“Rigoletto,” Giuseppe Verdi’s tragic 1851 opera about a revenge plot gone horribly awry, carries more than its fair share of 19th-century baggage. Houston Grand Opera’s latest production, which opens Friday at the Wortham Center, brings the story’s lurid qualities into sharp relief through garish costumes and surrealistic set design. Verdi’s sublim...

Wednesday, October 23, 2019. 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT. ICCC Houston, 1101 Milford St., Houston, TX 77006. Come celebrate Settimana della Lingua Italiana nel Mondo (The Week of Italian Language in the World) with us! We will be showing Il Deserto Dei Tartari and we will talk about the Magic Realism in Dino Buzzati’s works. The movie and lecture are par...

Coming next year, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, will examine Italy’s postwar explosion of disruptive design with a massive exhibition. "Radical: Italian Design 1965–1985, the Dennis Freedman Collection" will be on view in the museum’s Cullinan Hall starting Friday, February 14. Nearly 50 years after MoMA’s defining 1972 survey, "Italy: The New...

Italian fashion house Gucci has launched a $1.5 million U.S. university scholarship program that is aimed at students who are “traditionally underrepresented” in the fashion industry. The program, which is set to run four years, is part of Gucci’s multi-pronged effort to boost diversity following the uproar earlier this year over a $890 sweater tha...

Da Camera of Houston launches its 2019-2020 series of intimate concerts at the Menil Collection with Italian Themes, a two-night performance by Quartetto di Cremona on Monday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. Founded in and named for Cremona, Italy-a city famed for its musical history, traditions and string instrument creation...

When kids venture into their grandparents’ basements, they usually find relics of centuries past: boxes of VHS tapes, broken humidifiers. But when chef Chris Cosentino was growing up, he found something completely different in his great-grandmother’s cellar: jar after jar of tomatoes. The entire basement of her three-story tenement in Rhode Island...

The Italian Cultural & Community Center will host the 41st Houston Italian Festival from Oct. 10-13 at the University of St. Thomas, located at 3800 Montrose Blvd. The event, also called Festa Italiana, is an annual festival celebrating Italian culture and heritage in Houston. Recognized as a significant cultural event, it has numerous activities t...

Chef Chris Cosentino of Wine Spectator Award of Excellence winner Jackrabbit in Portland, Ore., will open Rosalie Italian Soul in early October in Downtown Houston's C. Baldwin Hotel. It's the first Houston venture for the chef, who owns two other restaurants in California, Acacia House and Cockscomb. Cosentino named Rosalie after his great-grandmo...

When the late Franco and Domenica Pignataro opened Franca’s Real Italian Restaurant on NASA Parkway in 1971, it was the only restaurant for miles, and I-45 could be seen from their window. Nearly 50 years later, the once-empty fields around the restaurant are bustling with numerous eateries and businesses. Despite that change, Franca’s still stands...

Today, Texas Central, developer of the high-speed train, announced a design- build contract has been signed with the joint venture of Salini Impregilo, one of the largest civil engineering contractors in the world, and its U.S. subsidiary, Lane Construction Corporation. Salini-Lane is to supply the civil and infrastructure scope for the new high-sp...