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Author Archives: Lauren E. Forcucci

Lauren is a Boston area college instructor of Political Science, researcher and writer. Her work focuses on Fascism, examining both its historic trends and current resurgences. In a recently published article, Lauren explores the Battle for Births pronatalist campaign in Fascist Italy, in which she uncovers a piece of her family’s history. Lauren is interested in all aspects of Italian customs as well as the political, cultural and social ways of life. She enjoys learning about and experiencing her personal connections to Italian culture through music, food, the arts, sports and other traditions. Lauren is a first generation Italian-American with roots in the Abruzzo region. She is passionate about educating and informing others of the many facets of Italian heritage. Learn more about Lauren’s work by visiting her blog: laureneforcucci.blogspot.com/

World Cup Fever: Here it Comes!


Recently, loyal soccer fans watched the Confederations Cup. As a devoted fan of the Azzurri, I too watched with anxious anticipation and clenched my jaw as the Azzurri ran up and down the pitch.

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Bocce rules!

Playing bocce in the North End.

There is no mistaking that summer is upon us. Everyone is out and about, gatherings are in full swing and everywhere you turn someone in the Italian community is talking about bocce. But what exactly is this game and how do you go about playing it? After hearing about some very exciting tournaments and heated competitions ending with trophies being awarded along with bragging rights, I decided to do a bit of research to find out more about this time-honored and very Italian sport. Though the rules are simple, bocce is extremely difficult to master. Great skill and acumen are ...

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Youth is served at GPS Milan Boston


When you hear the name “AC Milan,” what probably comes to mind are dramatic displays of athletic prowess on far-off soccer pitches or larger-than-life personalities like Mario Balotelli with his bleached Mohawk. But did you know that AC Milan has a local connection? Located in Newtown, GPS Milan Boston is helping young athletes improve their soccer skills, enhance their passion for the game and strengthen their ability to play as a team. But according to Mr. Cesidio Mazzola, Director of Soccer Operations, the program’s commitment to its young athletes goes much deeper than the game itself. A native of Italy, ...

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame: North End Athletic Association

John Romano and Parents

Summer is the time for baseball! Who enjoys an afternoon in the warm summer sun while the cheers of a baseball game echo from the local park? We do! For this month’s column, I spoke with Mr. John Romano, baseball coordinator for the NEAA: North End Athletic Association. Mr. Romano told me about the various programs offered to teach children and teens about baseball and to build teamwork skills through fun. Approximately 150 children, boys and girls, and young adults ranging from ages 4 to 21 participate in the NEAA’s offerings. “The older age groups tend to be more competitive ...

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Why We Love Sports: How a Walking Tour Made Me Think

Fans line up to see the Azzurri in the North End (photo courtesy of NorthEndWaterfront.com)

On a recent visit to the North End, I decided to explore the pride that is associated with Italians and sports. As a proud Italian-American, I already know that there is a special relationship that exists between Italians and their teams, but I wanted to see what else I could find. As I walked down Tony DeMarco way, it became apparent to me that there is a lot to explore. In my anthropological research, I learned that the question of ‘why’ is central to understanding any type of phenomenon. So, off I went to see how I could respond to ...

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Men Only: It’s All About Tradition Here

Bocce night at the Club

Bocce, gentlemen? Sorry ladies, this month’s article is about a men’s-only club! Recently, I was graciously welcomed for a visit at the Italian American Citizens Club of Lynn, where I had the great pleasure of meeting the club members. When I was first approached to write an article about their bocce league, I imagined that I would hear about the formation of a vibrant Italian community built around a traditional sport, which I will tell you about. Yet, what I found was much more and something that has left a lasting impression on me. Tucked away in the Brickyard neighborhood ...

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Nothing Typical About AS Roma Club of Boston


Calling all AS Roma fans! This one is for you! On a typical dreary damp Sunday in January, I met with Michael Rizzo, one of the founders of the AS Roma Club of Boston. What I learned is that there is nothing typical about this club. A very gracious and proud AS Roma fan, Mr. Rizzo provided me with countless facts that are little-known to many. Three enthusiastic organizers — Rick Antonellis, Marco Giorgini and Michael Rizzo — started this club because of their shared passion for AS Roma and to find a way to join forces with other supporters. ...

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Juventus not just a soccer club


Ciao, calcio fans! I must confess that this month’s article holds a very special place in my calcio-loving heart. I admit that I am a devoted Azzurri fan, but a very loyal Juventina. Like you, calcio brings me great joy. My passion for this beautiful game drives me to tell your stories regardless of allegiance. A notable international symbol of Italian sporting greatness, Juventus has had an amazing year! The current Scudetto champions, they are a club filled with international stars and supporters globally. In Boston, the Juventus Club keeps the spirit of i banconieri alive with local passion and ...

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Soccer and Society in Boston

Fans line up to see the Azzurri in the North End (photo courtesy of NorthEndWaterfront.com)

Benevenuto! The beautiful game is more than just a game. It's a magnificent display of social, cultural and national identity. Not to mention a passionate display of emotions and devotion.

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Review: Pino Daniele at Boston’s Berklee Perfomance Center – Saturday, June 9


Lauren Forcucci reviews Pino Daniele's June 9 show at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston.

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Review: Zucchero at Boston’s Berklee Theatre – Saturday, October 29th


I couldn’t believe my eyes. Zucchero was coming back and nothing was going to stop me from being there, not even an impromptu snow storm.

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Review: Patrizio Buanne at Regattabar (Sept. 15, 2011)

Patrizio performing at Regattabar

On a cool September evening while I sat sipping my San Pellegrino waiting for the show to begin, I overheard a couple sitting near me say, “I have no idea who this guy is.” I couldn’t resist so I turned with enthusiasm and said, “Patrizio Buanne. He’s a terrific Italian entertainer. Wait and see, I think you’ll enjoy him.” The lights dimmed and a booming voice turned the audience’s attention to a side entrance. Patrizio bounced through the maze of sitting fans imbibing on cocktails. He began his set with a rousing display of Italian pride singing classic Neapolitan songs. ...

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