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July 4, 2008

An Italian Minotaur in New York City

George De Stefano
Vinicio Capossela, cantautore and "enchanter"

Vinicio Capossela's Highline Ballroom concert was his biggest show here but not his best

July 1, 2008

Italian "Docs" on the Cutting Edge

George De Stefano
Marco Cappelli and Marc Ribot playing "Italian DOC Remix"
at the Italian Cultural Institute on June 30th

On the last night of June, the band Italian Doc Remix turned a space in the Istituto Italiano di Cultura into the hippest room in Manhattan

June 28, 2008

The Return of Frankie Hi Nrg

George De Stefano
Frankie Hi Nrg

Francesco Di Gesù aka Frankie Hi Nrg is back with a new album, Deprimomaggio

June 24, 2008

Mangia La Musica

George De Stefano
After the driving techno-taranta of "St. Rocco's Rave," Nidi D'Arac make a roots move with "Salento Senza Tempo"

A Tasting Menu of New and Recent Sounds, Some with Italian Flavor

June 16, 2008

Two Sicilian Sisters (and a guy named Tony)

George De Stefano
Photo by Joan Marcus
Patti LuPone in "Gypsy"

The self-described "Sicilian diva" Patti LuPone won her second Tony as the ultimate stage mother, "Gypsy"'s Mama Rose

June 14, 2008

Evviva Vendola

George De Stefano
Poster from Nichi Vendola's successful 2005 campaign for the Puglia presidency

Can Puglia's president revive Italy's Left?

June 9, 2008

Italy to Gays: Drop Dead

George De Stefano
Photo by Giovanni Dell'Orto
Gay Pride marchers at the Coliseum in 2007

Italy has been seized by a "fit" of violent homophobia

June 1, 2008

“I Don’t Recognize My Italy Anymore”

George De Stefano
Poster for an anti-Rom (gypsy) demonstration by the neo-Nazi group Forza Nuova

Viewing from abroad the growing anti-foreigner sentiment in Italy, an Italian woman appeals to President Napolitano

May 15, 2008

Tony, Carmela and Me (Shameless Self-Promotion Department)

George De Stefano
You Talkin' About Me?

"The Sopranos: A Wake" conference will bring over 60 writers and academics from several countries to Fordham University, May 22-24.

May 6, 2008

Il Bruttopaese, II

George De Stefano
Nicola Tommasoli, beaten to death in Verona by neofascist thugs

Neofascist skinheads beat Nicola Tommasoli to death because he refused to give them a cigarette. One commentator sees the killing as a sign of an alarming new social climate in...

May 3, 2008

Il Bruttopaese

George De Stefano
Photo by Giovanni Dall'Orto
Deja vu all over again --- Berlusconi "absolves" Mussolini, in 2003;

Reflections on the Italian Elections

April 30, 2008

Remembering the Caffe Cino

George De Stefano
Joe Cino inside his cafe

In November 1958, Joe Cino started a theatrical revolution when he opened his Caffe Cino in Greenwich Village

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