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Invented and refined in the early sixteenth century, and achieving widespread popularity and usage in the eighteenth century, the pastel is one of the most expressive and adaptable media in art history, surviving nearly unchanged for five centuries of human creativity and design. Furio Rinaldi, curator at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, wil...

Imagine a place where you could go and spend the day surrounded by the art and artifacts of the Italian American experience, where you can immerse yourself in our story, and learn new and surprising facts about the history of Italians in America… all free of charge! Well, if you’re lucky enough to live near or visit Los Angeles, California, this It...

This coming fall is to live and love. This is a season to enjoy culture, art, food, reading, all the Italian way. October is Italian Heritage Month, with the traditional Parade that came back to the streets of North Beach on October 10th. People could enjoy the event in person, tasting Italian food while cheering and waving the Tricolore flags. And...

The inauguration, on the 28th of September, of the Academy of Motion Pictures Museum, designed by Renzo Piano, was the occasion chosen by Ambassador of Italy to the United States Mariangela Zappia for her first visit to LA. Ambassador Zappia, who is the first Italian woman nominated Ambassador in Washington, met the local scientific and business co...

ITTV Festival, the first Festival dedicated to Italian television and aimed at bringing attention to the lively Italian TV production and growing relationships between Italian and American TV creators and talents. returns to Los Angeles with the slogan "Let Italy Entertain You." The festival will celebrate the boom in Italian shows airing in Americ...

Dear Readers, Opera Season, after a long shutdown, opened recently in San Francisco with Puccini’s Tosca, to a fully vaccinated and masked audience of two thousand. This was the S.F. Opera’s 99th season, but without my friend Joe Brucia’s father and his friends, back in 1922, the S.F. Opera seasons may have been slow getting started. San Francisco’...

WHEN: October 22, 2021, 5-7 PM - WHERE: The Commonwhealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, San Francisco - Attendees: Please bring proof of vaccination.  Join Humanities West in person at The Commonwealth Club, or via livestream, to celebrate the 700th Anniversary of Dante’s death with a two-hour, three-lecture Dante feast. Visit The Commonwealth Club fo...

This church is home to the Italian American community in Southern California. Not only do we have St Peters Church, but there’s Casa Italiana, which has a large hall, kitchen upstairs but downstairs are rooms where friends gather for meetings, classes and Sunday morning donuts. The Italian community celebrates Saint days (sometimes every weekend) w...

We cover a lot of subjects here on the blog, and this time we’re going to tackle a hyperlocal topic: Italian fraternal organizations. Living as I do in North Beach, I’ve long been familiar with our own San Francisco Italian Athletic Club (SFIAC) on Stockton Street. But speaking with Tony recently, I found out he actually belongs to three separate c...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) condemns the vandalization of St. Peter’s Italian Catholic Church, the National Italian Parish for Southern California, located near downtown Los Angeles and has pledged $5,000 for its restoration. What was supposed to be a day of celebration in honor of Columbus Day, turned bitter early Monday mornin...

Local San Pedrans got together to celebrate everything and everyone Italian at Festa Italiana this past Saturday on Oct. 2. The free, outdoor street fair provided space for local vendors selling Italian treats, beer and wine, as well as live performances. Officially, the festival is celebrating the start of Italian-American Heritage and Culture Mon...

A local art tradition since 1998, the annual Via Arté Italian Street Painting Festival comes to the Bakersfield Museum of Art. On Oct. 16 and 17, the festival will be held at The Marketplace from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The goal is to have professional artists use their imagination using the asphalt as their canvas just like the classic Italian Street Pai...