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  • Trivia Night – A Carnevale Evening in Venice, with Carla Gambescia
    7:00 PM-9:00 PM
    02/04/2021

    Thursday, February 4th • 7:00 pm
    Trivia Night – A Carnevale Evening in Venice, with Carla Gambescia

    Venice, the most enchanting and improbable of cities, has given us many “gifts” such as Mardi Gras, the delicious Bellini cocktail, delectable carpaccio served in fine restaurants – and so much more!

    In an engaging question-and-answer virtual session led by award-winning author and cultural expert Carla Gambescia, we will discover little-known backstories of the canal city often called La Serenissima; its opulent, often decadent, and captivating history; and the inventiveness of its residents.

    All participants will be entered to win a copy of Carla’s book “La Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A to Z,” a Silver Prize winner of Best Travel Book of the Year. The book is an eclectic compendium of all things Italian and a joyful celebration of why we love Italy and, of course, Venice!

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  • Virtual Writing Workshop
    10:00 AM-11:30 AM
    02/06/2021

    Laboratorio Virtuale di Scrittura – Virtual Writing Workshop
    “Writing the Italian in Your Memories”
     A creative way to get through these cold months!

    As Italians and Italian-Americans, when we look back on our pasts – whether a year ago or decades ago – our stories are often intertwined and/or steeped in our culture with all of its richness, expectations, joys, hardships and humor. During these three workshops led by author and instructor Maria Giura, we will focus on how three aspects of our culture – food, music, and language – form the background (or foreground) of our memories.

    We will read short, vibrant excerpts written by Italian American authors and explore how they tell their stories. Participants will then use these models and writing prompts for inspiration to generate their own writing. By the end of the three workshops, participants will have produced three pieces of writing. These workshops are for those interested in writing for themselves and/or their families, and also for those who want to attract a larger reading audience.

    Register for one, two, or all three 90-minute workshops. Pour your coffee and join Maria on Saturday mornings from 10 to 11:30 am. The fee for each workshop is $27 ($81 for all three), or $30 for non-members ($90 for all three.) There is a member discount for family members.

    About the Instructor:

    Maria Giura is the author of Celibate: A Memoir (Apprentice House) and What My Father Taught Me (Bordighera Press). Her writing has appeared in Prime Number, Presence, (Voices in) Italian Americana, Lips, Tiferet, and Paterson Literary Review. She has won awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Independent Press, and the Center for Women Writers, and was a judge for the Lauria/ Frasca Poetry Award. She has taught at St. John’s University, Montclair State, and Binghamton University where she earned her PhD in English. https://www.mariagiura.com/

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  • Tutti all’ Opera! -Learn about La Traviata
    7:00 PM-9:00 PM
    02/18/2021

    Thursday, February 18th • 7:00 pm
    Tutti all’ Opera! -Learn about La Traviata
    The passion and inspiration of a classic story
    Presented by Ashley Galvani Bell and Anton Armendariz Diaz

    This presentation will open the door to the incredible storytelling that can be shared through powerful music and staging. Operatic music has touched people’s emotions since its inception; learning about its history will provide a deep appreciation of this important and unique art form. You will learn about La Traviata, part of Giuseppe Verdi’s The Popular Trilogy along with Rigoletto and Il Trovatore. It represents an important advance in opera composition.

    Literally meaning “The One Who Went Astray,” La Traviata tells the story of courtesan Violetta and is based on the popular novella “The Lady of the Camelias,” written by Alexandre Dumas Jr., son of the famed author of The Three Musketeers. It features some of the most beautiful tunes in opera – Libiamo and Sempre Libera, to name a few. It has also permeated modern culture, appearing in many TV commercials and even serving as the inspiration for film classics such as Pretty Woman and Moulin Rouge.

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  • Virtual Writing Workshop
    10:00 AM-11:30 AM
    02/20/2021

    Laboratorio Virtuale di Scrittura – Virtual Writing Workshop
    “Writing the Italian in Your Memories”
     A creative way to get through these cold months!

    As Italians and Italian-Americans, when we look back on our pasts – whether a year ago or decades ago – our stories are often intertwined and/or steeped in our culture with all of its richness, expectations, joys, hardships and humor. During these three workshops led by author and instructor Maria Giura, we will focus on how three aspects of our culture – food, music, and language – form the background (or foreground) of our memories.

    We will read short, vibrant excerpts written by Italian American authors and explore how they tell their stories. Participants will then use these models and writing prompts for inspiration to generate their own writing. By the end of the three workshops, participants will have produced three pieces of writing. These workshops are for those interested in writing for themselves and/or their families, and also for those who want to attract a larger reading audience.

    Register for one, two, or all three 90-minute workshops. Pour your coffee and join Maria on Saturday mornings from 10 to 11:30 am. The fee for each workshop is $27 ($81 for all three), or $30 for non-members ($90 for all three.) There is a member discount for family members.

    About the Instructor:

    Maria Giura is the author of Celibate: A Memoir (Apprentice House) and What My Father Taught Me (Bordighera Press). Her writing has appeared in Prime Number, Presence, (Voices in) Italian Americana, Lips, Tiferet, and Paterson Literary Review. She has won awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Independent Press, and the Center for Women Writers, and was a judge for the Lauria/ Frasca Poetry Award. She has taught at St. John’s University, Montclair State, and Binghamton University where she earned her PhD in English. https://www.mariagiura.com/

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  • Puglia: Better Than The Caribbean!
    7:00 PM-9:00 PM
    02/25/2021

    Thursday, February 25th • 7:00 pm
    Puglia: Better Than The Caribbean!
    Presented by Anita Sanseverino and Lou Barrella

    Puglia, until recently, was one of Italy’s best-kept secrets. Puglia has everything: castles, fortresses, lighthouses, an abundance of seascapes in rainbow colors, beaches and rock formations that resemble moonscapes, caves formed over millions of years, landscapes and gardens and flowering trees, blinding white limestone buildings, and above all, olive trees with roots that go back a thousand years!

    Join Anita Sanseverino and Lou Barella in learning about this fascinating region, through Anita’s personal experiences in traveling throughout the Salento coast. See the unique beauty as photographed by Anita and made vividly alive by Lou’s genius for putting photos and music together to create a magical video which creates a lively experience, both knowledgeable and entertaining.

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