Union Avenue Opera Presents: Nabucco July 27th through August 4th


Friday, July 27, 2018 – 8:00 pm

Friday, July 27, 2018 – 8:00 pm 

Saturday, July 28, 2018 – 8:00 pm 

Saturday, July 28, 2018 – 8:00 pm

Friday, August 3, 2018 – 8:00 pm

Friday, August 3, 2018 – 8:00 pm 

Saturday, August 4, 2018 – 8:00 pm

Saturday, August 4, 2018 – 8:00 pm

Directed by Mark Freiman
Conducted by Stephen HargreavNabucco, King of Babylon, seizes control of Jerusalem in his war with the Israelites. Meanwhile, his daughter Fenena and her half-sister Abigaille are both in love with Ismaele, the nephew of the King of Jerusalem. War rages on between Babylon and Jerusalem. Abigaille, thinking to stop the warring once and for all, tells Ismaele that she will save his people if he vows to love her and not Fenena. When he denies her, Abigaille ruthlessly plans to take down the kingdom, claim Nabucco’s throne, and kill all the imprisoned Israelites.

 Not since Wagner’s Ring cycle has Union Avenue Opera presented a show with such epic splendor. Experience some Verdi’s grandest orchestral and choral music ever written, including the soul-stirring “Va, pensiero” chorus. 


Copyright © 2018  Union Avenue Opera

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The Hill Car Show and Soap Box Derby June 10th, 2018

“Our Roaring 20th!!” Mark your calendars for Sunday, June 10th for The 20th Annual Hill Car Show and Soap Box Derby. Once again this year’s show will be at the Shaw VPA Elementary School (5329 Columbia, St. Louis, MO 63110) and the kids will again race the soap box derby cars down Macklind Avenue. The event is hosted by Auto Art Collision & Restoration Center, Southwest Auto Parts and the St. Louis Jaycees.

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Tickets for Cards vs Cubs July 29th Italian Heritage Night $40

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Italian far right wants to turn Fascist HQ into mega-museum

The Lega party—which may soon be in power—believes that Italy, through its culture, can lead the world


The Casa del Fascio was conceived as a symbol of the regime
The Casa del Fascio was conceived as a symbol of the regime CLAUDIO DIVIZIA

Italy’s far-right Lega party, which won almost 18% of the vote in the general election on 4 March and could form part of the next coalition government, wants to turn a former Fascist party headquarters in Como, in the Lombardy region, into northern Italy’s biggest museum of Modern art, architecture and design. The surprising pledge appears in the anti-immigration, Eurosceptic manifesto of Lega’s leader, Matteo Salvini, who has transformed the former northern separatists into Italy’s leading right-wing party.

Culture was largely sidelined in an election campaign dominated by the European migration crisis. Yet Lega’s manifesto, entitled Salvini Premier, devotes three pages to a section called “cultural heritage and Italian identity”, which champions culture as “the strategic asset of our country” and “the industry that can guarantee us primacy compared with the rest of the world”.

Among its proposals are a centralised marketing department to drive cultural tourism in tandem with regional authorities and the 30 major state museums, which, in 2015 and 2016, gained autonomy under the ousted centre-left Democratic party government. (The reforming culture minister, Dario Franceschini, lost his parliamentary seat in the election.)

Blasting Italian museums as disorganised and digitally challenged, Lega suggests consolidating non-state institutions and decentralising the national network. It is also seeking to boost the art trade by lowering VAT on art purchases and relaxing “excessive public control” over antiquities markets.

The last, and most eye-catching, of the party’s “medium-term” cultural initiatives is: “The creation of the largest museum of Modern art, architecture and design in northern Italy, in Palazzo Terragni and the adjacent buildings.” The classically inspired cuboid structure, designed by the leading rationalist architect Giuseppe Terragni, was commissioned by Benito Mussolini’s National Fascist Party in 1932 and completed in 1936 as a Casa del Fascio, one of around 5,000 local Fascist headquarters constructed across Italy.

Casa del Fascio was conceived as a symbol of the regime. The front courtyard and the atrium were planned to accommodate large crowds at fascist rallies. Terragni worked with the artists Marcello Nizzoli and Mario Radice on decorations including a giant photomontage portrait of Mussolini for the façade—part of a series rejected by the party as insufficiently celebratory—and a marble figure of Il Duce in the conference room.

Repurposed after the Second World War, the building has housed a branch of Italy’s financial police (Guardia di Finanza) since the 1950s, and public access is restricted. For years, there has been talk of turning it into a museum. In February, the city of Como took the first step, signing an agreement with Attilio Terragni, the architect’s grandson and president of the Terragni archive, to open the monument to tourists and potentially apply for Unesco World Heritage status.

Lega did not respond to our queries about the proposed museum, and its manifesto does not include details of what would actually go on display there. But the fraught election campaign has sparked debate and protests over a revival of Italy’s far right. Salvini made headlines in January for saying in a radio interview that Mussolini had “done many things” for Italy, such as draining the marshlands and introducing pensions. He added that he “prefers democracy” and “hates dictatorships of any kind”. In late February, the neo-fascist group CasaPound threw its support behind Lega.

With no majority winner in the election, Lega was due to enter coalition talks led by the president of the republic, Sergio Mattarella, as we went to press. Salvini has reasserted his claim to lead a centre-right government with Lega’s senior ally during the campaign, Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party, which trailed with almost 14% of the vote. He has also mooted the idea of a previously unthinkable deal with the anti-establishment Movimento 5 Stelle party, which won the largest share of the vote, with 32%.

Appeared in The Art Newspaper300 April 2018

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Italian Film Festival Second Weekend – April 13-14


Director, Andrea Segre, Drama, 2017, 112 min.
Friday, April 13 • 7:30 p.m. • Washington University, Jerzewiak Family Auditorium, Laboratory Sciences Building
Corrado, an agent for the Italian Ministry of the Interior, will soon find himself faced with a choice: respect his orders and the law, or help someone who is in difficulty.
Director, Ciro Fabbricino, Documentary, 2017, 54 min.
Saturday, April 14 •  5:30 p.m. • Washington University, Jerzewiak Family Auditorium, Laboratory Sciences Building
A journey into the flavors, smells and colors of the Neapolitan gastronomic traditions through the eyes and memory of five Neapolitan cooks.


Director, Edoardo Falcone, Comedy, 2017, 90 min.
Saturday, April 14 • 7:30 p.m. • Washington University, Jerzewiak Family Auditorium, Laboratory Sciences Building
A rich heir believes a con man is his reincarnated father. A surprising comedy about friendship.
Free Admission
Please pass news of the Festival to your family and friends!
Screenings held at Washington University (WUSTL), St. Louis Community College (STLCC), St. Louis University (SLU), and Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC). Sponsored by Volpi Foods, Lou Smith in memory of Jeff LeGrand, the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago and the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis. In collaboration with WU’s Program in Film and Media Studies, Dept. of Romance Languages and Literatures, SLU, STLCC and SWIC..
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May 16th Italian Club Presentation: The Shroud of Turin and Scientific Evidence

The Shroud of Turin

The presentation will provide an overview of  the thousands of items of scientific and medical evidence that has been acquired from the Shroud of Turin to date.

The presenter will further discuss millions and billions of unfakable items of scientific evidence that could also be acquired if the Shroud was tested at the atomic and molecular levels.  This total evidence could have a profound influence in answering some of the most fundamental questions that humanity has struggled with throughout its existence.

About the Speaker Mark Antonacci is an attorney who, for more than thirty years, has studied all aspects of the evidence and its relevance regarding the Shroud of Turin.  He gave a keynote address at the international conference held in Frascati, Italy in conjunction with the Shroud’s last exhibition in 2010 in which he presented a series of scientific tests and experiments to be conducted on the Shroud and its samples.  He is the founder and president of The Resurrection of the Shroud Foundation, a non-profit corporation that funds scientific research relating to the Shroud.  He is the author of The Resurrection of the Shroud (New York: M. Evans and Co., 2000) and is writing another book on this subject. ​

More can be found at: https://www.testtheshroud.org/

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The very first Hill House Tour is scheduled for Sunday, June 24, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The tour will showcase 12 homes on The Hill, representing various construction styles – shotgun, bungalow and new construction – that have been renovated, updated, improved and new-built to meet the needs of today’s families. In addition, the tour will feature a number of venerable properties which have been renovated and repurposed for new uses. Among these are the former Columbia Theater, completely gutted and redone as a fabulous residence and Arts Foundation, the former Big Club Hall, which now serves as studio space for photographers and videographers, Gaslight, an old building turned cocktail-bar with recording studios and Oliva, another old brick building reborn as an elegant event venue with a delightful attached patio.

Tickets will go on sale online on May 14, 2018. Website details will be announced later. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Hill Neighborhood Center, 1935 Marconi Avenue, which is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday of each week from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cash and checks only will be accepted at the Center. Advance tickets will be $20.00 each. Tickets purchased the day of the event will be $25.00. Ticket sales may be limited. Receipts should be presented the day of the tour at the Center or other designated location where the purchaser will be presented with a tour book that will serve as admission to the tour locations.

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Panelle siciliane: la ricetta





Panelle is another traditional food eaten in Sicily

Panelle (ie pancake chickpea flour ) is one of the most popular dishes of the cuisine of Sicily , or rather, of Palermo.

Very easy to make, requiring the use of very few ingredients chickpea flour and vegetable oil for frying. If you wish, you can add a little ‘pepper.

Ingredients for 4 people:

– 200 grams of chickpea flour

– 1/2 liter of water

– Sunflower oil for frying

– Parsley or fennel seeds

– Salt and Pepper To Taste


In a saucepan, melt cold 200 grams of chickpeas in a pint of flour salt water , making sure that no lumps are formed. Add some ‘of pepper and put on the fire to low heat stirring constantly.

Keep on the stove for about 15 minutes, or until the dough will begin to break away from the walls of the pot.
At this point, quickly pour the mixture of chickpeas on a smooth and wet surface (such as a marble table or wood) and flatten with a knife so as to make it as thin as possible.

Let cool the dough for a few minutes, then cut into rectangles; done this, heated in an abundant seed oil frying pan and fry the fritters until they are lightly browned.

So you can eat them, or put them inside a soft bun. However, the result will be great!

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