April 21, 2014

Pasquetta (Little Easter)

Having a rare Easter Monday off, I took advantage of the beautiful weather and decided to celebrate Pasquetta (Little Easter) the southern Italian way. After picking up a few necessities at the local bakery and salumeria, I packed my basket and visited a nearby park to soak up some sun, enjoy the outdoors and get some much needed rest and relaxation. Normally, this would be done with friends and family, but unfortunately, my loved-ones were not as lucky as me and had to work. So instead, I spent my day reading and reflecting in moments of quiet meditation. Buona Pasquetta!

April 19, 2014

Via Crucis – The Way of the Cross

Bensonhurst’s Good Friday Procession of the Dead Christ
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Yesterday, members of several Italian American Catholic societies gathered outside Edward B. Shallow Junior High (6500 16th Ave.) in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn for the annual Good Friday Candlelight Procession. Despite the unseasonably cold weather, celebrants showed up in force to participate in this wonderful tradition. Led by the Most Reverend Raymond F. Chappetto, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn, we made our way through the neighborhood praying and reciting in Italian the Way of the Cross. The nearly two-hour long procession concluded outside St. Dominic Church (2001 Bay Ridge Parkway) for the Benediction with the Relic of the True Cross. Following the closing ceremony, parishioners lined up to receive flowers, say a prayer and touch the statues of the Madonna Addolorata and Dead Christ.



April 17, 2014

5th Annual Italian Music Festival

Featuring International Pop-Classical Crossover Artist performing contemporary and classical Italian songs 

MICHEAL CASTALDO 

and 

IL CORO GABRIELE D’ANNUNZIO 

Presented by Il Console Generale d’Italia a Filadelfia, Widener University, l’Associazione Regionale Abruzzese Delco, l’Associazione Regionale Abruzzese DelVal, OSIA and the XII of October Historic Lodge OSIA 

Widener University Alumni Hall 
E. 14th Street at Alumni Walk (Across from University Center) 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 7:00PM 
Donation: $15.00 Make checks payable to ARADelco 

IL Console Generale d’Italia a Filadelfia, Widener University, I’Associazione Regionale Abruzzese Delco, I’Associazione Regionale Abruzzese DelVal, Pennsylvania Order of Sons & Daughters of Italy and the Historic XII of October Lodge are proud to announce the return of International Pop-Classical Crossover Artist, Micheal Castaldo, who will be returning to perform contemporary and classical Italian songs at the 5th annual Italian Music Festival, April 30th at 7:00pm, at Widener University’s Alumni Hall. 

This will be Micheal’s second appearance for the annual concert series. Micheal’s last performance was met with such a positive response, and in consideration with his current tour we were able to bring him back for this year’s event. For more information about Micheal, please go to www.michealcastaldo.com

Opening up the concert will be IL Coro Gabriele D’ Annunzio. They will perform the National anthems of the U.S.A. and Italy followed by a selection of traditional Abruzzese folk music. 

Tickets for the event will be $15, with a limited number of seats available. To purchase tickets or any additional information, please contact Nicholas Rapagnani (610)874-4149, Lucille Nazzario (610)544-8718, Dr. Thomas Benedetti (215)514-5964 (Widener University) or visit our website, www.abruzzidelco.com 

April 16, 2014

Announcing the 93rd Annual Feast of Saint Sebastian, Middletown, Connecticut

For more info visit St. Sebastian of Middletown on Facebook

Anthony V. Riccio's New Oral Histories Collection Illuminates Experiences of Italian American Working Women

SUNY Press

Albany, NY -- In the first half of the twentieth century, Italian American women were born into a life of work. From as young as four or five years old, they were expected to assist in the house or on the farm, leaving school if necessary, to help support the family. The stories of these women, who could keep up with any man, have been mostly provided by narratives from a male perspective. This book changes all of that.

Farms, Factories, and Families: Italian American Women of Connecticut (Excelsior Editions/SUNY Press) offers new insight into the Italian American experience. The women speak and reflect on how they could work just as long and hard as men--and did. Anthony V. Riccio's women chop wood, heft fifty-pound bags of vegetables, and operate dangerous machinery in the factories, while also cooking, cleaning, and sewing for the family.

Farms, Factories, and Families
documents the rich history of Italian American working women in Connecticut as they resisted a claustrophobic, patriarchal society to become empowered as foreladies, union officials, and shop stewards. Their legacy lives on in this collection of tales of sacrifice and perseverance, often punctuated by laughter, and brimming with courage and determination.

About the Author:   
Anthony V. Riccio is Stacks Manager at the Sterling Memorial Library at Yale University. He is the author of The Italian American Experience in New Haven: Images and Oral Histories and Boston's North End: Images and Recollections of an Italian-American Neighborhood, and the coauthor, with Silvio Suppa, of Cooking with Chef Silvio: Stories and Authentic Recipes from Campania¸ also published by SUNY Press.

Book Facts:
July 2014 / 423 pages
Trim size: 9 x 9 
55 b/w photographs
$29.95 jacketed hardcover ISBN 978-1-4384-5231-9

April 11, 2014

The Italian American Museum Presents a Dramatic Reading of Luigi Capuana's “The Interrogation”

Presented by Prof. Santi V. Buscemi and Dr. William D'Arienzo
You are cordially invited to attend a reading of Luigi Capuana's, "The Interrogation" at the Italian American Museum on Thursday, April 17, 2014.  The Interrogation is a two character play originally written in Sicilian and translated to English by Santi Buscemi.
About the play:
The Interrogation (‘Ntrrugatoriu) is a play in one scene with two speaking parts.  A murder suspect speaks Sicilian while his interrogator, a magistrate from the north (Piemonte or Lombardia, Capuana suggests), speaks Tuscan. This creates a linguistic contrast that underscores the alienation of the southern poor (the accused is a barber) in a state ruled by the arrogant northern bureaucracy of nineteenth-century Italy. The magistrate speaks in a cerebral, formal, and distant voice, while the accused is passionate and engaging, if not always honest. As such, Capuana is able to address differences in class, and he critiques the political reality under which the people of the Mezzogiorno suffered. But the dialogue in this exciting, suspense-filled play goes beyond politics. Capuana believed that our fate was determined largely by forces outside our control: the environment, economics, and our animal biology. An expert at exposing human motives found at the lowest depths of the psyche, he wrote several works that remain masterpieces of psychological and emotional intrigue. The Interrogation, which focuses on a man driven to violence by passion, hubris, and jealousy, is one of them.
The Readers:
Santi Buscemi teaches English at Middlesex County College in Edison, NJ. He has published seven textbooks and online learning tools for McGraw-Hill Higher Education.
The son of immigrants from Agrigento, Sicily, Buscemi has translated Luigi Capuana’s C’era Una Volta (published as Sicilian Tales) and The Marchese of Roccaverdina, the writer’s capolavoro. Both were published by Dante University of America Press.
He has also published a translation of The Interrogation, one of Capuana’s Sicilian plays, in the Journal of Italian Translation. In 2012, the play was presented as a dramatic reading at the Italian-American Writers Association in New York City. Other works include “A Vision of Sicily” in Primo magazine, “Meeting Antonin Scalia” in The Times of Sicily.com, and several translations of Capuana’s fairy tales in Italica, the Journal of Italian Translation, and Forum Italicum. He recently completed an online course, The Literature of Sicily: A History, for Dante University of America Press.
Prof. Buscemi has lectured on Sicilian literature and architecture for the Italian-American Heritage Club of Hunterdon County and Dorothea’s House in Princeton, a version of which appears on YouTube. He has also presented scholarly papers on writing, literature, and translation, including one at the University of Natal in South Africa. He is in the process of translating Profili di donne by Capuana and I Vicerè (The Viceroys), a novel by Frederico De Roberto, who with Capuana and Verga, was one of the Sicilian veristi.
William D’Arienzo is the founder and CEO of D’Arienzo Associates in Princeton, NJ, which helps start-up companies achieve their brand strategy objectives and business goals. He is also CEO of ApparelAnalytics, an online consumer research service.
The son of immigrants from Avellino, his education includes a PhD from the New School, and he has been a Ford Fellow and a NEH Fellow at Princeton University. He is an adjunct professor in business at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ, and he founded and manages the Brand Management program at FIT in New York. In 2010, he published By George! Lessons in Leadership from George Washington, CEO and has just completed a textbook entitled The Business of Brand Management.
Dr. D’Arienzo has presented lectures and workshops for members of the wholesale and retail fashion community, and he has designed and led seminars for Ting executives from China and Japan. He has also lectured in Spain, Central America, and India. Last year he spent a month as a visiting university lecturer in China.
Thursday, April 17, 6:30PM
Italian American Museum
155 Mulberry Street, New York, NY 10013
Suggested donation of $10
PLEASE RESERVE EARLY
To reserve a place for this event, please call the Italian American Museum at (212) 965-9000 or email: ItalianAmericanMuseum@gmail.com

April 10, 2014

Campania, in Pictures

One of two equestrian statues outside the entrance to the gardens of the Royal Palace in Naples. The statues are copies of the Horse Tamers from St. Petersburg, Russia, and were a gift to King Ferdinand II of Naples from Czar Nicholas I during a state visit to the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies in 1846
Dear readers, it should come as no surprise that with over three thousand years of history, Campania is a feast for the senses overflowing with artistic treasures and culinary delights. During my visits, I saw many of the magnificent attractions and delightful curiosities the region has to offer. I want to share a few modest photos of the main sites, as well as some of its lesser known gems, for those who share an interest in our ancestral homeland.

Detail of the Portal of the Palatine Chapel by Andrea dell'Aquila, Napoli
Saint Ann and a young Virgin Mary with Saint Lucia and Saint Peter of Alcantara by Pietro Bardellino (Napoli 1728-1820), Museo Civico di Castel Nuovo, Napoli
A Sphinx from Axel Munthe’s Villa San Michele, Capri
A couple of gruesome sea creatures inside the Chiesa dell’Addolorata, Sorrento. Dating “only” from 1739 it is one of the newest churches in Sorrento
Bas relief from the tepidarium, or warm bath, in Pompeii
Campanile at Positano
One of several beautiful paintings in the Duomo di Ravello
A modern monument commemorating Santa Trofimena, Minori
Bronze doors from the Chiesa del Sacro Cuore di Gesù, Salerno
Antique cooking implements from the Agricultural Museum
at Tenuta Vannulo', a water buffalo dairy farm in Capaccio
Lid of the Tomb of the Diver, Archaeological Museum of Paestum
Photos by New York Scugnizzo

April 9, 2014

Announcing "Eye to Eye", Maria Terrone's Fourth Book of Poetry

Published by Bordighera Press (April 14th)

In praise of Maria Terrone's work...

"Maria Terrone's poems are simultaneously sensuous and spiritual, earthy and intellectual. Her imagination takes fire from contradiction and complexity. One small image-washing a potato or rearranging a lingerie drawer-can open up vistas of private desire or public history. Her poetry explores the contingencies of time and eternity, the mysterious interpenetration of reality and the imagination."
-Dana Gioia

"Thoughtful, grounded, even visionary at times, Maria Terrone's language in this mature collection is a kinetic mix of keen-eyed observation and unsentimental judgment. In one poem she sees 'gnarled hawthorn trees that lean/towards me like question marks.' As a poet she lives, like the rest of us, in a world of questions marks-but what shines through them is the fierce light of the life force itself, telling her 'it's possible for a body to float on joy.'" 
-Eamon Grennan, Poet and Translator of Giacomo Leopardi

"Maria Terrone's eyes and ears are honey, and her touch is 'near enough to lift each hair on my skin.' Through trauma and joy her nuanced and evocative poems are insistent and alive. Terrone pinpoints unforgettable moments and we can feel the shock of discovery as she enacts how 'to suspend your life for another.'"
-Anne Marie Macari

MARIA TERRONE is the author of A Secret Room in Fall (McGovern Award, Ashland Poetry Press), The Bodies We Were Loaned (The Word Works), the chapbook American Gothic, Take 2 (Finishing Line Press), and now, Eye to Eye. Her poetry, which has been published in French and Farsi and nominated four times for a Pushcart Award, has appeared in magazines such as Poetry, Ploughshares, Hudson Review, Poetry International, and Crab Orchard Review and in more than 20 anthologies. She is the recipient of the Mathiasen Award; Elinor Benedict Prize in Poetry; Allen Tate Memorial Award; and Willow Review Award in Poetry. www.mariaterrone.com

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Announcing the 2014 Feast of Sant'Antonio da Padova, New York City

Visit the Saint Anthony Society of Giovinazzo on Facebook

April 6, 2014

Hudson River Music Hall Piano Recital with Gioacchino Longobardi

Maestro Gioacchino Longobardi
Introducing

Rita Francesca Loffredo
Rita Francesca Loffredo
Honorable mention winner in the  American Protégé
International Piano and Strings Competition 2014

Sunday April 13, 2014 (3:00 pm)

Hudson River Music Hall
10 Maple Street
Hudson Falls New York 12839

Tickets $12 General Admission
$8 Seniors and Students

(518) 832—3494

Announcing the 14th Annual Feast of Sant'Antonio da Padova, Roselle Park, New Jersey

www.assumptionrp.com

April 3, 2014

There's Still Time to See the "One Day in Pompeii" Exhibit at the Franklin Institute

In the year 79, Pompeii vanished beneath thick layers of volcanic ash left by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. But what nature destroyed, it also preserved.

One Day in Pompeii features over 150 precious artifacts on loan from the unparalleled collection of the Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy, including wall-sized frescos, marble and bronze sculptures, jewelry, ancient Roman coins, and full body casts of the volcano's victims, many of which will make their North American debut at The Franklin Institute.

The artifacts offer an insider's glimpse into the daily life—and tragic end—of this Ancient Roman city. From garden frescoes and marble statues to helmets and shin guards of the day's Gladiators, coins and currency to religious altars and shrines—all set in their original surroundings—you will experience Pompeii. Then, as the floors shake and the walls rumble, relive the volcano's catastrophic eruption through an immersive CGI experience, and witness the devastation left in its path. Continue reading

The Franklin Institute | 222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 | 215.448.1200 | webteam@www.fi.edu 

Announcing the Feast of the Madonna Del Sacro Monte, Clifton, New Jersey

Visit SOGNA—Societa Organizzata per Gioiesi in Nord America on Facebook

April 1, 2014

Inside Quartet at the Italian American Museum

(L-R) Antonio Perna, Cristian Capasso, Simona De Rosa, Dr. Joseph V. Scelsa and Domenico De Marco (Photos by New York Scugnizzo)
By Giovanni di Napoli
Last Thursday I returned to the Italian American Museum for a special live performance by Neapolitan jazz sensation Simona De Rosa. It was special because the vocalist was reunited with her longtime bandmates Inside Quartet, who were in town to support her recent gala at LaFrak Concert Hall. This was one of just a handful of gigs the band lined up before returning to Naples, and I did not want to miss it. 
Introduced to the enthusiastic audience by Museum President Dr. Joseph V. Scelsa, the Quartet flawlessly weaved in and out of their vast catalog of Neapolitan and jazz standards, showcasing their eclectic influences and musical prowess. They brilliantly executed songs from their self-titled CD, as well as many fan favorites, including a latin flavored interpretation of Torna a Surriento requested by Dr. Scelsa.
Singer-songwriter Simona De Rosa is an incredible talent with an amazing voice
Without question, my favorite was their version of O’ surdato ‘nnammurato*, a famous Neapolitan song written in 1915 by Aniello Califano. During the performance, I couldn’t help but notice Simona’s eyes glisten in the spotlight as she evoked the enamored soldier’s yearning for his sweetheart. Simona is a gifted singer and her passion for her hometown shines through her music.
Percussionist Domenico De Marco laid down some heavy beats on snare drum, keeping the audience clapping, tapping and bebopping
Cristian Capasso is an electrifying bassist, whose animated expressions are as entertaining as his complex bassline grooves
Pianist Antonio Perna was a whirlwind of improvisation on keyboard. Humorously, Simona poked fun at Antonio’s seriousness, asking him to smile for the audience—which he happily obliged
The concert was a huge success and another example of the many ways the Italian American Museum helps promote Italian and Italian American culture.
Neapolitan Jazz trumpeter Fabio Morgera was spotted at the show
[* Fun Fact: O’ surdato ‘nnammurato has become the team anthem for S.S.C. Napoli and can be heard echoing in stadiums each and every game day.]