Entertainment

Sebastian Maniscalco: Comedy's Favorite Italian American

August 2017 |
Born and raised in the Chicago area by Italian immigrants, Sebastian Maniscalco is one of the premier stand-up comedians. The son of an Italian mother and Sicilian father, Sebastian had dreams of one day sharing his comedic passion on stage. At age...

Italy's Music Charts: Then and Now

August 2017 |
Toto Cotugno, Luciano Pavarotti and Patty Pravo have all reached over 100 million records sold with Adriano Celentano and Mino topping the list at over 150 million records sold. Andrea Bocelli is right behind with an estimated 90 million sold while...

Tony Bennet Still Going Strong with Global Tour Through 2017

August 2017 |
Well-known singer Tony Bennet will be continuing his global tour throughout 2017. Concerts are being sold out everywhere from California to England. With over 60 years in the music business, Bennet continues to strive in popular culture with...

Movie-Making Firsts by an Italian American: Robert Vignola was a Silent Era Movie Pioneer

August 2017 |
When we think of Italian entertainers, the people that most often come to mind are the world-renowned names like Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Frank Capra. Looking at the earlier days of film, we might recall Rudolph Valentino. But one of film...

Sanremo Music Festival

August 2017 |
Il Festival della canzone italiana, più comunemente noto come Festival di Sanremo, è una competizione che si svolge dal 1951 a Sanremo, in Liguria. Ad esso hanno preso parte, in veste di concorrenti, ospiti o compositori, molti dei nomi più noti...

Dalida' - The Beloved European Singer’s Calabrian Jewish Roots

August 2017 |
Although she was born Iolanda Cristina Gigliotti, when it came time to select a stage name, she chose “Dalida`,” from the Hebrew for “delight.” And, as Dalida`, she became one of the world’s most beloved performers, singing and recording in more...

Leonardo Di Caprio to Star in Film on the Black Hand

July 2017 |
Nel gennaio scorso la rivista Variety ha annunciato l’uscita nel 2018 di “The Black Hand”, con Leonardo Di Caprio. Il film renderà omaggio al tenente Joe Petrosino del Dipartimento di Polizia di New York che, un secolo fa,...

Riccardo Tesi - An Autodidactic Musical Genius and Esteemed Colleague

July 2017 |
Certain individuals need not elaborate on their occupational superiority as their “body of work” will speak volumes. The “curriculum vitae” of composer, instrumentalist and researcher Riccardo Tesi displays an immense and...

Terre del Sud - Proponents of Traditional Southern Italian Music and Dance

June 2017 |
The recent resurgence in both the interest and popularity of traditional Italian song and dance is attributable primarily to the growth of user-driven, video-sharing websites such as Facebook, Vimeo, Dailymotion, and YouTube. Musicians and...
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