eNotizie – November 2014


NIAF Anniversary Gala Review!
enews-11-2014-pic13Couldn’t make it to the Gala this year? Or maybe you were here and want to see the photos? Look for the NIAF 39th Anniversary Gala Review and photo album coming this week at On our website, you’ll also find a link to official Gala photographer Ken Rictor’s selection of Gala photos that you can order directly from him.

NIAF 2014 Photo Contest Winners!
enews-11-2014-pic1If you haven’t seen the remarkable winning photographs from our 2014 “Finding Italy Beyond Italy” Photo Contest on our Facebook posts or website, please visit

Out of hundreds of photo entries, the First Place Winner was Chiara Zanni Rich of Washington, D.C. In the photo, Chiara, who is Italian, is draped with an Italian flag (“the Italian Way,” she says) riding her Vespa past the U.S. Capital after watching the Italian volleyball team win a World Cup Match. NIAF hosted Chiara and her husband, Bryan Rich, last weekend for the Anniversary Gala’s events!

Congratulations to Chiara, and to all the contest winners! And thanks to all of you who submitted entries. Watch for the announcement of the 2015 NIAF Photo Contest next spring!

To apply for NIAF Scholarships and Voyage of Discovery
enews-11-2014-pic2Applications for scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year are available online at starting Dec. 1. Students must be of Italian heritage, have a GPA of at least, 3.5, and be entering or already enrolled in college in the fall of 2015 to be eligible to apply.

Applications for the 2015 Voyage of Discovery are now available online  at Students must be of Italian heritage and be enrolled in college in the spring of 2015 to be eligible to apply.

Contact Gabriella Mileti, director of programs, at or 202-939-3118.

Voyage of Discovery Alum? 
Did you or someone you know participate in NIAF’s Voyage of Discovery or NIAF’s Gift of Discovery program in past years? If so, we’d love to hear from you! We’re creating an alumni database and we need your help! Please contact Gabriella Mileti, director of programs, at with your current contact information.

NIAF on Facebook! Help us go past 80,000 likes!
Please take a look and “like” NIAF’s entertaining, engaging, informative and full-of-Italian-American-pride Facebook page. And those of you who regularly do, grazie for your support!  And check out our new daily Italian-A-Day feature.

NIAF on Facebook is a rapidly growing online community with an insatiable appetite for news, views, recipes, and trivia—anything Italian and Italian American! Plus, contests and free tickets to shows, concerts and events across the country! Easy to find at

Shop at AmazonSmile and Support NIAF!
Now, when you shop online at Amazon, a portion of your purchase price can support the work of NIAF! Simply, go to and select the National Italian American Foundation as your charity of choice and the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5 percent of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to NIAF. AmazonSmile offers the same selection and low prices as Amazon and customers can still use their Amazon Account, the only difference is customers are now also donating to a great cause!

Men of the Cloth Screenings
“Men of the Cloth,” an inspiring film of three Italian master tailors with a passionate devotion to their trade, will have two premier screenings this month. See it on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 6 p.m. at Union Station, in Kansas City, Mo., followed by a Q&A with director Vicki Vasilopoulos and presenting sponsor Tom Paolini of Paolini Garment Company. The event will be preceded by a cocktail party at 4:30 p.m. Advanced tickets are required through Brown Paper Tickets at The film will also screen at Three Rivers Film Festival in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 3 p.m. at the Harris Theater and Sunday, Nov. 16, at 4:30 p.m. at the Melwood Screening Room. Tickets available for both at

A Bronx Tale
enews-11-2014-pic8Academy Award-nominated actor Chazz Palminteri brings his acclaimed one-man play, “A Bronx Tale,” to Brooklyn on Sunday, Nov. 23, at 3 p.m., at The Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College. Tickets for this one-night-only event are $30-$40 and can be purchased at or by calling the Brooklyn Center box office at 718-951-4500.

November at the John D. Calandra Institute
The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute at Queens College/CUNY in New York City, in conjunction with the exhibition “Tutta la Famiglia,” will present a roundtable discussion with photographer Paul Cary Goldberg and residents of Gloucester, Mass., on Monday, Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. The photographs in Goldberg’s exhibition are intimate images – candid portraits of his Sicilian-American neighbors and their everyday lives.

On Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 6 p.m., the Institute will host a roundtable discussion on the work and legacy of Giovanni Arrighi, one of the pioneers of World Systems analysis.

The Institute will also present “Embroidered Stories,” a new book on Italian women’s needlework, on Thursday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. Edited by Edvige Giunta and Joseph Sciorra, the interdisciplinary collection includes academic essays and creative works from Argentina, Australia, Canada, and the United States.

On Friday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m., the Institute will host 2013 Bordighera Poetry Prize winner Joelle Biele, who will present her book, “Broom,” translated into Italian by Irene Marchegiani.

On Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m. the Institute brings “Italoamericana: The Literature of the Great Migration, 1880-1943,” a definitive collection of writings by Italian immigrants in the United States.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information and to RSVP visit The Italian Cultural Institute is located at 686 Park Avenue, New York, N.Y.

Cooking Classes at Casa Belvedere’s
Casa Belvedere’s Cucina Colavita will host several cooking classes for adults and children during the month of November at its historic mansion, located at 79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, N.Y. Children’s classes for ages 7 and up include: Nov. 4—Focaccia & Pizza Making ($35); Nov. 11—Meatballs with Meat and Meatless ($35); Nov. 18—Making Ice Cream Cakes ($35); and Nov. 25—Cake Decorating with Butter Cream ($50).

Adult classes are Wednesday evenings; cost $95 per person, and include: Nov. 5—Sushi and Dumplings; Nov. 12—Everything but the Turkey; and Nov .19—Autumn Desserts. For more information, call 718-273-7660 or email

“Colors of Florence”
View the beauty of Florence through the lens of photograph Fritz (Steven) Weiss, in the exhibit “The Colors of Florence,” through Nov. 23 at The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum in Staten Island, N.Y. The collection of 5,000 digital images, taken over a 14-day period, aim to present the variety of textures and colors of the Italian experience, layered in centuries of art, history and culture.

Events at the Center for Italian Studies at Stony Brook University
Sunday, Nov. 2 at 2:30 p.m., Grace Russo Bullaro, professor of English at CUNY/Lehman College, and Elena Benelli, lecturer in Italian Studies at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, will present their book “Shifting and Shape a National Identify: Transnational Writers and Pluriculuralism in Italy Today.”

Saturday, Nov. 8, at 2 p.m., the Center will show the film “Perlasca: The Courage of a Just Man (Un eroe Italiano),” telling the incredible story of an ordinary and humble man who did his best to save the lives of thousands of Jews the last months of World War II in Budapest. Film is in Italian with English subtitles.

Thursday, Nov. 13, at 2:30 p.m., Algerian-born writer Amara Lakhouse, who has been living in Rome since 1995, will speak about the contemporary immigrant experience and literature at Stony Brook University’s Harriman Hall, Room 137.
Thursday, Nov. 20, at 4 p.m., poet-author Francesco Paolo Tanzj will present his publication, “From Italy: Poems and Beauty from the Heart of Italy.”

Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public, and take place at the Frank Melville Memorial Library, Room E4340. For more information, visit

Elezioni Comites 2014
The Italian Parliament called for the renewal of the Committee of Italians Abroad in each consular area. The Committee is elected by the Italian citizens abroad, with the objective to cooperate with the Consulates for the promotion of cultural and social activities to benefit the Italian community. The election day will be Dec. 19 and the electoral ballot will be sent only to the voters who have made a request to the consulate by Nov. 19. If you are an Italian citizen and eligible to vote, please call your local Italian Consulate to register.

Hit Week: Taking Italian Music to the World
enews-11-2014-pic9Hit Week, the only international music festival to bring Italy’s most contemporary talent to a global stage, returns to the United States this month! Headlining the latest edition of the annual event is songwriter/rapper Caparezza, one of the most distinctive voices of Italy’s new generation. The show will be in Los Angeles at Whisky a Go Go, on Thursday, Nov. 6; doors open at 7:30 p.m. More information and advanced tickets available at A second U.S. stop will be in Miami at the North Beach Bandshell, on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. Info and tickets at

Sanctity Pictured Renaissance Art Exhibit – Nashville
A groundbreaking exhibition of Italian art from 1250 to 1550 will be on display through Jan. 25, at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, Tenn. The exhibit, “Sanctity Pictured: The Art of the Dominican and Franciscan Orders in Renaissance Italy,” brings together more than 60 works of art, in a variety of media, and includes such highlights as the Vatican Museums’ “Saint Francis with Four Post-Mortem Miracles.” For more information,

Everybody Loves Italian! On the radio!
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 and “like” them on Facebook at For more information, visit:

Turn on Italics TV
What’s new on Italics? A recap of the excitement on the red carpet at the Columbus Day Parade in Manhattan; an alternative to Staten Island: “From Rome to Richmond”; New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, in an evening at Gracie Mansion, talks about his Italian heritage; and more!

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 (

Tune in!
Listen to Bel Paese Internet Radio! A program for Italian American communities across the United States and Canada, it runs from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily and features Italian music, sports and community news. Visit on your computer, mobile device, iPad or internet radio.

Recoup—Shopping for Your Cause!
Raise funds to support NIAF’s mission while shopping for great deals on everything from dining specials to travel deals. Just register for free at Recoup, choose your city for location-specific deals, then shop by the type of deal you want. When you purchase something, a portion of the proceeds goes to your designated nonprofit group. Please designate NIAF! It’s like Groupon and Living Social, except while helping yourself, you’re also helping your charitable cause. Get started at

Read Diplomatic Courier
enews-11-2014-pic3Interested in global affairs and foreign policy? The Diplomatic Courier is an independent magazine that covers all that and more. In the November/December 2014 issue, a focus on fourth wave democracy and state building, including topics such as: A Decade of Protests; Increasing Attacks on Journalism and Journalists; and Social Media: A new era in free speech, or new ways for dictators to clamp down? Look for the new issue on newsstands or at


enews-11-2014-pic4 Congratulations to NIAF Vice Chair and Corporation for Public Broadcasting President and CEO Patricia de Stacy Harrison for being honored by StoryCorps at its 2nd Annual Gala, as it celebrates its Military Voices Initiative. CPB is a supporter of StoryCorps and the Military Voices Initiative, which records, shares and preserves the stories of those who serve and protect the United States. In addition to the Military Voices initiative, CPB has supported a number of StoryCorps initiatives, including the September 11 Initiative, the National Teachers Initiative and the Memory Loss Initiative.  In photo with Pat Harrison is TV host Steven Colbert at the Gala.
 enews-11-2014-pic5 Congratulations to Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Samuel A. Alito, a Patron Member of NIAF, who received the St. Thomas More Society of Maryland’s Man for All Seasons Award for 2014. The St. Thomas More Society for the Annual Red Mass asks for divine guidance for those discharging their responsibility in the legal profession.
 enews-11-2014-pic6 Congratulations to NIAF member and opera singer Alfredo Frabotta, who will release a new CD in November titled “Favorite Italian Songs of Francesco Paolo Tosti,” available through CD Baby, Amazon and iTunes. Frabotta has performed throughout the United States and Europe, with recent performances including La Traviata, Madama Butterfly, Carmen and Tosca.

Join NIAF Today!
Embrace your family heritage and support the Italian American community by joining NIAF, whose core mission is to preserve Italian American heritage, to strengthen the ties that bind the United States and Italy, and support through scholarships, grants and other programs the education of new generations of Italian Americans. By joining, you not only will help us fulfill that mission but you’ll also enjoy many new member benefits, including:

• Opportunities to network with prominent political and business leaders
• Cultural and educational events
• Access to NIAF’s member-only website pages
• Annual subscription to NIAF’s Ambassador magazine
• Discounts on NIAF merchandise
• Great money-saving deals through NIAF’s partners, and much more!

To learn more about NIAF and its exciting new benefits, visit

Celebrating 70 years of excellence in travel to Italy! Perillo Tours: An Italian American Institution!

Perillo Tours was born in 1945 when Italian American immigrant Joseph Perillo opened a small storefront under the Third Avenue El in the Bronx. Perillo Tours was continued by Mario Perillo (better known as “Mr. Italy”), who perfected the art of affordable luxury travel programs to Italy and developed a strong awareness of the Italian American community.

Presently under the direction Steve Perillo, Perillo’s third generation, the company remains committed to creating once in a lifetime journeys to Italy through Perillo Tours’ fully escorted tours, Perillo Tours custom groups and

Join NIAF and Perillo Tours on a once in a lifetime Italian vacation experience. Enjoy the country’s dramatic highlights including history, culture and cuisine. Packages are available for individual and group travel, destination weddings and honeymoons, and tailored escorted tours. We look forward to introducing you to authentic Italy!

For NIAF Members Only: Book any Perillo Tours or program (a $2500 value per couple) and receive $100 per person. Promo Code: NIAF

For additional information and bookings:
800-431-1515 800-431-1515
800-ITALY-25 800-ITALY-25

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NIAF e-Newsletter compiled and edited
by Alex Benedetto