February 29, 2016

Photo of the Week: Statue of Charles V of Habsburg

Statue of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V of Habsburg sculpted by Vincenzo Gemito in a niche on the western facade of the Palazzo Reale di Napoli (Royal Palace of Naples) in the Piazza del Plebiscito (formally Largo del Palazzo Reale), Naples. Photo by New York Scugnizzo

February 27, 2016

Death For Five Voices

The Making of a New Musical Drama About Carlo Gesualdo, Renaissance Musician and Murderer
March 03, 2016 (6:00 PM )

In collaboration with the Bogliasco Foundation.

Composer/lyricist Peter Mills and writer/director Cara Reichel - both Bogliasco Foundation fellows - will discuss and preview their new work, a musical drama inspired by the life of the darkly talented Carlo Gesualdo, a prince, musician – and murderer – in Renaissance Naples.

The evening will feature a performance of several songs from the original score as well as a Q&A session with Mills and Reichel, founding members of the Prospect Theater Company.

Click here to read an article about Gesualdo from The New Yorker (Dec. 2011).

Casa Italiana Members may RESERVE a seat: Click here
Deadline: 24 hours prior to event start.
(For all other inquiries please call 212-998-8739)

Death for Five Voices, as all other events, is open to the general public, but members of Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò may reserve seats. Ten minutes before the event begins, all seats (including those that were reserved) will be available, first-come first-served, to anyone present.

In English

For more info visit Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò

February 26, 2016

Neo-Bourbons Gearing Up to Welcome TRH Prince Carlo and Princess Camilla di Borbone Delle Due Sicilie to New York City

Members and friends of the Committees of the Two Sicilies USA (Comitati Due Sicilie USA) are organizing a group to welcome Their Royal Highnesses Prince Carlo of Bourbon-Two Sicilies and Princess Camilla of Bourbon-Two Sicilies during their upcoming visit to the United Nations in New York City on March 4, 2016. Members and friends interested in participating may contact the Committee on Facebook for further information.

Also see:
Royal Visit to New York City
"UNWFPA's Humanitarian Award" to H.R.H. Princess Camilla of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duchess of Castro

February 21, 2016

Photo of the Week: Statue of Alfonso V of Aragon

Statue of Alfonso the Magnanimous, King of Naples and Sicily sculpted by Achille D’Orsi in a niche on the western facade of the Palazzo Reale di Napoli (Royal Palace of Naples) in the Piazza del Plebiscito (formally Largo del Palazzo Reale), Naples. Photo by New York Scugnizzo

February 19, 2016

Sicilian Folk Dance & Frame Drumming Workshop

Tuesday, March 8 (8pm—12am)

Serena's Studios
939 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10019

Learn the unique traditions of Sicily: the tarantella and ballettu identified with Sicily wil be taught by noted performer, singer, percussionist, folklorist and folk dance educator Barabara Crescimanno. Immeditaely after, Michele Piccione, frame drum virtuoso, guitarist, zampognaro and ethnomusicologist will lead a workshop in the Sicilian frame drumming techniques in which are evidenced elements of various techniques of Southern Italy.

Space is limited - Tickets available in advance on Eventbrite

For more info visit Sicilian Folk Dance and Frame Drumming Workshop on Facebook

Compra Sud — Ferdinando's Focacceria

Photo by New York Scugnizzo
Let's support those who keep our traditions and folkways alive

Ferdinando's Focacceria
151 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 855-1545


Also see: A Piece of History at Ferdinando's Focacceria

Visit our Compra Sud Directory for complete listing

* Our recommendations will be unsolicited, and only from our personal experience. No second hand suggestions will be made.

February 17, 2016

Magna GRECE is Renamed Il Regno

Welcome to Il Regno, formally known as Magna GRECE. Why Il Regno? We thought the name change would better reflect our readership and what we stand for: An independent and sovereign Due Sicilie (pre-unification southern Italy) with strong cultural ties to the southern Italian diaspora communities.
The old name served us well over the past seven years, but times and conditions change and we felt this move was necessary. We're still adjusting the links, so there may be some difficulties reaching certain posts. We appreciate your patience during this process and apologize for any inconvenience.

February 16, 2016

Remembering Justice Antonin Scalia, 1936 - 2016

Justice Antonin Scalia, 1936 - 2016
Program moderated by Prof. Santi Buscemi
Thursday, February 18th, 6:30 P.M.
The Italian American Museum will host a program of remembrance for Justice Antonin Scalia on Thursday, February 18 at 6:30 P.M.  Justice Scalia was one of the most important and influential jurists in American history. A strict constructionist and originalist, Justice Scalia held to a judicial philosophy that changed the course and nature of American jurisprudence and legal scholarship.  His intelligence, wit, and especially his commitment to Constitution will influence generations of lawyers, public servants, and ordinary citizens for generations. The son of immigrants from Sicily and Campania, Justice Scalia made us all proud whether you were a Democrat, Republican, Liberal or Conservative, having been the first American of Italian descent to be appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States. Justice Scalia will be remembered for his eloquent and well thought out opinions.
Italian American Museum
155 Mulberry Street
New York, NY 10013

For reservations, call the Italian American Museum at 212.965.9000

February 15, 2016

Requiescat in pace, Justice Scalia

Antonin Gregory Scalia (March 11, 1936 — February 13, 2016)
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Justice Antonin Scalia. His passing is a great loss for this country, may he rest in peace.

Photo of the Week: Statue of Charles I of Anjou

Statue of Charles I of Anjou, King of Sicily sculpted by Tommaso Solari in a niche on the western facade of the Palazzo Reale di Napoli (Royal Palace of Naples) in the Piazza del Plebiscito (formally Largo del Palazzo Reale), Naples. 
Photo by New York Scugnizzo

February 14, 2016

Super Saturday at Forno Rosso

Juventus vs Napoli
A makeshift shrine to San Gennaro was erected on the bar
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
By Giovanni di Napoli
Spirits and expectations were high Saturday, for the highly anticipated showdown between Napoli and Juventus. We Napoli fans showed up in force at Forno Rosso Pizzeria (327 Gold Street) in Brooklyn, New York, to cheer our beloved Partenopei on, enjoy some camaraderie, and, naturally, eat our fill. 
The atmosphere in the restaurant was electric with excitement, equally as much for Chef Marrone’s special game day menu as for the match between these bitter rivals. Great food and drink (while watching a hard fought contest between two titans of Italian football) made for a very enjoyable evening. Sadly, the only thing missing was a Napoli victory. A late Juventus goal broke the deadlock, knocking the Vesuviani out of first place. 
Far from ruining the festivities, my friends and I relived the game over dessert and coffee while discussing what went wrong and predicting how we will finally overcome the wretched Old Lady. We can console ourselves with the knowledge that there are still thirteen games left (and 39 points up for grabs) in the campaign. We’re down, but not out. Our lads have a lot of character and will continue to fight for the Scudetto until the end. 
Special thanks to Chef Marrone and his hardworking staff for the warm hospitality, excellent service and, of course, delicious meal. You guys are the best!
Forza Napoli sempre!
Our pals Therese and Giuseppe proudly show their colors
(Above & below) Rowdy revelers are ready for an epic clash and fantastic dinner
(Above & below) Brooklyn tifosi show up in force to support their team

Diehard Napoli fans James and Anna are all smiles
(Above & below) Just some of the many different courses we enjoyed:
Fritto Misto (Panzarotti, Frittatina di pasta and Arancini)
Insalata Caprese, Piatti di Salumi and Burratina Pugliese
After a couple of delicious pasta dishes we had an assortment of pizza,
including this incredible Pizza Capricciosa
Also see:
Downtown Brooklyn’s Newest Hotspot

February 8, 2016

The Search for our Ancestry (XXI)

Popular Genealogy Sites - Familysearch.org
By Angelo Coniglio
Previous columns have often referred to on-line sites that are helpful in genealogic research. There are dozens of such venues, and their offerings are updated constantly. One I’ve discussed frequently is ‘familysearch’, the Mormon site which has recently made many changes, so it’s worth another presentation.
The Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints church (LDS, or Mormon) advocates reverence for ancestors and holds a belief that well-documented ancestry can help insure family togetherness in the hereafter. Its members travel the world and make microfilm photocopies of all manner of original records from the United States and dozens of other nations: civil birth, marriage and death records; church baptism, marriage and death records; and so on. These microfilms are available to anyone, for rental and viewing at LDS FamilySearch Centers (FSCs), located in communities worldwide. Certain public libraries also support this process. The LDS has begun to ‘index’ information from these records, making their images available on-line, for free.
Whether a researcher plans to rent microfilms or to avail oneself of the free on-line information, he or she should become familiar with the LDS genealogy site here called https://familysearch.org/. To use the site, go to that web address. New users should immediately go to the upper right of the page, and click ‘Sign In’. This will lead you to a page where you may click on ‘Create a new account’ and register for free, with a username and password you will have to remember for future use.
Once you’ve signed in, you’ll see a colorful and somewhat ‘busy’ page with a number of options. A tempting choice is the one labeled ‘Family Tree’. Unless you’re an experienced researcher, I’d suggest that you ignore that option until you know more about your ancestors, and about the process of developing a family tree. My strong suggestion is to click on the link titled ‘Search’ at the top of the page. This will bring you to another page, https://familysearch.org/search, with a world map. On the map, click on the graphic of Europe. A list will pop up; select ‘Italy’. 
You’ll be presented with a list of the various types of searches for Italy. At the bottom of the page is an alphabetical listing of the records that are available on-line, in the format (Country) (Province) (Town), for example, ‘Italy, Caltanissetta, Caltanissetta’, meaning the records are for the province of Caltanissetta, filmed in the provincial capital city, also named Caltanissetta. If the locality of interest is not found in the listings of on-line records, you must search to see whether the LDS has microfilms of documents that have not yet been ‘indexed’ for on-line access. To do so, click on the ‘Search’ tap at the top of the page and from the drop-down menu select ‘Catalog’, which will take you to the ‘Family Search Catalog’. 
The catalog covers genealogical resources held by familysearch, the Salt Lake City https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Family_History_Library \\ Family History Library Family History Library, and selected local https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Introduction_to_LDS_Family_History_Centers \\ Introduction to LDS Family History Centers FamilySearch Centers (FSCs). It’s a guide to birth, marriage, and death records; census records; church registers; books; periodicals; family histories and many other records that contain genealogical information searchable online, on microfiche or microfilm, in books or computer files. This page also allows searching by ‘Place’, so you can enter the name of the town of interest directly, to see what records are available for it, whether on microfilm or on-line.
Many catalog entries on familysearch include images of records. When an image is available on-line, a camera icon will appear to the right of the microfilm note associated with that image. A record’s availability on microfilm is shown by an icon of a film reel. Most microfilm and microfiche records can be sent to your nearest https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Introduction_to_LDS_Family_History_Centers \\ Introduction to LDS Family History Centers FSC. If the records are on-line, their ability to be viewed may vary.  The LDS is required to obtain permission to film records, which may be subject to rules set by a municipality, parish, archive, or even the Italian government. For this reason, some records may be viewed on-line on any home computer; some may be viewed on home computers if the user registers and signs on to familysearch; and some may be viewed only from computers at LDS FSCs. Further, those available on home computers can generally be printed out or downloaded, but there may be restrictions on printing or downloading from FSC computers.
Coniglio is the author of the book The Lady of the Wheel, inspired by his Sicilian research. Order the paperback or the Kindle version at http://bit.ly/SicilianStory. Coniglio’s web page at http://bit.ly/AFCGen has helpul hints on genealogic research. If you have genealogy questions, or would like him to lecture to your club or group, e-mail genealogytips@aol.com.

Photo of the Week: Statue of Frederick II of Hohenstaufen

Statue of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II of Hohenstaufen sculpted by Emanuele Caggiano in a niche on the western facade of the Palazzo Reale di Napoli (Royal Palace of Naples) in the Piazza del Plebiscito (formally Largo del Palazzo Reale), Naples. Photo by New York Scugnizzo

February 7, 2016

Pipes, Poems and Passion: From Scotland to Sicily on the Wings of Love

Michela Musolino
Photo courtesy of Oscar Masicandaro
Sunday, February 14th
(3:00 PM to 5:00 PM)

The Luna Theater
620 S. 8th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Nothing says unbridled passion like bagpipes; nothing says romance like poetry; and there's no better place on earth to combine the two than on the island of Sicily! Bring your squeeze to the most eclectic music show in Philly this season, with sounds from Celtic, French and Sicilian traditions, as well as Early Music selections.

Musicians: Charlie Rutan, Crista Patton, Michela Musolino, Lucas Mitsch, Phil Passantino and Jeffrey Panettieri.

Spoken/sung words: Michela Musolino.

Click here for ticket information and directions: Pipes Poems & Passion

February 6, 2016

Compra Sud — Faicco's Pork Store, Brooklyn

Photo by New York Scugnizzo
Let's support those who keep our traditions and folkways alive

Faicco's Pork Store
6511 11th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11219
(718) 236-0119

Visit our Compra Sud Directory for complete listing

* Our recommendations will be unsolicited, and only from our personal experience. No second hand suggestions will be made.

February 4, 2016

Sicily: Culture and Conquest Exhibit Coming to The British Museum

Photo courtesy of the British Museum
April 21 — August 14, 2016

The British Museum
Great Russell Street, London
WC1B 3DG, United Kingdom

Sicily has been shaped by waves of conquest and settlement by different peoples over 4,000 years. Since the 7th century BC, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and Normans all settled or invaded the island, lured by its fertile lands and strategic location. Over time, this series of conquests forged a cultural identity unlike any other.

This exhibition tells Sicily’s fascinating stories – from the arrival of the Greeks and their encounters with the Phoenicians and other settlers, to the extraordinary period of enlightenment under Norman rule in the 11th to 13th centuries.

For much of its history, Sicily was admired and envied for its wealth, cultural patronage and architecture. In the exhibition, ancient Greek sculpture, architectural decorations from temples, churches and palaces, early coinage, stunning gold jewelry, and Norman mosaics and textiles demonstrate Sicily’s diversity, prosperity and significance over hundreds of years.

Discover an island with a cosmopolitan history and identity – a place where the unique mix of peoples gave rise to an extraordinary cultural flowering. The art and objects they produced are some of the most beautiful and important in the history of the Mediterranean.

February 1, 2016

Sunday of the Scarves

The War Against Neapolitan Identity Continues
Photo courtesy of www.calciomercato.napoli.it
By Giovanni di Napoli
As Partenopei fans filed into San Paolo Stadium on Sunday to see their beloved Napoli take on Empoli, authorities confiscated scarves bearing images of the Bourbon coat of arms. Inexplicably deemed “offensive,” stewards (with police support) at the Curva B entrance seized all scarves from men, women and children with the heraldic symbol of the pre-unification rulers of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies and deposited them (like our history) into trash bins.
In what now is being sarcastically called the “Sunday of the Scarves,” one cannot help but see the hypocrisy and double standards against the people of the south. Not only are the historical and traditional symbols of other regions (e.g. the Lion of Venice, the Fleur-de-Lys of Florence, the Capitoline Wolf of Rome, etc.) not being curtailed (nor should they), abusive and derogatory chants in the terraces aimed at southerners continue unabated. It would seem that the rediscovery of our particular historical and cultural heritage is considered more “offensive” than the insults regularly hurled at southerners.  
Perhaps its a good sign; local pride has seen such a dramatic rise in recent years that we can no longer just be ignored and ridiculed, now our symbols must be suppressed. This means the precarious facade is crumbling; the south is rising again. Now we need to start seeing our symbols appear at other stadiums and venues across the south. Napoli capitale nostra!
Graphic courtesy of New York Scugnizzo
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For the record, Napoli beat the Tuscan side 5-1 and remain in first place in Serie A. They face Lazio next. Forza Napoli!
Also see:

Photo of the Week: Statue of Roger the Norman

Statue of Roger the Norman sculpted by Emilio Franceschi in a niche on the western facade of the Palazzo Reale di Napoli (Royal Palace of Naples) in the Piazza del Plebiscito (formally Largo del Palazzo Reale), Naples. 
Photo by New York Scugnizzo

New Books

Some new and forthcoming titles that may be of interest to our readers. All are available at Amazon.com

Oscan in the Greek Alphabet by Nicholas Zair

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition
Publication Date: January 22, 2016
Hardcover: $99.99
Language: English
Pages: 258

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Sicily's Rebellion Against King Charles: The Story of the Sicilian Vespers by Louis Mendola

Publisher: Trinacria Edition
Publication Date: April 25, 2016
Paperback: $36.00
Language: English
Pages: 260

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Dangerous Perfection: Ancient Funerary Vases from Southern Italy edited by Ursula Kästner and David Saunders

Publisher: J. Paul Getty Museum; 1 edition
Publication Date: June 18, 2016
Hardcover: $60.00
Language: English
Pages: 176

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