Joseph Sciame, Chairman of the Italian Heritage and Culture Month Committee of New York, joins us in our studios to talk about the significance of commemorating Italian heritage and culture, and will highlight some of the events happening throughout October. Also joining us are Frank G. Fusaro, Chairman of the Board of Governors, and Angelo Vivolo, President of the Columbus Citizens Foundation, organizers of the annual Columbus Day Parade.
This episode honors the craft of Italian shoe repair, with a visit to Italian craftsman Nicola Pecchia at James Custom Shoe Repair. With forty-eight years’ experience, the delightful Nick, as he’s known to loyal customers, reveals some of his secrets.
Ciro Quattrocchi, president of the Società Santa Fortunata di New York explains the history and significance of the Santa Fortunata procession in Brooklyn. The 125th annual feast of St. Rocco is held at St. Joseph’s church in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Stephen S. La Rocca, Esq., President of the St. Rocco Society of Potenza in New York, details his journey in discovering this celebration and its impact on locals.
Angelina Fiordellisi recounts the history of the famed Cherry Lane Theatre on the occasion of its 90th Anniversary. Dr. Stacy De-Lin of Planned Parenthood brings us up to date on women’s reproductive health rights. And Chef Raffaele Ronca of Ristorante Rafele prepares some fresh summertime dishes that make us feel like we’re in Italy.
On this episode of Italics: Television for the Italian American Experience - Vivien Green, curator of “Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe,” at New York’s Guggenheim Museum; Italian actress Iaia Forte performs Paolo Sorrentino’s “Tutti hanno ragione (Everybody’s Right)” as part of InScena! Italian Theatre Festival; baseball’s Mike Piazza lights the Empire State Building red, white, and green for The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF); and the New York Conference of Italian American State Legislators honors Tony Danza and Liberty DeVitto, joined by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
On this episode of ITALICS: Television for the Italian American Experience, correspondent Lucia Grillo takes us to New York’s Lower East Side for a talk with pianist and composer Moira LoBianco, in the first of our “New Italian Americans” series; actor Edoardo Ballerini (“Boardwalk Empire,” “Sopranos”) joins us on the occasion of his latest film release, “No God, No Master;” and a conversation with Lisa Lemole Oz, host of the “Lisa Oz Show,” about health, relationships, and being an Italian American woman.
This month, ITALICS: Television for the Italian American Experience travels from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, through the United Nations in Manhattan, to Montclair, New Jersey: advocating for community elder and child care at Swinging Sixties Senior Center and Small World Day Care; going behind the scenes with Italian newspaper “La Voce di New York” housed at the U.N.; and a conversation and some unique jazz performed by Enrico Granafei at Trumpets Jazz Club.
From Civil Rights worker and journalist during the era of the Freedom Riders, with written works that span theatre, poetry and books such as “Women on War” – the first book of world literature to gather the global voices of women on the issues of war and its impact on their lives – Daniela Gioseffi, an icon of the Italian American community and the world beyond, joins host Anthony Tamburri in our studio.
Gianfranco Norelli’s and Suma Kurien’s follow-up to their critically acclaimed documentary, “Pane Amaro (Bitter Bread),” on Italian immigration to the East Coast of the United States, “Finding the Mother Lode” documents the experience of Italian immigrants in California, how economic and social mobility became possible for many Italians in the Golden State, and how immigrant identity is maintained and transformed as immigrants become assimilated into mainstream America. The filmmakers join host Anthony Julian Tamburri in our studio, to talk about the film, which will be screened at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute on February 27th.
On this episode of ITALICS: Television for the Italian American Experience, we will explore the topic of homosexuality in Italian America. We will take you to NOIAW’s Annual Epiphany Celebration. You will get a sneak peek at the documentary, “Finding the Mother Lode,” by filmmakers Gianfranco Norelli and Suma Kurien; and find out about forthcoming events at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute.
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