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March 22, 2011

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

Joseph Sciorra
Bocce Monument, Toluca, Illinois

A very real event parodying surreal phenomena of the Italian-American kind.

March 17, 2011

Rethinking 150 Years

Joseph Sciorra
Garibaldi's cold shoulder.

The living links between Italian unification and Italian emigration.

March 1, 2011

The Secret History of Italian Americans on TV

Joseph Sciorra
Del Floria’s Tailor Shop, The Man From U.N.C.L.E (1964-1968).

Pausing the flickering image of the cathode ray tube.

February 21, 2011

Craftsmanship Documented

Joseph Sciorra
The Metropolitan Musuem of Art
Mandolins (detail), New York, circa 1900, crafted by Angelo Mannello (1858-1922).

Italian Americans at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

February 12, 2011

The Italian-American Political & Moral Bocce Club of Paradise Funds the Documentary Film Baci Bocce!!!

Joseph Sciorra
A frame from Guido Anselmi’s film "BACI BOCCE!!!"

While other organizations complain incessantly about negative media images of Italian Americans, the Italian-American Political & Moral Bocce Club of Paradise is taking the...

February 6, 2011

Guido Poetics

Joseph Sciorra

The Muse that is “Jersey Shore.”

January 30, 2011

Anti-defamation, a Punch Line

Joseph Sciorra
Sofia Coppola

Something Funny about Somewhere.

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.

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