillo(March 02, 2020)
100 years from the birth of Vico Magistretti, Fondazione Magistretti along with the Italian Cultural Institute present and exhibition dedicated to the acclaimed Italian designer and architect, whose groundbreaking work, conducted throughout his highly prolific sixty-year career, left a profound mark both on his native Milano as well as on the perception of Italian design both at home and abroad.
Art & Culture
Roberta Cutillo(February 28, 2020)
Salon/Sanctuary Concerts, in collaboration with NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò and the American Society for Jewish Music present a performance by ensemble members of Ester, Liberatrice del Popolo Ebreo (“Esther, Liberator of the Jewish People”) by...
Art & Culture
Roberta Cutillo(February 27, 2020)
500 years from the artist’s death, Rome’s Scuderie del Quirinale and Florence’s Uffizi Gallery collaborate on creating the most extensive exhibition dedicated to one of the most important artists of the Italian Renaissance, bringing together works...
Photo by Marco Anelli © 2017
Art & Culture
Roberta Cutillo(February 26, 2020)
We met with Giorgio Spanu, co-founder - along with his wife Nancy Olnick - of Magazzino Italian Art in Cold Spring. The half-Italian, half-American couple has for the past 20 years been instrumental in the promotion and divulgation of contemporary...
Art & Culture
Elena Dal Forno(February 24, 2020)
Due to measures related to the coronavirus outbreak, who knows when Giorgio Diritti’s wonderful film will be shown in Italy. In the meantime, it was presented at the 77th Berlinale, where it was a great success. We want to tell you about it so you...
Art & Culture
I. I.(February 22, 2020)
The story of a grassroots movement that emerged in New York. New Insider Guide Helps Parents and Educators Create Dual Language Education Programs in the American School System
The House of Lovers, which had been closed to the public following the 1980 Irpina earthquake, reopens its doors along with two other structures. These three ancient domus were restored as part of the EU-founded Great Pompeii Project.
Facts & Stories
S. J.(February 22, 2020)
In the United States when we think of Mardi Gras we think New Orleans with floats, fried food, and colorful plastic beaded necklaces. In Italy, Martedì Grasso means Venice's Carnivale, complete with ornate masks, theatric performances, and a...
Indixia presents Global Love, a love-themed exhibition and charity auction, in Chelsea’s Sundaram Tagore Gallery, featuring unique works by numerous international artists and designers with the goal to fund arts education in India and to help...
The film, written with Giovanni Veronesi and presented by Filmauro, comes out February 26. Reminiscent of the Commedia all’Italiana tradition, however with fluctuating results that are never up to the standards of the Verdone we have come to know...
Art & Culture

The Life of a “Foreign Italian”

Leo Yeni, an Artist’s Paper Life, presented by NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò in collaboration with Centro Primo Levi showcases the life and struggles of a man through his art. To some, the show, curated by Cynthia Madansky, is an interesting look into the mind of the artist, who like many other Italian jews was abandoned by his country, to others such as Lillian Spiegel, it’s one more step towards giving Leo what he never managed to obtain during his lifetime, Italian citizenship.
Art & Culture

Gli Anni Più Belli by Muccino

Two years after “There is no Place Like Home” (A casa tutti bene), which made 9.2 million euro, Gabriele Muccino is back with “Gli Anni Più Belli," an ambitious project about History and Friendship, two themes connected by the music of Nicola Piovani and Claudio Baglioni, whose song gives the movie its title.
Art & Culture

Dante, the “Father of the Italian language”

The Italian Heritage and Culture Committee of New York Prepares to Celebrate the Genius of Dante: Poet, Philosopher, Political Thinker
Art & Culture

Bringing Italian to NYC's Public Schools

Parents, teachers, institutional representatives all gathered in Harlem’s cozy neighborhood pizzeria Sottocasa to celebrate the progress of Manhattan’s first dual language Italian program at the local PS 242. Together they discussed the benefits of bilingualism, shared their experiences and planned for the future of the program.
Art & Culture

Parasitism Wins the 2020 Oscars

Korean film “Parasite” was crowned Best Picture of the 92nd edition, a twist in the Academy’s history.
Life & People

It’s Time to Celebrate Carnival

Until the February 25, this year, children and adults can enjoy this amazing, colorful and frisky feast
Art & Culture

Countering Declining Readership and Bookstore Closures in Italy

A new law to promote reading and the publishing industry - which is going through hard times in Italy - was just approved by the Senate. It consists of several points, one of which involves the appointment of an annual Italian Book Capital.
Art & Culture

Italian American Educator Survey

The Association of Italian American Educators (AIAE), together with The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, is conducting a survey for a book on the growth and impact of Italian-American educators on the American education system. They are gathering information on the experience of Italian-American educators who have taught and administered in education over the last 70 years. If you or anyone you know are interested in participating, see the letter by President Josephine A. Maietta below.
Facts & Stories

The Italian Brands Basketball League Lands at Barclays Center

They step into the court for charity, with basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his deep ties to Italy on their minds. They face each other with honesty and passion in the sacred temple of basketball, Barclays Center, with two goals in mind: to win but also to promote the best strategies to communicate the Italian brand in the US. Who are they? New York’s Italian entrepreneurs, the members of the Italian Brands Basketball League, the first basketball association of Italian managers.
Art & Culture

Art Bonus Brings More Donations to Italian Culture

The initiative launched by culture minister Dario Franceschini in order to encourage the practice of philanthropy in the arts grows, totaling over 435 million euro.
Art & Culture

60 Years of La Dolce Vita

February 2020 marks 60 years since the release of Federico Fellini’s iconic film, which has inspired countless directors and filmmakers across the world (and continues to do so), becoming one of the leading ambassadors of the ‘Made in Italy’ brand. A dramatic yet poignant and still relevant representation of some of the most uncomfortable aspects of contemporary society.
Art & Culture

Italian Museums Open up to Foreign Directors (Again)

13 positions are now available in the direction and upper management of public Italian museums and they are once again open to foreigners.
Art & Culture

A New Technology Museum in a Palermitan Palazzo

The MEC museum - which stands for "Meet Eat Connect" - opens in Palermo, a new cultural center / restaurant dedicated to the history of technology.
Facts & Stories

New Jersey’s Sicilians Welcome their President

The visit of Nello Musumeci, President of the region of Sicily, is a cause of celebration for New Jersey’s Sicilian community. It’s the occasion to reactivate the measures that have in the past kept alive the ties between Sicilian communities and their region of origin.
Life & People

A Statement on the Tragic Death of Kobe Bryant

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) released a statement on the passing of basketball legend Kobe Bryant, in honor of his special relationship to Italy.
Meet Gabriel A. Battista
Life & People

A Heartfelt Tribute to NIAF Chair Gabe Battista 

We are deeply affected by the passing of Gabriel A. Battista, NIAF Chair who left us on Monday, January 27. The i-Italy team is very saddened by his loss. To remember him and all that we learned from him, we decided to republish an interview conducted by Prof. Ottorino Cappelli in 2017, as part of the "Italian Leadership in America" project, a series co-produced by i-Italy and NIAF. Our deepest condolences to his family and the entire NIAF family.
Art & Culture

The Elena Ferrante Phenomenon Returns to the Small Screen

The TV adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s novels follows the incredible international success of her books, which have been translated in numerous languages and are loved by millions of readers across the world.
Facts & Stories

I.E.F. "Italy: Exporting Beauty"

The Italian Export Forum (IEF) met in New York to discuss the challenges and opportunities of promoting Italian companies and the Made in Italy brand abroad with a panel titled "Italy: Exporting Beauty," featuring various leading authorities from the private and public sector in Italy and the US.
Life & People

Imma. Headstrong Neapolitan Pizzaiola in NY

26-year-old pizzaiola Imma Liquori of Upper East Side restaurant San Matteo, brings her passion, creativity and much-needed female presence to the New York (and global) pizza scene. We spoke with her about growing up working the ovens in Naples and facing stereotypes and discrimination as one of the few women pizza-makers there, her move to New York, and her love for mixing things up in the kitchen.
Art & Culture

The Trevi Fountain Like You’ve Never Seen it Before

Rome’s Palazzo Poli opens its doors to visitors, who will be able to enjoy a unique view of the iconic Trevi Fountain from the historic villa’s terrace.
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From Autoblog. "The Italian supercar manufacturer decided to show off some of their non-automotive offerings in Detroit. Specifically, Lambo brought examples of its Ad Personam personalization program. A white 560 Spyder was flanked by a satin blue LP640-4 and LP560-4 coupe that were both simply mesmerizing. We're huge fans of these new satin paints, because aside from lending an air of understated luxury to the Lambo's lascivious lines, they're remarkably easy to photograph" (Read the article by Frank Filipponio)

From Autowewk. " Maserati is unveiling a higher-performance version of the Quattroporte at the Detroit auto show--the Sport GT S (...) Maserati says the GT S marks the 70th anniversary of the automaker's first Indy 500 win" (Read the article by Greg Migliore)

From The New York Times.  Italian wineries want to protect their newly popular product’s name, as well as expand sales.

"The Italian winemakers worry that upstarts will weaken prosecco’s image just as it is taking off. (...) In recent weeks, the winemakers have been scrambling to nail down a final proposal to the Italian government before a year-end deadline. The producers hope to be eligible for a streamlined European Union system that goes into effect in August. If all goes well, the new prosecco protections will be in place for the 2009 harvest." (Read the article by Amy Cortese)

From Marketwire. Prominent political, religious, and communal leaders joined American Jewish leaders today outside of the Israeli Consulate in New York City to support Israel's right to self-defense and to fight the terrorism waged by Hamas in Gaza. Besides Governor David Paterson, featured speakers included a host of New York politicians and the leaders of several ethnic organizations. Italian Americans were represented by John Calvelli, chair emeritus of the Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations and board member of the National Italian American Foundation.

"Unfortunately, the picture being painted of Israel is that of an aggressor," said Michael Miller, executive vice president and CEO of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York. "Israel is anything but that." he added. "Our standing in front of the consulate of Israel is a major display of solidarity and support for Israel as it seeks to live in safety and security." (Read the original article)

From the New York Times. "The story of La Befana has been told in Italy since around the time Leonardo da Vinci painted the “Mona Lisa.” Origins of the legend, some say, are far older and rooted in a pagan goddess. (...) La Befana is a character in Italian folklore, sometimes referred to as the Italian Christmas witch. A soot-covered old woman, she is said to fly on a broom to the homes of sleeping children, entering through the chimney and bearing gifts." (Read the article by James Angelos)

Related articles from i-Italy:

'La Befana' Arrives on Her Broomstick
Thousands of Italian children hunted out stockings on Saturday ahead of Epiphany celebrations that half of Italians still see as an important part of their heritage

Watch Out: the Befana is Coming to Town!
More than 2000 years ago the Three Wise Men visited Jesus after his birth and gave him three symbolic gifts: gold, frankincense and myrrh. From that time on, the Befana comes every year, on January 6, to fill Italian kids’ stockings with all sorts of goodies!

From The New York Times. In an editorial that appeared on January 10, entitled "Not a Company Man," the daily notes that "Mr. Panetta may not be an intelligence professional, but he is honest and sensible and not easily cowed. Those sound like good credentials for a very hard job."

"We’ve seen what some top company men have been willing to go along with during the Bush-Cheney years: secret prisons beyond the reach of American law and all conscience; torture, abuse and degradation of prisoners; renditions for torture on an outsource basis; made-for-the-Sunday-news-shows intelligence reports. Mr. Obama has pledged to end all of that. (...) For any intelligence professional committed to his craft, and the nation’s security, that should be a relief" (Read the New York Times editorial).

Ps: The editorial made no mention of Panetta's Italian roots from the region of Calabria. It also failed to mention that "Calabria is home to the 'Ndrangheta, a Mafia network said to be even more powerful and wealthy than Cosa Nostra in Sicily". A few days ago these inopportune remarks were made, just out of the blue, by the British daily Time, eliciting critical comments from exponents of the Italian American community (See Laura Ruberto's op-ed in i-Italy).

From IFC.com.  "One of the most prominent Italian-American actors working today, Palminteri currently stars as the titular Vegas shark in 'Yonkers Joe,' an entertaining drama about a con man whose seedy world of palming dice, cheating casinos, and conning any poor sucker is uprooted when he's forced to look after his adult son with Down's syndrome." In this interview to the Independent Film Channel, Palminteri talks about his last movie, his father, and his Italian-American heritage.

 An excerpt from the interview:

You've taken a lot of roles that reflect your Italian-American background. Are you offered a ton of projects that play into cultural stereotypes, like gangster movies?

Yeah, and I usually don't do them. [laughs] That's why I do movies like "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints," "Yonkers Joe," or "Once More with Feeling," that I have at Sundance. I don't want to play a goombah character if he's just one note. I'm very proud of being Italian-American, but people don't realize that the mafia is just this aberration. The real community is built on the working man, the guy who's the cop, the fireman, the truck driver, the bus driver. This is my father. These mafia guys get all the press because they're fun to write about, they're fun to watch. That's why I wrote "A Bronx Tale." The working guy's the tough guy: "It doesn't take much strength to pull the trigger, son." He says that in the movie, that's why it was important for me.

 (Read the interview by Aaron Hillis)

From The New York Times. The College Board will drop its Advanced Placement Italian exam at the end of this academic year, just four years after it began offering it. The A.P. Italian is not attracting enough students; last May, 1,930 took the Italian test. There are no plans to eliminate any other A.P. programs, even though the Japanese exam also has few takers — 1,538. But A.P. Japanese, like several other exams, was devised to be much less costly as it is given via computer, unlike the paper-and-pencil Italian exam. (Read the article by Tamar Lewin)

From the New York Times. "Like many of the Italians who frequently visit the Amico senior center in Borough Park, Brooklyn, Salvatore Amato, 78, who arrived here from Sicily in 1958, speaks little English. Some, like Luigi Buonincondro, 91, a former Italian soldier who came to New York from Naples in 1961, understand English, but have a hard time reading or writing it."  (Read the article by Fernanda Santos...)

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