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November 18, 2010

Talkin’ Hybrid Moments

Joseph Sciorra
Rosangela Briscese
Carl Porcaro, Gerry LaFemina, and Vinnie Stigma at the Calandra Institute’s November 5th symposium “Hybrid Moments: Independent Music in Italian America.”

Introductory comments to the Calandra Institute’s November 5th symposium “Hybrid Moments: Independent Music in Italian America.”

November 16, 2010

A Tourist Visits Italian in California

Joseph Sciorra
Joseph Sciorra
Caffe Trieste, San Francisco, July 2010.

In recognition of co-blogger, Laura Ruberto, who intelligently expounds on West Coast iterations of Italian America, I offer my touristic encounter with things Italian in the...

September 26, 2010

The Man Who Played Judas

Joseph Sciorra
Photograph courtesy of Stephanie Romeo.
Stefano Romeo (1884-1942)

In Search of an Italian-American Actor.

September 16, 2010

Mr. Piccolo’s Peculiar Obsession

Joseph Sciorra
Joseph Scelsa/Arthur Piccolo

Tracing a “fool’s path” to power.

July 17, 2010

Panto Remembered

Joseph Sciorra
Pete Panto, 1939

A new book about the New York City waterfront recalls the Italian-American fight against organized crime.

June 21, 2010

My Italian American Museum

Joseph Sciorra
Joseph Sciorra
Italian immigrant woman, circa 1925. Schmidt-Lorraine Studios, Chicago.

Entering into a conversation with objects.

May 31, 2010

Building Community, the Brooklyn Way

Joseph Sciorra
Joseph Sciorra
KAVES, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, April 14, 2010.

Meet KAVES, band leader, tattoo artist, community activist.

April 12, 2010

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

Joseph Sciorra

Another blog post about a very real event parodying ongoing surreal phenomena.

March 23, 2010

Visiting 15th Century Italy with my 15-Year-Old Son

Joseph Sciorra

Gaming lessons from the Boot.

February 24, 2010

Return of the Italian-American Voldemort

Joseph Sciorra

An update from Rita Skeeter, gossipy reporter for the Daily Prophet.