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Happy National Italian-American Heritage Month!

Every year, the United States president signs an executive order that makes October National Italian-American Heritage Month. October was chosen because it coincides with Columbus Day (probably the first Italian to grace North American shores) and was designed to recognize the incredible contributions Italian-Americans have made to American culture.

Italian-Americans are the fourth largest European ethnic group with 5.5 million Italians immigrating to the United States between 1820 and 2004. 80% of the immigrants came from southern Italy, escaping overpopulation and massive unemployment. While they initially worked as unskilled, manual laborers upon their arrival, by 1990 65% of Italian-Americans held managerial, professional or white-collar jobs demonstrating the perseverance and determination that’s characteristic of Italian culture. Ever heard of the Roman Empire? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2011 in Seasonal

 

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Hot Tickets: New York

Every Friday at noon, EST, Brown Paper Tickets posts upcoming events happening in the New York area. Here are hot tickets for events coming up. Check back for stellar events that fit the interests of locals and tourists alike.

Starting TONIGHT! Antinous – Antinous is a tragedy — a tale about the fated love that grew between an adolescent and a middle-aged man. But it is also a story about politics, identity, power and powerlessness. It happened about two thousand years ago in Ancient Rome, when a Greek boy was brought to Emperor Hadrian’s palace following a devastating earthquake in his homeland.  No one knows when or why, but Antinous became Hadrian’s page first, and, then his lover. Relationships between powerful men and promising youths were then tacitly permitted. Extending the bond beyond adolescence, however — and certainly, falling in love — was frowned upon. But they did fall in love. Very deeply. The Emperor outlived his young lover for seven years, becoming increasingly sick and prematurely old.  He surrounded himself with statues of his page and ruled the Empire from his Villa in Tivoli, the place he had shared with him for years. This play, therefore, is a fantasy — an effort to imagine who this boy might have been, based on the few facts we know about him, and on the many images of him that have survived. Looking at them closely, we suspect that he was a lot more than an exceptionally beautiful boy. Antinous’ extant images give us some clues. In them we find an impertinent, temperamental, intelligent, melancholic, vulnerable young man.

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Posted by on September 30, 2011 in Hot Tickets, New York

 

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