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Letizia Airos Soria(June 20, 2019)
We met with Maurizio Forte, the Director of the Italian Trade Agency, North America. With him we discussed the Italian presence at the Fancy Food Show - which, like every year, takes place in New York at the end of June - but, mostly, we reflected on the path that Italian food businesses follow to become international.
Art & Culture
Roberta Cutillo(June 18, 2019)
During the 2019 Summer Pitti Uomo, Fondazione Pitti Immagine Discovery launches "A Short Novel on Men's Fashion," an exhibition exploring 30 years of menswear which will run through September 29th at the Museum of Costume and Fashion inside Florence’s Pitti Palace.
Facts & Stories
Roberta Cutillo(June 19, 2019)
Italians in the World Report for 2018 by the Migrantes Foundation reveals that the number of people leaving Italy continues to grow: Italian mobility increased by 2.7% between 2017 and 2018 and by 64.7% since 2006. But, more importantly, it goes into detail to examine who is leaving, where they are leaving from, where they are going and why.
Art & Culture
Steve Acunto(June 17, 2019)
As news of Franco Zeffirelli’s death reached I-Italy, we looked back at our past issues and found a photo taken by Zeffirelli’s adopted son, Giuseppe, of New Yorker Steve Acunto and his daughter, Claudia during a visit to the Maestro’s home in Rome in 2013. We invited Mr Acunto to remember the Maestro, recalling that Spring afternoon.
Facts & Stories
Nicole Campisano(June 16, 2019)
Italy has put the past year in a bid for transhumance to be added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list. The final decision will be made this November 2019. Found mainly in central and southern Italy, there are tratturi in the Abruzzo, Lazio, Molise, and Puglia regions, transhumance is the seasonal trek of livestock, a rare practice
Art & Culture
Monica Straniero(June 10, 2019)
Having spent 19 years working with the Palermo daily “L’Ora,” Letizia Battaglia is considered a pioneering figure of Italian photo-journalism and a symbol of the fight against the Mafia. Now 84 years-old, the photographer tells her story in the documentary by British director Kim Longinotto titled “Shooting the Mafia,” which was presented at the Biografilm Festival in Bologna.
Dining in & out
N. L.(June 16, 2019)
We all experience an uncontrollable desire for something cold and sweet yet not too fattening, so gelato and/or ice cream immediately come to mind. Gelato is gelato and ice cream is a totally different thing. And there also are sorbets ...
Art & Culture
Maria Klein(June 12, 2019)
The 96th edition of Pitti Uomo embraces wholeheartedly the importance of sustainability. Pitti Uomo embodies the strong push of Italian fashion outlets in making this notion a fundamental lifestyle and message of wellbeing.
Art & Culture
Roberta Cutillo(June 12, 2019)
Open Roads New Italian Film Festival returns to New York’s Film at Lincoln Center for its 19th edition with a selection of carefully curated recent Italian films offering a glimpse into the world of Italian cinema and some insights into contemporary Italian society.
Art & Culture
Maria Klein(June 12, 2019)
Organized by the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles the initiative Fare Cinema comes to LA June 13th, 2019. With its purpose of spreading Italian Cinema, the event, which takes place annually, focuses on the various professions of the film...
Bagnoli del Trigno
Life & People
Each year, The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) collaborates with a region in Italy by promoting its culture, business and tourism in the United States, while also traveling to the region to promote cultural exchange. This year the...
Art & Culture
Roberta Cutillo(June 07, 2019)
The Italian Cultural Institute in New York is hosting a series of Jazz concerts featuring talented Italian artists. The next two are scheduled for June 11th and 18th.
Facts & Stories
Maria Klein(June 06, 2019)
The small Italian village of Grottole, is getting ready to host five volunteers selected by Airbnb to become temporary residents as part of its “Italian Sabbatical.” This initiative is to revitalize the village that is at risk of disappearing.
On June 14th and 15th, the Sorrentine Peninsula welcomes the first-ever edition of the Italian Export Forum, an initiative to bring together the main players, both entrepreneurial and institutional in order to create a unified and coherent system...
Sunday June 2nd, a cruise ship crashed into a dock and a tourist riverboat on the Giudecca Canal in Venice. Reported technical issues with the engine caused the crash leaving 5 tourists injured. This accident re-ignites controversy over banning...
Italy's deputy premiers Salvini and Di Maio, governing partners for the past year, have not been on speaking terms for weeks. But under pressure from the European Union over the country's giant debt, they are trying to find a way out, as...
In the final run-off vote for local administrations June 9, affecting 3.5 million voters in 136 townships, participation dropped by a quarter, from a healthy 68.2% to 52%. Some historic left-wing administrations fell to the Lega, but in some cases 5...
Art & Culture
Maria Klein(May 29, 2019)
The exhibition “Leonardo da Vinci 3D," will will be held from May 30th to September 22nd in Milan, alongside the Cathedral of the Fabbrica del Vapore, shows the great Renaissance master like you've never seen him before.
‘50 Top Pizza’, the most exhaustive online guide of the world’s best pizzerias, releases the 2019 ranking of the best European pizzas outside Italy and reveals the nominees for five other international categories. The ranking of the 50 top in North...
Following the Italy Run, organized by the Consulate together with Nutella Cafe and New York Road Runners, which took place on June 2nd, the celebrations for Italian National Day picked up again the following day at the Italian Trade Agency, the...
Art & Culture

Prada Goes Fur-Free

Prada has finally decided to go fur-free. Although they have been resilient in the past, the fashion house has now committed themselves to creating ethical products, viewing the change in style not as a setback but as an opportunity for new stimulating fashion designs.
Facts & Stories

Lady Gaga’s Mother Named UN Ambassador for Mental Health

President of Born This Way Foundation, Cynthia Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga’s mother, was named Goodwill Ambassador for Mental Health by the UN’s World Health Organization.
Art & Culture

Leonardo's Garden Comes to Life in Milan

If you are passionate about gardens and green events, and you live in Milan, you would never want to miss the event of the year that celebrates green outdoor spaces. This event takes place in Milan every May, and it’s called Orticola.
Art & Culture

Italian Contestant Mahmood Wins 2nd Place at Eurovision

Mahmood, Italy’s representative at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest held in Tel Aviv, wins second place and takes home the Composer Award: “it’s the first time an Italian song wins this award.”
Facts & Stories

ACCOUNTING TODAY. Alert: Qualified Opportunity Zones - New Proposed Regulations

The tax benefit, created by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, is designed to stimulate economic development and create jobs by encouraging long-term investments in economically distressed communities nationwide.
Art & Culture

Naples Gets Their Dance on With Roberto Bolle’s OnDance

Roberto Bolle gets major cities in Italy to dance with his popular OnDance festival making its second-year return, with an added weekend-long location in Naples.
Art & Culture

Clooney Makes Long Awaited Return to TV With “Catch-22”

George Clooney’s recent television venture, a “Catch-22” miniseries based on the Joseph Heller novel of the same name, premieres in the U.S on Hulu May 17, and already has critics and audiences buzzing. The “Catch-22” miniseries based on the 1961 Joseph Heller novel of the same name, starring Clooney, Christopher Abbot, and Hugh Laurie, is about fictional Captain John Yossarian, a U.S Army Air Forces bombardier during World War II, who is based on the Tuscan island of Pianosa.
Art & Culture

A Flash of Contemporary Italian Fashion on The High Line

The Exhibition ‘Borders: A Flash of New Italian Fashion’ offers a glimpse into the exciting and perhaps unexpected world of young, contemporary Italian fashion, featuring pieces by 4 emerging designers presented amongst videos, DJ sets, and neon lights and set atop of New York’s High Line against the backdrop of the Hudson River.
Facts & Stories

Mayor Sala on Milan: Culture, Sustainability, And Above All Inclusivity

During his brief visit to New York and Washington DC, Mayor of Milan Giuseppe Sala spoke at NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo about the initiatives carried out by the City in terms of development, sustainability, and dealing with immigration, often going against the line held by the central government.
Art & Culture

Joe Capalbo Brings Lucania to the US

Interview with lead actor and producer of “Lucania terra sangue e magia” (Lucania earth blood and magic), directed by Gigi Roccati. The film won three Grand Jury Remi Awards at the 52nd WorldFest Houston International Film Festival: Best Foreign Film, Best Actress (Angela Fontana) and Best Editing (Annalisa Forgione.)
Facts & Stories

Tensions Among Partners Soar as EU Elections Approach

With the approach of the European Union elections May 26, tensions between the government partners soar as each battles to snare votes from the other. Corruption and clandestine migration remain dominant themes.
Facts & Stories

Italy's Self-Image Problem

A new book by the President of the Italian branch of leading research and analysis agency IPSOS, Nando Pagnoncelli, warns against the risks of governing through polls and reveals that Italians share a collective misperception of the country’s situation, particularly regarding economics, migration, and crime rates.
Art & Culture

Venetian Tradition and Sustainability: The Laguna Goes Red

American artist Melissa McGill paints the Venice Laguna 52 shades of red with her Red Regatta, a participatory project celebrating the city’s traditions and cultural heritage while also bringing attention to the rising threat of climate change.
Art & Culture

White American Youth: My Descent into America’s Most Violent Hate Movement—And How I Got Out

THE ITALIAN AMERICAN BOOK .This is Christian Picciolini’s first book. He is an EMMY-Award winning television producer, a visual artist and renowned public speaker.
Art & Culture

Italian Archaeologist Leads of Unearthing Ancient City

Italian papyrologist and archaeologist, Rosario Pintaudi, recently gained attention for his work in Egypt with the remains of the ancient city of Antinopolis-- a site laying on the Eastern bank of the Nile river, about 285 km from present-day south of Cairo. Born in the Messina province, and later moving to the city of Florence, Pintaudi is a highly regarded Italian archaeologist, helping historians further discover the ancient Egyptian remains.
Art & Culture

New Sustainable Italian Fashion on the High Line

Italy’s National Chamber of Fashion (CNMI), in collaboration with The Consulate General of Italy, The Italian Trade Commission, and the Italian Embassy in the US, present ‘Borders: A Flash of New Italian Fashion’: a multidisciplinary event which will take place on May 17 on New York’s High Line.
Art & Culture

Sergio Rubini Discusses His New Film: Il Grande Spirito

Taranto, a suspended place framed by the roofs and chimneys of the Ilva steel plant visible in the distance. Here, the lives of two men meet as they form a strange, crazy friendship. An incredible character for Rocco Papaleo, perfect in such a different and unexpected role.
Art & Culture

DIVER/CITY – Unity in Diversity with IDACO in NYC

"Italian Dance Connection" (IDACO NYC) announces the fifth annual NYC festival, May 21 through Friday, May 24. Four days long contemporary dance performances and art events with Italian artists.
Art & Culture

Lineup Announced for Open Roads: New Italian Cinema 2019

Open Roads: New Italian Cinema is the leading screening series to offer North American audiences a diverse and extensive lineup of contemporary Italian films. This year’s edition again strikes a balance between emerging talents and esteemed veterans, commercial and independent fare, outrageous comedies, gripping dramas, and captivating documentaries, with in-person appearances by many of the filmmakers.
Art & Culture

Remains of a Sunken Migrant Ship Become a Biennale Piece

The wreck of a ship that sank in the Mediterranean in 2015, causing the death of an estimated 700-800 migrants becomes an artwork in this year’s 58th Venice Art Biennale.
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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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Monica Straniero(June 10, 2019)
Per ben 19 anni, al servizio del quotidiano di Palermo “L’Ora”, Letizia Battaglia è considerata una pioniera del fotogiornalismo italiano e simbolo della lotta contro la mafia. A 84 anni la fotografa si racconta nel nuovo documentario della regista...

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