Location:79 Howard Avenue
Phone:718-273-7660

Upcoming events

  • 01/25/2021 3:30 PM - 01/25/2021 4:30 PM

    All classes will be held from January 25th to April 5th

    These virtual classes focus on introducing Italian language to children. They offer an interactive approach to the language, designed to get students comfortable speaking Italian. During our sessions, we will explore and experiment with basic vocabulary and expressions. Worksheets and videos will also be used between the sessions to assist in the learning.

  • 01/25/2021 7:00 PM - 01/25/2021 8:30 PM

    All classes will be held from January 25th to April 5th

    This is a fun immersion language program designed to develop or reinforce your communicative skills in Italian. Each course focuses on conversational skills at different levels as well as underscoring grammatical basics that are essential to communicate in Italian. You will receive the details of the lessons each week. Participants will meet through interactive Zoom sessions or in person, for 10 weeks. With practice and repetition, you will absorb the finer details of the language that can last a lifetime!

  • 01/26/2021 7:00 PM - 01/26/2021 9:00 PM

    Four Part Series: “If you are not indifferent...
    Tuesday, January 26th
     7:00-9:00pm

    Part 1. Celebrating National Holocaust day with:
    Book Presentation “It Happened in Italy, Untold Stories of How the People of Italy Defied the Horrors of the Holocaust". With Elizabeth Bettina
    Imagine Elizabeth Bettina's surprise when she discovered that her grandmother’s village had a secret: over a half century ago, many of Campagna’s residents defied the Nazis and risked their lives to shelter and save hundreds of Jews during the Holocaust. What followed her discovery became an adventure as she uncovered fascinating untold stories of Jews in Italy during World War II and the many Italians who risked everything to save them. It is a work that brings to light the little-known history of how approximately 80% of Jews in Italy were saved during the Holocaust.
    Her book was the inspiration for the documentary, My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes, which was co-produced by Ms. Bettina and narrated by Golden Globe winning actress, Isabella Rossellini. The documentary was financed by a group led by Joseph Perella. The documentary opened in the Rome Film Festival and the Hamptons International Film Festival, October 2014. Ms. Bettina has had private audiences with both Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis and her work has also been recognized by the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
  • 02/04/2021 7:00 PM - 02/04/2021 9:00 PM

    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!

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

    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/

  • 02/11/2021 7:00 PM - 02/11/2021 9:00 PM

    Thursday, February 11th • 7:00 pm
    Celebrating Valentine’s Day with Dante’s Inferno
    The Passion of Love, as seen in Dante’s V Canto of the Inferno

    Maria Bonavita, in collaboration with actress Giusy Lo Schiavo joining us live from Rome, Italy, invites you to descend to Dante’s second circle of the Inferno to experience the intense passion of love between Paolo and Francesca, who allowed themselves to be swept away by carnal love.

  • 02/18/2021 7:00 PM - 02/18/2021 9:00 PM

    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.

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

    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/

  • 02/25/2021 7:00 PM - 02/25/2021 9:00 PM

    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.

  • 03/04/2021 7:00 PM - 03/04/2021 9:00 PM

    Four Part Series: “If you are not indifferent...
    Thursday, March 4th 7:00-9:00pm

    Part 2. Primo Levi (1919-1987), a Holocaust survivor.How can one find the words to describe the trauma and agony suffered at Auschwitz after one’s humanity has been taken away? For Primo Levi, a Holocaust survivor, the real drama was finding the appropriate language to describe the horrors and unspeakable events he encountered while imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz during World War II.

    Levi wanted to tell a story that embodied the living testimony for millions of people who did not survive to talk about their own experience. He had a burning desire to be the spokesperson for those who were mercilessly exterminated. In this virtual presentation, we will explore Levi’s life; how Italian Jews saw themselves vis-à-vis the rise of fascism; his experience at Auschwitz; and his commitment to keep alive the narrative of the Holocaust, lest we forget.