Even though the physical distancing decree is still in place, it doesn’t mean Santa Barbarans have to miss out on one of our favorite springtime events — the I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival. Rather than setting up camp in front of the Old Mission steps, artists will create their chalk paintings in their driveways. Each day, viewers can...

Santa Barbara County announced that this year's I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival will be held online during Memorial Day weekend. The I Madonnari Festival brings together street painters and chalk artists to create over 100 colorful pastel masterpieces on the plaza pavement outside of Old Mission Santa Barbara each year. However, due to...

With the COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainty as to when the community can safely gather again, the Children’s Creative Project (CCP) made the very difficult decision to cancel the 2020 I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival scheduled for May 23-25, 2020. This annual event brings 25,000 people together to enjoy the spectacular street paintings c...

Sunday March 1st, 2020. 1:00-3:00 pm. Karpeles Manuscript Library, Lecture Hall, 21 West Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara (CA). FREE EVENT. There will be a small reception after the lecture. Cari Amici, Dear Friends, It is with great pleasure that we bring to you this presentation about Italy’s Risorgimento. Fred Sidon, a good friend to many of us and...

The Department of French and Italian at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the area of “Transnational Italian Studies.” The expected start date is July 1, 2020. We solicit applications from scholars of Italy with a primary research interest in transnat...

Guido Oppizzi immigrated to America from Italy only three years ago, bringing a deep love for traditional cooking from his homeland. But if you assume that means Oppi’z Bistro & Natural Pizza — his new State Street restaurant located in the longtime, though long-empty, home of Palazzio — is serving standard versions of pizza and pasta, think again....

Pizza with "real Italian flavor" has arrived on State Street at the site of the former Palazzio Italian restaurant. Owner Guido Oppizzi has opened Oppi'z (OH-peas) Bistro and Natural Pizza at 1026 State St. Oppizzi, who grew up in Pavia, Italy, about 20 miles south of Milan, opened the restaurant in mid-July. He says he wants to bring Santa Barbara...

We are coming to Santa Barbara. In order to facilitate the access to the services rendered by the passport department to our citizens living in areas far away from Los Angeles, also this year is organizing meetings, to collect the fingerprints of those who wish to apply for passport without having to come to this Consulate General, in: Santa Barbar...

Thousands of visitors made a pilgrimage to Santa Barbara Mission for the 2019 I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival over the Memorial Day weekend to watch masterful artists at work against a backdrop of live music and food booths. The free, three-day event found artists racing against the clock and braving rain to finish 150 imaginative and...

Carefully crafting on their hands and knees, artists are making images appear on the asphalt in front of the historic Santa Barbara Mission for the annual I MadonnariStreet Painting Festival. Featured Artist Sharyn Chan sat in the centerpiece location leaning into her work and saying, "this is the first chalk festival in the nation.  It's  the moth...