by Paul Hyde   "Veremonda, L'Amazzone Di Aragona" ("Veremonda, the Amazon of Aragona") takes place on Gibraltar. The Spanish Queen Veremonda, sung by the wonderful Vivica Genaux, is frustrated about the lack of progress in the war against the Moors. What's to account for the delay? King Alfonso is distracted by his scientific studies.  ...

by Melissa Tunstall The Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival may still be six months away (Nov. 6-9), but the annual four-day festival salute to Italian cinema hosts a fundraiser to give us a preview of what to expect on Thurs. May 8. for La Grande Bellezza.   The event — an evening of food and film — takes its name from the 2014 Oscar Best...

Blue Acorn, a premium eCommerce design, development and optimization agency, today announced the launch of a responsive website for VIETRI, Inc., the largest importer of handcrafted Italian tableware and home decor products in the United States. The new VIETRI website is built on Magento Enterprise Edition 1.14. VIETRI began more than 30 years ago...

In 1977, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Gian Carlo Menotti, Christopher Keene, and others sought to create an American counterpart to their annual "Festival of Two Worlds" in Spoleto, Italy. With the help of Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr., the 17 day festival, designed to highlight both new and established artists, found its home stateside i...

Historic Charleston is a large focus of next spring's 40th edition of the Spoleto Festival USA, from glimpses of the city in the iconic opera "Porgy and Bess" to the tragedy of the Emanuel AME Church shootings. The lineup for the internationally known arts festival that runs from May 27 through June 12 was unveiled on Sunday.   It featu...

By Sybil Fix The house at 57 Laurens St. sits proudly off this quiet street, grounded in beauty and stateliness. Perhaps because it survived the fire of 1838 here, and the Civil War; perhaps because afterward it provided housing for freed slaves. Or perhaps because at sunset, rays of light reach in from the west like elongated fingers and spread l...

After speaking with Giovanna De Luca about the upcoming Eighth Annual Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival, I texted my mom lamenting the fact that I have no Italian genes in my very Anglo-Saxon heritage. This love of Italians stays true despite the fact that this year's fest features a majority of films about the economic troubles occurring in Ital...

By Sybil Fix   Bearing hilarity and grief, family and conviviality, a raw bite of Mafia and a good dose of meaningful existential pondering, the 9th Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival opens at the College of Charleston next week with a well-balanced mix of the fun and the heavy.   Among the feature films are "Il Nome del Figlio" ("An...

by Sarah Hope   Months before winning the mayoral seat he would hold for 40 years, Joe Riley was talking about art. "I remember it like it was yesterday," Riley said, sitting behind his large, crowded desk, reflecting on the Spoleto Festival USA's first 39 years. "What I knew — what I believed — was that a great arts festival, a world-class,...

With a shower of confetti and the pealing of church bells, the Spoleto Festival USA on Friday opened its new season with a lineup including three operas, a production by Ireland's Gate Theatre and a concert by banjoists Béla Fleck and his wife, Abigail Washburn. The 38th edition of the festival concludes June 8 with a concert and fireworks at Midd...