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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...

This is crazy, man," says a black-clad Sebastian Maniscalco, settling into a booth at the posh restaurant inside the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. A massive light fixture evoking a cascade of bubbles hangs overhead amid the room's polished wood and air of assured California elegance.   Maniscalco's incredulous expression is the sort of humb...

Date: Friday, January 09, 2015 - Thursday, January 22, 2015 Time: Human Capital: 7:50 PM. Location: Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael, CA 94901 Organized by: Smith Rafael Film Centre In collaboration with: IIC San Francisco Winner of all the top Italian film awards, Paolo Virzi's languid and stylish ensemble...

By Andy Furillo The roads to professional rugby run through the basketball courts of Middle America, a bloody gunshot attack in Santa Rosa, the Cal football program and a town about 25 miles inland from the Adriatic coast of Italy.   They will meet Sunday at an intersection known as Bonney Field, in an American pro version of the ruffian's...

By Julia Prodis Sulek For the first time in a Louis Vuitton Cup finals dogged by breakdowns and high winds, both the Italian and New Zealand catamarans sailed two races, stayed in one piece, and crossed the finish line without incident Wednesday.   Emirates Team New Zealand sailed two clean and fast races, defeating Luna Rossa Challenge by...