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Casa Colombo Presents “I-Phone as Brush / Cell-phone as Muse”

Last Saturday, Jersey City’s Casa Colombo Italian Educational and Cultural Center hosted the successful opening of the exhibition “I-phone as brush / cell-phone as muse” by photographers Mirko Notarangelo and Kerry Kolenut. A show centered around the idea of the smartphone as a new art-making tool.

Jhumpa Lahiri on the Power of Translation at Monclair State

Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri visits Monclair State University to present her latest Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories and discuss the topic of translation as both a creative and political practice.

The Secret Message in Leonardo's Painting

A message, a musical key, hidden inside a painting, “Portrait of a Musician” by Leonardo da Vinci. Sicilian art historian and researcher Giuseppe Petix reveals it at Fordham University in New York.

Applause Fills La Scala’s Opening Night

On Saturday December 7, the day of St. Ambrogio, patron saint of the city of Milan, an audience composed of prestigious figures including President Sergio Mattarella, Senator Liliana Segre, fashion designer Domenico Dolce, and even American singer, musician and author Patti Smith, gathered at the prestigious La Scala Theatre for this Opera season’s opening night: a central event dedicated to the celebration of culture and its importance to society.

Pietro Bartolo’s Lampedusa at The Torino Film Festival

Nour by Maurizio Zaccaro brings us into the nightmarish reality of many migrant children separated from their parents, allowing us to shift our perspective on the phenomenon of immigration.

Woody Allen's Latest, a Jewel of Auteur Cinema

With A Rainy Day in New York, Woody Allen returns to his city, New York, making it the star of his new film that encapsulates all the themes of his oeuvre.

Frida Kahlo, Beyond the Myth

Between suggestive reconstruction, letters, diaries, and private confessions, Giovanni Troli’s documentary reveals the essence of a double-sided icon.

COPOMAIO, a Hub for Italian American Organizations

Following the Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations’ annual meeting in Washington DC on November 2, we asked its Chair, Dr. Aileen Riotto Sirey, to tell us a little more about the coalition’s history and its future. A retired psychotherapist, Dr. Sirey is also the Founder and Chair Emerita of the National Organization of Italian American Women (NOIAW). She has been serving as COPOMAIO’s Chair since 2018.

Celebrating Italian Cuisine Worldwide

This year’s World Week of Italian Cuisine is upon us. From November 18-24 a series of events and initiatives will take place in New York and worldwide to help promote Italian culinary products, practices and heritage.

NICE Film Festival - New Italian Cinema Events

This Fall, N.I.C.E. celebrates its 29th edition in the United States dedicated to the Italian cinema and meeting with directors and critics. This year it is an expansive festival, as it branches out throughout New York City neighborhoods as well as outside the city.

A Wine Journey from New York to Valpolicella

A masterclass on the wines of Valpolicella conducted by wine educator and sommelier Filippo Bartolotta in the newly opened Di Palo Wine Bar, the latest venture by Little Italy’s iconic Di Palo’s Fine Foods, the “purveyors of New York’s Best Mozzarella.”

Us Italian American Women, Torn Between Two Worlds

Five women, two countries, one heart. This was the topic of discussion at New York University’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, where Johanna Clapps Herman moved the audience talking about her new book “When I am Italian” and telling the tale of her journey, as a young 20-year-old girl, in search of her roots. American but also Italian, belonging to neither place or to both.

A Closer Look Inside Da Vinci’s Studio

The Institute of molecular bioimaging and physiology (IBFM) in collaboration with University of Milano and Milano-Bicocca University and supported by Fondazione Bracco, used new technology to reconstruct the artistic process that lead to the creation of some of the world’s most renowned artworks created inside the studio of Leonardo Da Vinci.

Iconic Italian Musician CARMEN CONSOLI Returns to the United States

November Concert Dates of the Sicilian-born Singer-Songwriter in New York, Boston, Washington DC, Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco

Italy on Screen Today: a Breathtaking Fourth Edition

New York prepares for four days of great Italian auteurs, directors and premieres. The star of this year’s Italy on Screen Today Film Fest will be the acclaimed “Il Traditore” (The Traitor). Director Marco Bellocchio and actor Pierfrancesco Favino will be present to discuss the film in person.

Elena Ferrante’s New Book Hits Italian Shelves

Following the international success of the Neapolitan Novels series, the mysterious author of “My Brilliant Friend” is back with a new novel, once again set in Naples but showing a different face of the city.

Italy Bets on Bellocchio’s “The Traitor” for the Oscars

The director of the film selected to compete for the title of International Feature Film in the industry’s most highly anticipated event will come to New York, along with actor Pierfrancesco Favino, who plays Tommaso Buscetta.

Culture Spending is on the Rise in Italy

A report by Federculture reveals that Italians spent 72.5 billion euros on culture in 2018, 2.4% more than in the previous year.

World’s Oldest Shipwreck Awarded in Paestum

The ''oldest intact shipwreck in the world'' wins the 2019 International Archaeological Discovery ''Khaled al-Asaad'' Award. The ceremony will take place on November 14-17 in the UNESCO world heritage site of Paestum.

Preserving the Italian Language

Though it sounds like something out of an ancient tale, the Accademia della Crusca is a real institution in Italy, composed of the leading experts of Italian language and philology. Its contribution to our country is "meraviglioso," as its president Claudio Marazzini explains at the Italian Cultural Institute in New York in occasion of Italian Language Week.