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April 1, 2015

Levante Rocks Manhattan

George De Stefano
Photo by Tom Keelan
Levante, with guitarist Federico Puttilli and drummer Alessio Sanfilippo, at The Standard

The Sicilian-born singer and songwriter dazzles in a showcase performance

March 26, 2015

Littler Italy

George De Stefano
Karsten Moran, The New York Times
Adele Sarno in her Little Italy apartment

An Italian American organization moves to evict an 85-year-old woman who is one of the neighborhood's few remaining residents of Italian origins.

March 11, 2015

Frank Sinatra, "American Icon"

George De Stefano
American Theatre Wing
Sinatra sings at New York's Stage Door Canteen in 1944.

It's Francis Albert's 100th birthday, and a new exhibition at Lincoln Center pays homage

February 23, 2015

"Looking" for Daniel Franzese

George De Stefano
Photo by Mike The Content Provider
The "out" gay performer is featured in the current season of the HBO series, "Looking."

A Brooklyn-born actor breaks through the Hollywood closet

February 17, 2015

Race, Racism, and Italianità

George De Stefano

Historian Peter Vellon's new book documents how the Italian immigrant press "constructed" Italian Americans

January 26, 2015

Family Drama

George De Stefano
Genevieve Rafter Keddy
From the new production of Snow Orchid: (l. to r.) Valentina Fratti, director; Angelina Fiordellisi ("Filumena"); playwright Joseph Pintauro, and Robert Cuccioli ("Rocco").

An Off-Broadway revival of Joseph Pintauro's play Snow Orchid inspires a conversation about mental health and immigration.

January 12, 2015

Tom Ammiano, Standup Politician

George De Stefano

At 73, the "gay Vito Marcantonio" isn't ready to retire

December 26, 2014

Italian Americans in California

George De Stefano
Gianfranco Norelli and Suma Kurien

The new film by Gianfranco Norelli and Suma Kurien will come to PBS – with your support

December 16, 2014

Far from Mulberry Street

George De Stefano
Suma Kurien and Gianfranco Norelli

"Finding the Mother Lode," a new film by Gianfranco Norelli and Suma Kurien, documents the Italian experience in California

December 3, 2014

Louise De Salvo's "personal effects"

George De Stefano
Nancy Caronia, Louise De Salvo, and Edvige Giunta with others, at the presentation at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute in Manhattan, to celebrate the release of the book, Personal Effects: Essays on Memoir, Teaching, and Culture in the Work of Louise DeSalvo

A new book appraises the work of a major Italian American woman writer

September 12, 2014

Addio, Cosimo

George De Stefano
Times-Picayune Archive
Cosimo Matassa at the controls

Cosimo Matassa, a son of Sicilian immigrants, was a key figure in the creation of the "New Orleans Sound" that changed American popular music.

June 11, 2014

Italy in Retrograde

George De Stefano
Director Gianni Amelio

Superficial and banal, Gianni Amelio's documentary about Italian gay life is a major disappointment

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