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As thousands of people enjoyed Italian Heritage Day celebrations in San Francisco's Little Italy, public works crews were scraping red paint off the city's statue of Christopher Columbus just a few blocks away. The inscription painted at the base of the statue, near Coit Tower, was especially disturbing: "Destroy all monuments of genocide and kill...

The 8-foot statue of Christopher Columbus fronting a Chula Vista park is akin to having a Hitler statue in a Jewish community — “if not worse.” So said Benjamin Prado of Unión del Barrio after reading aloud a letter Saturday that local American Indian groups are sending to the Chula Vista City Council. They’re demanding the statue be removed. “That...

Between the pizza, the stories of hard-working immigrant families, the accordionist singing Nino Rota’s theme from “The Godfather,” and the big green, white and red flags, St. Helena’s inaugural Festa Italiana was about as Italian as anything you’ll find this side of Sassoferrato. Saturday’s celebration, the first of three events marking Italian He...

We have exciting news as we gear up for the 151st San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade this Sunday, October 13th. The Board of Supervisors just unanimously approved Supervisor Catherine Stefani’s resolution recognizing October as Italian American Heritage Month. Please join us at City Hall this Friday, October 11th, to celebrate. RSVP here: https:...

When news hit in July that Tosca Cafe would close yet again, there was sadness mingled with a collective shrug — another San Francisco restaurant bites the dust. That abrupt shuttering by Chef April Bloomfield is a whole other, complicated skein of industry skulduggery and bad behavior. But what hit me in the plexus were treasured memories of why T...

Lina Wertmüller, the director and writer of films including The Seduction of Mimi, Love and Anarchy and Swept Away, is finally being celebrated stateside for her landmark career, beginning with a series of events this month in Los Angeles. The Italian filmmaker was the first woman to ever receive an Academy Award nomination for best director in 197...

The Getty said Thursday that it had acquired Italian masterpieces — a religious painting by Renaissance master Agnolo Bronzino and a pair of Gothic marble sculptures by Giovanni di Balduccio — that rank among the “greatest works” in the museum’s collection. The painting, “Virgin and Child With Saint Elizabeth and Saint John the Baptist” (1540-1545)...

Culture and cuisine always reign in San Jose’s Little Italy, but this Sunday the food and fun will spill out onto the streets and into the plazas. The party on Almaden Boulevard — the Little Italy Street Festival — is the fourth annual for this historic district. Admission is free, with hours from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Among the highlights: Local phila...

When: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 From 6:30 pm To 8:30 pm - Where: Italian Cultural Institute -   Entrance : Free On the occasion of Leonardo500 and the XIX Edition of Week of the Italian Language in the World, the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco is pleased to present the American premiere of Io, Leonardo (I, Leonardo), a cinematographi...

Flesh and Blood: Italian Masterpieces from the Capodimonte Museum, opening on October 17th at the Seattle Art Museum, offers a rare opportunity to experience the fierce beauty of art from the 16th and 17th centuries. Renowned Renaissance artists such as Titian and Raphael join Baroque masters including Artemisia Gentileschi, Jusepe de Ribera, Guido...

On the stairs of St. Alphonsus, a century-old, ornate Catholic church in West Fresno, generations of families are lining up.  “Hey you guys we’re taking a group picture,” someone calls out. The young and the old inch a little this way and that to squeeze in more closely. They’re all here to celebrate St. Elia, the patron saint of their ancestral vi...

Sunday, October 13 at 12:30pm the Leonardo da Vinci Society will participate in The San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade. Our Board, members and friends of the Leonardo da Vinci Society will march to celebrate the annual Italian Heritage. All members are invited! Started in 1869, the Italian Heritage Parade features Italian and Italian-American di...