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Award-winning author Andrea Molesini comes to Boston (May 8)

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When: Sunday, May 8, 2016 – 3 p.m. Where: I AM Books, 189 North Street, Boston, MA 02113 Author Andrea Molesini, winner of Italy’s 2011 Campiello Prize for Literature, will be presenting his recently translated novel “Not All Bastards are from Vienna” at I AM Books on Sunday, May 8. Published in the United States by Grove Atlantic, the book was released in Feb. 2016, and has already garnered the attention and praise of critics across the country. “Wonderfully alive” – New York Times “Stunning” – Paste magazine

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NEMPAC presents “Neapolitan and Italian Love Songs”

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When: Saturday, May 7, 2016 – 5 p.m. Where: I AM Books, 189 North St., Boston MA 02113 On May 7, the North End Music and Performing Arts Center will take part in the 2016 Allegro concert series brought to Boston by Sounds of Italy. The Saturday show titled “Neapolitan and Italian Love Songs” will feature artist and tenor Salvatore Atti, the artistic director and pianist of NEMPAC’s winter concert series Christina Wright Ivanova, as well as soprano Jacyln Atti. For tickets, click here.

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Salimblues to perform at Ryles (May 11)

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When: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 – 9 p.m. Where: Ryles – 212 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139 Who says Italians can only sing Opera? Salimblues, a new, exciting all-Italian Boston band, performs covers of great Italian songwriters of the 1960’s-90’s, such as Pino Daniele, Edoardo Bennato, Lucio Battisti, Paolo Conte, and many others. A great mix of traditional and modern music, a bridge from Naples to Chicago, featuring histrionic front man Stefano Salimbeni, pyrotechnic blues guitarist Matteo Casini, and Guido Bartoloni, Pasquale Iocola, Guy Zagami. rylesjazz.com

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Sounds of Italy concert series presents Alma Antigua

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When: Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Where: I AM Books – 189 North Street, Boston, MA 02113 Click here to purchase tickets. Alma Antigua: Cassan/Muratore/Pignataro is a trio exploring original music and arranged existing compositions from the Mediterranean regions and Latin America in a chamber jazz context, while maintaining the connection to its folkloric roots. The combination of soulful and haunting melodies with modes and resonances from these geographical areas creates a very original springboard for improvisation, moving musical dialogs and creative interpretations. Roberto Cassan: Accordion John Muratore: Guitar Marco Pignataro: Soprano & Tenor Saxophone ...

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Giovanni Russo receives citation from State

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The Massachusetts State House welcomed a very special guest on March 17. Receiving an official citation signed by Gov. Charlie Baker, Giovanni Russo was recognized for his 74 years of exemplary labor. His entire family was present at the ceremony inside the State Chamber, including his wife of 60 years, Lucia; his daughters Connie, Julie and Veronica; his grandchildren; and Francesca DiBenedetto, who pushed to have the recognition bestowed upon Russo. Born in Augusta, Sicily, in 1926, Russo began working as an apprentice in a machine shop at the age of 14. Before coming to the United States in 1956, ...

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Birthday bash celebrates Ovid and Sulmona

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Boston celebrated the 2,000th anniversary of Publio Ovidio Nasone’s birth in style. On March 17, a group of students from the Abruzzese town of Sulmona (Ovidio’s birthplace) held a special presentation at Filippo Ristorante in the North End, where over 100 representatives of the community gathered to hear more about the Certamen Ovidianum Sulmonense. The Certamen is an Italian national competition in Latin among high school students, focusing exclusively on Ovid, the famous Roman poet who lived during the reign of Emperor Augustus. “Our goal is to promote the works of Ovid,” said Professor Caterina Fantauzzi, who accompanied a group ...

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A mix of Sicily and jazz: Cettina Donato comes to Boston (April 23)

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When: Saturday, April 23, 2016 – 5 p.m. Where: I AM Books, 189 North Street, Boston MA (Parking validation for Parcel 7 parking lot, above Boston Public Market) Purchase tickets online On April 23, Messina Conservatory’s Cettina Donato will take part in the ongoing Allegro concert series by Sounds of Italy Festival in Boston. Born and raised in Sicily, Cettina is a classical and jazz piano player, composer, arranger and conductor. She graduated in Jazz Composition and Performance at Berklee College of Music in Boston. She also graduated in Classical and Jazz piano and Composition, in Musical Didactic at Conservatory ...

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Festa della Liberazione: A panel discussion on Italy’s Liberation Day

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When: Sunday, April 24, 2016 – 3:30 p.m. Where: I AM Books, 189 North Street, Boston MA Light refreshments will be served Keynote Talk Professor David Ward from Wellesley College – Professor Ward will go over the civil war experience, the collective memory of it, and the importance it has in today’s Italian anthropological identity. Panel Professor Lucy Maulsby – Northeastern University & Harvard’s Center for European Studies – Expert in the architectural legacy of fascism in postwar Italy. Professor Spencer Di Scala – University of Massachusetts Boston – Renowned history professor whose research concentrates on modern Italian history. Professor ...

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Glass art maestro Lino Tagliapietra comes to Boston

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When: Public Opening Saturday, May 14, 2016 Where: Schantz Galleries: ProjectSpace-Boston is located at 211 Newbury Street, Boston. If you put the chunk of avventurine glass in a solid form on the table, you can see it is a beautiful piece of glass – a beautiful material… then to transform this beautiful material into a sculpture is sometimes more challenging – not only because of the difficulty of working with the material technically, but because it is so beautiful by itself. That is why it is difficult to approach. This month, Schantz Galleries will be presenting an exhibition of works ...

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Coro Dante Spring Concert (May 15)

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When: Sunday, May 15, 2016 – 5 p.m. Where: Dante Alighieri Society, 41 Hampshire St., Cambridge MA Coro-Dante Concerto di Primavera All-Italian Repertoire Chorus of the Dante Alighieri Society Kevin Galiè, M.M., J.D., Director Ilana Cady, Pianist Choruses and Arias from Amilcare Ponchielli’s La Gioconda; Popular Songs, Madrigals and Songs from Napoli $5 Validated parking at Kendall Sq. Cinema Free on-street parking in Cambridge on Sundays Free admission. Donations gratefully accepted. New members always welcome. Facebook: Coro Dante Link for official flyer: http://www.dantemass.org/events/downloads/Coro_Dante_Spring_Concert_2016.pdf

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Film screening: The Venice Ghetto, 500 Years of Life

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When: Thursday, May 12, 2016 – 5:30 pm – 7:05 pm Where: Museum of Fine Arts Boston – Harry and Mildred Remis Auditorium (Auditorium 161), 465 Huntington Ave., Boston MA The Venice Ghetto, 500 Years of Life by Emanuela Giordano (Italy/France, 2015, 54 min.). Italian & French with English subtitles. The rich story of the Jews of Venice is celebrated in this charming film, which uses an inventive mix of documentary and drama, animation, location photography, and interviews. Conjuring up 500 years of history, language, architecture, food, art, and politics—even the smells of market day—the film introduces us to Lorenzo ...

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My Father’s Daughter: From Rome to Sicily

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When: Saturday, April 16, 2016 – 5 p.m. Where: I AM Books, 189 North Street, Boston MA Gilda Morina Syverson will be presenting her book “My Father’s Daughter: From Rome to Sicily” at I AM Books in Boston on Saturday, April 16. An artist, poet, writer and teacher, Syverson was born and raised in a large, Italian-American family in Syracuse, New York. Her heritage is the impetus for her memoir My Father’s Daughter, From Rome to Sicily. Syverson’s story was a Novello Literary Award Finalist, and is a 2015 Nominee for the Ragan Old North State Award for Nonfiction. An ...

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