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“My Funny Valentine” by Enrico Merlin

On, Thurs., Feb. 14 (7:30 p.m.), Washington University presents Italian Enrico Merlin in “My Funny Valentine” – a lecture on music of Miles Davis, Randy Holmes, Paul Demarinus, William Lenihan, Ken Kehner, and Steve Davis.  Merlin is a noted Italian musicologist, composer, musician, and Miles Davis expert.   This is part of his US Tour.  The lecture will be held at the Holmes Lounge, Ridgley Hall on the Danforth campus.  The Jazz at Holmes Concert series is admission-free and held monthly.  Parking is permitted in yellow zones/Danforth University Center underground garage only.  More information on Merlin and the event is available on, Facebook, and at www.enricome

           (Annette M. Graebe)    

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Godfather the Movie Coming to the Big Screen

See this classic Academy Award®-winning crime drama for just $5 on February 3, 4 & 6 in select Marcus Theatres!

Widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time, this mob drama focuses on the powerful Italian-American crime family of Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando). When the don’s youngest son, Michael (Al Pacino), reluctantly joins the Mafia, he becomes involved in the inevitable cycle of violence and betrayal. Although Michael tries to maintain a normal relationship with his wife, Kay (Diane Keaton), he is drawn deeper into the family business.

    Get $5 Tickets Up Next in Retro Series The Godfather by the numbers

1. The film is based on Mario Puzo’s 1969 novel that remained on The New York Times Best Seller list for 67 weeks and sold over 9 million copies in two years.

2. Approximately 90% of the film was shot in New York City and its surrounding suburbs, using over 120 unique locations.

3. The opening wedding scene was shot in a Staten Island neighborhood using almost 750 locals as extras.

4. The Godfather broke many box office records to become the highest grossing film of 1972 at $81.5 million.

5. It was nominated for seven Academy Awards® and won three, including Best Actor for Marlon Brando and Best Picture of 1972.
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Valentine’s Day Dance

Valentines Dinner/Dance

February 9, 2019

7:00pm Cocktails

7:30pm Dinner

Entertainment by:

“Tobey Fisher” Crooner Nights

Dinner Menu: (Catered by Guido’s)

Mixed Greens Salad…Bistro Tender in a ‘Tawney Port’ reduction w/Mushrooms…Chicken Picata….Rigatoni & Peas in Pink Sauce…Bow tie pasta w/cherry tomatoes, spinach, lite sundried tomatoes, pine nuts… Sauteed Green Beans Almondine…. Rolls.&.Butter…and Dessert (mini Canoli)

Tickets:                                                 $40.00/ person                                         

(See Tony Sanna or Julie Belfi-Sanna)     

(314-223-9694 or 314-614-9534)

CASH BAR (with one complimentary ticket)

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Mostaccioli Dinner March

Save the date. Annual Monsignor Bommarito’s Mostaccioli Dinner Sunday, March 3, 2019 12 – 6 PM St Ambrose School Cafeterria Proceeds helf fund MSGR. Bommarito Endowment Fund c/o St. Ambrose Forever to help support the community
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New Construction Coming to The Hill

(Jan 15, 2019)

McBride Homes, Missouri’s largest home builder, is under contract for a new development located in The Hill neighborhood of St. Louis City. Phase 1 will include 58 homesites. 

The property is located off Bischoff Avenue and Hereford Street. 

“We are happy to announce that we are bringing new construction of single family homes to The Hill,” said John F. Eilermann Jr., CEO and Chairman of McBride Homes. “We are thrilled to be a part of such an exciting development with the pent-up demand in the area.”

The new McBride community, The Manors at La Collina, will include 58 single family homes. 

The community will offer a new top-of-the-line single family home product with brick fronts reminiscent of The Hill’s traditional neighborhood streetscape, plus rear entry one and two car detached garages with rear entry alley access.

“Our phones are already ringing off the hook and we are adding more people to the waiting list everyday,” stated Eilermann. “A prime Hill location and single family homes with great value make this community one buyers won’t want to miss.”

McBride Homes is partnering with the site developer, Draper and Kramer, to develop the site. McBride is taking the lead on the single family homes, while Draper and Kramer is developing an apartment complex on the adjacent property.

The neighborhood is expected to open for information in Summer 2019.

McBride Homes, celebrating over 73 years of building, offers homes in over 40 communities in metro St. Louis. McBride is based in Chesterfield and is the largest homebuilder in St. Louis and the state of Missouri. The company is currently ranked as the 41stlargest privately owned builder in the country and is 64th largest overall. 

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Rossini’s “L’Italiana in Algeri”


Don’t miss Gioachino Rossini’s delightful opera “L’Italiana in Algeri” (The Italian Girl in Algiers)performed by Winter Opera St. Louis at Missouri Baptist University on Jan. 25 (7:30 p.m.) and Jan. 27 (3 p.m.). “Meet” the courageous, feisty heroine Isabella as she battles Mustafa’ in one of opera’s best-loved comedies.  (Cost: $10 – $55)  Location:  Performance Hall/Pillsbury Chapel, 1 College Park Drive, St. Louis 63141.  In Italian with English supertitles.  Tickets available at  (Not refundable)  More information at (314) 865-0038.

Annette M. Graebe

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December FIAO Christmas Party


Don’t miss this year’s Christmas celebration! After three years of lovely evenings, the Federation of Italian-American Organizations will host its fourth annual Christmas Dinner on Friday, December 7th at Favazza’s Rose of the Hill. Continuing the theme of “Traditions of Italian Christmas”, this evening promises to be a memorable occasion and will include a very special menu that highlights Italian culinary traditions and Christmas specialties as well as seasonal entertainment.


(Served Family style)


Cocktails (cash bar)
Premium White and Red wine on table, included with dinner


John Volpi traditional salumi, cheeses and olives
Missouri Baking Company artisan bread


Primo Piatto
Seafood Pasta


Beef Spiedini
Chicken Marsala


vegetables and potatoes


Panettone & biscotti from
Missouri Baking Company

The Federation of Italian-American Organizations is a board that consists of members representing the majority of Italian-American clubs and organizations in St. Louis. Our vision is to preserve and promote our shared cultural heritage. We do this through the work of our member clubs and organizations as well as through activities that we administer. While the Hill remains the center of Italian-American life in St. Louis, descendants of Italian immigrants live throughout the metro area. As St. Louis Italian-Americans become more dispersed, one of our goals is promote collaboration among the various Italian-American entities. It is our desire to interact with one another, collectively pass on our traditions to future generations, and develop a stronger identity in our community through opportunities to share and celebrate our culture.
We invite you, a member of the Italian Club of St. Louis, to help us bring in the holidays while making new friends in our shared community.  Feel free to invite friends and relatives.
For more information or for reservations, contact Loretta Vitale April at 314-550-4059 or Marie Cuccia-Brand at 314-680-6871. There will be a ticket order form in an upcoming special issue of La Rondine.  Payment must be made when making the reservation.  You can pay with cash, by check or by credit card.
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Rudolph Edward Torrini Dies at 95 years of age

Rudolph Edward Torrini
Born March 31, 1923 (age 95)
Died: September 5, 2018
St.Louis, Missouri

Education BFA, Washington University 1949; Fulbright Scholar, Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze 1949; MFA, University of Notre Dame 1958

Known for Sculpture, Wood Carving, Drawing
Notable work Italian Immigrants, Martin Luther King, Union Soldier
Rudolph Edward Torrini (born March 31, 1923) is an American artist most known for his sculptures, wood carvings and bronze public monuments in the St. Louis area, including “The Immigrants”, “The Union Soldier,” and “Martin Luther King.” A student of Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic, his work is also influenced by the works of Auguste Rodin. Torrini trained and taught Bob Cassilly, founder of the City Museum in St. Louis, and also helped establish the Master of Fine Arts program in Fontbonne College.


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Ciao St Louis Annouces New Partner to Promote Italian Heritage

Ciao St Louis continues to find the best partnership to promote Italian Language and Culture in North America.  For those of us who can read Italian we suggest Grandanglore for up to date information and news that matters.

Ciao St Louis continua a trovare il miglior partenariato per promuovere la lingua e la cultura Italiana nel Nord America. Per quelli di noi che sanno leggere l’Italiano, consigliamo “Grandanglore” per informazione aggiornate e notizie importanti

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