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by Tim Griffin   UTSA has announced that top Italian point guard prospect Giovanni De Nicolao has become the fourth signee in the school's 2016 recruiting class. De Nicolao is a 6-foot-3 point guard from Camposampiero, Italy who was named to the Italian Junior National Team in April and aided the squad as it prepared to compete at the E...

by Dean M. Shapiro Staged by the American Italian Cultural Center, the second annual "Opera in the Piazza" concert will take place Friday night at the Piazza d'Italia. Seasoned New Orleans opera singers will present arias from operas in the Italian repertoire, plus such well-known Italian songs as "O Sole Mio," "Volare" and "Santa Lucia." &n...

When the 8th edition of the popular annual festival rolls out in February it will, for the first time, have a theme. Festival 2015 will train the spotlight on creative talent of Italian heritage living and working right here in the Land of Enchantment.   IN FILMMAKING: Two award-winning Italian filmmakers, both Santa Fe residents, will be fe...

When Ryan Mank moved to Albuquerque in 2012 he noticed that there was no resource for the martial art of classical fencing. There was a sport/modern fencing club. "But sport/modern is vastly different from traditional/classical," he says. "Nor is a club a school," he adds.   Ryan is an experienced, board certified instructor in the tradition...

Especially for first place winners, Nathaniel Pittman and teammate John Wright who walked away with $300 prize money. (Bravo, Ragazzi!) Fourteen teams took to the courts at Haynes Park in Rio Rancho on April 18 and 19 and gave each other a run for the money.   Some were new players who practiced hard for weeks before. Others were veterans of...

As it was widely speculated during the 2014 NBA Finals, Ettore Messina has now officially been hired by the San Antonio Spurs as an assistant coach, the team and Adrian Wojnarowski have announced. Messina is widely regarded as one of the best European coaches. As a four-time Euroleague Champion and a two-time Euroleague Coach of the Year, Messina...

The NM Italian Film & Culture Festival: It's a slice of life in The Old Country today, as seen through the eyes of some of the best screenwriters and directors Italy has to offer. It's the annual flagship event of Italian Festivals of New Mexico, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to raise awareness of Italian culture and its leading rol...

By Davide Arminio   There's a game that's becoming increasingly popular in New Mexico, and it's not American. It's bocce (also called "boccie" or "bocci" in English) and it's one of the oldest games played by mankind. Invented probably in ancient Egypt some five thousand years ago, spread throughout the Roman Empire, then solidified in...

Tutto vero. Un italiano è campione Nba. Da quanto lo sognavamo? Troppo tempo passato ad invidiare francesi, tedeschi, spagnoli, sloveni, argentini e belgi.   Oggi abbiamo Marco Belinelli da San Giovanni in Persiceto in cima al mondo della pallacanestro coi suoi San Antonio Spurs, capaci di vincere tre partite consecutive contro i bicampioni...

By Susie Tommaney Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Tenor tells the story of a world-famous Italian opera singer, Tito Merelli, also known as "Il Stupendo." When he's unable to take the stage in Giuseppe Verdi's Otello, an unwitting theater staffer steps in, resulting in a door-slamming farce of mistaken identities, crossed wires and romantic overtures. ...

Tony Sacca will be making his first trip ever to New Mexico for book signings and song on Friday, October 3 and Saturday, October 4. Tony is Las Vegas' longest running TV host and a 50 year veteran of show business.   Tony Sacca, A 50 Year Journey is a tell-all biography tracing Tony's life and career from South Philly to the Entertainment C...

Marco Belinelli was not among the prominent NBA free agents last summer. Four teams had employed him in six seasons, and he was always something of a peripheral figure. When he signed a two-year contract with the San Antonio Spurs in July, it attracted little attention. Tom Thibodeau knew better.   The Bulls coach saw first-hand what Be...