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Masks and Music of Carnevale through Commedia dell’Arte

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What: Date and Time Sat, January 27, 2018 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST Add to Calendar Location I AM Books 189 North Street Boston, MA 02113 Pazzi Lazzi’s Chiara Durazzini and Dan Meyers join forces for a unique Carnevale-inspired presentation featuring Commedia dell’Arte masks and Renaissance-period music. The event is family-friendly. EVENT INFO & TICKETS  

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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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Walter Valeri presents A Piedi Nudi

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When: Saturday, April 16 – 7 p.m. Where: I AM Books, 189 North Street, Boston MA Italian award-winning poet Walter Valeri will take center stage at the Allegro concert series on Saturday, April 16. Presented by Sounds of Italy Festival, the concert titled “A Piedi Nudi” (Bare feet) will feature Walter Valeri, with David Gullette (vocals), Alexandra Stoica (violin) and Nikole Stoica (violin). Valeri is a published poet, playwright and scholar. His collection of poetry, Canzone dell’amante infelice, (1985) was awarded Italy’s national literary prize, the Mondello. Other collections of poetry Ora settima (1990) Deliri Fragili (2008) Visioni in punto ...

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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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Allegro Concert Series come to Boston

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Starting in April, Sounds of Italy Festival will be roaring back with a two-month-long concert series that will showcase some of the best Italian talent currently living and performing in the Boston area, as well as important guest artists from Italy. Co-organized and hosted by I AM Books, the country’s first Italian-American bookstore, the concert series will feature 10 different performances throughout the months of April and May. For two months, audiences coming to I AM Books at 189 North Street in Boston’s historical North End neighborhood will have a chance to listen to genres spacing from jazz to pop ...

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First Italian American bookstore in United States opens in North End

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The country’s first Italian American bookstore officially opened its doors on Oct. 29. Located at 189 North St., in Boston’s North End neighborhood, I AM Books holds Italian and Italian American literature, magazines, games, toys and many more gift items. “When you walk into I AM Books, you might have a certain idea of Italy or of your Italian roots,” says co-owner Nicola Orichuia. “We’d like you to walk out with ten or twenty new ideas and a whole new perspective.” For co-owner Jim Pinzino, whose family hailed from Sicily, the store will give others the chance to live an ...

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