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A task to banish a resident raccoon and unplug a gutter has "snowballed" into an interior makeover of a 125-year-old former firehouse in Omaha's Little Italy neighborhood.    But that's just the beginning. Owners of the narrow two-story structure — which has long been the Santa Lucia Hall — now want to launch a major capital campai...

by Bob Curtwright   Is "The Light in the Piazza" opera for the Broadway crowd or Broadway for the opera set? Well, it's sort of both, says Wayne Bryan, guest director for the lushly romantic tale about the meeting of a naive American tourist and a lovestruck Italian boy in Florence, Italy, during one summer in the post-war 1950s.  ...

21 Nov 2015, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM. Italian Cultural Center - 528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 501 - Registration - Member $15.00 (USD), Non Member  $20.00 (USD). The ICC is excited to announce a new, very special Italian round table book discussion--- Tavola rotonda, "Pista nera" di Antonio Manzini! ICC native Italian...

The late Patsy Guadnola, a beloved music teacher for many decades in Glenwood Springs who died this past March at age 92, has been inducted into the Colorado Italian American Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2016.   She joins 111 other Italian Americans who made their mark in Colorado history and have been selected to the Hall of Fame ov...

When Marco Pietro Griffero Jr. worked the front of the house at Pietro's Restaurant, he wore a suit and tie and his trademark wingtip shoes. He called the busboys laddie or laddie boy — they turned over too frequently for him to remember their names. He loved to dim the dining room's lights.   Was it too dark? "Well," he would say to a compl...

By Nikki Patrick Everything from antique sausage grinders to colorful clothing fashioned from fabric scraps will be on the display in "The Italian Heritage," the next quarterly exhibit at the Miners Hall Museum, Franklin. But that's only a part of the display. "We've been trying to tell a story with our display and tie in people and families...

Festa Italiana – scheduled this year July 17-18 at Harriet Island in St. Paul – is looking for enthusiastic volunteers eager to showcase Italy's regional richness and diversity to Festa's visitors. If you know and love a particular Italian region and would like to tell other people what makes it great, join Festa Italiana volunteers when they...

Today we honor Jasper Mirabile, Sr. of Jasper's Restaurant & Marco Polo's Italian Market. Please read the following hisory of Jasper's taken from www.JaspersKC.com. In 1954, a small neighborhood Italian restaurant and bar was opened in Kansas City by Leonardo Mirabile and his son, Jasper. The restaurant, named Jasper's, quickly became a popula...

Albert Rosa, a survivor of the notorious Auschwitz death camp who went on to fight the Nazis with the U.S. military during World War II, will share his story Wednesday, Feb. 24, in the LSC Theatre at 7 p.m. Admission is free; no tickets required. Rosa, now 91, and his family were transported to Auschwitz in 1943 after Germany invaded his nativ...

The history of Kansas City's Italian-American community starts as early as 1890, just a few decades after the birth of Kansas City. Italian immigrants first came to Kansas City because of the wealth of jobs in railroad development, according to Giovanni Schiavo. Though Italian-Americans living in Kansas City today are predominantly of Sicilian dec...

by Roy Wenzl   Carsten Treder, an officer wearing the gray uniform of the German army, stepped forward Thursday and spoke to other soldiers freezing in the Kansas wind near him. At his feet were two neat rows of the graves of 62 German soldiers, decorated on this day with the red, gold and black flags of the German nation. Nearby were the g...

by Mark Harden The Denver Art Museum said Tuesday it will host an exhibition of Renaissance art masterpieces from Venice, Italy, opening in October. It's the latest in a string of blockbuster exhibitions for the museum, including its three-part show of impressionist works in 2013-14 and its recent displays of Cartier jewelry and the works of...