• Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 7 pm: Cinema Sotto le Stelle: Funny Face starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. Before the movie, a special presentation by the former Editor of Vogue Italia, Grazia D’Annunzio, who will discuss the film’s journey through fashion.

    About the movie: In this complete reworking of the 1927 stage musical in which he also starred, Fred Astaire is fashion photographer Dick Avery and Audrey Hepburn is shy bookstore clerk Jo Stockton, whom he discovers during a shoot and takes to Paris, transforming her into a top model. The lush, romantic musical has a wonderful George and Ira Gershwin score, including "'S Wonderful," "Think Pink!," the title tune, and more; directed by Stanley Donen.

    About the speaker: Grazia d’Annunzio teaches Fashion Journalism at Universita‘ degli Studi di Milano. Since 2010 at Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimo, home of the Department of Italian Studies at New York University, Grazia has hosted “Addressing Style,” a series of live interviews with people from the fashion, photography and art worlds.

    In October of this year, Grazia launched “Italian Fashion from A to Z,” a web series on Italian fashion produced by NYU’s Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimo. The series is available on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.

    From 1995 to 2016, Grazia was the New York Special Project editor of Italian Conde’ Nast magazines including Vogue Italia, L’Uomo Vogue, Casa Vogue, Glamour and Architectural Digest. In the late 1980s, she worked in Milan as deputy editor of Vogue Italia. From 1992 to 1994, she was the first editor in chief of Italian Glamour. Grazia is currently writing a book about fashion and film.

  • A History of Sicilian Cuisine: Its Origins and Influences

    Presented by Anita Sanseverino Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 7 pm Hybrid (in person and virtual) cultural program

    Anita Sanseverino will present her latest program about Italy: A History of Sicily through Food. Sicily has been invaded and occupied by so many other countries over millennia, and they all left their mark in various ways, through architecture, customs, traditions, clothes - and food! Anita will use her knowledge of Italian history to explore the various foods and their roots that make up the distinctive Sicilian cuisine.

  • Author Visit: Julio Vincent Gambuto Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 7 pm Complimentary pasta tasting; beverages will be sold

    Julio Vincent Gambuto presents his new book Please Unsubscribe, Thanks! How to take back our time, attention, and purpose in a world designed to bury us in bullshit.

    Self-help meets “the system” in this revolutionary guide to freeing ourselves from the automated behaviors, values, and relationships that kill our individual joy and collective well-being. Gambuto offers a radical blueprint for how to fight back against the relentlessness of modern life, the coming age of automation, and the stranglehold corporate interests have on our time, focus, money, and power. It's a heartfelt and loud call for change and a roadmap to a better future.

    Please Unsubscribe, Thanks! sits at the nexus of self-help and the system, offering readers over 100 practical and tactical strategies for stepping back, re-evaluating, cleaning house, and then going forward boldly.

  • Make your own Limoncello at Casa Belvedere! Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 7 pm

    We're bringing the Amalfi Coast to Casa Belvedere! Learn how to make homemade Limoncello, an Italian lemon liqueur produced mainly in Southern Italy.

    Included are all supplies and instruction on how to paint your Limoncello bottle with designs inspired by the Amalfi Coast. This 2-hour guided paint & spritz experience includes a signature cocktail made with Limoncello, served with Italian focaccia and olives.

    Limited seating available - this event will sell out quickly!

  • Rita Gigante: Psychic Medium & Spiritual Healer Thursday, Oct. 26 at 7 pm Complimentary pasta tasting; beverages will be sold

    Join Psychic Medium and Spiritual Healer Rita Gigante for an insightful live session where she will explore the transformative journey of inner child work and healing deep-rooted wounds caused by past traumas.

    Rita will dive into the exploration of harnessing the Divine Energy within ourselves, emphasizing the significance of living from the heart and experiencing the profound healing that accompanies speaking our truth. Rita will also engage the audience with a dedicated Q&A session where you can ask Spirit any burning questions or seek guidance.

    Additionally, there will be a brief presentation of Rita’s renowned book The Godfather’s Daughter, an Unlikely Story of Love, Healing and Redemption.

    Don’t miss this unique and uplifting program!

  • Writing the Italian in Your Memories: Fall/Winter 2023-2024 Edition with author Maria Giura

    Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 to 9 pm In Person and Virtual Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 am to noon Virtual Saturday, Jan. 6, 2024, 10 am to noon Virtual (Revision)

    No experience necessary: just a notebook, pen and desire to record the past!

    As Italians and Italian-Americans (IA), when we look back on our past - recent or distant - our stories are often intertwined with our culture: its richness, expectations, challenges and humor. During these workshops led by author and instructor Maria Giura, we’ll explore how culture forms the background or foreground of our memories.

    During the first two workshops on Nov. 16 and Dec. 2, participants will read short, vibrant excerpts written by IA authors and write their own original piece. The Nov. 16 workshop will be in person at Casa Belvedere.

    During the Jan. 6 revision workshop, participants will get feedback on something they’ve already written. For this last workshop, once you have registered, you will be asked to email in advance a writing piece that is maximum 700 words.

    Join us for one, two or all three workshops, which will leave you with concrete suggestions to get you closer to the truth of your story.

    Links for these workshops will be sent before each session unless you choose the In-Person option for Nov. 16. The fee for each workshop is $27, or $30 for non-members. There is a member discount for family members.

  • Re-Vision, To See Again: A Fall Revision Workshop (Virtual) with author Maria Giura Saturday, Sept. 30, 10 am to noon

    Note: This workshop is for those who have attended at least one Casa Belvedere Writing Workshop.

    Do you have a piece of writing you’ve already started, that you’d like to pick up on and receive help with and constructive feedback on? Join us for this supportive workshop which will leave you with concrete suggestions to get you closer to the truth of your story, whether it’s in the form of a poem, prose, or play, etc.

    Once you have registered, you’ll be asked to email in advance a writing piece that is maximum 700 words. First come, first serve: Workshop is limited to six participants.

    For those who haven’t yet attended one of Casa Belvedere’s writing workshops, check out the Fall/Winter Series beginning Thursday, Nov. 16.

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