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ITALIAN TIMES Published by the Italian Community Center 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI 53202 VOL. 34, NO. 9 MARCH 2013




Interested in Italian cooking? Come to the ICC’s ‘La Cucina’ classes starting Mar. 20 By Susie (DeSanctis) Christiansen La Cucina, a well-received series of cooking classes is returning to the Italian Community Center … with a twist.

The members of the ICC’s Membership and Avanti Committees welcome all to La Cucina, classes and demonstrations involving local restaurants and chefs, this time with a slightly different for-

mat, but with the same delicious subject – Italian food! You can register for each class separately, but we recommend you register for all three, at a lower price, since you won’t want to miss

ICC presents festive Carnevale for 34th time

one of these events. Read on and make your decision. Opening class The first evening, Wednesday, Mar. 20, will feature a competition among three talented chefs in what is being billed as “The Battle of the Festa Italiana Chefs.” Carlo Pedrone of Trattoria di Carlo, Peter Carini of Carini’s Conca d’Oro and Santo Alioto of Papa Luigi’s will no doubt impress all attendees with their cooking finesse. In the end, you be the judge. Second class The second class, on Wednesday, Apr. 17, will bring to the forefront the “Culinary Stars of the Future” from the highly reputable Milwaukee Area Technical College’s Culinary Program. Come enjoy this evening as several young and talented future chefs challenge each other and present to you their cooking and baking techniques. The future of food in Milwaukee awaits your discriminating palate.

Nearly 400 people were on hand as the Italian Community Center presented its 34th annual “Il Grande Carnevale” on Saturday, Feb. 9. The theme was “Memories of Carnevale.” To carry out the theme, some of the more memorable activities of past Carnevales were re-created. There was a slide presentation and photo display showing thousands of pic-

tures of past celebrations. This year, John Alioto and his wife, Mary Anne (Ceraso) Alioto were given the honor to serve as Re (King) and Regina (Queen). This picture was taken shortly after the couple received their crowns. Look for many more photos inside this edition of The Italian Times. (Times photo by Tom Hemman)

‘A Taste of Italy’ is on Sunday, Apr. 14; ready to indulge? Get yourself ready to enjoy the Italian Community Center’s 18th annual “A Taste of Italy” on Sunday, Apr. 14. There is free admission and fair parking for the entire event, which opens at 11:30 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. There will be a wide variety of delicious Italian food available, all for an affordable price. Food and beverage tickets will be sold for $1.50 each or as a set of seven for $10. A new addition to the menu this year is Italian wedding soup. Guests can also enjoy pasta with red sauce, meatballs, Italian sausage, arancini (rice balls), manicotti, calamari (deep fried

squid), breaded pork tenderloin, olive salad, Italian lettuce salad, sfingi (sweetened fried bread dough), sub sandwiches, pizza, sfinciuni (Sicilian style pizza), lentil soup, chicken pastini soup and desserts including cannoli, Italian cookies, éclairs, spumoni, gelato and pizzelles. To wash it down, there will be espresso, coffee, beer, wine, soda and water. The entrée items, pizza, salads and sandwiches will be available in the Pompeii Grand Ballroom. Desserts will be sold in the Festa Ballroom. Look for beverages on sale in both rooms. There will be plenty of seating available Please turn to page 8

The finale And last but certainly not least, on Wednesday, May 15, you are invited to our home as Nonna & Nonno share their treasured recipes and cooking skills with you. You will be reminded of days gone by when all of Sunday was spent making sauce, slow cooking meat and hanging fresh pasta in preparation for Sunday night dinner. This is a class not to be missed. La Cucina Cooking Series will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will include food and wine tasting. Reservations are required. Three cooking demonstrations – cooking skills shared with you – Please turn to page 7

A message from Italian Community Center President Gina Spang My big message this month is a THANK YOU to all our members. I am writing this message the morning after Carnevale – what a great celebration of Italian culture and tradition. A big thank you to chairpersons Rosie DeRubertis, Joanne Czubek and their committee for planning and presenting such a wonderful event. Another big thank you to General Manager Patrick Morgan, the banquet managers and the ICC team for the dinner and wonderful service. Finally thank you to our members and guests who attended the event. With the combination of all these “ingredients,” the event was a huge success and enjoyed by all. I think the best part of Carnevale was seeing all the children who were having a good time. Please turn to page 13

Bocce leagues going strong at ICC By Thomas Hemman Times Editor The winter season for indoor bocce leagues at the Italian Community Center concludes with the championship playoffs on Monday, Mar. 11. Teams in each of the five leagues were jockeying for positions in the tourney as this story was written. The first place teams from each league plus three teams with the best overall runner-up record will compete in the playoffs.

Spring season The spring bocce season will get under way two weeks later, during the week of Mar. 25. Teams in the senior citizens leagues play of Tuesday or Thursday afternoons. Teams in the mixed couples league compete scheduled to play on Monday or Wednesday night. Unless there is sufficient interest expressed, there will be no Thursday night mixed couples league in the spring. Teams in each league play once a week over an 8-week period.

If you’re interested in registering a team to play in a spring league, here are a few things you need to know. There are two sets of registration fees – one for those who are no members of the ICC and one for those who are ICC members. The non-member registration fee is $40 per person per league season. A discounted registration fee of $30 per person per league season is offered to an ICC member. Each team must consist of least four players, with one player designated as team captain. Each

league is interested in having eight teams, which allowed every team to compete each week of the season. Team registrations are available from the league coordinators: Dan Conley (Monday night), Anthony Gazzana (Tuesday afternoon), Tony Tarantino (Wednesday night) and Joe Torcivia (Thursday afternoon). The forms can also be obtained by contacting Mary Ann Maglio at 414/223-2194. The forms must be submitted with full payment for all players by Wednesday, Mar. 20.

Calendar of Events February 19 – March 29, 2013 Tuesday, Feb. 19 • Milwaukee Ladies of UNICO general meeting dinner, 6 p.m. • Cure for Cabin Fever Music Series: Top Shelve with Lem Banks, Joe Zarcone and Jeff Stoll (jazz), 6:30 p.m. Details in this issue. Wednesday, Feb. 20 • Festa Italiana Advisory Committee, 6 p.m. Please note: New starting time. • Avanti Committee’s free lecture series: “Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance,” 6 p.m. Details in this issue. • Filippo Mazzei Greater Milwaukee Lodge 2763/Order Sons of Italy in America spuntino and meeting, 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 • Cure for Cabin Fever Music Series: Rick D’Amore Band (rock and roll), 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 • Milwaukee Ladies of UNICO Board meeting, 6 p.m. • Cure for Cabin Fever Music Series: Steve Cohen Band with Jim Liban (blues), 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 • Festa Italiana Advisory Committee, 6 p.m. • Avanti Committee’s free lecture series: “Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance,” 6 p.m. • Pompeii Women’s Club general meeting dinner, 6 p.m.

Monday, Mar. 18 • Capisci Italiano, new conversational Italian class, 4 p.m. Opening of spring semester. Details in this issue. Tuesday, Mar. 19 • Italian Community Center’s 21st annual St. Joseph’s Day luncheon, noon. Details in this issue. • Milwaukee Ladies of UNICO general meeting dinner, 6 p.m. • Società Maschile M.S.S. Del Lume meeting, 6:30 p.m. • Cure for Cabin Fever Music Series: Bryan Lee Band (blues), 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Mar. 20 • Avanti Committee’s free lecture series: “Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance,” 6 p.m. • Festa Italiana Advisory Committee, 6 p.m. • Membership Committee’s first “La Cucina” Italian cooking class, 6:30 p.m. Details in this issue. • Filippo Mazzei Greater Milwaukee Lodge 2763/Order Sons of Italy in America Council meeting, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 21 • Cure for Cabin Fever Music Series: Rick D’Amore Band (rock and roll), 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Mar. 24 • Pompeii Women’s Club annual Palm Sunday Breakfast Buffet, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Details in this issue.

Thursday, Feb. 28 • Cure for Cabin Fever Music Series: Larry Lynne Band (rock and roll), 6:30 p.m.

Monday, Mar. 25 through Thursday, Mar. 28 • Spring bocce season begins with leagues on Monday and Wednesday night and Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. Details in this issue.

Tuesday, Mar. 5 • Italian II class, 5:30 p.m. Opening of spring semester. Details in this issue. • Italian Community Center Culture Committee meeting, 6 p.m. • Pompeii Men’s Club Board meeting, 6 p.m. • Cure for Cabin Fever Music Series: Anita Stemper with Tom Sorce Band (jazz), 6:30 p.m. • Italian I class, 7:30 p.m. Opening of spring semester. Details in this issue.

Tuesday, Mar. 26 • Milwaukee Ladies of UNICO Board, 6 p.m. • Cure for Cabin Fever Music Series: Bob Maynard & The Milwaukee Connection (jazz), 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Mar. 6 • Festa Italiana Advisory Committee, 6 p.m. • Avanti Committee’s free lecture series: “Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance,” 6 p.m. • Pompeii Women’s Club Board meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Mar. 27 • Festa Italiana Advisory Committee, 6 p.m. • Pompeii Women’s Club general meeting dinner, 6 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 28 • Cure for Cabin Fever Music Series: Larry Lynne Band (rock and roll), 6:30 p.m. Friday, Mar. 29 • Pompeii Men’s Club annual Good Friday Fish Fry Buffet, 4-8 p.m. Details in this issue.

Thursday, Mar. 7 • Italian Community Center general membership meeting, 6:30 p.m. • Cure for Cabin Fever Music Series: Bob Hirschi & Groove Therapy (rock and roll), 6:30 p.m.

Daily and weekly classes and activities • Winter bocce leagues. The winter bocce season continues through the week of Mar. 4. Championship playoffs set for Monday, Mar. 11. Spring league season begins the week of Mar. 25. Details in this issue.

Saturday, Mar. 9 • Children’s Italian class, 2 p.m. First class of spring semester. Details in this issue. • Santa Rosalia Society annual Spring Dinner Dance fund-raiser, 6 p.m.

• Free Children’s Italian class. The spring semester of the Italian Community Center’s free children’s Italian class (for those ages 6-12) begins on Saturday, Mar. 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. Children can be enrolled on any Saturday during the 10-week series. Details in this issue.

Monday, Mar. 11 • Italian Community Center winter championship playoffs, 7 p.m. Details in this issue.

• Italian I and II classes for teens and adults. The spring semester of Italian I and Italian II classes for teens and adults begins on Tuesday, Mar. 5. Classes are held on 10 consecutive Tuesday nights. Pre-registration is required. Details in this issue.

Tuesday, Mar. 12 • Cure for Cabin Fever Music Series: Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys (blues), 6:30 p.m. • Abruzzese Galilei Galileo Society spuntino and meeting, 7 p.m. • Milwaukee Chapter UNICO National meeting, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Mar. 13 • Festa Italiana Advisory Committee, 6 p.m.. • Avanti Committee’s free lecture series: “Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance,” 6 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 14 • Cure for Cabin Fever Music Series: Tom Anthony Group (rock and roll), 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Mar. 17 • Children’s Easter party, noon. Details in this issue.

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• Capisci Italiano (new conversational Italian class). The spring semester of Caprisci Italian begins on Monday, Mar. 18. Classes are held on 8 consecutive Mondays. Details in this issue. • Live Friday night entertainment at Cafe La Scala with legendary guitarist/vocalist Tom Sorce, Feb. 22, Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. No cover charge. No drink minimum. • Tradizione Vivente, The Italian Dance Group of Milwaukee. This folk dance group practices weekly on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the ICC. Visit for details. Ballate con noi! Dance with us! • Members Room. Open to Italian Community Center members and their guests, 8 a.m. - 9 p.m., Monday - Thursday and 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.


21st annual St. Joseph’s Day luncheon set for Tuesday, Mar. 19 at the ICC By Thomas Hemman Times Editor Chairperson Mary (Mineo) Winard has announced that planning is well under way for the Italian Community Center’s 21st annual St. Joseph’s Day luncheon. This year, the celebration will be held on Tuesday, Mar. 19, the actual day set aside by Catholic Church to honor the foster father of Jesus Christ. The event begins at noon. A pre-paid reservation policy has been established. The cost has been set at $17 for an ICC member and $23 a non-member. The reservation deadline of Thursday, Mar. 14. Reservations can be made by completing the form accompanying this article and mailing it with your payment to the ICC, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI 53202, or by calling the Center at 414/223-2180 and paying with a credit card. The St. Joseph’s Day tradition includes a meatless meal. Winard and vice chairperson Ann (D’Amico) Skoczynski report that the ICC menu for the observance will include pasta con sarde e finocchio (pasta with sardines and fennel), eggplant artichokes, tossed salad with grapefruit, Italian bread and coffee, tea or milk. There will be a special dessert. Another part of the tradition is the setting up of a St. Joseph’s table, The table will be presided over by a statue of St. Joseph and will be blessed by a member of the clergy, who will also deliver the invocation at the beginning of the luncheon. At the conclusion of the luncheon, attendees will be given gift bags containing apples, oranges and a small loaf of blessed bread to take home. ICC Chaplain Father Timothy Kitzke will be presiding over the

THE ITALIAN TIMES 631 E. Chicago St. Milwaukee, WI 53202-5916 (414) 223-2180 Published 11 times annually Publisher . . . Italian Community Center ICC President . . . . . . . . . . . Gina Spang Newspaper Committee Chairman . . . . . . . Rosemary DeRubertis Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Thomas Hemman Italian Page Editor . . . . . . . Enrica Tarantino-Woytal Advertising Sales Manager . . . . . . . . . . . .Thomas Hemman Advertising Sales Representative . . . . . . Faye Ann Kessler Editorial Contributors and Staff Writers/Reporters . . . . .Ginny Balistreri, Bill Lavelette, Mario A. Carini Angelo Castronovo, Barbara Collignon and Susan Christiansen, Staff Photographers . . . . Tim Townsend, Joe Spasiano and Tom Hemman For advertising information, please call (414) 223-2180 or send an e-mail to: Copyright 2013 The Italian Community Center, Inc. All Rights Reserved All advertisements must be in accordance with the rules and requirements as determined by editorial policy. Paid advertisements are not to be interpreted as an endorsement by the Italian Community Center or its newspaper, The Italian Times. In addition, the Newspaper Committee reserves the right to reject ads based on editorial policy approved by the Board of Directors of the Italian Community Center. The Italian Community Center is a member of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, Visit Milwaukee and the Historic Third Ward Association.


blessing of the meal. There will be welcoming remarks from ICC President Gina M. Spang. ICC Historian Mario A. Carini will return as the guest speaker. ICC member John Puchner has volunteered to provide piano music throughout the luncheon. St. Joseph’s Day tradition St. Joseph’s Day is marked with celebrations across Italy. ICC Historian Mario A. Carini said Sicilian immigrants, who followed the observance in their hometowns, brought the tradition with them when they settled in Milwaukee starting in the late 1880s. The subject has also been written by Professor/Cavaliere Philip J. DiNovo, president of the American Italian Heritage Association of Albany, N.Y. In an article on the organization’s website (, DiNovo wrote: “In the Middle Ages, according to tradition, there was a severe drought that destroyed most vegetation and left many people in western Sicily dying of starvation. People began to pray to St. Joseph asking him to ask the Lord for rain. They promised if the rains came that they would honor St. Joseph for his intercession and perpetually honor him on March 19. “At the stroke of midnight, the Lord sent the rain; it was on this day the prayers were heard. The people had water, the vegetation turned green, and there were fish for the fishermen. The St. Joseph altars are based on this traditional legend, which has been handed

The ICC presents the St. Josephʼs Day Luncheon Tuesday, Mar. 19 • Reservation Form Name(s): ___________________________________________________ Address: ____________________________________________________ City: _________________________________ State: ________________ Zip: ____________________ Phone: ____________________________ Number of ICC members attending: ___ @ $17.00 per person = $ Number of non-members attending: ___ @ $23.00 per person = $ Pre-paid reservations must be received by Thursday, Mar. 14th. Tables of 10 available. Please list the people at your table: ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________ Weʼre attending and wish to make an additional donation to the event. Besides my payment for reservations, Iʼm sending a $ contribution. We are unable to attend, but wish to contribute $ tradition in the high standard of the past.

to continue this

Checks payable to: St. Josephʼs Luncheon. (One check preferable for all at same table.) MAIL TO: Italian Community Center, Attn.: St. Josephʼs Day Luncheon, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI 53202. down from one generation to the next.” Today in Italy, St. Joseph’s Day is also known as Father’s Day. The day, which used to be a national holiday, is traditionally celebrated with bonfires and sometimes pageants with scenes from the life of St. Joseph. Children give gifts to their fathers on San Giuseppe Day. Zeppole (or zeppoli in southern

Italian dialects) are traditionally eaten on St. Joseph’s Day. Zeppole are deep-fried dough balls that are usual topped with powdered sugar and may be filled with custard, jelly, cannoli-style pastry cream or a butter and honey mixture. In Rome, Naples and the region of Sicily, these little pastries are sold on many streets and are sometimes given as gifts.

Winter music series proving to be the perfect cure for cabin fever By Thomas Hemman Times Editor While this winter has brought us some whacky weather, hundreds of people have been able to escape from it all for a few hours each week by coming to the Italian Community Center’s “Cure for Cabin Fever Music Series,” which started the first full week of February. The Tuesday and Thursday night series is offered without a cover charge or a drink minimum. Jazz and blues acts are featured on Tuesday nights while old-time rock and roll and rhythm and blues bands play on Thursday nights. The shows take place in the Festa Ballroom from 6:30 to 9 p.m.. The Cafe La Scala staff is on hand to take food and drink orders. “We’re welcoming a significant number of people to the ICC to enjoy free live entertainment, their favorite beverages and great food at a time of the year when everyone in the food and hospitality industry is clamoring for business,” Campagna added. He complimented Tom Sorce for securing the acts that are performing in this winter’s series. “As usual, Tom has done a great job, as evidenced by the great attendance we’ve had so far,” Campagna said. The “Cure for Cabin Fever Music Series” will go on through Apr. 30. Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling Cafe La Scala at 414/223-2185. Here’s a look at the acts that are performing between Feb. 19 and Mar. 28.

Tuesday’s jazz and blues acts • Top Shelf with Lem Banks, Feb. 19. Three of Milwaukee’s favorite jazz players – vocalist Lem Banks, percussionist Joe Zarcone and keyboardist Jeff Stoll – join forces for this show. • Steve Cohen Blues Band with Jim Liban, Feb. 26. Steve Cohen ( and Jim Liban, legends in harmoni-

ca-style blues, have performed along side some of the world’s top blues players. In 2010, Cohen was a finalist in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis as a solo performer. He has won numerous state and local awards over the years. Liban put himself into the spotlight in the 1970s as the leader Please turn to page 6

The Italian Community Center’s 2013 “Cure for Cabin Fever Music Series” opened Tuesday, Feb. 5 with a performance by the Chicago-style blues band, Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys. This popular, Milwaukee-based band is playing three times in the series, which runs through Apr. 25. The series, which is offered with no cover charge and no drink minimum, features jazz or blues groups on Tuesday nights and oldtime rock and roll or rhythm and blues bands on Tuesday nights. Shows begin at 6:30 p.m. and are over around 9 p.m. in the Festa Ballroom. The staff of Cafe La Scala is on hand for food and beverage orders. Reservations are suggested. Call 414/223-2185. (Times photo by Joe Spasiano)

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Avanti Committee’s free ‘Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance’ series under way By Liz Ceraso Avanti Committee Chair Join the Avanti Committee for a free lecture series on the Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance. The lectures, which got under way on Feb. 13, at the Italian Community Center continue on the following Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m.: Feb. 20 and 27 and Mar. 6, 13 and 20. This event is open to all ICC members and non-members. Call the Italian Community Center at 414-223-2180 or email me at to let us

Deadline set for April issue of The Italian Times All advertising copy, news and feature stories, letters from the readers and photographs for publication in the April 2013 issue of The Italian Times must be submitted to the editor no later than Monday, Mar. 11. This will be both a printed and online edition. Materials can be emailed to editor Tom Hemman at, sent to The Italian Times, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI 53202, or dropped off at the reception desk in the Italian Community Center office. Your cooperation will insure timely publication of the newspaper.

know your name and how many people will attend. Walk-ins are certainly welcome, but we would like to get an estimated head count in order to prepare the room setup. The series will be shown on the Members’ Room TV, and you will be able to order dinner from Cafe La Scala if desired. Even though the lectures are not live, they are captivating. They feature Professor William Kloss, who will guide us through a visual feast in an artistcentered survey that explores hundreds of different paintings and sculptures by scores of different artists. An independent art historian, scholar, and curator, Kloss is a frequent lecturer for the Smithsonian Institution’s seminar and travel program. He has served on the Committee for the Preservation of the White House by presidential appointment since 1990, and he is the author of several books and exhibition catalogs. No era of artistic achievement is

as renowned as the Renaissance, and no country holds a higher place in that period than Italy. The supreme works created in Florence, Rome, Venice, and other Italian cities by such masters as Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian have never been equaled and have established a canon of beauty that pervades Western culture to this day. These lectures cover the art historical periods known as the Early Renaissance and the High Renaissance, which extended from about 1400 to about 1520. Italy is the first and principal location of the Renaissance, and it was in Florence that it took its deepest root. Renaissance means rebirth, and it is the name given to the transition from medieval to modern times in Europe, when the rediscovery of ancient Greek and Roman culture sparked a creative revolution in the humanities, the sciences, and the arts.

Pietro Tarantino offers help to Italian citizens Pietro Tarantino, a longtime member and past board member of the Italian Community Center, is offering free assistance to members of Wisconsin’s Italian community on matters involving the Italian government. Tarantino will be at the ICC on the first Saturday of the month from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Tarantino is a member of Comites (Comitato degli Italiani

all’estero) and a liaison to the Italian General Consulate of Chicago. Among the matters for which Tarantino can provide assistance are visas and passports, power of attorney, verification of signatures, documents relating to death certificates and declarations dealing with citizenship, civil status and pensions.

Harder Funeral Home JAMES T. GUARDALABENE ASSOCIATE 18700 W. Capitol Drive “Three generations of my family serving yours.” Phone: (262) 781-8350 Cell: (414) 588-0836 “As dictated by the laws of the State of Wisconsin, all pre-paid funeral trusts are allowed to be transferred to another funeral home at any time. I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to discuss transferring your trust to me from Schmidt & Bartelt or any other funeral home. I would, of course, honor all the terms and wishes as originally agreed upon. It is a very simple process that only requires your signature on a transfer form which I would provide. In addition, there likely could be a savings to you because of Harder’s more reasonable charges.” PAGE 4 – MARCH 2013

• NO LONGER ASSOCIATED WITH SCHMIDT & BARTELT/ GUARDALABENE & AMATO. • Personally providing the services you have come to expect at your church, chapel or at the Harder Funeral Home. • Funeral planning & pre-planning at your residence or at the funeral home. • Pre-planning and Title 19 expertise. • Longtime member of the Italian Community Center. • Proud sponsor of the Festa Italiana Mass since 2002.

Many major masterpieces will be discussed in detail, from Giotto’s frescoes for the Arena Chapel and Ghiberti’s bronze doors for the Florence Baptistery to Leonardo’s The Last Supper and Michelangelo’s Last Judgment. Professor Kloss offers other insights as well. Did you know that it is incorrect to refer to Leonardo as “da Vinci,” which is not his last name but the indication of his town of birth? Or that the Renaissance was put on hold for half a century due to the Black Death? Or that Renaissance marble sculpture was sometimes painted? You also learn how to recognize saints from the symbols that accompany them: St. Paul by his sword, St. Peter by his keys, and St. Jerome by the stone in his hand with which he strikes himself in penance for his sins. Altogether, the Renaissance lasted about 120 years, and the period of the High Renaissance a little over 40 years. No later Western art can be discussed without reference to this era – especially as it matured and flourished in the cities of Italy. Please take time out of your busy schedule to learn about our rich Italian culture.

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Capisci l’Italiano, new Free children’s Italian conversational Italian class to start on class, available at ICC Saturday, Mar. 9 A new conversational Italian class, “Capisci l’Italiano,” will be offered at the Italian Community Center on eight consecutive Mondays starting Mar. 18. The instructor Enrica Tarantino Woytal announced that the class will meet from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Capisci l’Italiano is intended for those who have already completed Tarantino Woytal’s Italian I and Italian II courses or individuals

who are familiar with the language and are capable of conducting general conversations in Italian. The course fee is $75 per person. To register, please complete the form accompanying this article. Enrollment is limited to the first 25 students. For more information, contact Tarantino Woytal at or 414/481-0170.

Registration form for Capisci l’Italiano course Name(s) ___________________________________________________________ Address ___________________________________________________________ City, State, Zip _____________________________________________________ Phone No. ___________________Email _________________________________ Number of persons enrolling: ______ x $75.00 per person = $___________. Make payment to: Italian Community Center, and send to: ICC, c/o Italian Class, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI 53202-5916. Enrollment is limited to the first 25 students who send in this registration form with full payment.

The spring semester of a free weekly series of Italian classes for children between the ages of 6 and 12 will begin Saturday, Mar. 9, at the Italian Community Center. The class, which runs from 2 to 4 p.m., will continue for eight weeks, with the final session on Apr. 27. The course is intended to provide children with an introduction to the Italian language and the culture of Italy. Besides learning some basic words and the Italian alphabet, the children also make drawings for holiday and special occasions and receive a snack during each Saturday session. The instructor is Enrica Tarantino Woytal, who also leads the ICC’s Italian classes for teens and adults. She was honored by WisItalia as Wisconsin’s 2009

“Italian Teacher of the Year.” Tarantino Woytal has been leading the children’s class at ICC since the early 1980s. Over the years, several hundred youngsters have participated in the free class. To register for the spring semester, please complete the form accompanying this article and mail it to: Children’s Italian Course, c/o ICC, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI 53202-5916. Since there is no enrollment fee, parents can also register their children in person any time during the semester. For further information, contact the ICC office at 414/223-2180, or Enrica Tarantino Woytal or Pietro Tarantino at 414/481-0170, or via email at

Free Children's Italian Course Registration Form (For children ages 6-12) at the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee Parent(s) Name ________________________________________

Italian I and II classes for adults and teens to begin Mar. 5 at ICC

Address ______________________________________________

The Italian Community Center will offer an introductory class (Italian I) and an advanced class (Italian II) this spring starting Tuesday, Mar. 5. Both classes will be held on 10 consecutive Tuesday nights, with the final classes on May 7.


Italian I Instructor Enrica Tarantino Woytal described Italian I as being for those who want an introduction to the language and the culture of Italy. The introductory course will run from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Italian II The Italian II course will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, and end at 7:15 p.m. “The advanced class is for those who have completed Italian I and are ready to learn more about the language and Italian culture and lifestyles,” Tarantino Woytal said. Enrollment is open to ICC members and the general public. There is a limit of 25 students per class.

The fee for each course is $90 for an ICC member and $100 for a non-member. The fee does not include the course textbook. To register, complete the form accompanying this article. Checks or money orders are payable to the Italian Community Center. Registration will be accepted up to the start of the Mar. 5 classes if the enrollment limit has not been reached. About the instructor Tarantino Woytal began teaching children’s Italian classes at the ICC more than 30 years ago. She has been offering classes for adults and teens for more than 25 years. She is also the editor of La Pagina Italiana, a regular Italian language news feature of The Italian Times. WisItalia, the statewide organization promoting the instruction of Italian in schools, colleges and universities, honored Tarantino Woytal as its 2009 “Italian Teacher of the Year.”

Registration form for Italian I course & Italian II course Name(s) ___________________________________________________________ Address ___________________________________________________________ City, State, Zip _____________________________________________________ Phone No. ___________________Email _________________________________ I am (we are) enrolling in:

 Italian I course  Number of persons enrolling.

 Italian II course  Number of persons enrolling.

Course fee: ICC Member - $90.00; Non-Member - $100.00 Make payment to: Italian Community Center, and send to: ICC, c/o Italian Class, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI 53202-5916. Enrollment in each class is limited to the first 25 students who send in this registration form with full payment.


City _______________________ State _______ Zip ___________ Phone No.:______________ Email__________________________ Children's Names & Ages: _______________________________ ______________________________________________________ Send this form to: Children's Italian Course, c/o ICC, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI 53202-5916.

ICC Historian Carini seeks your high school yearbooks and other memorabilia Don’t throw away your old high school yearbooks or other memorabilia. If you attended a high school in Milwaukee County or surrounding counties, Italian Community Center Historian Mario A. Carini is interested in using the yearbooks and other high school memorabilia for furthering his research on local Italian Americans. Carini will deposit the yearbooks and memorabilia at the Milwaukee County Historical

Society after he completes his research. “These can be yearbooks and memorabilia from public, Catholic or private high schools,” Carini said. Yearbooks and memorabilia can be dropped off at the reception desk in the main office of the ICC. Please include a note with your name and phone number so Carini knows who made the donation.

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Winter music series proving to be the perfect cure for cabin fever from page 3 of Short Stuff, the innovative Milwaukee-based ensemble that pioneered the blues and rock sound later identified with bands like the Fabulous Thunderbirds and Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble. • Anita Stemper with the Tom Sorce Band, Mar. 5. Vocalist Anita Stemper takes a break from her own popular jazz group – the Anita Stemper Trio – to perform with the Tom Sorce Band ( Guitar guru Tom Sorce is joined by Joel Freisinger on keyboards and Brian Ford on drums. Acclaimed Milwaukee-based trumpeter Jeff Pietrangelo was scheduled to perform on this night, however, Pietrangelo died on Dec. 27. He was 60 years old. • Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys, Mar. 12. One of the most popular acts to play at the ICC Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys ( specialize in classic Chicago blues. The group won the Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Award for best blues band in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005 and 2010. Reverend Raven performed in Florida in late October and early November. • Bryan Lee Band, Mar. 19. Known as the “Braille Blues Daddy,” Bryan Lee and his band make their only appearance in the Cabin Fever Series on Mar. 19. Lee, a Two Rivers, Wis. native, completely lost his sight by the age of 8. Having an interest in early rock and blues of the 1950s, Lee learned to play rhythm guitar. Lee went on to become a blues legend on Bourbon Street in New Orleans’ French Quarter. He has released several albums and continues to perform nationally and internationally with his band. His latest release is titled “My Lady Don’t Love My Lady.” For more information, visit • Bob Maynard & The Milwaukee Connection, Mar. 26. Fans of traditional jazz will want to be on hand for the Mar. 26 show featuring this popular ensemble ( Vibraphonist Bob Maynard, who replaced the late Chuck Hedges as the leader of the band, will be joined by guitarist Steve Lewandowski, clarinetist John Blegen, bassist George Welland and drummer Jack Carr. Thursday’s rock and roll bands • Rick D’Amore Band, Feb.

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21 and Mar. 21. The Rick D’Amore Band performs the best of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s on up. Vocalist Rick D’Amore has been entertaining fans of rock, jazz and pop music for more than 50 years. Joining him in the band are Bob Chalifaux on bass, Tim Sardina on drums, and Peter D’Amore, Rick’s son, on lead guitar. D’Amore still sings the hits of Elvis, Sinatra, Tom Jones and many others and always throws in a little Italian music. • Larry Lynne Band, Feb. 28 and Mar. 28. Milwaukee’s Godfather of Rock and Roll, Larry Lynne and his band present a unique variety show that consists of rock, country-rock, blues to today’s hits and novelty music and a touch of comedy. Lynne. vocalist and guitarist, was a member of The Skunks, a Milwaukee-based band, which landed a Top 40 hit, “I Recommend Her,” in 1964. He recently performed in the “Salute to 35 Years of Festa Italiana Entertainment” show at the ICC. Lynne is joined by James Aubrey (keyboards, violin and guitar), Jon Dymond (bass) and Pat Michaels (drums). For more information on the band, visit • Bob Hirschi & Groove Therapy, Mar. 7. This band ( is one of southeast Wisconsin’s hottest horn bands. The band covers the best in rock, soul, R&B, pop, and more in the style of the classic horn bands. Some of Groove Therapy’s influences include: Chicago, Blood Sweat & Tears, Huey Lewis & The News, Tower of Power, Sam & Dave, Phil Collins, Journey, The Commodores, The Doobie Brothers, Santana, Al Jarreau, Earth Wind and Fire, Van Morrison, Dire Straits, Toto, Ides of March, Billy Joel, Mayer Hawthorne, Boston, Frank Sinatra, REO Speedwagon, Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan, ZZ Top, John Mayer, and Michael Bublé. Hirschi was one of the original vocalists in the Oldies But Goodies Spectacular, a group that has played frequently at the ICC. • Tom Anthony Group, Mar. 14. Whether it’s the ICC’s summer Courtyard Music Series or the Cabin Fever Series, the Tom Anthony Group ( performs before a packed house. Vocalist Tom Anthony has long been a fixture on the Milwaukee area music scene. With his group – Tom Sorce (guitar), Joel Freisinger (keyboards) and Brian Ford (drums),

the Tom Anthony Group is “Just For You.” The group already has several big-time engagements in 2013 including the Wisconsin State Fair, Aug. 2-11.

Tom Anthony

Anthony presents the best of the rock, pop and rhythm and blues era with a bit of today’s country. Anthony is famous for his Las Vegas-style show, singing the hits of Elvis, Buddy Holly, Bobby Darin, Everly Brothers, Frankie Valli, Roy Orbison and even some of today’s biggest hit-makers such as Marc Anthony, Brooks & Dunn and Dwight Yoakam. The latest CD by

Remaining schedule Here’s the remainder of the lineup for the 2013 “Cure for Cabin Fever Music Series.” Tuesday night jazz & blues: • Apr. 2 – La Chazz (Latin style jazz and salsa). • Apr. 9 – Frank DeMiles & Friends (traditional jazz). • Apr. 16 – Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys. • Apr. 23 – Pete Sorce with Jeff Lebarge and Swing Explosion Band (Big Band jazz). • Apr. 30 – Steve Cohen Band with Greg Koch. Thursday night rock and roll: • Apr. 4 – Tom Anthony Group. • Apr. 11 – Bob Hirschi & Groove Therapy. • Apr. 18 – Rick D’Amore Band. • Apr. 25 – Tom Anthony Group.

Tom Sorce performing at Cafe La Scala on Friday nights through Apr. 26 Rick D’Amore to sub for him on Apr. 12 On Friday evenings through Apr. 26, Tom Sorce is performing in Cafe La Scala, the Italian Community Center’s public restaurant. Subbing for him on Apr. 12 will be Rick D’Amore. There is no cover charge and no drink minimum for any of shows which start at 6:30 p.m. and end at about 9:30 p.m. Sorce has been a fixture of quality entertainment in southeastern Wisconsin for more than 40 years. A veteran guitarist, Sorce has shared the stage with national artists as well as Wisconsin’s finest musicians. Sorce says his shows will feature “a variety of music, some Italian, some Sinatra, Dean Martin, Louis Prima, some oldies, country and blues.” Sorce serves as the music coordinator for the ICC’s Courtyard Music Series each summer and its “Cure for Cabin Fever Music Series” each winter. (See separate article on the Cabin Fever Series.) Besides his solo shows, Sorce plays with the Oldies But Oldies

Spectacular, the Tom Anthony Group and the Tom Sorce Band, Vocalist Rick D’Amore has a long resume of performances at prestigious supper clubs, theaters and festivals. For many years, he regularly sang at Festa Italiana, the summer festival organized by the ICC and is always one of the acts in the Courtyard and Cabin Fever series. From standards and jazz favorites to pop, rock and roll and popular Italian sing-a-longs, D’Amore’s show promises to be fun for all. Cafe La Scala, which serves an all-you-can-eat fish fry on Friday nights in addition to its regular menu, accepts reservations. Call 414/223-2185. Food and drink service will be available throughout the evening. Cafe La Scala is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday. Lunches are available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner service begins at 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday and at 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

Tom Sorce

Rick D’Amore


Avanti Committee announces plans for Children’s Easter party on Mar. 17 By Rose Anne Fritchie Plans are in place for a fun-filled children’s Easter party at the Italian Community Center on Sunday, Mar. 17, beginning at noon. The Avanti Committee is happy and excited to host this year’s party, the theme for which will be Festa di Pasqua, or Easter Carnival. This theme is back by popular demand. For the last four years, it has made for an entertaining, “crazy good” time. The atmosphere will be that of a carnival or county fair and will be tons of fun for everyone. As the children arrive, they will be given tokens to be used for the carnival games and the Ice Cream & Popcorn Shoppe. At noon, all guests are invited to enjoy a delicious, buffet-style lunch consisting of mini hamburgers, mini corndogs, penne pasta, platters of healthy munchies like carrots, pickles and celery and fresh fruit. There will be chocolate or white milk for the youngsters and coffee for adults. And for dessert, we hope the carnival-goers stop at the Ice Cream & Popcorn Shoppe for an ice cream sundae and a sweet treat. After lunch, the games begin! The ballroom will be filled with the sights and sounds of a festival, with carnival games such as the Quarter Toss, Ring Toss, Bowling Balls Push, Lollipop Pulls, Topple the Cans, Bean Bag Toss, and this

ICCʼs Children Easter Party & Lunch Reservation Form Sunday, March 17 • Noon to 2:00 p.m. Names of boys attending


Names of girls attending


Name(s) of adult ICC members attending: _________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ Number of children attending the party: Number of adult members attending:

x $10.00 per child


_ x $10.00 per person = $

Total amount enclosed: $ Make your check payable to: Italian Community Center. Mail this form with your payment to: ICC, Attn.: Easter Party, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI 53202-5916. year, because of the generosity of an ICC Member, SO MUCH MORE. The children will also have an additional chance to win special prizes by participating in the guessing jars contest. Street artists will be painting faces, and balloon hats will be created for anyone interested in wearing a special Easter hat. During the festivities, we anticipate a visit from the Easter Bunny

who will greet all of the children and lead them in a parade through the carnival. The children are welcome to wear their new hats and fill the room with the joyous noise of their musical instruments which may be decorated by them at the decorating table during the party. The parade will end at the stage where the Easter Bunny will have treats for all youngsters to take home.

The cost to attend is $10 per person. To ensure that all children receive their special treats, only advance reservations can be accepted. All pre-paid reservations must be received by Monday, Mar. 11. The party is open to ICC members and their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren only. Please use the form accompanying this article to make your reservations.

Come to the ICC for your Easter Sunday feast The Italian Community Center invites its members and the public to an all-you-can-eat Easter Sunday brunch in the Pompeii Grand Ballroom. Easter is Sunday, Mar. 31. Brunch prices are $23.95 for adults and $13.95 for each child under the age of 12. Pre-paid reservations are required. The ICC is taking reservations on the half-hour, starting at 10:30 a.m. with the last reservations taken for the seating at 2:30 p.m. Please call 414/223-2180 with your credit card handy to reserve your time and table. You can also sign up for the brunch by stopping in at the ICC reception desk on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. The Italian Times has been asked not to put a reservation form in the newspaper because of a history of late submittals of these forms on which people request seating times which have long been filled. If you’re interested in the earli-

est reservation times – 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. or noon – you should act promptly as these slots sell out the quickest. The menu for this year’s Easter brunch is extensive. It includes black pepper and garlic crusted

Lezzeno, Italy to hold Palio dei Falo

I/we wish to attend the March 20 class.

The city of Lezzeno on Lake Como in the Lombardy region of Italy hosts the Palio dei Falo, an annual bonfire held in the middle of March. Citizens have participated in the bonfire since the 1100s, when it is thought that the city was attacked and burned by residents of neighboring Como. Some historians also suggest that the bonfire commemorates the widespread burning of witches during that time. Participants organize into groups and compete as to who can create the biggest blaze. The bonfires are famous for lighting up the shores of Lake Como.


sauce; Alfredo sauce; rice pilaf; fire roasted corn; garden fresh greens; creamy Caesar; farfalle pasta salad; seasonal fruit with mint; Greek olive salad; antipasto; cottage cheese; baby red potato salad; omelettes made-to-order (including

fresh bread, bagels, danish and muffins); homemade fruit pies; tortes; cannoli; tiramisu; Italian cookies; fruit juices; coffee; tea; and milk. Free parking is available in the lot south of the building.

‘La Cucina’ classes starting Wednesday, Mar. 20 from page 1 food and wine tasting – and so much more. Cuciniamo! Let’s Cook! Registration fees for each session are: Members – $30 and Non-

Members –$40. The cost to sign up for all three classes are: Members – $80 and Non-Members – $90. To register, call the ICC at 414/223-2180 or use the form accompanying this article.

Checks are payable to the Italian Community Center. Mail your payment with the form to ICC. c/o La Cucina, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI 53202. Space is limited, so don’t wait to register.

prime rib; bone-in Virginia maple egg whites and Egg Beaters); appleham; southern fried chicken; chick- LA CUCINA wood smoked peppered CLASSESbacon; REGISTRATION FORM en scallopine; baked cod with lemon sausage; pancakes; lyonnaise potaName(s) __________________________________________________________ Email address: __________________________ beurre blanc; Cajun salmon; roasttoes; cheese blintz with strawberry edAddress, vegetable lasagna; cheese sauce; artisinal breads (assorted City, State & Zip ___________________________________________________________________________________ tortellini; penne pasta; marinara dinner rolls, butter croissants, Home phone or cell phone number: ___________________________________________________________________________ • Number of ICC members attending the March 20 class _______ @ $30.00 per person = $___________ • Number of non-members attending the March 20 class _______ @ $40.00 per person = $__________ I/we wish to attend the April 17 class. • Number of ICC members attending the April 17 class _______ @ $30.00 per person = $___________ • Number of non-members attending the April 17 class _______ @ $40.00 per person = $__________ I/we wish to attend the May 15 class. • Number of ICC members attending the May 15 class _______ @ $30.00 per person = $___________ • Number of non-members attending the May 15 class _______ @ $40.00 per person = $__________ or I/we wish to attend the three of the classes on March 20, April 17 and May 15 Number of ICC members attending the 3 classes _______ @ $80.00 per person = $_____________ Number of non-members attending the 3 classes _______ @ $90.00 per person = $____________ Make checks payable to the Italian Community Center and mail to: ICC, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI 53202.

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A look at Italy’s upcoming election The Italian general election is taking place on Feb. 24 and 25. Finding your way around the numerous political parties, coalitions and complex rules can be bewildering. Here’s a simplified guide to what’s what in the world of Italian politics. Parliament: two chambers Italy has a bicameral parliament like Australia, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. There are two houses: the lower house, the Chamber of Deputies, and the upper house, the Senate of the Republic. The two houses of parliament have equal powers. Members of the Chamber of Deputies are elected by voter who must be 18 years or older. The Chamber of Deputies has 630 seats, of which 618 are elected by Italian constituencies and 12 by Italian citizens living abroad. Chamber of Deputies members must be at least 25 years old. Members of the Senate are elected by voters who must be 25 years or older. The Senate consists of 315 elected members, six of whom are elected by Italian citizens living abroad. Senate members must be at least 40 years old. However, the Senate also includes “Senators for Life” who are either former Italian presidents or people appointed on merit by a president in office. Both houses are elected for a five-year term. President and Prime Minister Italy has a president and a prime minister. The president is officially the “President of the Italian Republic” and is the head of state, somewhat like Queen Elizabeth II in the United Kingdom. The president is elected by the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate in a secret ballot. The office holder has to be 50 years or older. However, being president is not a lifetime role and a presidential term lasts seven years. The current president is Giorgio Napolitano, who was elected in 2006. He is reaching the end of his term so a new president will be elected this year. The prime minister of Italy is officially known as the “President of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic.” The prime minister is the head of the government. The current prime minister is Mario Monti who came to office in November 2011 as the head of a technocrat government, meaning that he was not elected to office by citizens but was invited to form a new government by President Napolitano after previous Prime

Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, resigned from the post. How voting works The present electoral system, approved on Dec. 14, 2005, is based on party-list representation with a series of thresholds to encourage parties to form coalitions. It replaced an Additional Member Electoral System, which had been introduced in the 1990s. This party-list proportional voting system means that the political parties make lists of candidates to be elected. Seats are then allocated to each party in proportion to the number of votes the party receives. So voters cast votes for a party list rather than for individual candidates. Candidates on the lists are ranked in order of priority, so if a party wins for example 15 seats, the first 15 candidates on its list receive seats in parliament. In voting for the Chamber of Deputies, the coalition that gets the largest number of votes wins. However, if it obtains less than 55% of the seats then it gets a bonus whereby its number of seats is increased to 340. In voting for the Senate, voters also cast votes for a party list in 18 of Italy’s 20 regions. However, seats are allocated according to a complicated system which, for example, sees seats given to parties that may have received as little as 3% of the vote. What is important to remember is that to win the upper house, a coalition has to have a 158-seat majority. 2013 election: The main players The Partito Democratico (Democratic Party, PD) is led by a former Communist Pier Luigi Bersani and represents the centreleft. Bersani has pledged to uphold Italy’s fiscal commitments to the European Union and not to dismantle key legislation introduced by the outgoing government. However, Bersani has explained he wants to soften the impact of various measures by introducing more flexibility for workers and by championing the poor, putting more emphasis on economic growth. The PD’s main coalition partner is the Sinistra Ecologia Libertà (Left Ecology Freedom, SEL). The Popolo della Libertà (People of Freedom, PdL) is led by the former prime minister, billionaire media mogul and soccer-club owner Berlusconi. The PdL represents the centre-right. Berlusconi is running on an anti-austerity, tax-cutting agenda which, he claims can be financed by cutting public spending. The PdL’s main coalition partner is the Lega Nord (Northern

League), a regionalist party that is against immigration, advocates federalism, and demands autonomy and special rights for Italy’s northern regions. The Northern League said it would not support Berlusconi as prime minister in the case of an electoral win. Berlusconi has claimed that although he is still the party leader he is not running to be prime minister again but would accept a role as Minister of Economy under a cabinet headed by another PdL member, most likely his protégée, the party secretary, Angelino Alfano. Berlusconi has faced numerous criminal indictments over the years. Most recently, he was convicted of tax fraud in October 2012 and banned from public office for three years. However, the Italian legal process has three stages; it is only at the third and final stage that a conviction stands. Berlusconi’s latest conviction for tax fraud has only reached the first stage. Hence he is still able to run for office. Next, there is the coalition known as “Con Monti per l’Italia” (With Monti for Italy). Monti formed a centrist coalition in December 2012 with the aim of continuing the reforms he started during his term to promote economic development, stop corruption, create jobs and liberalize labor legislation to encourage businesses. Monti’s critics bemoan the austerity measures introduced when he was in charge which were an attempt to stem the unfolding economic crisis regarding Italy’s debt. An economist and academic, Monti was appointed a Senator for Life by President Napolitano in November 2011 just before he became prime minister. This means Monti cannot stand for parliament, as he is a member of the Senato, but could still become prime minister if his coalition wins. The coalition consists of Monti’s new party, Scelta Civica (Civic Choice, SC), Unione di Centro (Union of the Centre, UdC) and Futuro e Libertà per l’Italia (Future and Freedom for Italy, FLI). Some members of the PD and PdL have defected from their parties to join Monti’s coalition. Another party, MoVimento 5 Stelle (5 Star Movement, M5S) is led by blogger and comedian Beppe Grillo. The M5S was launched in 2009 and represents the arrival of fresh blood in Italian politics. A populist party, M5S adopts an anticorruption and anti-establishment stance espousing a mix of policies from both the left and right of the political spectrum. The movement

Thanks for your donations to the Italian Community Center building fund The officers and directors of the Italian Community Center wish to thank and acknowledge all those who pledged, fulfilled a pledge, or contributed to the building fund. To obtain information on how to make a donation, please call 414/223-2194 or visit The following donations were received between =January 8 and February 6, 2013. In memory of Eugene G. “Geno” Pawlowski Anthony T. Machi

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In memory of Sadie M. Torre Anthony T. Machi Dr. Grace Lucretia Machi In memory of Earl R. Ryan Eddie & JoAnn Glorioso In memory of Jeanette “Jan” Slawnikowski Ron & Joanne Czubek John & Antoinette Sanfilippo In memory of Antoinette “Toni” (Balistreri) Radler Mario A. Carini Margaret M. Carini Paul & Rose Iannelli John Coffaro

Sal Mussomeli & Sally Mullins Jimmy & Linda Spataro George & Judy Menos Ron & Joanne Czubek Mary Ann Maglio Anthony T. Machi In memory of Amy Kieser Ray & Caroline Besasie In memory of Catherine Rose Aliota Anthony T. Machi Rose Cook and daughter Patty In memory of Peter Robert Marino Jimmy & Linda Spataro

chose not to yoke itself to any of the other established parties to contest the election. It eschews Italy’s mainstream media, opting to campaign via social media and by touring the country hosting gatherings in squares in towns and cities. Grillo is not in the running for a seat. Rivoluzione Civile (Civil Revolution) is another new face on the Italian political scene. Antimafia magistrate Antonio Ingroia leads this newly formed party with ex-magistrate Luigi de Magistris who is currently the mayor of Naples. Recent polls have shown the party has about 4% support of the voters. Ingroia is also the director of a United Nations investigation against narcotraffic in Guatemala. Fermare il Declino (Stop the Decline) is another new party led by journalist and economist Oscar Giannino and is making its electoral debut with an impressive array of liberal economic proposals. A law graduate, Giannino started his career in journalism becoming a famous business journalist known for his flamboyant dandy look. The party is likely to attract just a small fraction of the vote. Outcome: Possible scenario Italian electoral law prohibits releasing polls via mass media two weeks before the vote so as the election nears it is hard to have a clear picture of what the outcome may be. Polls indicated that the PD is in the lead during the ongoing electoral campaign for seats in the lower house, the Chamber of Deputies, although 10% to 15% of voters are undecided. The situation in the upper house, the Senate, looks more complicated because Continued on page 9

Get your ‘Taste of Italy’ on Apr. 14 from page 1 throughout the building, and, in the Courtyard, if the weather cooperates. There will be live entertainment in the Festa Ballroom. Strolling musicians will be performing everywhere in and around the building. “Please get the word out to your relatives, friends and neighbors that the ‘Taste of Italy’ is Sunday, Apr. 14,” said Ann Romano, chairperson. “We look forward to sharing our cultural food with a big turnout.” The April edition of The Italian Times (available the week of Mar. 19) will have complete details on this important ICC fund-raiser. This will include the full menu, the entertainment and the raffle that will be held in conjunction with the event. Romano, who has chaired all but one of the “Taste of Italy” events, has Ann (D’Amico) Skoczynski returning as vice chair and volunteer food ticket chair and Marie and Jim Schwindt back at the helm as chairs of the raffle. The goal for Romano and her volunteers is to set a new net profit record. The most profitable Taste of Italy was the one held in 2011, which netted $23,000. Romano said, “We would certainly like to top that figure in 2013.”


Easter and Holy Week in Italy While you probably won’t see the Easter bunny if you’re in Italy for the holiday, you will find some interesting Italian Easter celebrations. Like all holidays in Italy, Easter, Pasqua in Italian, has its share of rituals and traditions. While the week leading up to Easter in Italy includes solemn processions and masses, Easter is a joyous celebration. The Monday following Easter, la Pasquetta is also a holiday throughout Italy. Solemn religious processions are held in many towns on Palm Sunday and Friday or Saturday before Easter and sometimes on Easter Sunday. Many churches have special statues of the Virgin and Jesus that play a big part in the processions. The statues may be paraded through the city or displayed in the main square. Parade participants are often dressed in traditional ancient costumes. Olive branches are often used instead of or along with palm fronds in the

Italian Conference Center staff ackowledged Dear David Stachowiak, Director of Catering: Many thanks for your recommendations and beautiful banquet room. The dinner was amazing and your team did a great job! Because of you and the Italian Conference Center, the evening was a great success. I’m looking forward to working with you in the near future. Lori Beihoff and the Annex Wealth Management Team Editor’s note: This dinner meeting was attended by 300 people.

A look at Italy’s election from page 8 polls indicated that no coalition will gain a majority. If election results bear out what polls indicate, the centre-left would have to find a coalition partner in the Senate. Otherwise legislation would probably stall, and Italy would find itself in gridlock. This is a situation Italy has been in before. Often, it has meant that a small party propping up the party with the largest number of seats has become key and had undue influence. It is also why so much bargaining has to be done between parties and why legislation proposals are diluted to keep all parties happy. In the worst-case scenario, it also means that a government is unstable. If, as polls indicate, the centreleft wins the Chamber of Deputies, it will have to find a coalition partner in the Senate and give concessions to that partner. The most likely outcome would be a coalition between the centre-left led by Bersani and the centre led by Monti. Editor’s note: This article was excerpted from an online edition of ITALY Magazine, published Feb. 4, 2013.


processions and to decorate churches. Enna, in Sicily, has a large procession on Good Friday, with more than 2,000 friars dressed in ancient costumes walking through the streets of the city. Trapani, also in Sicily, is a good place to see processions, held several days during Holy Week. Their Good Friday procession, Misteri di Trapani, is 24 hours long. These processions are very dramatic. What’s believed to be the oldest Good Friday procession in Italy is in Chieti in the Abruzzo region. The procession with Selecchi’s Miserere played by 100 violins is very moving. Some towns, such as Montefalco and Gualdo Tadino in Umbria, hold live scenarios during the night of Good Friday or plays enacting the stations of the cross. Priests often visit shops and homes to bless them on the Saturday before Easter. While Easter mass will be held in every church in Italy, the biggest and most popular mass is held by the Pope at St. Peter’s Basilica. On Good Friday, the Pope celebrates

the Via Crucis or Stations of the Cross in Rome near the Colosseum. A huge cross with burning torches lights the sky as the stations of the cross are described in several languages. At the end, the Pope gives a blessing. In Florence, Easter is celebrated with the Scoppio del Carro, explosion of the cart. A huge, decorated wagon is dragged through Florence by white oxen until it reaches Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence’s historic center. Following mass, the Archbishop sends a dove-shaped rocket into the cart, igniting the fireworks arranged in the cart. This spectacular display is followed by a parade in medieval costumes. Sulmona, in the Abruzzo region, celebrates Easter Sunday with La Madonna Che Scappa in Piazza. On Easter Sunday, people dress in green and white, colors of peace, hope, and resurrection, and gather in the main piazza. The woman playing the Virgin Mary is dressed in black. As she moves to the fountain, doves are released and the woman is suddenly dressed in green. Music and feasting follow.

The island of Sardinia is a part of Italy steeped in tradition and a good place to experience festivals and holidays. Because of its long association with Spain, some Easter traditions are strongly linked to the Spanish Semanta Santa. Since Easter is the end of the Lent season, food plays a big part in the celebrations. Traditional Easter foods include lamb or goat, artichokes, and special Easter breads that vary from region to region. Pannetone and Colomba (dove shaped) breads are often given as gifts as are hollow chocolate eggs that usually come with a surprise inside. On Easter Monday, some cities hold dances, free concerts, or unusual games often involving eggs. In the Umbrian hill town of Panicale, cheese is the star. Ruzzolone is played by rolling huge wheels of cheese, weighing about four kilos, around the village walls. The object is to get your cheese around the course using the fewest number of strokes. Following the cheese contest, there is a band in the piazza and, of course, wine.

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Ricordi di Carnevale XXXIV Times photos by Times Editor Tom Hemman

Shortly after their declaration: “Let the ball begin,” Regina Mary Anne (Ceraso) and Re John Alioto led fellow members of the royalty to the dance floor for the first official dance of the evening. The 2013 Principe Mason Mueller and Principessa Gina Loeffelholz.

Seen here are Nonno and Nonna Ray and Caroline (Purpero) Besasie, Carnevale royal grandparents.

Royal Pages Zachary Rolf and Alyssa Lieber delivered the crowns to the Re and Regina.

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Piccolo Principe Dominic Bartolone and Piccola Principessa Ella Rose Vollbracht are seen here.

Il Vescovo (Bishop) Frank D’Amato made his grand entrance to Carnevale.


Carnevale’s costume and mask winners

First prize in Carnevale’s costume competition was awarded to Steven Taylor and his wife, Marisa Gatti Taylor. The couple received a Pfister Hotel deluxe one-night accommodations package for two with a Well Spa massage for one of the guests. Here are the second prize winners in Carnevale’s costume competition, Rita and Tom Pisarski. The couple won a Sunday brunch certificate at The Pfister Hotel’s Cafe Rouge.

Decked out as Sonny and Cher, Dick and Sandy Cannestra took third prize in the Carnevale costume competition. The couple was given a $50 gift certificate for the Mason Street Grill at The Pfister Hotel.

First prize in Carnevale’s mask competition went to Jo Schumann with this colorful creation. She won a $50 gift certificate for the Divino Wine & Dine Restaurant.


La Grande Marescialla Marie Lieber wearing her drum major uniform from her days at Brown Deer High School led the parade of those wearing costumes and masks.

Jim Barry captured second prize in the mask competition. His prize was a $25 gift certificate for Sciortino’s Bakery, hand-dipped chocolates, a bottle of win and two movie passes good at any Marcus Theatre.

Taking third prize in the mask competition was James Mlaker with this traditional Carnevale mask. He won a $35 gift certificate for Cafe La Scala, the Italian Community Center’s public restaurant and two movie passes good at any Marcus Theatre.

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More scenes from Carnevale XXXIV

From the left: Upon their introduction Joanne Czubek, Gina Spang and Rosemary DeRubertis made their entrance to Carnevale. Czubek and DeRubertis served as the general chairs of the event. Spang is the president of the ICC.

La Grande Marescialla Marie (Andaloro) Lieber displayed a large photo of Joe Reina placing the crown on his wife Mary’s head during Carnevale 2009 when the Reinas served as the Re and Regina. Numerous photos and slides from past Carnevales were displayed at this year’s event.

To carry out the theme for the 2013 Carnevale – “Memories of Carnevale’ – a display of photographs from past celebrations was set up in the northwest corner of the Pompeii Grand Ballroom. Slides were shown on the east wall. The Italian Community Center has hosted its version of “Il Grande Carnevale” since 1980.

Carnevale’s costume and mask judges are seen here with Rosemary DeRubertis. From the left: fashion blogger Alexis Rose Criscimagna, DeRubertis, artist Timothy Westbrook and Michelle McCarragher an Executive Assistant at The Pfister Hotel. Westbrook is completing his term as Artist-in-Residence at The Pfister.

Members of I Bei Bambini, the Children’s Italian Dance Group, recreated their performance of “Eh! Compari,” which they first performed at Carnevale in 2009. The group is under the direction of Susan (DeSanctis) Christiansen and Maria Mattia.

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Three elaborately decorated sweet tables were set up for the enjoyment of the nearly 400 guests. Most of the sweets were provided by the Vella family of Sciortino’s Bakery on Brady St. in Milwaukee.


Tradizione Vivente, the Italian Dance Group of Milwaukee, performed at the conclusion of the Royal Procession and Coronation.

Carnevale raffle winners selected

The Bill Sargent Big Band performed music throughout the evening for dining and dancing.

President Gina Spang’s message continued ... from page 1 They added a lot of energy to the room and to the event. When I looked out over the crowd at Carnevale, it felt good to see everyone there having a good time. It has been a while since we were together as a group (our Christmas party and our last general membership meeting were cancelled due to inclement weather). It was a great feeling to be addressing the crowed and representing the organization as your President. Our next General Membership meeting is Thursday, Mar. 7. This will be our first meeting with cake and coffee and a short program and/or presentation. For this particular meeting, we will begin at 6:30 pm, have a presentation by a representative from the City of Milwaukee to talk about development within the city and then we will have our business meeting and present committee reports. I look forward to seeing everyone on the 7th! – Gina M. Spang ICC President


Four lucky winners – all members of the Italian Community Center – claimed the cash prizes in the 2013 Carnevale raffle. Here are the winners and prizes: • 1st prize ($500) – Michael Renda of Mequon. • 2nd prize ($300) – Patricia Lorino of Oak Creek. • 3rd prize ($200) – Rose Emanuele of Waukesha. • 4th prize ($100) – Vince Azzolina of West Allis. The winning tickets were drawn during the last hour of the 34th annual Il Grande Carnevale, held at the ICC on Saturday, Feb. 9.

Your Special Occasion Deserves Our Special Attention. Whether you’re planning your wedding reception, an anniversary dinner, a class reunion or a business, religious or civic function, The Italian Conference Center is the perfect venue for your event. The Italian Conference Center offers: • Modern 1st-rate facilities all on one floor with dividable rooms to accommodate groups up to 1,200. • Experienced, helpful event planners. • Acclaimed food service with wide menu choices. • Acres of convenient, free parking. • Convenient location, minutes from freeway access. • Handicapped accessible. • Audio/visual support. For assistance in scheduling and planning your event, contact David or Michelle.

Phone: 414-223-2800 • The Italian Conference Center is located in the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St., a block west of Summerfest in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. MARCH 2013 – PAGE 13

Italian Society and Club News Milwaukee UNICO organizations ready to award scholarships for 77th straight year Continuing a program started 77 years ago, the Milwaukee Chapter of UNICO and the Ladies of UNICO will award several scholarships this spring to high school seniors of Italian descent. The exact number of scholarships to be presented had not been determined

as of press time. To be eligible, applicants must attend a public or private school in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington, Racine, Kenosha or Walworth counties. Additionally, the student must hold an academic standing in the top 20% of the

graduating class and/or a relative standing in the upper 20% on a college aptitude test (ACT or SAT). The spirit of this scholarship is to help needy Italian American seniors. Applications will be reviewed by a committee comprised of nonItalian dignitaries from the

UNICO National offers scholarships for undergraduate and post-graduate studies to students with Italian ancestry Students in the United States who have an Italian ancestry and are interested in pursuing either an undergraduate or post-graduate education may apply for UNICO National scholarships. UNICO National offers four $6,000 undergraduate scholarships and two $6,000 post-graduate scholarships. Presentations are made to recipients at events hosted by local UNICO chapters across the nation in the spring. Recipients are also recognized in the UNICO National Convention Journal, published for the 91st national convention which will take place July 30 - Aug. 3 at the Harbor Beach Marriott in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The criteria that UNICO National uses in selecting its recipients are quite similar to those used by the Milwaukee Chapter in choosing local awardees. The four undergraduate scholarships are designated as the Theodore Mazza Scholarship, the Major Don S. Gentile Scholarship, the William C. Davini Scholarship and the Alphonse A. Miele Scholarship. These awards do not require the applicant to specify a

collegiate major. The Mazza scholarship was established to commemorate the contributions of the late Theodore Mazza of Milwaukee to both the national organization and the Milwaukee Chapter. The first post-graduate award is the Sergeant John Basilone Scholarship. It is available to any public or private college student of Italian extraction who is receiving (or has received) a baccalaureate degree and plans to enroll in a post-graduate program. The second post-graduate award – offered for the fourth consecutive year – is the Dr. Benjamin Cottone Scholarship. Applicants for this award must be at least seniors at a university or graduates of a university who are starting study in the field of medicine or persons who are enrolled in an accredited medical school in the United States. Application forms for all UNICO National scholarships are available online at The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, Apr. 1.

Milwaukee area. Financial need, scholarship, community/school involvement, and personal character are the criteria by which the applicants will be judged. Obtaining a scholarship application Applications will be available on the Milwaukee UNICO website, Click on the documents link found on the sidebar. Application deadline Candidates must submit their applications by Saturday, Mar. 30 to: Scholarship Director of UNICO Milwaukee, 10625 W. North Ave. Suite 300, Wauwatosa, WI 53226. The students may be contacted to attend a personal interview at the Italian Community Center during school hours on Friday, Apr. 12. The scholarships will be presented at a scholarship and awards banquet on the evening of Tuesday, May 14. The recipient or a representative of the recipient must be present to accept the scholarship award. The Milwaukee UNICO scholarship program has awarded over one million dollars in scholarships over the past 76 years. The Milwaukee Chapter of UNICO is celebrating 82 years in existence in 2013.

OSIA’s Mazzei Lodge to swear in Joseph Emanuele as new president By Anita Guerrero The members of the Filippo Mazzei Lodge No. 2763 of the Order Sons of Italy of in America (OSIA) will welcome Joseph Emanuele as their new president on Wednesday, Feb. 20 during the group’s membership meeting. Emanuele, who will serve as president for two years, will succeed William A. Jennaro. Emanuele has worked for the Milwaukee Police Department for more than 20 years and is currently an Identification Systems Specialist in its IT Division. “As the incoming president of OSIA, there are a few things I want to accomplish,” says Emanuele. “First and most important, I want to reach out to the members of the lodge and ask them what they expect from being a member. I want their thoughts on what they think would make the lodge

stronger and more interesting; I am open to suggestions.” He also plans to create a recruitment committee to rejuvenate depleted membership. “I want to reach out to past members who have left and ask them why. I want to welcome them back and assure them that I will represent them with their best interest at hand. However we must also focus on the best interests of OSIA.” OSIA is the largest and longestestablished national organization for men and women of the Italian heritage in the United States. There are over 600,000 members nationwide with a focus on preserving the large cultural heritage of Italy in the states. Emanuele will lead a seasoned group of OSIA officers that includes Peter Russo (Vice President), Joe Palmisano (Treasurer), Virginia Kollasch ( Financial Secretary),

Vince Vitale (Orator), Joe Campagna (Herald), Ralph Busalacchi (Master of Ceramonies), Vincenza Vitale (Mistress of Ceremonies) Charles C. Schultz (Pro Tem Guard), Father Timothy Kitzke (Chaplain) and Trustees Mike Palmisano, Tom Balistreri, Al Rolandi and Ralph Celentani. “An organization is built on its members; the people who represent it are there to work in the best interest of them,” says Emanuele. “It is the duty of the elected officers to listen to the members and govern accordingly.” OSIA Filippo Mazzei Lodge No. 2763 meets every third Wednesday of the month at the Italian Community Center. Council meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Members Room, while general meetings start at 6 p.m. with spuntino and 6:30 p.m. for the formal meeting.

Joseph Emanule

Three Holy Women Parish to present St. Joseph Tavola on Sunday, Mar. 17 at St. Rita Church Three Holy Women Parish is extending an invitation to all to attend a traditional Italian celebration that began hundreds of years ago in Sicily when the people prayed fervently to San Giuseppe to send rain during a severe drought. The rains came, starvation was averted and the people prepared a banquet in thanksgiving to St. Joseph.

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The Christian Women Society of Three Holy Women Parish continues this annual traditon on (or near) the feast of St. Joseph by preparing “La Tavola di San Giuseppe” (St. Joseph’s Table), filling it with meatless dishes, breads and desserts that are sold to attendees. Participants receive a free bread roll and small bowl of past with a traditional meatless sauce

(with or without sardines). A raffle is held for a chance to win one of many wonderful prizes, including restaurant certificates. Money raised through the food sales, raffle and freewill offerings are donated to charitable causes. This celebration will take place Sunday, Mar. 17 at noon in Scalabrini Hall on the campus of

St. Rita Catholic Church, 1601 N. Cass St. following the 10:45 a.m. Mass. The celebration will end at 3 p.m. Three Holy Women Parish is comprised of St. Rita, Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary and St. Hedwig churches, all on Milwaukee’s east side. St. Joseph’s Day is officially Mar. 19 on the church calendar.


Come to the Pompeii Men’s Club Good Friday Fish Fry Buffet on Friday, Mar. 29 The Pompeii Men’s Club will hold their annual Good Friday Fish Fry Buffet at the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St., on Mar. 29. The buffet is the group’s biggest fundraiser and proceeds will benefit their extensive charity work. The meal is all-you-can-eat and

will be served from 4 to 8 pm. The cost will be $12.50 for adults, $6.50 for children ages 4-10 and free for children age 3 and under. The menu for the buffet will consist of breaded and baked cod, coleslaw, potato pancakes, baked potatoes, French fries, popcorn shrimp, mostaccioli with red sauce,

Public invited to Pompeii Women’s Palm Sunday Breakfast Buffet For the 15th year in a row, the Pompeii Women’s Club is hosting a Palm Sunday Breakfast Buffet to which the public is invited. Marie Schwindt, who is chairing this fund-raising breakfast, said the hours for the Mar. 24 event, to be held in the Italian Community Center’s Pompeii Grand Ballroom, are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors to the buffet will find plenty of dining choices. The allyou-can-eat menu includes eggs, ham, pancakes, sausage, bacon, hashed brown potatoes, fresh fruit, Danish pastry, juice, milk, coffee and tea. Prices are $10 for adults and $5.50 for children ages 4 to 12. There is no charge for children age 3 and younger. Guests will be seated upon arrival. Advance reservations are not being accepted. Parking is free in the lot south of the building. Besides the breakfast buffet, there will be a bake sale, several

raffles, free face painting, a coloring contest for the children in attendance and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. More than 30 members are baking homemade treats for the bake sale. The breakfast buffet is the only fundraising activity for the nonprofit Pompeii Women’s Club and is essential for the club’s continuing support of various charitable organizations and projects. The ICC is one of the organizations that has benefited significantly from the club’s charitable giving. “We’re hoping for another large turnout,” said Schwindt. “Your participation and support will be greatly appreciated.” Last year, more than 600 people attended. The Pompeii Women’s Club represents women of Italian heritage and/or association who make an active contribution to the community by providing funds and services to worthy charitable organizations.

Mazzei OSIA invites golfers to register for June 23 outing The Filippo Mazzei Greater Milwaukee Lodge of the Order Sons of Italy in America invites golfers to sign up for a shotgun/scramble on Sunday, June 23 at Ironwood Golf Course in Sussex. The outing will begin at 11 a.m. Participants will be eligible for use of a cart, receipt of golf swing analysis by Dick Wallace (a PGA Pro), grilled Italian sandwiches, Italian buffet dinner, entry in a raffle and chances to win prizes. The golf range will also be open for those who want to practice their swing.

The Italian buffet will be catered by Mia’s of Waukesha. The cost for the program is $110. Those who interested in the dinner only, the cost is $25. To register, contact any of these individuals: Bill Jennaro at 414/224-8660; Peter Russo at 414/418-9045 or Joe Campagna, Jr. at 262/783-6161. Besides golfers, the Mazzei Lodge is seeking sponsors, prize and gift donors and volunteers to grill sandwiches and staff the registration table. If interested, please contact the individuals listed above.

Four individuals to be honored at Sons of Italy Foundation’s 25th NELA gala The Sons of Italy Foundation (SIF) will honor Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, retired General Colin L. Powell, Ski TV Network CEO Robert F. Corrao and actor Gary Sinise at its 25th anniversary National Education & Leadership Awards (NELA) gala in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, May 23. The NELA gala is the SIF’s most important fund-raising and public affairs event, highlighting the foundation’s commitment to educational excellence, leadership and the betterment of society. To date, the NELA gala has helped


the SIF raise nearly $125 million for education, medical research, disaster relief, cultural preservation and other special projects, with more than $51 million in scholarships awards. Actor Joe Mantegna will serve as master of ceremonies for the event at the National Building Museum. General Raymond T. Odierno, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army, will also participate in the program. Gala ticket packages start at $500. For more information, visit the Order Sons of Italy in America website,

cole slaw, tossed salad, Italian bread, watermelon wedges, a beverage of coffee, tea, or milk and dessert. A full range of condiments will be available to accompany the meal. Free parking will be offered in the south lot of the ICC (N. Jackson St. entrance). The event also features a money raffle. The cash prizes are: 1st – $400; 2nd – $100; 3rd – $100; 4th – $100; 5th – $100; 6th – $50; 7th – $50. Raffle tickets are available for $2 each or seven for $5 and can be purchased at the ICC office or by contacting the club’s president Chuck Lazzaro at 414/421-7359, John A. Sanfilippo at 414/282-2667,

Tony Zingale at 414/444-4689 or Joe Palmisano at 414/281-5556. Tickets will also be sold at the Good Friday event. The Pompeii Men’s Club charitable outreach has benefited the Italian Community Center along with several other local organizations, among them the Sojourner Truth House, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, the Ronald McDonald House and Special Olympics of Southeastern Wisconsin. The club also has strong ties to Three Holy Women Parish. It was founded by members of Blessed Virgin of Pompeii Church, the predecessor to St. Rita Church on Cass Street in Milwaukee.

Welcome new Italian Community Center members! The following people became members of the Italian Community Center between Jan. 8 and Feb. 6, 2013. Benvenuti! (Welcome!) Karen Cannestra of Cudahy Maria Cannestra of Milwaukee Kathleen Bartolone of Mequon Scott & Kelly Witz and daughters Evangelynn and Annaliese of Milwaukee Rick & Alice Witz of Franklin Rose Witz of Franklin Marquis Latre Beard of Milwaukee Timothy Westbrook of Milwaukee Cyndie Kerr of Franklin Tom & Mary DiCristo of Brookfield

Marqueritte Purpero, matriarch of large Italian/Irish family, dies at age of 98 Marqueritte Louise Purpero, a former member of the Italian Community Center, died Thursday, Jan. 31 surrounded by her seven children, grandchildren and other family members. She was 98. Purpero was born and raised in Sand Pointe, Idaho on a farm; the only daughter among seven children born to her parents. When Marqueritte was 24, she moved to Milwaukee and met Carl Purpero whom she married in 1940. Ten years later, Carl and Marqueritte moved to Pomona, Calif. for warmer weather and to start a business called The Carmel Nut Shop. In 1955, the couple opened Purp’s Restaurant and the moved into a new location in 1959, renaming their restaurant Breakfast at Carl’s. For years, they worked side by side while raising their seven children. The couple spent the last years of their life together celebrating their love, dancing, laughing and enjoying their deep connection with their children and family. Marqueritte was known not only for the delicious food she prepared at the restaurant, but the loving advise she offered when needed. She was a devote Catholic. She loved listening to music, dancing, cooking and decorating. She is survived by her three

sons Dennis (Ruth), Anthony (Sharon), Rocky (Toni), four daughter Renee, Serifina (Marshall), Maria (Jim) and Caroline (Steve), 13 grandchildren Deanna, Jennifer, Thomas, Joanne, Justin, Ryan, Mathew, Danny, Bradley, Christopher, Caroline, Carlo and Pat and seven great-grandchildren Ava, Doran, Devin, Jaden, Jetta, Violet and Olivia.

Marqueritte Louise Purpero

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Spotlight on Cultural Arts Opera Topics by Angelo Castronovo Some special events we are witness to stay with us for a lifetime. They are memorable moments, and strangely, the types of events are as far back as childhood, school days, sometimes from our journeys and even chance meetings. It can be a piece of music, a song we’ve heard on the radio that once heard is never forgotten. My personal remembrances involve such wonderful pieces as Tchaikowsky’s “Romeo and Juliet fantasy overture as played by The Philadelphia Orchestra under the direction of its longtime director and conductor Eugene Ormandy. There’s also the dramatic and beautiful Beethoven’s Symphony #9 (the choral) with its dramatic last movement sung by four soloists and large chorus. In the vocal department, there’s Enrico Caruso’s version of “Vesti la Giubba” from Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci,” Beniamino Gigli’s interpretation of “The Improviso” from Giordano’s “Andrea Chenier” and many more examples I can think of

and from your own experiences and memories. For many of us, the first time we heard a particular singer will stick in our memories – a particular tenor, a soprano, a baritone or basso. My own personal recall is hearing Caruso, Gigli, Alfredo Krauss and Jussi Bjorling, all tenors, but there was my first hearing of Maria Callas, Leona Warren, Ezio Pinza, Renata Tebaldi, Joan Sutherland and Licia Albanese. Another voice that made a tremendous impression on me was the great Irish tenor John McCormack whose pure tone and style made him a household name for thousands of music lovers across the globe. From a simple beginning, he eventually triumphed in opera and on the concert stage. But, McCormack’s music critics asked if a man who sang sentimental ballads could be considered a serious musician. It should be remembered that his concert audiences were often

composed of many diverse musical tastes. There were the serious music lovers who came to hear the tenor’s excellent performances of Handel, Mozart, Brahm, Schubert and Rachmaninoff and those who waited patiently to hear his renditions of “The Rose of Tralee” and Mother Machree.” One of the leading critics of the day, Ernest Newman paid McCormack this tribute” “. . .Of the millions who enjoyed the singing of John McCormack, few realized what a great artist he was and why. He invariably raised his audiences and with them the most sophisticated listener to his own high level . . . he was a patrician artist.” Returning briefly to the subject of the opera-orchestral composer theme, I’d like to mention English composer Gustav Holst, who was born in 1874 and died in 1934. Holst wrote some 12 operas, most of them unperformed. They include “Savitri,” “The Perfect Pool,” “At

the Boar’s Heard” and “The Wandering Scholar.” His most famous orchestral work is “The Planets.” Among his other works are “St. Paul’s Suite for String Orchestra” and a number of English folk songs. * * * Quotable quote: “Our own heart, and not other men’s opinions, forms our true honor.” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge

L’Angolo del Poeta Prepared by Barbara Collignon and Roberto Ciampi Last month, you read a sonnet about Francesco Petrarca’s love for Laura. Perhaps you wondered, as did I, who was this woman who inspired 365 love sonnets. Did she really exist or was the name “Laura” merely a play on the name “laurel”, the leaves with which Petrarca was honored for being poet laureate? The mystery will always haunt us and perhaps never be truly solved. However, there is some evidence to show Laura was not merely a fiction or a poetic device and that comes from a letter Petrarca wrote to Giacomo Colonna. “What in the world do you say? That I invented the splendid name of Laura so that it might be not only something for me to speak about but occasion to have others speak of me; that indeed there was no Laura on my mind except perhaps the poetic one for which I have aspired as is attested by my long and untiring studies. And finally you say that the truly live Laura by whose beauty I seem to be captured was completely invented, my poems fictitious and my sighs feigned. I wish indeed that you were joking about this particular subject, and that she indeed had been a fiction and not a madness ... This wound will heal in time and that Ciceronian saying will apply to me: ‘Time wounds, and time heals,’ and against this fictitious Laura as you call it, that other fiction of mine, Augustine, will perhaps be of help.” (Translated by Aldo S. Bernardo. State University of New York Press: Albany, New York. 1975. P. 102.) Petrarca saw her first when she was 17 and he 6 years older. Was she aware of his feelings for her? Last month’s sonnet blessed the hour, the day, every detail of the time he first saw her. Strangely enough, she died exactly 21 years to the very hour of that first encounter. Petrarca wrote: “Laura, illustrated by her virtues and well-celebrated in my verse, appeared to me for the first time during my youth in 1327, on April 6, in the Church of Saint Claire in Avignon, in the first hour of the day; and in the same city, in the same month, on the same sixth day at the same first hour in the year of 1348, withdrew from life, while I was at Verona, unconscious of my loss.... Her chaste and lovely body was interred on the evening of the same day in the church of the Minorites: her soul, as I believe, returned to heaven, whence it came.” The cause of her death was not recorded but could be either due to the Black Plague or possi-

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bly pulmonary tuberculosis resulting from 11 childbirths. Several years after her death, Maurice Sceve, a humanist visiting Avignon, had her tomb opened. Inside he discovered a lead box containing a medal representing a woman ripping at her heart and, under that, a sonnet by Petrarca. Which sonnet? I don’t know but here is another for you to enjoy. The language may seem strange since it was written in an older form of Italian but the poem appears below as written. Solo et pensoso i piu deserti campi vo mesurando a passi tardi et lenti, et gli occhi porto per fuggire intenti ove vestigio human l’arena stampi. Altro schermo non trovo che mi scampi dal manifesto accorger de le genti, perche negli atti d’alegrezza spenti di fuor si legge com’io dentro avampi: si ch’io mi credo omai che monti et piagge et fiumi et selve sappian di che tempre sia la mia vita, ch’e celata altrui. Ma pur si aspre vie ne si selvagge cercar non so ch’Amor non venga sempre ragionando con meco, et io co llui. – By Petrarca * * * Alone and thoughtful, the most desolate fields I tread, measuring with slow hesitant steps, keeping my eyes intent on fleeing wherever human footsteps mark the sand. I find no other defence to deliver me from people’s obvious attention, since in my acts of joyfulness extinguished, they see from outside how within I burn.

Laurel leaves and fame have I. Words flow easily from my pen. But I’ve no peace at eventide nor love when day comes to an end. Peacefully flows the river through miles of river bed. But I’ve no peace at eventide for another my love has wed. Laura’s beauty haunts me never to be mine. Nothing can my sorrow cure – not medicine nor wine. Happiness eludes me though laurel leaves adorn my crown. But I’ve no peace at eventide since Laura’s not my own. – By Barbara Collignon * * * Foglie di alloro e fama possiedo. Le parole scorrono facilmente dalla mia penna. Ma io non ho pace quando arriva la sera né amore quando il giorno finisce. In pace scorre il fiume per miglia e miglia sul suo letto. Ma io non ho pace quando arriva la sera poiché un altro ha sposato il mio amore. La bellezza di Laura mi perseguita ma non sarà mai la mia. Nessuno può curare il mio dolore, né medicina né vino. La felicità mi elude sebbene la mia corona sia ornata d’alloro. Ma io non ho pace quando arriva la sera poiché Laura non è mia. – Translated by Roberto Ciampi

So that now I believe the mountains and slopes, rivers and forests are aware of the harshness of my life, hidden from others. Yet, I can find no path so wild or harsh that love will not always come there to reflect with me, and I with him. – Translated by Roberto Ciampi and Barbara Collignon * * * I’ve attempted a poem a la Petrarca. It’s not a sonnet since it has an extra line but the content and sentiments reflect those of the sonnet master.


Italians married in Milwaukee: 1897-1925 Part V Compiled by Mario A. Carini, Italian Community Center Historian Introductory Notes The Milwaukee Marriage Index: 1897-1925 includes the name of the individual married and the month and year the marriage took place. Information contained in the Milwaukee Marriage Index:1926-1940 was compiled by this researcher in January of 1993 and will be featured in The Italian Times at future dates. The Milwaukee Marriage Index: 1941-1955 was previously published in The Italian Times. Reporting of the volume Milwaukee Marriage Index was obtained from the Milwaukee County Historical Society and copies at the City of Milwaukee Legislative Reference Bureau. These works are all copyrighted and an original copy is at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. for all time. Please keep in mind that these marriages were actualized only in the City of Milwaukee. Accordingly, if you were married outside the city limits (e.g., Shorewood, West Allis, Cudahy), your name won’t appear in this listing. Names appearing here are listed and spelled exactly as found in the marriage volumes. If you know of a relative who was married in Milwaukee during the time period 1897-1925 and that relative’s name does not appear in these listings, please contact the Milwaukee County Historical Society. Surname of bridegrooms appears in parenthesis after bride’s name. Note: This series appears in all issues of The Italian Times. Since the newspaper is not available in print every month, please check out the online edition, found at, to see this column on a continuous basis. In addition, please watch for an addendum to this series. These are the names of Italians married between 1897 and 1925 who were not part of athe original records for reasons unbeknown to this researcher. Name Married Gendusa, Vincenzo Sep-1915 Genetti, Catherine (Petroski) Jul-1920 Gennaro, Biago Apr-1910 Gennaro, Ginsepp (Gentile) Oct-1900 Gennaro, Thomas Sep-1914 Geraci, Crocifissa (Ricciardi) Jul-1906 Geraci, Domenica (Busacaglia) May-1902 Geraci, Giovanni Feb-1913 Gardetto, August Sep-1925 Gardetto, Dominic Feb-1921 Gardetto, Giuseppi Jul-1923 Gardetto, Maria (Martinelli) Apr-1908 Gardetto, Savino Sep-1925 Garello, Tommaso Oct-1911 Gariglietti, Peter Sep-1923 Garofolo, Josie (Stanfa) Dec-1921 Garofani, Adolfo Aug-1920 Gendusa, Benedetto Nov-1909 Gendusa, Joseph Jun-1915 Gendusa, Vincenzo Sep-1915 Genettl, Catherine (Petroski) Jul-1920 Gennaro, Biagio April-1910 Gennaro, Ginsepp (Gentile) Oct-1900 Gennaro, Thomas Sep-1914 Geraci,Crocifissa (Ricciardi) Jul-1906 Geraci, Domenica (Buscaglia) May-1902 Geraci, Giovanni Feb-1913 Geraci, Joseph Oct-1913 Geraci, Madaline (Pecoraro) Sep-1914 Gerocie, Murzita (Ferlazzo) Sep-1907 Giacalone, Pasquale Sep-1914 Giacomini, Marianna (Nasprini) Apr-1917 Giacomo, Castiglione Nov-1914 Giacona, Katharine (Angelino) Oct-1906 Giaimo, Angelina (Clementi) Oct-1911 Giaimo, Giuseppe Apr-1917 Giaimo, Sam Sep-1921 Gialdini, Alfredo Oct-1922 Giallombardo, Glovanna (Cinquemani) Sep-1917 Giandrone, Peter Feb-1923 Gianella, Adele (Osborne) Jan-1915 Giangrazzi, Frank Apr-1920 Gianguinto, Philip Nov-1924 Gianotti, Joseph May-1921 Gilani, Elizabetha (Rabolt) Oct-1911 Glnocchio, Victor Feb-1913 Gioacchino, Accomando Nov-1924 Giocchino, Sara Jan-1910 Giolitto, Paolina (Alessi) Aug-1910 Glolombardo, Rosolia (Tripoli) Nov-1915 Giomatare, Jeomola (Forkas) May-1913 Giordano, Antonio May-1917 Giordano, Antonio Oct-1915 Giordano, Erminia (Leibundget ) Nov-1920 Giordina, Nick Oct-1925 Giorgetti, Beh Aug-1922 Giorgi, Flaminia (Airoldi) Jan-1900 Giorgi, Frank Jan-1914 Giorgio, Antonio Oct-1911 Giovanelli, Cesaro Dec-1920 Giovanelli, Cisaro Sep-1917 Giovanelli, Maria (Parabicoli) Apr-1923 Giovannelli, Angela (Marchetti) Dec-1917 Giovannini, Catherine (Seri) Dec-1918 Giuffre, Felicia (Merlo) Jul-1916 Gluffre, John May-1925 Giuli, Anthony Feb-1920 Giuli, Domenico Apr-1925 Giuli, Joseph Jan-1920 Giuli, Marie (Logue) Feb-1920 Giuliana, Bartolomeo Dec-1921 Giuliani, Augusto Apr-1911 Giuntoli, Julian Sep-1919 Giuntoli, Mary (Buffa) Feb-1919 Giuntoli, Rose (Giuntoli) Sep-1919 Giuntoli, Rose (Marchi) Sep-1920 Glorioso, Frances (Caravella) Sep-1913 Glorioso, Joseph Oct-1912 Graco, Pietro Oct-1919 Greco, Domico Jan-1921 Greco, Frank Apr-1910 Greco, Nicola Nov-1914


Name Married Greco, Rose (Alfredi) Mar-1923 Gregorio, Marietta (Simeone) Jul-1924 Grilli, Irena (Carlos) Oct-1913 Groppi, William Apr-1912 Grovanini, Bartomao Jun-1924 Guimina, Antonio Nov-1925 Gumina, Joseph Apr-1924 Gumina, Joseph Sep-1925 Gumina, Rose (Sansone) Jul-1914 Gumina, Vincenzo Nov-1925 Galineti, Constanso April-1920 Gallina, Anglia (Shona) Jun-1906 Galluzzo, Antonio Oct-1910 Gayli8na, William Nov-1914 Gebbia, Rosario May-1920 Gentile, August Mar-1913 Gentile, Engi (Dimmaggio) Jan-1916 Gentile, Giuseppe Oct-1900 Gentile, Maria (Gaglione) Nov-1901 Gentile, Matteo Oct-1905 Gentile, Nunziata (Machi) May-1903 Gentilli, Joseph May-1917 Gentilli, Mary(D'Amico) Oct-1923 Gervasi, Giacomo Nov-1917 Gigante, Antonia (Geraci) Feb-1913 Gigante, Joseph Aug-1910 Gigante, Serafina (Alioto) Aug-1920 Gigante, Serafina (Ciauri) Mar-1923 Gifre, Francesco Dec-1901 Gindusa, Rosalia (Capra) Feb-1904 Glaettli, Anna (Pastillo) Dec-1911 Gramona, Catterina (Tomassini) Oct-1915 Grasso, Nunzia (Padovano) Jul-1917 Grippa, Guiseppe Sep-1907 Grippo, Salvatore Nov-1912 Guaci, Nunctia (Natoli) Dec-1910 Guardalabene, G. B. Sep-1907 Guardalabene, Josephine (Bellant) Aug-1906 Guerino, Francesco Apr-1906 Guglielmino, Joe May-1917 Guidotti, Rhea (Olsen) Jul-1912 Guiliani, Rose (Graff) May-1925 Guilioni, Christina (Pedrotti Jr.) Dec-1924 Guzzetta, Josephine (Kretlow Jr.) Jul-1924 Gazzano, Carmello Nov-1920 Iademaro, Victoria (Mastropito) Apr-1912 Iannelli, Michael Aug- 1923 Ignazzitto, Rocco Jun-1922 Ignina, Edward May-1918 Ingelli, Ernest Mar-1916 Ingrilli, Rosaria (Giuffre) May-1925 Iraci , Peter May-1924 Iraci, Viola (Romano) Mar-1924 Italiano, Josephine (Crise) Aug-1923 Iversetti, Fred Mar-1913 Jacapetti, Frederico Oct-1914 Jaccobucci, Mary (Roux) Mar-1898 Jacomini, Sabatino Jan-1905 Jamio, Rose (Valenti) Jul-1913 Juliano, Angeline (Daddato) Oct-1922 Jennaro, Ann (Vitucci) Apr-1920 Jendusa, Frank Sep-1921 Jermanotta, Anthony Oct-1924 Jiaimo, Concetta (Geracie) Sep-1919 LaBarbera, Grace (Taramlo) Sep-1925 Labriola, Paul Jul-1913 LaBua, Francesco Jan-1910 LaBua, Marla (Nobile) Jan-1901 LaCarte, Catherine (Sardina) Jul-1917 LaCascio, Angela (LaBua) Jan-1910 Lacascio, Frank Sep-1916 Lacicero, Concettina (Greco) Nov-1914 Lalicala, Charila (Brunetto) Jul-1913 Lalicatto, John Sep-1908 Lambardo, Mary (Gigante) Feb-1923 LaMonte, Mary (Mineo) Apr-1924 LaMonte, Salvatore Dec-1920 LaPatti, Domatrlc Apr-1924 LaPiana, Frank Dec-1920 LaPiana Lillian (LaPiana) Jun-1917 Laporta, Carmelo Sep-1907 Laporta, Gluseppina (Laporta) Sep-1907

Name Married Laporta, Mario Jul-1925 LaPorte, Sara (Milano) Sep-1921 Lario, Catherine (Cushing) Jun-1897 LaRosa, Joseph Dec-1914 LaRosa, Joseph Oct-1920 LaRosa, Salvatore Oct-1921 LaRosa, Vincenzo Dec-1923 LaRussa, Joseph Mar-1922 LaRusso, Anna (Hill) Apr-1912 LaRusso, Frank Apr-1910 Lascari, Maria (DeBella) Jan-1921 Lascari, Nicholes Jan-1914 Lasinto, Dominic Apr-1921 Lasuro, Sebastiano Apr-1913 LaTona, Angela (LaTond) Jan-1911 LaTona, Vincent Jan-1911 LaTona, Frank Nov-1915 Lavoro, John Dec-1916 Lavoro, Lena (Pintavro) Dec-1916 Lazzaro, Giaconio Nov-1913 Lazzaro, Giuseppe Oct-1901 Lazzaro, Pauline (Charles) Apr-1918 Lazzaro, Salvadore Jun-1908 Lazzaroni, Josey (Pacine) Oct-1907 Leone, Antonina (?) Dec-1910 Leone, Damion Oct-1911 Leone, Gaetana (Foti) Jan-1916 Leone, Josephine (Ernesto) Feb-1916 Leone, Vita (Capizzi) Sep-1914 Liberti, Mary (Zlino) Oct-1905 Liberto, Maria (Merenda) Aug-1902 Liberto, Natale Jan-1920 Licari, Antonia (Sanfilippo) Aug-1910 Licari, Christine (Bucellato) Mar-1906 Licari, Mamie (Di Piazza) Apr-1912 Licari, Michael Feb-1920 Licata, Angela (Colla) Dec-1910 La Carcio, Philipie (Di Bella) Jun-1908 La Carcio, Vincenza (D’Aquisto) Jan-1910 La Cicero, Cula (Balistrieri) Oct-1925 Locicero, Elvira (Manera) Aug-1915 Locicero, Feliz Dec-1906 Locicero, Gioachlno Feb-1912 Locicero, Joseph Sep-1905 Locicero, Paul Sep-1922 Locicero, Pasquail Dec-1913 Lococo, Angeline (Labera) May-1921 Lococo, Anna (Colli) Nov-1922 Lococo, Carmela (Vinci) Jun-1919 Lococo, Joseph Dec-1923 Lococo, Rosie (Lococo) Dec-1923 LoCorcio, Jennie (Silvestri) Aug-1910 LoDuca, Stefano Feb-1920 Logalbo, Caterina (Palazotto) Nov-1922 Loicano, Mariano Apr-1910 Lombardo, Anna (Marino) Apr-1924 Lombardo, Carlo Sep-1924 Lombardo, Mandalena (Faccidomo) Dec-1910 Lombardozzi, Anunziata (Virgili) Jun-1918 LoMonaco, Gioacchino Jun-1915 Lopresti, Josephine (Letizia) Sep-1921 Lopresti, Joseph Jan-1922 Lopresti, Marian (Balistreri) Feb-1920 Lopresti, Salvatore Dec-1912 Lorino, Thomas Oct-1923 Lotona, Venzanza (Stracagnolo) Nov-1917 Lozzaro, Salvatore Oct-1900 Luchini, Ferruccio Jun-1919 Luchini, Reinhardt Dec-1910 Luchesi, William Jun-1901 Lucchini, Ferruccio Feb-1906 Ludovici, Charlotte (Rathmann) Jul-1901 LaDomita, Cologerus Aug-1909 Lama, Ignazio Apr-1918 Lamacchia, Maria (Giuli) Apr-1925 Lamalfa, Madeline (Ruvolo) Jun-1923 Lagorio, Frank May-1913 LaManna, Jack Apr-1916 Lamoglla, Angelina (Leceina) Dec-1910 Lamia, Sebastiano Mar-1907 Lanza, Marie (Berton) Aug-1905 To be continued in the next issue

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LA PAGINA ITALIANA a cura di Enrica Tarantino-Woytal

2013: Un Anno da Celebrare con Musica Barocca Tutta Veneziana La Chiesa di Saint Robert in Shorewood ospita il 2 marzo prossimo il gruppo Camerata Milwaukee in un’iniziativa realizzata con il patrocinio dell’Istituto di Cultura a Chicago Un solo anno, il 2013, per promuovere e valorizzare il patrimonio culturale, economico e scientifico dell’Italia negli Stati Uniti può sembrare poco, ma il messaggio che il governo italiano intende portare avanti con questa iniziativa è senz’altro lodevole. Una lettura delle attività organizzate per il “2013 Anna della Cultura Italiana negli Stati Uniti” dal governo in collaborazione con l’Ambasciata d’Italia a Washington, gli Istituto di Cultura Italiani, i Consolati Generali e le imprese presenti negli Stati Uniti, sembra rispondere con determinatezza all’esigenza di sviluppare tra il pubblico statunitense una maggiore dimestichezza con la ricchezze e la molteplicità della cultura italiana, non solo trascorsa ma anche moderna e contemporanea (per un elenco delle attività e delle località si veda (http;// A Milwaukee, il programma prende avvio con un’iniziativa musicale, che si terrà il 2 marzo prossimo, nata dalla collaborazione tra il gruppo di musica locale Camerata Milwaukee e l’Istituto di Cultura Italiano di Chicago. La bellissima chiesa in stile romanico-lombardo di Saint Robert in Shorewood, ospiterà Camerata Milwaukee per un concerto dedicato esclusivamente alla musica barocca veneziana. Come già in precedenza diversi solisti accompagneranno il gruppo nei singoli pezzi e il soprano Ruth Brown interpreterà in italiano una bellissima cantata della compositrice Barbara Strozzi, Mark Koneko, professore di musica all’Università Marquette, introdurrà il concerto con la sua accattivante verve espositiva illustrandone contorno storico e caratteristiche compositive. Il concerto, offerto dal gruppo di archi e clavicembalo (consultabile all’indirizzo prevede musiche di Gabrrieli, Albinoni, Marcello, Strozzi e Vivaldi. Un programma ambizioso che verrà eseguito della Camerata con l’usuale maestria e accuratezza storica. A partire dal 2010 questo gruppo di musicisti operanti a Milwaukee si propone di veicolare in modo composito ma tutt’altro che impenetrabile l’immensa varietà musicale che ha caratterizzato la produzione barocca in Europa. Non stupisce quindi che nel cammino intrapreso la Camerata voglia ora sperimentarsi con la musica veneziana. Pensare a Venezia e soprattutto al periodo Barocco implica assaporarne tutta l’esuberanza e la ricchezza espressiva. Ormai sulla strada del declino nel campo commerciale, principalmente a causa della scoperta delle Americhe, Venezia si ripiega su se stressa durante il barocca e traduce la propria ambizione in sfavillo artistico. A partire dal Seicento, la ricchezza della Serenissima comincia a risiedere in un rigoglio non più solo di acque, imprese commerciali e conquiste territoriali, ma di attività creative in campo visuale, musicale, architettonico e letterario. Questa composita creatività artistica prenderà il posto delle battaglie e dei commerci e accompagnerà Venezia fino alla fine della sua indipendenza, avvenuta per mano di Napoleone Bonaparte nel 1797. Nella prima metà del Seicento, esistevano a Venezia, tra canali e calle, ben più di quindici teatri, molti dei quali privati; a questi si aggiungevano le Accademie (termine che indicava non solo un’associazione di letterati ma anche una musicale), saloni di palazzi nobili e ville borghesi e, infine, i quattro Ospedali della città che non solo accoglievano gli orfani e trovatelli (in numero molto cospicuo visti i costumi dell’epoca) ma fungevano anche da Conservatori nel senso attuale del termine. In tutti questi edifici la musica occupava la scena principale, veniva composta e messa in musica con un’agevolezza che perfino ai nostri tempi così sregolatamente frettolosi può sembrare inaudita. Una lanterna inghirlandata, appesa all’entrata di un palazzo o di una villa, indicava che un concerto era in corso e invitata i passanti a entrarvi. Il pubblico, sempre folto, era dei più svariati: religioso o laico, regale, nobile ma anche chiassosamente plebeo. Il programma offerto il due marzo sembra voler riprendere e illustrare proprio quella floridezza di composizioni e personalità che caratterizzavano Venezia. Se Albinoni, Gabrieli a Vivaldi risultano tra i più familiari all’ascoltatore contemporaneo, gli spettatori veneziani del periodo riconoscevano senz’altro in Mercello l’autore di veri e propri successi musicali, un nobiluomo arrivato alla composizione per arcadico diletto e ricerca di forme perfette, in modo quindi molto diverso da Vivaldi, obbligato a comporre per necessità finanziare e spesso per cantanti viziati. Molto interessante rimane sicuramente la figura di Barbara Strozzi nata a Venezia nel 1619 e autrice di musiche strumentali per

Sanremo, restyling in sala stampa Fiori sul logo del festival, non sul tavolo delle conferenze E’ restyling nella sala stampa dell’Ariston. Quest’anno alle spalle del tavolo delle conferenze stampa, dove ogni giorno siedono i protagonisti del festival di Sanremo - dai conduttori agli artisti, passando per i dirigenti Rai - e’ stato realizzato un enorme

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pannello con un nuovo logo di Sanremo. A prevalere sono i toni del beige, bianco e bronzo. Novità anche per quanto riguarda i famosi fiori della riviera sanremese usati per tradizione per decorare il tavolo delle conferenze stampa.

l’accompagnamento dei madrigali scritti dal padre e numerosi componimenti lirici per voce soprano, strumenti e basso continuo. Figlia adottiva e fors’anche naturale del letterato e librettista Giulio Strozzi, Barbara Strozzi impersona la figura della donna veneziana che nel Rinascimento, prima, e nel Barocco, poi, comincia a dedicarsi alle quello degli Strozzi; è in casa del padre infatti che Barbara cresce e viene a contatto con gli intellettuali che vi si riunivano nell’Accademia degli Unisoni in questa stessa casa la giovane Barbara riceve lezioni da Francese Cavalli, compositore e maestro di cappella alla Basilica di San Marco e i frequentatori dell’Accademia vi ascolteranno i primi componimenti della Strozzi, componimenti che lei stessa interpreterà. Condividendo un destino comune ad altre artiste donne veneziane – si pensi alla miniaturista Rosalba Carriera – la Strozzi rimarrà sentimentalmente sola, sarà madre di figli naturali e sarà accusata di essere una cortigiana. Quanto vere siano queste accuse e quanto poco in accordo con le usanze dei tempi e soprattutto di Venezia è facile da comprendersi. Quello che rimane vero è che la Strozzi non riuscirà mai a raggiungere una posizione pubblicamente riconosciuta, e ciò malgrado la bellezza e l’originalità della sua musica. E dunque, si ricompongono, così, come dietro una maschera, nel virtuosismo della musica barocca, tutti gli affetti e i dolori del diversi compositori. Che sia nella forma della cantata, della sonata, o del concerto, le esuberanze di questi protagonisti e della città che il ha plasmati si dissolvono in un’armonia di suoni. In fondo non è un caso che a dispetto di tutte le contraddizioni incrostatesi attraverso i secoli in calli, canali e ponti sbilenchi, Venezia sia ancora oggi chiamata la Serenissima.

Ilaria e Irene a Sanremo,noi cantautrici Saranno le portabandiera del cantautorato rosa al festival di Sanremo. Ilaria Porceddu e Irene Giotto sono le uniche due donne in gara nella categoria Giovani. E ne vanno fiere. ‘’Nel mondo cantautoriale le

donne sono in minoranza, sembra ancora di stare negli anni Cinquanta’’, dice all’ANSA Irene Ghiotto. ‘’L’uomo e’ cantautore e la donna interprete, fa parte della nostra cultura’’, aggiunge Ilaria.

Sanremo, anche una statua per Mike Da centro citta’ durante una delle serate del 63/mo Festival Fabio Fazio inaugurerà in diretta durante il Festival una statua che la città di Sanremo dedica a Mike Bongiorno. Lo ha rivelato oggi nel corso di una passeggiata in centro. Fazio si e’ fermato in via Escoffier, dove probabilmente la statua verra’

installata. Un sopralluogo per la statua? ‘’No, un sopralluogo per il caffè, più che altro - ha risposto -. Siamo usciti per bere un caffè e mi han detto: ‘Vedi?, laggiù metteranno la statua di Mike’. La inaugureremo durante il Festival.”

Maltempo, neve alle isole Eolie Imbiancate cime Stromboli, Lipari, Salina e Filicudi Neve e temperature basse anche nelle sette isole Eolie: le cime di Salina, Stromboli, Filicudi e Lipari sono bianche. Lungo la strada provinciale del quartiere Quattropani, a Lipari, il camion della spazzatura e quattro

auto sono rimaste impantanate e c’e‘ voluto l’intervento dei vigili del fuoco per liberare i mezzi. Anche due giorni fa si era registrata una nevicata che aveva imbiancato alcune spiagge.


Victory School’s Italian Immersion Program report By Annette Robertson This month was The Victory School PBIS incentive trip to the Milwaukee Wave game. All students in first through eighth grade who had exhibited stellar behavior were invited. The 300 students that were able to attend are to be commended. PBIS is short for Positive Behavioral Interventions

and Supports. Two of the Milwaukee Wave players also visited Victory School for a pre-game pep rally. Students were treated to some exciting drills and were shown a glimpse of what it takes to be a professional athlete. Due to the much appreciated visit by the players, the students are excited for their upcoming soccer

season. By the way, Victory is looking for soccer coaches. If readers are looking for a fun way to support students, contact Mr. Barton, the gym teacher. The four year olds have been celebrating having reached their goal of attending their first year of school for 100 days. They made collages using 100 Cheerios or minia-

ture marshmallows in designs to illustrate their accomplishment. In honor of Carnevale, the four year olds created masks with crayon, sparkles and sequins. Their colorful masks are on display for viewing at the school. The third grade students have been learning loads of new things and are engaged in great projects! They have spent the last month up to their ears in jazz music! As a class, they read the book “Dizzy” about the life of the trumpet player Dizzy Gillespie. Students also read about other famous jazz and soul musicians and created paintings displaying how music or an instrument makes them feel. Their music teacher Mr. S. also brought in trumpets, trombones and saxophones to introduce the class to the sound and sight of the instruments. They have linked their Italian unit to music as well by exploring music genres, instruments and important musical phrases in Italian.

Maratona di Roma to be held on Mar. 17 The 19th annual Rome Marathon (known as the “Maratona di Roma”) will be held on Sunday, Mar. 17 in Rome, Italy. The 42-km marathon – in which more than 12,000 athletes are expected to participate – will start at 9 a.m. in front of the Coliseum. The route continues through the narrow, winding streets of the Eternal City. Runners will pass by St. Peter’s Basilica, the Piazza di Spagna, the Piazza Navona, and countless other landmarks. Alongside the more serious and intensive Maratona di Roma, a parallel event is held for those less athletically inclined. Known as “La Stracittadina,” this “Roma Fun Run” is geared toward families and seniors and benefits dozens of Roman charities.

Festa della Donna celebrated in Italy on Mar. 8 On Mar. 8, Italians will honor the women in their lives by celebrating the national holiday known as “La Festa della donna” (“Women’s Festival”). The day is usually marked by the presentation of yellow mimosa flowers to wives, mothers, sisters and daughters. As innocent as the sentiment of the holiday sounds, its roots are actually in early 20th century women’s movements. On Mar. 8, 1917, there was a large woman-led protest calling for the end of World War I. The mimosa flower blooms in early March. Their association with La Festa della Donna began in post-World War II Rome, when it is believed that men began to present the women in their lives with the delicate flower as a token of respect and appreciation. Festa della Donna is a big day for restaurants across Italy like Mother’s Day is in the United States.


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Oldies But Goodies Spectacular presents its reunion show before full house at ICC

A full house was on hand for the Feb. 2 concert presented in the Festa Ballroom by the Oldies But Goodies Spectacular and many other their musical friends. The concert brought together many of the singers and musicians who played in Milwaukee’s biggest rock-and-roll bands in the 1950s and 1960s. The Oldies But Goodies Spectacular is seen performing

here with its three lead vocalists Tony Clementi, Kim Marie and Chuck Travis. Many of the concert-goers enjoyed dinner and cocktails at Cafe La Scala, the Italian Community Center’s public restaurant, before, during and after the show. The restaurant is adjacent to the Festa Ballroom. (Times photo by Tom Hemman)

Copies of vintage photos displayed at ICC or Festa available through Milwaukee County Historical Society

Having up to 300 dinner guests?

Persons interested in acquiring a copy of any of the vintage Italian American photographs that are displayed throughout the year at the Italian Community Center or during the four days of Festa Italiana must contact the Milwaukee County Historical Society (MCHS) to obtain the photo, ICC Historian Mario A. Carini announced. “The Historical Society is the

keeper of all of the negatives,” Carini said, who donated a massive collection of artifacts, photos and other memorabilia to the society on behalf of the ICC and the early Italian immigrants in 2010. Please contact either Steve Daily or Amanda Koehler at the MCHS. They can be reached at 414/2737487 or 414/273-8288.

Make Cafe La Scala your Wednesday and Friday night Fish Fry destination. Cafe La Scala, the public restaurant at the Italian Community Center, is serving an All-You-Can-Eat Fantastic Fish Fry every Wednesday & Friday night during Lent.

Just $10.95 (plus tax) Enjoy Icelandic Cod – deep fried or broiled – with all the trimmings and your choice of soup or salad.

Cafe La Scala, 631 E. Chicago St. Phone: 414/223-2185 Cafe La Scala and the Italian Community Center are a block west of Summerfest in the Historic Third Ward.

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Entertain them at the Italian Conference Center’s FESTA BALLROOM. A gorgeous setting in which to enjoy great food! The Italian Conference Center in the Italian Community Center 631 E. Chicago St. (a block west of Summerfest) Call David or Michelle at 414/ 223-2800 to reserve your party or meeting space at the ICC. Visit:


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