Sunday, Feb. 19: Esercito Concertante with Luisa Sello

Esercito Concertante

Featuring Luisa Sello, Anton Niculescu,  & Aurora Sabia with special guest Charles Mengine

Sunday, Feb. 19 | 5 p.m. | Heinz History Center’s Detre Library & Archives

$15 adults, $12 seniors, $10 students, military, Mondo Italiano and History Center members 

Inspired by the 100th anniversary of World War I, an army of musicians will transform the letters of soldiers from the war from pain into art. This original program is inspired by letters by Pittsburgh soldier Paul Howe (Paul Howe Papers and Photographs, 1902-2005, MSS 734, Detre Library & Archives at the Heinz History Center) and coordinated in partnership with Istituto Mondo Italiano.

This event features live instrumentation by international Italian flutist Luisa Sello, cellist Anton Niculescu, and pianist Aurora Sabia and readings performed by actor Charles Mengine.

The concert is a part of the project ‘Great Music’ supported by the Region Friuli Venezia Giulia and organized by the Association Amici della Musica of Udine and is included in the calendar of the Events for the celebration of the ‘World War 1915-1918.’ 

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Italian-Americans: Find Your Roots in the Old Country

On Monday, February 20th, at 1 PM, at the Mt Lebanon Public Library, Rich Venezia will be presenting Italian-Americans: Find Your Roots in the Old Country. The lecture is free and open to the public. The lecture will be genealogical in nature, and is geared towards both beginners and intermediate-level researchers who are interested in learning more about their Italian heritage.

They will be discussing tips on finding the exact place of Italian origin, the basics of Italian records, what’s available and where, and tips and tricks for finding elusive ancestors. Discover your famiglia and make Nonna proud!

The lecture is being sponsored by Mt Lebanon Genealogy Society, with more information here:

More information on Rich’s lectures can be found here:

See You on Italian Heritage Day!

Come and see us at the Heinz History Center for Italian Heritage Day this Sunday from 10am-3pm! Sample our delicious homemade bread and Aroma seasoning. And back by popular demand—we will also be selling our ‘Don’t be a Chooch’ shirts as well as other great merchandise. Stop by and say hello!


Sebastian Maniscalco Brings His Hilarious “Aren’t You Embarrassed?” National Tour to Pittsburgh

Levity_Sebastian_Blue Back ground photo credit Anders KrusbergOn Saturday, April 30th, the Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall in Munhall, PA, presents the hilarious Sebastian Maniscalco. Sebastian’s specialty is saying what we’re all thinking, but when he says it, it’s a whole lot funnier. Fans across North America show up in droves to see Sebastian’s dead-on social commentary on marriage, family and his Italian upbringing. From the moment Sebastian takes the stage, his hilarious facial expressions and animated delivery has his audience totally captivated, in the moment and hysterically laughing.

Maniscalco is now hard at work on his first memoir expected in 2016, titled “Where You Wanna Eat?” combining his two favorite things: comedy and food.  The memoir by Maniscalco and co-author Alan Eisenstock will explore Maniscalco’s dining experiences and dos and don’ts from a lifetime as a diner, waiter and keen observer of human nature through a series of his most memorable meals (Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster).

The first glimpse at the table-side humor audiences can expect from Maniscalco in his memoir was seen when he joined Jerry Seinfeld for “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee.” 

Sebastian recently landed a new pilot on NBC in which he is set to Executive Produce and star in. The new pilot is inspired by his life and comedy along with writer Austen Earl and Greg Garcia (Amigos De Garcia Productions).

After nearly a dozen sold-out performances in New York City’s comedy circuit in the last year alone, the Chicago-born-and-bred turned Los Angeles native has tapped Manhattan as the backdrop for his newest comedy special, to be filmed in May of 2016 at the historic Beacon Theatre. This highly-anticipated new hour of skepticism follows up Sebastian’s 2015 Showtime standup special and DVD “Aren’t You Embarrassed?” in which millions tuned in to see his witheringly sarcastic and exasperated take on modern behavior and etiquette. [Read more…]

The Ultimate Sacrifice: The Story of St. Valentine

st-valentineBy Alberto Macchione

We give our loved ones cards and chocolates each year to mark the international day of Romance, St Valentine’s Day, February 14th. But who is Saint Valentine and what did he do?

There is much conjecture about whether there are two or three Saint Valentine’s or whether they are in the fact the same person.

‘THE” Saint Valentine however is known to be a Roman Priest who existed under the reign of Emperor Claudius II in the 3rd Century AD and day was declared as St. Valentine’s Day by Pope Gelasius I in the 5th Century AD.

Rome was amidst heavy engagement in all directions. The Romans were waging civil war in Milan and several threats existed from the Goths while attacks were being waged in the west against the Gallic Empire. [Read more…]