A posthumous, celebratory Zoom event for what would’ve been Umberto Evangelista’s 100th birthday, featuring guest readers. reciting from a selection of his poetry in both Italian and translated into English from the soon-to-be-released book UMBERTO 100, followed by a screening of Anton Evangelista’s documentary film. UMBERTO E.
UMBERTO 100: A celebration in poetry and film Sunday, May 2nd 4-6pm $10 donation (to benefit ITALYTIME Theatre Company – www.italytime.org) RSVP to EventBrite.com
Featured readers, from left to right: Frank Ingrasciotta, Jennifer Snowdon, Bill Russo, Gaetano Evangelista, Adriana Aloia, Vittorio Capotorto
Poems co-translated by Italian school teacher Mildred Valletutti and Anton Evangelista
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It’s not often you get second chances in life. Especially if it’s a long-lost love. If you’re lucky enough that it does happen, it may take courage to follow through on it. Playwright George Cameron Grant’s off-Broadway, one-man play 3 EGG CREAMS – A RHAPSODY IN THE RAIN explores this theme, and he does it so well. A story that will touch your heart. Wonderfully interpreted by actor Vince Bandille, coupled with the legendary music of Lou Christie, and a committed team of co-producers, have already brought this wonderful play to standing ovation audiences. However, the applause has been silenced by the pandemic. I always strive to create films that hopefully inspire us to be better people, and it is my privilege to have joined this creative team to film this theatre experience to bring to the comfort of your home. We invite you to become a part of this journey by making a contribution of your choice. Your support will allow the magic to continue and spread our timely message of love to the rest of the world.
Signor Edward Jackson and Anton Evangelista at the NIAF Galla
Honoree and acclaimed television host and chef, Lidia Bastianich, was among six awardees at the annual National Italian American Foundation Gala held at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Oct. 13. Chef Bastianich spoke of actor Sophia Loren who coined the phrase to her life’s success around her great love for pasta. The NIAF weekend festivities were kicked off on Friday night . . .
. . . â€œBecause the quality of the films this yearâ€ made it difficult to choose a winner, they said, they decided to choose two: Anton Evangelista, whose film â€œIl Signor Jacksonâ€ chronicles the life of a remarkable African American with an Italian spirit; and Tim Moriarty, whose film â€œThe Field Afarâ€ celebrates the life of Fr. Vincent Capodanno, a Marine Chaplain during the Vietnam War, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery, and who is currently under consideration for sainthood. . .
The Selection Committee is pleased to announce the grant recipients for The Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum, an initiative to fund films depicting and exploring the Italian American experience for the benefit of future generations. . .
The genius of sculptor/creator Salvatore D’Incecco, and his 9 ft. functioning, miniature carousel that he built in his garage. His over-the-top passion in making something so unique, is reminiscent of what the great masters and inventors went through in breathing life to their creations.