eNotizie - January 2011

If It Ain't Got That Swing...

Courtesy of Louis Prima Jr.
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Boston's definitely getting that swing with Jump Jive An' Wail commemorating the 100th birthday of the original "King of Swing," the late great Louis Prima. Sure to bring out the gotta-dance in anyone, the concert stars Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses featuring the melodic vocals of singer-actress Sarah Spiegel.

Prima Jr.'s swagger and swing style has been lighting up stages on his nationwide tour bringing his father's energetic Big Band sound to life with renditions of such Prima hits as "Just a Gigolo," "Buona Sera," "Sing, Sing, Sing" and, of course, "Jump, Jive an' Wail."

But don't wait! The show's on Jan. 10, 8 p.m., at the House of Blues Boston. Tickets at and or the Orpheum Theater box office, 617-482-0106.

Honoring Italian Architect Andrea Palladio
NIAF is pleased to announce that during its last session of 2010, Congress passed legislation to honor Italian Renaissance master architect Andrea Palladio.

Considered one of the most influential architects in the Western world, Palladio (1508-1580) reinvented classical Roman architecture into a contemporary style that inspired such monumental buildings as the U.S. Supreme Court, the National Gallery of Art and the White House in Washington, DC, the New York Stock Exchange and Thomas Jefferson's Monticello in Charlottesville, VA.

This posthumous honor recognizes Palladio's life and achievements and his impact on the backdrop of our nation. NIAF was proud to partner with a number of community coalitions including The Constantino Brumidi Society to support this important recognition.

Of The People, By The People...
NIAF congratulates all incoming members of the Italian American Congressional Delegation for their recent election to serve in the 112th U.S. Congress.

Several freshmen members will join more than 30 incumbent IACD members of Italian American heritage who work to address issues of importance to the Italian American community and ensure continued strong relations with the nation of Italy. We encourage you to contact these members and thank them for their support of our community. View the list of IACD's members.

Nel Vino La Verita
Wine lovers in search of bouquet and clarity can head to sunny climes Feb. 1-3 when NIAF is partnering with Simply Wines to uncork the Simply Italian Great Wines U.S. Tour in South Florida!

What promises to be the largest trade show of Italian wines in America, the tour will represent Italy's finest wine-producing regions and include some of Italy's most prestigious wineries during three days of wine tastings, experts, seminars and related events.

Best bets: The walk-around wine tasting extravaganza open to the public, Feb. 1, 4-6 p.m., at The Ritz Carlton Hotel Palm Beach in Manalapan, FL., and the VIP cocktail reception, wine tasting and fashion show, Feb. 2, 7-10 p.m., at the Paris Theater in Miami Beach. For more information: 877-217-9867.

HearYe, HearYe!
NIAF invites council members to join us for the 2011 NIAF Distinguished Speaker Series. The Frank J. Guarini Public Policy Forum on Capitol Hill and the NIAF Public Policy Lecture Series schedule events that offer open forums for our nation's leaders to address substantive issues in a non-partisan setting.

Recent speakers have included Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, CIA Director Leon Panetta, and General Raymond Odierno. Stay tuned for announcements regarding the next Speaker Series event.

Not the Car, Not the Movie...Si! Gran Torino!

Nicola Bolla, Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs, Spades, 2008, Playing cards, Courtesy of Sperone Westwater, NY)
The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University in Miami is hosting an exhibition of contemporary Italian art by a select group of artists from the Italian city of Torino.

In this anniversary year of the Unification of Italy, curator Paolo Facelli is introducing significant works that not only represent a larger Italian perspective but focus on local artists from Torino (Turin), Italy's first capital city following unification and today a vibrant and innovative center of the arts.

The exhibition, "Gran Torino: Italian Contemporary Art," includes generations of Torino artists (among them, Nicola Bolla and Enrico Luliano) and illustrates new trends, such as the new visual style "Arte Povera" that emerged from that artistic community. The exhibition runs Jan. 26 to April 18, 2011. For more information, visit or call 305-348-2890.

A Show That Rates a Tenor!

Michael Amante
You won't want to miss the Italian American Heritage Concert in Raleigh, NC, on Feb. 20, featuring "The People's Tenor" Michael Amante.

One of the most talked about American tenors to straddle the pop-classical divide, Amante will be performing his show "Broadway to Pavarotti." This musical review highlights the quality of Amante's voice as he effortlessly weaves opera arias and Italian love songs with Broadway hits, from Puccini's ''Tosca'' to Bernstein's "West Side Story." It'll make you cry bravissimo!

Joining Amante in celebrating Italian American heritage and culture is '60s pop icon Lou Christie. Best known for hits such as "Lightning Strikes" and "Rhapsody in the Rain," he'll be singing his new Italian song "Non Se Perche." Rounding out the playbill is "new voice" indie vocalist Frederico Cardella and New York super entertainer Jerry Castaldo. Special guest honoree is Tony Notaro, best known as infomercial pitchman "Chef Tony" of Miracle Blade fame.

Feb. 20, 6 p.m. at Progress Energy Center, Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh, NC. Tickets $30-35. More information:

Book Your 2011 Trip to Italy with NIAF Now!
A trip to the Italian Lake Region is an unforgettable journey through breathtaking landscapes, enchanting rustic towns and gastronomical delights.

Your seven-night vacation traveling with NIAF and Unitours will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated after resting by Italy's scenic lakesides. While visiting these picturesque lakes, you will also have the opportunity to spend a day in Milan, Italy's fashion capital and home to the majestic Duomo and Teatro della Scala Opera House. CLICK HERE for more information.

And, now, you can choose a second itinerary to travel to Italy in 2011! Let NIAF and Perillo Italy Vacations transport you to Southern Italy for a nine-day and seven-night tour of Campania, Basilicata and Puglia. This is a wonderful chance to explore undiscovered parts of Italy as well as visit your favorite popular sights. CLICK HERE for more information.

Attenzione! Apply Now For NIAF Scholarships
Students interested in applying for one of NIAF's scholarships for the 2011-2012 academic year should circle March 4th on their calendars. That's the deadline.

More than 100 NIAF scholarships are available ranging from $2,000 to $15,000 each in the humanities, medicine, engineering, business, music, Italian language and culture, and other specialized fields. Last year, scholarship to students in the United States averaged more than $3,000 and NIAF's 2010 scholarships and cultural grants totaled more than $1 million.

Applicants must be of Italian descent, with at least one ancestor who has emigrated from Italy, or be a student of any ethnic background whose major or minor is the Italian language, Italian studies, Italian-American studies or a related field. NIAF scholarship recipients are selected on academic merit. Apply online for a 2011- 2012 NIAF scholarship at

Keep Your Gala Datebook Open!
NIAF is planning its annual star-studded West Coast Gala in May in Los Angeles. So look for updates at

Celebrating Italy in DC This Spring
La Dolce DC will celebrate DC's Italian connections from March 1-May 30 with exhibits, events plus hotel and restaurant packages.

From the U.S. Capitol dome and corridors to the frescos of Constantino Brumidi and the statues that anchor the Memorial Bridge, Italians have contributed to the cultural fabric and grandeur of the nation's capital. Need more motive? The celebration coincides with the opening of an exclusive exhibition of work by the Venetian painter Canaletto at the National Gallery of Art and a staging of "The Merchant of Venice" at the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Watch for more information.

Last Chance: The Neapolitan Presepio
The presepio has been the symbol of Christmas in Naples for more than 10 centuries, all handmade scenes and characters found in the home of every Neapolitan family. In conjunction with The Cardinal of Naples Crescenzio Sepe's January visit to New York, the Italian Cultural Institute in New York City is hosting an amazing exhibit of rare and precious pieces from Neapolitan Presepi. The exhibit continues only through Jan. 18. Call 212-879-4242.

NIAF e-Newsletter compiled
and edited
by Don Oldenburg

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