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When: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 8:30pm - Where: Old Town School of Music, 4545 N Lincoln Ave Beppe Gambetta is a guitarist, vocalist, researcher and composer born in Genova, Italy who developed a style that brings American and European Roots to speak together with one voice. In his unique approach, Beppe blends energetic grooves with passion...

The Italian Cultural Institute presents two museums of contemporary art committed to following art outside conventional boundaries and bringing it to a broad range of diverse audiences, both local and international. Roberta Tenconi, Curator and Art Exhibition organizer at Pirelli HangarBicocca in Milan and Marcella Beccaria, Chief Curator and Curat...

Joey Santore, 36, never expected to get famous for posting videos about nature. But on Thursday, the Chicagoland native went viral when a profanity-laden clip of him comforting a sick coyote pup surfaced on Twitter, garnering upwards of 8 million views. “I’m not going to fuck with you,” he promises as he chases the pup, who eventually relents and s...

Niles will host the 119th Maria Santissima Lauretana festival, a traditional Italian cultural and religious celebration that also includes plenty of food, drink and entertainment, over Labor Day weekend. The festival, which honors the Catholic Virgin Mary, originated in a Sicilian town and was brought to the Chicago area as immigrants arrived her...

A street name in Rockford will change in honor of a prominent Rockford Italian-American. Rockford aldermen unanimously approved changing the name of a portion of South Madison Street in downtown. It’s in honor of Louie Maffioli, a fourth generation of the first Italian family in Rockford. He was the first president and CEO of Wilson Electric Compan...

Tickets for the Cleveland Museum of Art’s upcoming exhibition on the drawings of Michelangelo may be purchased by nonmembers starting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21, the museum said Tuesday. Free ticket reservations have already been available to members, the museum said Tuesday. “Michelangelo: Mind of the Master" will run from Sunday, Sept. 22, t...

Antonio Romanucci has been installed as the 66th president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and Frank Sommario has been sworn in as the secretary of the National Italian American Bar Association. Romanucci and Sommario are partners in the Chicago-based law firm of Romanucci & Blandin. Romanucci has been an active member of the Illinois Tr...

A pair of Illinois Italian Americans were among this year’s recipients of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Attorney Enrico J. Mirabelli, corporate executive Sergio “Satch” Pecori and 90 others received their medals during a May 11 ceremony on Ellis Island. Mirabelli is a family law attorney with more than 37 years of experience. He served for 10 ye...

A reconnaissance photographer during World War II, Ralph Triggiano captured the enemy’s presence in the Pacific from 10,000 feet and the horrors of war from point-blank range. Ralph Triggiano was born in Chicago and grew up in the neighborhood of Taylor and Peoria streets surrounded by his maternal grandparents, aunts and uncles. Triggiano’s father...

The Sicilian American Cultural Association will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a gala Medal of Merit luncheon on Sept. 8 at Belvedere Banquets in Elk Grove Village. All past presidents and Medal of Merit recipients will be honored at the event, along with this year’s honorees, Joseph and Martha Monastero and Katherine Amari O’Dell. For details...

The Rev. Michael P. Caruso and Larry Wert will be the guests of honor when the Justinian Society of Lawyers hosts its annual installation and awards dinner on Sept. 12 at the Palmer House Hilton. For details, call 708-338-0760. The following officers will be formally installed at the event: Natalie M. Petric (president), Judge Regina A. Scannicchio...

The Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America’s Grand Lodge of Illinois and Wisconsin held its 48th Biennium State Convention on June 15 at the Edward Hotel Chicago in Rosemont. Grand lodge officers elected at the convention for the biennium 2019-2021 are Paul Loparco, president; Frank Schiro, first vice president; James LasCola, orator; Anna De...