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The New Marco Polo? He’s Right Here.

By Francine Brevetti Some say Dionisio Cimarelli is Italy’s finest living sculptor. Some people say he’s the greatest Italian sculptor in China. Trouble is, he’s in neither country. He’s right here in California, visiting and working in studios from Monterey to ... Read More

IT’S FESTA ITALIANA SEASON IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

By Luisa Russo   Once again, Italian organizations throughout Northern California are preparing for their annual festivals. From Monterey to Sacramento and beyond, street fairs and festivals with a decidedly Italian flavor are being planned. Though there’s a bit of ... Read More

DOCUMENTARY ON CALIFORNIA ITALIAN IMMIGRANTS TO BE BROADCAST ON PBS

By: Francesco Romano    When one thinks of Italian immigrants, the image that usually comes to mind is that of a family of peasants, swaddled in rags, standing on the bow of a steamer ship approaching New York Harbor. The father, wearing weather-worn clothing and ... Read More

LA SCINTILLA LAUNCHED BY CONSUL GENERAL BATTOCCHI

By: Francesco Romano   When asked if he would like to ceremonially launch La Scintilla Italiana—the Bay Area’s news source for all things Italian—Consul General of Italy Mauro Battocchi said he would be honored to be part of what he referred to as a “watershed event in ... Read More

LA SCINTILLA RETURNS AFTER THIRTEEN-DECADE HIATUS

By:  Nickolas Marinelli    It was in 1877 that Commendatore John F. Fugazi, the Italian travel agent, banker, philanthropist, and il papa della colonia, became fed up with the Italian press in San Francisco. He felt that the editors of Italian newspapers only printed ... Read More

When the Old Country Becomes the New Country

By Francine Brevetti Why would I want to go to Sicily? My family’s from Northern Italy. Three reasons: My education in college and graduate school exposed me to the histories of ancient Greece, and Rome, their drama and their mythologies. I’m crazy about ... Read More

USA-ITA. L’INSEGNATE DELLA SCUOLA PUBBLICA NEL XXI°, UNA MISSIONE

di Mauro Aprile Zanetti Approfitto dello “spring break” — una pausa pasquale laica per non offendere alcun credo, secondo la religione delle religioni americane, cioè il make up del politically correct, dietro cui si agita il Re dei Re, Sua Maestà il Consumismo — per ... Read More

EXPO MILANO 2015: GOODBYE SOLAR PANELS, HELLO ‘SOLAR LEAVES’

Far from being an innovative technology, solar power has been a part of a strategy to switch from fossil fuels to green energy for decades. President Jimmy Carter installed a solar energy system on the roof of the White House in 1979 in response to the gas crises caused ... Read More