Expect to hear plenty of Sinatra tunes at the 2nd Annual Italian-American Idol Song Competition, a highlight of today's 31st Festa Italiana. Along with the amateur singers, Aaron Caruso (from Broadway's Be My Love) will perform. There's plenty of time between songs to try the hand-tossed pizzas, play some bocce ball and taste some wine. And don't forget the pasta-eating contest and the grape stomp. (Both of which can get pretty messy.) 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. University of St. Thomas, 3800 Montrose. For information, call 713-524-4222 or visit www.houstonitalianfestival.com. Free to $6.
Oct. 16-18, 2009