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Paying tribute to the memory of the Jewish Italian community lost during Italy’s fascist regime in World War II, the Calandra Italian American Institute hosted a discussion of Giorgio Bassani’s celebrated novel The Garden of the Finzi-Contini on Tuesday February 1st at 5pm. The discussion invited guest speakers familiar with the novel to debate the...

It would be difficult to understate Mike Piazza's impact on multiple organizations throughout his career. For the Dodgers, he was a revelation, a family friend of Tommy Lasorda who became an icon in his own right. For the Mets, he changed the course of franchise history, becoming just the second player to enter the Hall of Fame with a Mets cap on h...

Tuesday, 02/08/2022 - 4:00pm EST. Zoom Lecture Series. On the Italian Stage is a series of encounters conceived and led by Laura Caparrotti (Artistic Director, Kairos Italy Theater) that journeys into the history of Italian Theater to explore its language, and its contribution to Italian society and world theater. Participation is free. RSVP is MAN...

Ricky Ian Gordon and Michael Korie, whose new opera, THE GARDEN OF THE FINZI-CONTINIS, for New York City Opera and National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene, weren't the only ones to be inspired by the famed 1962 novel IL GIARDINO DEI FINZI CONTINI by Italian Giorgio Bassani. The film version, by Vittorio De Sica, won the Best Foreign Film Oscar in 1970,...

The Guardian recently called Vittorio de Sica’s 1970 film “The Garden of the Finzi-Continis” a “forgotten Italian masterpiece.” And yet, the lushly beautiful film, about a privileged Italian Jewish family on the eve of World War II, has long been on Jewish critics’ lists of best films about the Holocaust. Based on a novel by Giorgio Bassani, the fi...

It may be a cliché, but many still believe it. They call it the American Dream and the US is in fact the goal destination for many young students, artists, musicians or dancers pursuing their boldest ambitions. Riccardo Passera, an eighteen-year-old dancer from Milan is one of them. My friendship with Riccardo began at Les Galipettes nursery school...

When the New York Yankees acquired Joey Gallo at the 2021 MLB Trade Deadline, the storylines wrote themselves. Here was a lifelong Yankee fan (and, yes, an Italian) returning to his roots to take on the short porch and mash. Unfortunately, Gallo’s grace period in the Bronx was quite short, proving he would struggle to get by on emotional attachment...

On a late summer night in August, I met Debra Ente for the first time. She was adorned with pink glitter, I was adorned with splotches of red wine and marinara. We met at the Little Italy mainstay, Puglia, where Debra can be found most nights singing to throngs of recently graduated Big Ten alumni, mid-tier JPMorgan execs, New York first-timers, an...

“I’m a distinct animal,” says Rocco Commisso. “I hope they respect a distinct animal. And in the event that they don’t respect that, screw them.” The American billionaire and proprietor of ACF Fiorentina, a well-known however underachieving Italian soccer membership, is reflecting on his relationship with the staff’s supporters, gamers, different m...

Kairos Italy Theater, the main Italian theater company in New York, has announced the finalists for the 2021 KIT International 10 minute plays series on Political Theater. The theme was chosen as KIT celebrated the famous Italian writer Leonardo Sciascia, on the occasion of Sciascia's 100th birthday. Leonardo Sciascia (8 January 1921 - 20 November...

Super Mario is a household name to most gamers, and the enormously popular game series centered around the character has been a heavily protected property of Nintendo. But if things had gone differently, you may have been able to hop for coins and battle Bowser on your PC. A cataloguer at The Strong National Museum of Play recently found a PC demo...

Actor Steve Buscemi is the latest New Yorker to get a key to the city. Before turning to acting, the Brooklyn-born Buscemi was a New York City firefighter in the early 1980s. The “Boardwalk Empire” star was given the key to New York during Mayor Bill de Blasio’s press conference Tuesday. “This is such an honor to be here with you today to receive t...