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Gangi honored by his hometown Sciacca

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For years, Pascal Gangi has been tirelessly promoting his Sicilian hometown’s traditions in the Boston area. Known for the large floats he builds with his A Little Taste of Sicily organization, the Revere resident recently received a special honorary medal from the city of Sciacca, where he spent over a month last winter perfecting his float-making skills in preparation of the Carnevale. “I cannot thank you enough for the great passion you show for our Festa,” wrote the city’s head of cultural affairs, Salvatore Monte, in an official note to Gangi. “Your contagious love for the Carnevale di Sciacca has ...

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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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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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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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REGALI Artists Residency at MassArt

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When: Wednesday, February 24, 7:00 – 9:00 PM Where: The Godine Gallery, MassArt, 621 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115 The Godine Gallery at Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) invites you to the opening reception of REGALI, an exhibition born out of a reciprocal Boston-Sicilian artist residency centered on the community of Favara, Sicily, and the culture of the gift, during an intense two-week residency in July of 2014. The exhibition features the collaborative work of American and European resident artists ranging from photography, video, and installation to performance and interactive media. This collective of artists from Europe and ...

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Sicilian-based Leaves of the Tree at Massachusetts Film Festival

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When: Friday, August 28 at 12:15 p.m. Where: Brattle Street Theater, Cambridge MA The award-winning film, LEAVES OF THE TREE, will screen at the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival on Friday, August 28 at 12:15pm at the Brattle Street Theater in Cambridge. The film stars Eric Roberts, Sean Young, Federico Castelluccio and Armand Assante. The film is based on the book “Kindness for the Damned: A Novella of Intrigue, Romance and Redemption in Sicily” by Lexington High School Class of 1978 graduate David Healey. Winner in past film festivals of Best Dramatic Feature, Best Screenplay, Best Family Film, Best Actor and ...

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“Leaves Of The Tree” Movie To Play At Cambridge Film Festival

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Ante Novakic’s debut film, “Leaves of the Tree,” will be playing at the Brattle Street Theater in Cambridge, MA. The showing will occur on Friday, August 28, 2015 at 12:15 PM. The film is being featured in the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival. The film is about a a man with heart disease, who travels to Sicily looking for a “mystical tree that supposedly has healing powers.” It features Eric Roberts, Amand Assante, Sean Young, and Federico Castelluccio. It has won awards in past film festivals for: Best Family Film, Best Dramatic Feature, and Best Director. The trailer is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05w177WKv90.  

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Revere youth bring Carnevale to Boston

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For years, Pascal Gangi has been continuing the Carnevale tradition that comes from his hometown Sciacca, in Sicily.

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Italian Fishing Tradition Lives on at Peter Zappa’s The Causeway in Gloucester

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Discussing Italian food always proves to be quite a curious concept, as conversations tend to invariably focus on what Americans would refer to as “Italian classics,” such as chicken parmigiana, pizza, and tiramisù. But what many fail to recognize is that these foods and fine pastas are not the only rudimentary dishes that encapsulate the Italian diet, but only represent merely a fraction of it. In fact, spanning across the twenty regions that make up the Italian boot and its islands, dishes found in each respectively can be very different. But for most Italians, the Mediterranean isn’t very far away. ...

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Mucci Imports Unearths Lesser Known Italian Wines

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Mucci Imports, owned by Nick Mucci, is a Boston based Italian wine importer specializing in unique Italian varietals from producers he has hand picked throughout his travels from living in Italy and developing special relationships with the winemakers. Mucci started the company in 2013, towards the end of the summer. When I first met him, he was introducing his wines to folks at Ball Square Fine Wines in Somerville and I was intrigued by his selections when I saw the announcement. Being an Italian wine blogger, I love the opportunity to try Italian wines, especially those that are unique to ...

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Pantelleria: 5 Things You Don’t Know About this Sicilian Wonder

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An Unbiased Italy Travel Blog Brought to You by Perillo Tours Pantelleria. You will be forgiven if you’ve never heard of it. It is about as far away from mainland Italy as you can get and still be considered Italy. It can be found between Sicily and Tunisia. Whether or not you’ve heard of Pantelleria, you may not know these five fun facts about the island: 1. The island’s dammusi date back to the 10th century. Dammusi, the signature homes of the island, were first built during the 10th century and are unique to Pantelleria. These homes have a rectangular ...

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Unusual Weather Delivers Italy’s Worst Grape Harvest in Decades

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Summer storms have dampened Italian wine grape production, putting this year’s harvest on track to be the most meager since 1950.

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