NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

If you grew up in Chicago during the Top 40 era of AM radio, you probably had a transistor radio tucked under your pillow listening to such legendary Chicago DJs as Ron Britton, Barney Pip, Art Roberts and Larry "Uncle Lar" Lujack spinning the latest rock 'n roll hits. The godfather of them all was Dick Biondi, one of the original "screamers" known...

As a child growing up in the northern Italy city of Venice, Dario Monni often awoke to two distinct smells: freshly brewed coffee and simmering homemade pasta sauce. The latter was the handiwork of his grandmother, who would wake up as early as 5 a.m. to begin the sauce that would later complement her fresh pasta, he said. Using her hands and a rol...

Joe Bartolotta, co-owner of The Bartolotta Restaurants, died on Monday night, April 22 at the age of 60. Bartolotta wasn't just an exceptional chef -- but also an impressive philanthropist, a great humanitarian and an accomplished restaurateur. A news release from the Bartolotta group stated he "passed away peacefully in his sleep with a smile on h...

A few years after Charles Penzone launched his first hair salon, his attorney took him aside for a serious talk. "My attorney, who is still my attorney, he would talk about long-term planning," Penzone said recently. "And I said, 'In my industry, you're only hot for three years. Let's not plan that far ahead.'" Penzone chuckled. "Well, here we are....

For as long as I can remember, I’ve dreamt of vacationing on the beautiful island of Capri just off the coast of Italy; the gorgeous beaches, the rugged landscape, and of course the Italian cuisine all scream vacation to me.  I’m probably a few years (probably more like 20) from making this dream a reality, so in the meantime I can visit Capri righ...

When Carmelita Pope’s acting career began taking off, she had to fend off gibes about the folly of pursuing a life in the theater. “It’s such a terrible living,” an old friend from Chicago she called Bud would grouse.“Whaddya wanna do with acting?” But she pursued her passion anyway. And after director Elia Kazan saw her in a film in which she port...

It's official! Dennis Tufano, the Original Lead Singer of The Buckinghams, WILL PERFORM at the Good Times Rock and Roll Fundraiser on Sunday, April 28th!!! WOO HOO!!! Dennis will sing with Carl Giammarese, AND the two will join Jim Peterik--THREE LEGENDS ON STAGE- to show their love and support for the man who helped make their careers, Top 40's le...

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial held on Monday, April 22, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Church, Boardman, with Father Gerald Delucia officiating, preceded by a 10:30 a.m. prayer service at the Rossi & Santucci funeral Home, Boardman, for Donato Joseph “Dan” DiDomenco, 92 who passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, April 17,...

The next time you watch "The Godfather" we've got an appropriate dinner suggestion: Sauces, olive oil and balsamic vinegar out on the market from entertainer-actor-writer-businessman Gianni Russo. Fans of "The Godfather" know Carlo as the guy who made the very wrong decision to beat his wife, who happened to be the sister of Michael Corleone, and t...

San Morello is a difficult one to review. On one hand there's a dearth of high-quality Italian food in Detroit, so the nearly four-month-old restaurant at Grand River and Woodward avenues is a welcome addition. There are also few chefs in town of Andrew Carmellini's caliber — he's the recipient of multiple James Beard Awards, and won a Michelin sta...

Monday, April 22nd, 2019 @ 7:00 pm. Marquee Cinema, Union South - 1308 W Dayton St room 245, Madison, WI 53715. The 2019 edition of the Italian Film Festival USA will take place in Madison from Monday, April 22 through Wednesday, April 24, with local premieres of exciting new films by leading Italian directors. Screened free of charge at the Marque...

Italian film writer and director Wilma Labate will speak at the IU Cinema starting Wednesday, accompanying screenings of her films. The visit is part of the cinema’s 10th annual “New Trends in Modern and Contemporary Italian Cinema” series. The series is organized by the IU Department of French and Italian. Labate made her first film “Ambrogio” in...