UPCOMING CULTURAL EVENTS at the italian center, carmichael

  EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO THE EVENTS AT THE ITALIAN CENTER!
  JOIN US FOR SOME ITALIAN HOSPITALITY!
  

At the Italian Cultural Society it is our mission to serve the cultural needs of our community by providing some of the best and most unique cultural and traditional events and activities in our region. Events which can not be found elsewhere, that enable us and our community to learn about Italian heritage and history while strengthening Italian unity and identity.  Several events are offered throughout the year at the Italian Center; our community is invited to attend and enjoy some Italian hospitality!  SCROLL DOWN TO PREVIEW ALL UPCOMING EVENTS

The Italian Cultural Society Presents

La Festa Della Befana - 
A Children's Holiday Celebration


Sunday, January 7, 2024 
1:00 - 4:00pm


Children Under 16 Are FREE - Adults $15

At the Italian Center: 6821 Fair Oaks Blvd, Carmichael 95608


BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY TO CELEBRATE THIS
MAGICAL CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL


  1:00 pm > DOORS OPEN! COME EARLY  
Enjoy free Children's Crafts and Befana Marketplace

  1:30 pm > PERFORMANCE by THE BAMBINI DANCERS  

  2:00 pm > "DOLCI" SNACK TIME  

  2:30 pm > "THE LEGEND OF LA BEFANA" PUPPET SHOW  

  3:00 pm > LA BEFANA VISITS WITH HER BASKET OF GOLD COINS  

  3:00 - 4:00 pm  

Enjoy free Children's Crafts and Befana Marketplace and Befana Photo Booth 

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The Italian Center

6821 Fair Oaks Blvd,
Carmichael 95608


SAVE THE DATES FOR THESE UPCOMING WINTER EVENTS AT A GLANCE:

"THE ASSISI UNDERGROUND"
Friday Night Italian Film Series
(Friday, January 26 @ 7:30 pm)


"THE BRONX BULL"
Italian American Experience Film
(Sunday, February 11 @ 1:30 pm)


"THE GOLDEN DOOR"
Italian American Experience Film
(Friday, February 16 @ 7:30 pm)


"LUCCA, ITALY'S WALLED CITY"
Travel Film
(Sunday, February 25 @ 1:30 pm)

 FRIDAY NIGHT ITALIAN FILM SERIES
"Italian Cinema is as much a part of Italian culture as the food, music and people."


THE ASSISI UNDERGROUND

FRIDAY, JANUARY 26

7:30 pm

Admission $15


Italian cinema is as much a part of Italian culture as the food, music and people. 

The Assisi Underground tells the gripping story of the humanity showed by the people of Assisi, Italy during World War II to rescue hundreds of Italian Jews from execution during the Nazi occupation of Italy.  

More than 85 % of the Jewish population of Italy survived the war due to the efforts of the Italian people to protect them at the risk of their own lives.   Stars Maximilian Schell, James Mason, and Irene Papas. A lesson in the humanity of people in a brutal time.  In English, refreshments included. 

Background 

Few people outside of Italy are aware of the extraordinary rescue of the Jews during World War II.  Prior to the German occupation of Italy in 1943, Italy had protected its 45,000 Italian jews and non-Italian Jews seeking refuge from the Holocaust.  During the occupation, the Italian Jews were forced into hiding, but they survived with the help of the Italian people, who fed and hid them, often at the sacrifice of their own lives. More than a hundred thousand escaped Allied prisoners of war in Italy were also sheltered and saved.  

Because the Vatican was a neutral state during the war, the Catholic clergy played an important role in the rescue effort of the Jews, In Rome alone, over 150 convents and monasteries offered havens for the Jews and allied soldiers. The Vatican provided asylum for Jewish refugees and at the same time for Allied intelligence services despite its neutrality. 

To understand this story of Italian heroism and the conditions in Italy at the time – click to read: World War II and the Italian Rescue of the Jews. 

ADMISSION $10
DOORS OPEN AT 7:00 PM
REFRESHMENTS INCLUDED


 ITALIAN AMERICAN EXPPERIENCE FILM

THE BRONX BULL

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4

1:30 pm

Admission $10



Based on the life of legendary boxing champion Giacobbe “Jake” La Motta, this film chronicles his rise as a world class champion and his life in and out of the ring.  

Born in 1921in New York, he was the son of Sicilian immigrant parents Giuseppe and Elizabeth La Motta.  Known as the “Raging Bull” for his aggressive fighting style, he became one of the leading fighters of the 1940s and early ‘50s when boxing was among the nation’s most popular sports. His 1970 memoir, Raging Bull was adapted into a 1981 movie starring Robert DeNiro who won an academy award for his role as La Motta. He is considered one of the greatest middleweight fighters and won the World Championship in 1943. Jake la Motta was recognized as having one of the best chins in boxing, but there was more to La Motta than a Granite chin.   


As a child, he was encouraged by his father to fight other neighborhood children as adult spectators would throw change into the ring. The money supported the family.  By 19 he had honed his skills enough to go pro. He passed away at the age of 95 in 2017. 

CLICK TO WATCH THE FILM TRAILER


ADMISSION $10
DOORS OPEN AT 1:00 PM
REFRESHMENTS INCLUDED


 FRIDAY NIGHT ITALIAN FILM SERIES
"Italian Cinema is as much a part of Italian culture as the food, music and people."

THE GOLDEN DOOR

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16

1:30 pm

Admission $10



An award winning epic romantic drama about two very different immigrants coming to America during the turn of the 20th century.

Sacrificing everything, Salvatore Mancuso, a Sicilian peasant, begins his odyssey to the land of promise. During the perilous and grueling journey, he meets a beautiful Englishwoman, Lucy, and an unexpected romance blossoms. Neither is prepared for the realities of Ellis Island, where they will face the risk of being rejected from passing through the Golden Door to America or being sent back. The film chronicles the experience of Italian immigrants departing their homeland   and suffering the trials of the long voyage and processing at Ellis Island with its rigorous health examinations. Some succeed and some do not.  Italians were the largest single nationality to come to America through Ellis Island. One third of the immigrants who entered through Ellis Island were Italian. Stars Vincenzo Amato and Charlotte Gainsbourg.  In English.

CLICK TO WATCH THE FILM TRAILER

ADMISSION $10
DOORS OPEN AT 7:00 PM
REFRESHMENTS INCLUDED

 TRAVEL ITALY FILM

LUCCA, THE WALLED CITY

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25

1:30 pm

Admission $10



One of the magical towns of Tuscany is the walled City of Lucca. Lucca sits on the banks of the Serchio River between Pisa and Florence. Lucca was Founded by the Etruscans and later became a Roman city. It is famous for its imposing Renaissnce city walls that encircle the historic city center topped by a pedestrian promenade. It is referred to as the city of 100 churches. Famous composer Giacomo Puccini was born and lived in Lucca and the city celebrates him with a museum and with opera concerts in an ancient church.  

Our video visit to Lucca will include historic villas like Villa Reale which dot the landscape, a look at local cuisine like Tortelli Lucchese and popular restaurants like the Buca Di Sant’ Antonio dating from 1782, the window shopping along the famous shopping street of Lucca- the Via Fillungo, and a look at the Piazza dell’ Anfiteatro, the original site of the Roman amphitheater with its trendy shops.  One of the most popular places we will visit is the Duomo, home to the Volto Santo, a wooden crucifix of Christ said to be sculpted by Nicodemus who witnessed his burial, and the ancient symbol of the city. It also houses the beautiful tomb of the serene Ilaria Del Carretto, one of the best examples of Renaissance sculpture.   

Lucca is famous for its towers like the Torre Guinigi which dominates the skyline with its rooftop tree and for its grand piazzas like Piazza Napoleone, named after the one-time French ruler of Lucca. Another famous church and piazza is San Michele which occupies the site of the ancient forum.

Today, Lucca is a top travel destination and is included in the Italian Cultural Society’s See Italy tour in June 2024.  The tour includes all the sites mentioned here and an evening Puccini concert in Lucca. 

ADMISSION $10
DOORS OPEN AT 1:00 PM
REFRESHMENTS INCLUDED