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...

By Ishani Chatterji   The best-known Italian puppet, Pinocchio, may not be among the 165 handcrafted marionettes performing at the Emmett Robinson Theater beginning today. But with "Sleeping Beauty," the real-life Geppettos of the Carlo Colla and Sons Marionette Company have dusted off another fairy tale best known to American audiences thro...

The King Street Marketing Group and the Italy America Chamber of Commerce introduce the Charleston Italian Festival. The event will be a celebration of Italian culture, arts, food, wine and automobiles. It will be held on Daniel Island from noon to 7:00 p.m., September 19, the Feast of San Gennaro.   The Charleston Italian Festival will feat...

One of the most popular locations for the Americans who like to spend their free time in a wonderful place enjoying the sun and the nature of the east coast is Hilton Head Island, in South Carolina: one of the three American States where you can actually find a city named Italy (the other two are Texas and New York). Jokes apart, Italy is here too...

by Hanna Raskin   By Elizabeth Hall's reckoning, there are 136 Italian restaurants in Charleston. Hall admits she's counting every restaurant with even a tenuous connection to tomato sauce, but her tally speaks to the local enthusiasm for Italian-style cooking.   "We don't have a Little Italy, but what we do have that I get really jaz...

Spoleto Festival USA once again will celebrate opera with innovative, risk-taking productions as part of its 2015 lineup, which also includes a new production of "Romeo and Juliet" by Shakespeare's Globe theater company at the Dock Street Theatre.   The 2015 festival schedule, which was announced today, offers performances by the Scottish Ba...

by Michael White   Starting July 7, CaroTrans will offer direct weekly less than container load (LCL) import service from Milan, Italy to Charleston, South Carolina. The first sailing of the new service is scheduled for July 7 and will feature a 21 day transit with one-three day connections to Miami, Tampa, Charlotte, Atlanta, Savannah,...

The Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival hosts Sicilian chef Bonetta dell'Oglio for two meals this weekend. The first will be held at Mercantile and Mash on Friday at 8 p.m.   Tickets are $150 per diner and include six courses and wine. The second, a brunch at Wild Olive, will be held on Sun. April 10 at noon. Tickets are $45 and include thre...