While we wait for Italian Design Day, we are pleased to showcase the program organized by Milano Design Film Festival. 1891, 1917, 1935, 1983. These are the respective years of birth of Gio Ponti, Ettore Sottsass, Jr., Tobia Scarpa and Antonio Aricò. The show organised by Milano Design Film Festival draws an ideal and real line for bringing some of...

This summer Italy will open its first overseas National Centre for Innovation and Culture in the United States, as an experimental model that can be replicated in other countries. Promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation following a proposal by the Embassy of Italy in Washington, in collaboration with the Consulate...

Saturday, May 29. 12:30 PM – 7 PM PST. Streaming Live on Howlarts.org. Earlier this year we lost the incomparable poet, painter, and social activist, Lawrence Ferlinghetti (March 24, 1919 – February 22, 2021). Howl! Arts and Bob Holman are honored to bring together a spectacular group of poets, writers, filmmakers, activists, musicians, and artists...

Stepping into the life of ancient Pompeii without taking a flight to Italy. Impossible, you may think… unless you’re in the Bay Area. After a delay due to the pandemic, the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco opened its doors to visitors with a special and magnificent exhibition, Last Supper in Pompeii: from the Table to the Grave. By bringing...

For the past two years, famed neighborhood pizzaiolo Tony Gemignani has been working on his own bakery concept with the hope of returning European baking traditions to North Beach. Now open, his Toscano Brothers bakery is serving throwback vibes and classic breads. Designed by Gemignani himself (the chef designs all his restaurants), the Vallejo St...

Historic North Beach Italian restaurant Tosca Cafe has reopened for indoor dining for the first time in nearly two years. The dream team of chef Nancy Oakes (Boulevard), restaurateur Anna Weinberg (Marlowe) and designer Ken Fulk took over the space in 2019 just a month after it closed following a tumultuous six-year run under restaurateur Ken Fried...

Alessandro Baccari Jr. was not an ordained priest, but that was just a technicality. He was ministerial in welcoming the flock to the annual Blessing of the Fleet at the Fisherman’s and Seaman’s Memorial Chapel on Pier 45, and he was priestly on a daily basis as he walked the streets of North Beach, visiting shopkeepers and all keepers of the villa...

Italian Internees held in US internment camps were permitted to write only two short letters and one postcard per week. The length of the letter was determined by the space allotted to the internee on one side of a standardized piece of stationary supplied to internees by the US Government Printing Office as “Form Number 4”. This stationary was one...

A chef who’s worked at heavy-hitting San Francisco restaurants such as Cotogna, Greens and Presidio Social Club is bringing sourdough Neapolitan pizzas and handmade pastas to the Marina this spring.  Called Norcina, the new restaurant from Kaitlynn Bauman will open in late May at 3251 Pierce St., between Chestnut and Lombard streets. It will be Bau...

From Friday May 7 to Sunday August 29. A special exhibition organized by Legion of Honor Museum. 100 34th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121. In AD 79, the Bay of Naples was rocked by the fiery eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Pompeii and nearby villages and farms were completely buried under pumice and hot ash, which killed thousands in the midst of their da...