ITALICS: September 30 LGBTQ in Italian America



ITALICS continues its coverage on being LGBTQ in Italian America. As a follow-up to our January 2014 episode, “Gay in Italian America,” in this edition, correspondent Lucia Grillo talks with members of the LGBTQ community: Lailah Lancing is a singer-songwriter and actress, whose look inspired that of her friend, actress Laverne Cox, for the film “Grandma,” in theatres now; Margo Singaliese is a veteran actress who has appeared Off-Broadway and on TV in shows such as “The Sopranos;” and filmmaker Mikki del Monico came out while directing his first feature film, which recently had at run at Anthology Film Archives. (Taped: 09/30/15)

Erica Moretti and Dr. Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg, both of Brown University, discuss Maria Montessori at the Calandra Institute.  The Italian Welfare League's 90th Annual Gala Luncheon honors Buddy and Mary Valastro, the Cake Boss and his mother, at the St. Regis Hotel in New York.
Geraldine A. Ferraro United States Post Office dedication in Long Island City, NY.  Frank Zappa bust unveiled in Baltimore, MD.  Garibaldi-Meucci Museum 2010 Fundraiser honors Dean Anthony Tamburri, among others.
The National Organization of Italian American Women's 30th Anniversary Celebration honors La Famiglia Bastianich: Lidia, Joseph, Tanya, and Nonna Erminia.  National Italian American Foundation's 2010 East Coast Gala honors Joseph J. Grano.  Celebrations honor Pietro Cesare Alberti and the 375th anniversary of his arrival to New Amsterdam on June 2nd, 1635, becoming the first Italian immigrant to this part of the New World.
The 29th annual New York Conference of Italian American State Legislators in Albany, NY.  Art exhibition "Piccole Belle Cose: Small Beautiful Things" at the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum on Staten Island.  Italics introduces you to the newly-formed Amore Opera Company, which has arisen from the ashes of the late beloved Amato Opera Company.
Public rally held at Our Lady of Loreto Church in Brownsville, Brooklyn.  The rally was sponsored by the Committee to Save Our Lady of Loreto Church to save the historic church from the current plans for its demolition and redevelopment.  Excerpts from Dean Anthony Tamburri's conversation with Charles Piazza and Jeffrey Dunston of the Committee to Save Our Lady of Loreto Church.
Commemoration of the 99th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire at the Asch Building, now NYU's Brown Building of Science, on the corner of Greene Street and Washington Place.  Then, Italics goes to an Artistic Observation of the tragedy of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire held at the Judson Memorial Church at New York University.
Lecture by the Honorable Francesco Maria Talo, Consul General of Italy to New York.  The presentation "From Pizza to Ph.D., From Dante to DNA" was delivered at the Coccia Institute at Montclair State University, New Jersey.  Dinner honoring Gianfranco Fini, President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies at the Grand Hyatt Regency.  Panel discussion at New York University that asks "Why (And Exactly How) New York Simply Loves 'Italian'."
An International Conference honors the legacy of the late NYPD Detective Joseph A. Petrosino, and examines the current status of the Italian Government's war against the Mafia in Sicily, one hundred years after Petrosino's murder there, and the National Organization of Italian American Women celebrates the holidays with their annual Epiphany event honoring Marietta DiChristina, Dr. Concetta M. Tomaino, and Maria T. Vullo, "Three Wise Women" from the community.
Italics investigates the phenomenon of MTV's "Jersey Shore" and the guido culture.  The National Italian American Foundation honors Mike and David Greco of "Mike's Deli" in the Arthur Avenue Market in Belmont, the newest Business Improvement District of New York.  A preview of Larry Racioppo's photo exhibition "Kitty and Lucky, Photographs of My Aunt Concetta and Uncle Augustine," at the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum in Staten Island.
The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute celebrates its 30th anniversary.  The event was hosted by CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, Queens College president James Muyskens, John J. Calandra, Esq., son of the late Senator John D. Calandra, and Anthony Julian Tamburri, Dean and Executive Director of the Calandra Institute.  Honorees included former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, former New York First Lady Matilda Raffa Cuomo, and Senator Diane Savino.