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December 13, 2009

An entry from The Encyclopedia of Imagined Italian-Americana

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Ralph Kramden (Jackie Gleason) in front of a presepio.

The lost Christmas special of "The Honeymooners" with an Italian-American theme, from the Imaginarium of Joey Skee.

November 29, 2009

The Film Festival of Positive Italian-American Images

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Uncle Nino stops to smell the flowers.

Positive images of Italian-Americans that aren’t.

October 1, 2009

The Italian-American Political & Moral Bocce Club of Paradise's Inaugural Annual Reception, Gala, and Dinner Dance

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A blog post about a real event parodying very surreal events.

July 23, 2009

Serendipitous Encounters of an Italian-American Kind

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Alfredo Bascetta (1889-1982)

The shared histories of Neapolitan singer Alfredo Bascetta and political activist/film worker Gino Bardi are revealed by a Brooklyn walkabout.

June 29, 2009

Vittoria Pietropaoli, An Appreciation

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Vittoria Pietropaoli and Francesco Fabbi, returning from a pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of the Santissima Trinità di Vallepietra, circa 1976.

A contadina performer of musica popolare is a constant companion.

May 15, 2009

Dean Benedetti, Jazz Ethnographer

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Dean Benedetti, Torre del Lago, circa 1955

Vilified for decades, Dean Benedetti is now lauded as a “true jazz hero.”

May 8, 2009

Routes of Return

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Scene from Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’avventura (1960 ).

Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1960 film "L’avventura" provides a cinematic voyage back to Italy.

March 25, 2009

Chalking Memory

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Joseph Sciorra
Chalk memorial to Triangle Factory Fire victims, 509 East 13th Street, New York, March 25, 2009.

Remembering the victims of the Triangle Factory Fire victims.

March 14, 2009

Thinking Neapolitan

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Courtesy: Mark Pezzano
Logo of Edizione Pennino, Brooklyn, New York, 1927.

The Canzone Napoletana as Transnational Subject

March 10, 2009

Bologna 1977

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Joseph Sciorra
Piccolo Bar, Piazza Verdi, Bologna, April 1977.

Images and sounds from an extraordinary time.