eNotizie – March 2019

NIAF News 

2019 NIAF Scholarship Program Deadline is TONIGHT!
Applications are open! Scholarships range from $2,500 – $12,000 and are awarded to undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, medical school and law school students. If you are Italian American, or if you are studying Italian in college, apply today! Deadline is tonight, March 1, at
11:59 p.m. ET. For more information, visit:

The Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum Application Deadline is TONIGHT! 
Each year, the Film Forum awards multiple $8,000 grants to ambitious filmmakers around the country to create documentary, fiction or non-fiction narrative films that explore the Italian American experience for the benefit of future generations. The grants will be awarded based solely on the promise of a film’s premise, how it relates to the Italian American experience, and the creative potential of the filmmakers. Deadline is tonight, March 1, at 11:59 p.m. PT. For details, visit:

Save the Date for NIAF’s New York Gala
This year, NIAF’s New York Gala returns to Cipriani 42nd Street on April 9 at 6:30 p.m. The Gala will benefit NIAF’s education and youth programs. Purchase your ticket before they run out at

NIAF Congressional Fellowship Application Next Month!
In September 2019, the Foundation will place five outstanding Italian American college students and recent graduates in the offices of members of the Italian American Congressional Delegation (IACD) to encourage and support the next generation of Italian American leadership. NIAF will award fellows with a stipend of $1,000 to aid with travel and living expenses while working in a Congressional office in Washington, D.C. Application opens April 1. The deadline is May 31, at 11:59 p.m. ET. For details, visit:

NIAF Donated $30,000 to Restore the Chapel of the Holy Shroud, Now Reopened 
The Chapel of the Holy Shroud, in Turin, Italy, has reopened after two years of restoration. NIAF, with the support of its members and donors, contributed $30,000 (€27,000) to the chapel’s restoration project in 2016. The chapel reopened in January and will hold religious functions and serve as a venue for Turin’s concerts, cultural programs and exhibits. To view the press release, visit:

NIAF Museum on Italian Immigration is Open!
The Museum recounts the hardships that Italian immigrants faced from enduring the journey across the Atlantic by ship and living in the United States, to their successes in the fields of music, entertainment, government, business, and the extraordinary achievements of Italian American women. Open to the public Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., except for holidays; admission is free. For more information, visit:

USA News & Events 

Regina Opera Company presents La Bohème 
Giacomo Puccini’s famous opera, a story of love and loss, will be performed in Italian with English subtitles at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, in Brooklyn, N.Y. March 2, 3, 9 and 10 at 3 p.m. Purchase tickets here:

Spaghetti Westerns and Quentin Tarantino’s Films
New York University’s Casa Italiana will host a lecture titled “Black and White with Red Sauce,” led by Mary Ann McDonald Carolan who will discuss the influence of the spaghetti western film genre on Quentin Tarantino’s films Django Unchained (2012) and The Hateful Eight (2015). March 5 at 6:30 p.m. RSVP at:

Leading Ladies of the Renaissance
The National Organization of Italian American Women (NOIAW) will sponsor Carla Gambescia’s lecture and book signing during International Women’s Month at Via Umbria Restaurant in Washington, D.C. Gambescia, author of La Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A to Z, will discuss the lives of Artemisia Gentileschi and Isabella D’Este, who are the subjects of famous Renaissance portraits. March 13; presentation from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.; dinner at 7:45 p.m. Tickets for the presentation and the dinner can be purchased separately. RSVP and purchase tickets:

Alessandro Stradella’s Ester, Liberatrice del Popolo Ebreo
The Salon Sanctuary Concerts will host Ester, Liberatrice del Popolo Ebreo at the Brotherhood Synagogue in New York City. Known as the “Caravaggio of Music,” the violent and volatile Alessandro Stradella is considered a bridge between Carissimi and Handel. March 13 at 8 p.m. Visit:

Healing Journeys with the Black Madonna
Author Alessandra Belloni’s new book Healing Journeys with the Black Madonna will have a book launch and concert at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. The event will include guest speaker Dr. Gabrielle Francis and a special concert performance of the new CD that is sold with the book. March 19 at 7:30 p.m. General Admission $25. For tickets: Preorder the book at:

Festa Della Donna
NIAF Members Jenna Esposito and Vanessa Racci have organized Festa Della Donna in honor of International Women’s Month, which will feature music, comedy and dance performances by Italian American women at the West Bank Cafe in New York City. $20 cover and $20 food/drink minimum. March 23 at 2 p.m. Reserve your seat at

L’ordine delle cose and Acqua di Marzo Film Showings in San Diego 

The San Diego Italian Film Festival is featuring two Italian film showings this month: L’ordine delle cose at the La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas on March 14 at 7 p.m.; and Acqua di Marzo at the Museum of Photographic Arts on March 28 at 7:30 p.m. Both films have English subtitles. For more information, visit:

Frist Art Museum Exhibitions
The museum’s current exhibition is Claudio Parmiggiani: Dematerialization, featuring a selection of the Italian artist’s unconventional art, including 15 two- and three-dimensional works that address the passage of time, mortality, absence, memory and silence. On display from February 2 to May 5. For details, visit:

Matera Named 2019 European Capital of Culture
The Italian Heritage and Culture Committee of New York Inc. (IHCC-NY Inc.) announced that its members voted for this year’s annual theme to celebrate Matera, in Italy’s region of Basilicata, as the European Capital of Culture 2019. This coincides with the inaugural of the year-long celebration in Matera, that began in January with the participation of the President of the Republic of Italy Sergio Mattarella. For more information, email Nancy Indelicato at

At Casa Belvedere—Staten Island
The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere’s Culinary Classes offer recreational and educational culinary experiences on a year-round basis. Day-time and evening classes are held in Casa Belvedere’s state-of-the-art Cucina Colavita Kitchen and are available for adults and children.

For more information on these and other Casa Belvedere programs, visit or call 718-273-7660.


Maria Novajosky’s New Book
Congratulations to NIAF Member Maria Novajosky for her new book, An Ocean, an Airplane, and Two Countries Full of Kisses. The story takes an introspective journey into the life of an American woman who celebrates her Italian heritage living in the Deep South. Purchase the book on her website:

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New nonstop flight from Washington to Rome beginning May 2
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Calling All Voyage of Discovery Alumni 
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The Italian American Podcast 
The National Italian American Foundation is proud to be the official sponsor of The Italian American Podcast, the first podcast dedicated to helping Italian Americans learn about and celebrate their heritage. Hosts Anthony Fasano and Dolores Alfieri interview celebrities and nonnas alike, bringing you an authentic Italian American experience. Listen to the Podcast’s latest episodes here:

Turn on Italics TV 
For monthly cable-TV programming for the Italian American community, tune in to Italics, the Italian American TV magazine, produced by The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute at Queens College in New York and hosted by Anthony J. Tamburri, dean of The Calandra Institute. Check your local New York and New York State cable-TV listings for Italics, or find it on CUNY-TV website, and on-demand on the YouTube channel and Facebook.

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Join hosts Frank Granieri and Dominic Mevoli to celebrate the everyday Italian American family and experience, plus interviews with personalities, stories, recipes and more! Sundays 6 a.m. and 5 p.m., on WWDB 860 AM Philadelphia; and streaming worldwide! Find them on Facebook at For more information, visit:

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NIAF e-Newsletter edited by Natalie Wulderk