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A living link between Italy and San Francisco comes in the form of the inestimable Tuscan conductor Nicola Luisotti, who serves as Music Director of the San Francisco Opera and of the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples. Luisotti began studying music as a child with lessons on the church organ and by age eleven he was the director of the church choir. &...

The United States Bocce Federation today announced the selection of Campo di Bocce of Livermore to host the 2016 National Bocce Championships slated for June 25th through July 2nd this coming year.  This is the 5th time Campo di Bocce will have hosted this national sporting event.   "One of the reasons Campo di Bocce was chosen to host...

di Marco Bruna   È raro e affascinante conoscere uomini che vivono della propria arte e vengono celebrati in tutto il mondo per il loro talento, acclamati perché hanno saputo trasmettere al proprio pubblico emozioni fuori dall'ordinario.   Domenico Codispoti, 38 anni, originario di Catanzaro, è uno di questi: definito dalla nota rivis...

by Elisabetta Russo   Brilliant, versatile, spiritual, funny and generous. Franc D'Ambrosio, an artist with a thousand faces, hidden for over 2,600 performances behind the shadow of the most fascinating and obscure mask of the theater musical, The Phantom of the Opera. D'Ambrosio's resume also includes an Academy Award nominated film, an Emm...

The dynamic and talented Speranza Scappucci was in Los Angeles preparing for her West Coast debut as a conductor for the LA Opera production of La bohème recently. She brings to that production her diverse international experience, derived from an impressive lineup of engagements as a pianist, repetiteur, and conductor.   She is a graduate o...

Date: Thursday, March 05, 2015 - Sunday, April 19, 2015 Time: See link to festival programme. Location: PFA Theatre: 2575 Bancroft Way (between College and Telegraph), Berkeley. Organized by: BAM/PFA In collaboration with: Luce Cinecittà; IIC SF; Colpa Cinema; Film Forum, New York; Rialto Pictures; Janus Films/Criterion Pictures.   One o...

S.Y. Kitchen and Luca Crestanelli, executive chef and partner, are hosting "Godfather Night," a special "Family" dinner Tuesday, April 1, inspired by his Italian-American immigrant tradition. Reservations start at 5 p.m.   For one night only, S.Y. Kitchen will be transformed into an Italian eatery of the past, complete with red checkered ta...

The Italian Opera Festival is the first event of its kind, built around the masterpieces of the Italian Opera. During the 21st of November 2009 the IAOF was presented at the audience with the special participation of an Italian Star, the Baritone Bruno Pratico'. Their artistic superior level is sure to have posted Orange County and Southern Califor...

In occasione della Festa della Donna, che si celebra in tutto il mondo l'8 marzo, l'Istituto Italiano di Cultura ospiterà la proiezione de "La Scelta di Catia - 80 miglia a sud di Lampedusa" (90', 2014).   La docufiction è diretta da Roberto Burchielli ed è dedicata a Catia Pellegrino, la prima donna italiana Comandante della Marina, coinvol...

Southern California boxing guru Bennie Georgino, 95, died Tuesday. The Italian-American was born and raised in Lincoln Heights, a small neighborhood in East L.A. and was a crusader for the sport of boxing since the 1930s as a boxer, trainer and manager of several world champions. Georgino's first steps were as an amateur boxer during the Depre...

by Ross A. Lincoln   Several 2016 Oscar contenders including Lady Gaga & Diane Warren, and Ennio Morricone, will be honored next week at the 11th annual Italia Film Festival. The week-long pre-Oscars showcase of the best of Italian culture happens February 21-27 in Los Angeles at the TLC Chinese 6 Theatres. Among the events featured in...

by Silvia Simonetti   Do you think Los Angeles is no city for children? That's not true! Especially on the second Sunday of August, when the annual free Children's Festival of The Arts is usually presented at the Paramount Pictures. Last Sunday afternoon, in fact, the famed studios located in Hollywood opened their door to welcome fun-loving...