Giovanna Leopardi, Ciao St Louis Board Member and professor of Italian, speaks about the upcoming Italian classes coming to St Louis. The classes are organized by the Italian American Organizations (FIAO) Italian Language Program. To sign up, visit fiaostl.org
Dat: September 25, 2017
Renowned columnist of the Corriere della Sera Beppe Severgnini returns to Chicago to present his work, “100 Good Reasons We Are Happy To Be Italian”, which are also“100 good reasons to love Italy”.
Italian performance artist Laura Biagi and Professor at DePaul University will perform during the event.
The event will be conducted both in English and Itaian.
Beppe Severgnini is the editor-in- chief of 7, the Corriere della Sera daily newspaper weekly magazine; and the author of 16 books, including the American best sellers “Ciao, America! An Italian Discovers the U.S.” and “La Bella Figura: A Field Guide to the Italian Mind.” His most recent book is “La vita è un viaggio” (Life is a Journey), now also adapted for the stage and acted by the author. Beppe became a contributing opinion writer for The International New York Times in the fall of 2013. His writing has appeared in Time magazine, The Financial Times and The Economist, where he was Italy correspondent from 1996 to 2003. In 2004, he was voted “European Journalist of the Year” in Brussels. Mr. Severgnini studied law at Pavia University. As a foreign correspondent, he was posted to London, Moscow and Washington, and has also covered Eastern Europe, China and the Middle East. He teaches at the School of Journalism of the University of Milan, and has been a research fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Isaiah Berlin visiting scholar at Oxford University and visiting fellow at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice. In 2001, Beppe Severgnini was made an Officer of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II and in 2011 the president of Italy conferred on him the title of Commendatore in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. He lives in Crema and Milano.
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Hot dogs are out and meatballs are in at Festa Italiana.
In its 19th year, the festival will host its first Charity Meatball Eating Contest. The winner gets to donate $500 to the local charity of their choice.
Festa is a celebration of Italian culture featuring events, foods and entertainment. The opening ceremony will begin on Friday at 11 a.m. at the Syracuse City Hall steps. The ceremony will begin with the raising of the Italian flag and a performance of the Italian National Anthem by David Ruderi.
“The festival was my father’s dream,” Ginnie Lostumbo, president of Festa, said. “He’d been asked by the priest at St. Petersburg to design a festival where they could raise funds, so he did all the planning, but he passed away before we could implement it. My mother, sister and I carried on his plans.”
Visitors will find themselves surrounded by Italian pride from the more than 300 people who volunteer all around the event.
“We see everybody at the festival — friends, your neighbors, even the vendors. They are a part of our family and have been with us for years,” Lostumbo said.
Festa has been a high point event for Italians in central New York for 19 years, Lostumbo said. This year features a new lemon ices stand, and vendors work on adding a few new dishes each year.
Twentyfive local restaurants and caterers will sell their specialties during the weekend. The festival’s main stage and small stage will host local music and dance groups such as Prime Time Horns, the Federico School of Music and Billionaires.
The bocce tournament, a ball sport, is one of the most popular events. Visitors travel from all over New York state to compete in Festa’s three divisions — men’s, women’s and mixed teams.
“The Bocce teams have been with us for many years,” Lostumbo said. “Our Bocce tournament is very successful. They start from 9 a.m. on Saturday morning, and sometimes they are still competing until 5 at night, so that’s great.”
The festival’s new location in front of Syracuse City Hall makes it more accessible to the public. With the streets blocked off, the event feels like a little Italy. Having the event at Syracuse City Hall also makes it much easier on families because parents can let children experience the culture, Lostumbo said.
The festival hosts events for families on Saturday and Sunday at the Children’s Tent near Villa Pizza Fritte and the Main Stage. Jeff the Magic Man and Clown Around Clowns will perform, and children can get their faces painted from 1 to 5 p.m. Festival visitors will get a visit from Otto from 1 to 2:30 on Sunday afternoon.
Sunday morning’s events kick off with an open-air mass at 11 a.m.
“I think the most rewarding part is seeing the people enjoying everything,” Lostumbo said. “We welcome everybody, all nationalities. As we say, ‘everybody’s Italian that day.’”
This weekend marked the 84th annual Festa Italia a celebration of
Italian culture and tradition. The three-day festival was celebrated
against the backdrop of the historic Old Fisherman’s Wharf, where
Sicilian fisherman cast their nets in the early 1900s.
This weekend marked the 84th annual Festa Italia a celebration of Italian culture and tradition. The three-day festival was celebrated against the backdrop of the historic Old Fisherman’s Wharf, where Sicilian fisherman cast their nets in the early 1900s.
A ‘heroic’ Italian man who saved his three-year-old granddaughter from a flooded basement apartment before drowning while trying desperately to save the rest of his family was among at least seven people killed as a violent storm lashed Tuscany on Sunday. Roberto Ramacciotti, 65, lived in a separate flat above his grandchildren and their parents, Simone and Glenda … (continue reading)