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This edition: May 2010

Episode Details

Original tape date: May 10, 2010.

First on ITALICS, we take you Albany, New York, the State Capital, for the 29th annual New York Conference of Italian American State Legislators Weekend Conference. On Monday evening, the weekend Conference traditionally ends with the Festa Italiana, held at the nearby Troy Italian American Community Center. The Festa Italiana is the Capital Region’s largest Italian street fair and is attended by many members of NY State Government, regardless of ethnicity. As a preview for those attending this year’s Weekend Conference, which takes place on June 13th & 14th, 2010, we’ll show you some of the highlights from the proceedings of last years 2009 Legislator’s Weekend Conference amd Festa Italiana.

Next ITALICS takes you to the art exhibition Piccole Belle Cose: Small Beautiful Things, at the Garibaldi Meucci Museum on Staten Island, N.Y.Piccole Belle Cose consists of works that can only be called small in stature. All of art in the exhibition was created by members of the Italian American Visual Artists Network, also known as IAVANET. Piccole Belle Cose will be on exhibition until July 3rd, 2010 at the GMM.

Then ITALICS introduces you to the newly formed Amore Opera Company, which has arisen from the ashes of the late beloved Amato Opera Company. You’ll meet key members of the company and learn how to get tickets for their last show of the season, The Magic Flute, which is ending soon.

Guest List

Hon. Peter Abbate Treasurer, New York Conference of Italian American State Legislators

Hon. Ronald Canestrari NY State Assemblyman, New York Conference of Italian American State Legislators

Tony DeNonno DeNonno Productions Inc.

RoAnn Destito NY State Assemblywoman

Hon. Thomas P. DiNapoli New York State Comptroller

Hon. Ginny Fields Conference Vice President, New York Conference of Italian American State Legislators

Hon. Joseph Griffo 2009 NYCIASL Senator of the Year

Richard Laurenzi Founder, K/IAVANET/Italian American Visual Artist Network

Dominic Mantuano American Tenor

David A. Pope President & CEO, Generoso Pope Foundation, Inc.

Hon. Diane Savino New York State Senator( D-23rd SD)

Sheldon Silver Speaker, New York State Assembly (D)

Dr. Aileen Riotto Sirey Chairwoman/Founder, NOIAW

Cav. Anthony Julian Tamburri, PhD. Dean and Executive Director, The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute