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Zucchero Coming to Boston

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Italian Rock Star, Zucchero, is Coming to Boston! WHAT:    On Tuesday, April 4th 2017 Zucchero is coming to The Wilbur in downtown Boston’s historic theatre district. Adelmo Fornaciari was born in Roncocesi on 25th September 1955. He later moved to Forte dei Marmi in Tuscany where, between 1970 & 1978, he formed his first R&B bands: ‘Le Nuove Luci’, ‘Sugar & Daniel’ and ‘Sugar & Candies’. By that time, he was already known as Zucchero, a nickname given to him by one of his school teachers. In 1981 he won the Castrocaro Festival with ‘Canto Te’. Then in 1983, he recorded ...

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Odyssey Opera to Perform Mozart’s Lucio Silla at BU Theatre

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A love-struck tyrannical Roman dictator, love triangles, death threats, togas, and opera—you’ll find it all in the Odyssey Opera production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s rarely performed opera Lucio Silla, premiering tonight and being performed again Friday and Sunday at the Boston University Theatre. The opera, one of two being staged this season as part of the company’s third annual opera festival (a production of Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Ezio preceded Lucio Silla), tells the story of Lucio Silla, a self-proclaimed Roman dictator who lusts after Giunia, the daughter of his enemy Gaius Marius. Giunia, however, is in love with, and wed to, Cecilio, ...

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East Boston Savings Bank Hosts Community Business Breakfast

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East Boston Savings Bank (EBSB) hosted their Business Breakfast on May 17th at Venezia Restaurant in Dorchester, MA. Chairman, CEO and President, Richard J. Gavegnano, welcomed many business owners from various local organizations within Greater Boston, in addition to many well-known constituents within the community. Also in attendance were featured Guest speaker, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans and City Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George. “East Boston Savings Bank has had tremendous growth over the past few years, and we are very excited about our continued expansion within the Greater Boston area. Our main goals are to create wealth ...

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Save Venice Lecture Series continues at Chilton Club (Apr. 26)

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When: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 – Cocktails at 6:30 p.m.; lecture at 7 p.m. Where: The Chilton Club — 152 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA Even living in Venice for five years and curating major exhibitions of Venetian art does not necessarily prepare one to introduce the visual majesty of La Serenissima to non-Western viewers. Save Venice Boston’s Apr. 26 talk at the Chilton Club, led by the MFA’s Chair of Art of Europe Frederick Ilchman, will explain the curatorial choices behind a large exhibition, opened in September 2015, at the MFA’s sister museum in Nagoya, Japan. 617-266-4860 | www.savevenice.org Lecture Series ...

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John Ciardi: North End’s poet laureate

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“I was born June 24, 1916, at 25 Sheave Street in Boston’s North End, which was then as now, though more so then, Little Italy … . My mother, in the custom of her tribe, bore me in the same bed in which she connived me … . ” So wrote John Ciardi, renowned poet, translator and teacher. I had long known of Ciardi’s translation of Dante, and I knew he was Italian American, but I did not know he had been born in the North End. Truthfully, I don’t recall now how I discovered that he was. But what ...

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Auto racing comes to Boston

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One of my favorite sports that I love to watch is championship open-wheel auto racing, because I have so many fond memories of Sunday afternoons as a child spent with my dad enjoying the IndyCar or Formula One races on TV while mom cooked us pot roast. We’d watch the lights go from red to green signaling the suspenseful start. We’d wonder who would overtake whom in the opening laps while the drivers vied for position. We’d count out loud the seconds that elapsed during pit stops. Sometimes I’d close my eyes just to listen to the engines buzz around ...

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The power of the piazza

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I had a hunch before opening I AM Books, the country’s first Italian American bookstore. Based on the feedback I received from readers of Bostoniano, I felt there would be a need for a common place where people could start a dialogue about their shared heritage and their roots. Soon after opening the bookstore last year, I realized this was only one of the many elements that people appreciate about the bookstore. I think what really excites people is the physicality of it. As human beings, we need places we can anchor ourselves to. These are places we rely on ...

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Two Italian Screenings at 32nd Boston LGBT Film Festival

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The Boston LGBT Film Festival presents the past, exhibits the present, and develops the future by supporting and displaying LGBT media works that challenge, encourage, and educate through the medium of the moving image and the power of queer cinema. This year’s festival, running March 31 to April 10, will feature two Italian film screenings: ARIANNA When: April 4, 2016 — 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. Where: Brattle Theater – 40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA Arianna is a teenager with emotional and physical insecurities who, unbeknown to her parents, embarks on a quest to discover her sexual identity during a ...

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Children’s Museum Turns Green, White and Red on Feb. 5

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On Friday, February 5, the Boston Children’s Museum will host a special Italian-themed night for children and families. The event will start at 5:30 p.m., and general admission tickets will be only $1 per person. Click the flyer below for more information:

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North End sounds (and Scorsese’s passion for doo-wop)

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I was not one of those kids who sang on the street corners. I didn’t have a good voice and by my teen years I tended to hang out less than I did when I was younger. But I remember the kids singing in the park during the day or on cold fall nights around fire-lit barrel. Just like in the movies, as the saying goes. In doing my own research on the North End I spoke to Nick Savino a while back. Nick spoke about his love for doo wop and acapella. He told me how he and his ...

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Italian Flag Raising at Boston City Hall (Oct. 9)

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When: Friday, Oct. 9, 2015 – 11 a.m (reception); 12 p.m. (flag raising ceremony) Where: Piemonte Room, 5th floor City Hall (reception); Boston City Hall, Congress St. entrance (ceremony)

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I AM Books — The First Italian American Bookstore in the Country

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Dear readers, Life has a funny and mysterious way of taking us by the hand and pulling us towards projects we never dreamed of until recently. That is how I feel right now, as I announce this big step forward in our goal to give the local Italian and Italian American communities a voice and identity they can be proud of. For several months, with the help of many people encountered through the years as editor of bostoniano.info and Bostoniano magazine, I have been working on creating I Am Books — a real, physical space that can bring the community ...

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