The 2013 Columbus Italian Festival will celebrate and showcase all things Italian during its 34th annual rendition Friday through Sunday, Oct. 11-13 in Columbus' Italian Village outside St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 720 Hamlet St.   "Anything Italian will be here (and) it is fun for the entire family," said festival public relations...

There are two new children's books garnering a grassroots following because they don't follow the traditional format used in children's books. With lush layering of colors and beautiful illustrations that capture the character's emotions, There's A Crazy Dog Under the Palace! and the newly-released sequel, Who Ate the Gelato?!,...

By Lori Kurtzman They decide to put her in the top-down Maserati, a gorgeous cream-colored hunk of Italian metal parked along the northwestern edge of Goodale Park. The driver pulls out a blanket, and the woman unzips her black leather boots. She climbs onto the chocolate-brown leather and sits between the two rear headrests. She can wave from th...

By Nancy Gilson On a sultry Saturday afternoon, Alessandro Siciliani stood at the front of an old church in the University District, directing the principal singers in a rehearsal of the 125-year-old opera Cavalleria rusticana. Despite the heat, he waved his baton, jumped, stomped a foot and hummed along during some of the most dramatic momen...