UPCOMING CULTURAL EVENTS at the italian center, carmichael

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 (except during 29summer) at the Italian Center; our community is invited to attend and enjoy some Italian hospitality!  SCROLL DOWN TO PREVIEW ALL UPCOMING EVENTS


      Sunday, January 5, 2020

at 1:00 pm - 3:30pm

CHILDREN'S HOLIDAY FESTIVAL

LA FESTA DELLA BEFANA

Kids 16 & Under FREE
Adult Admission $10

at the Italian Center, Carmichael

On January 6th, the children of Italy go to bed hoping the kindly old lady they call “La Befana” visits them like Santa Claus (Babbo Natale) and leaves presents for those who are good. The Epiphany Feast, or “La Befana,” is an important part of the Christmas celebrations in Italy. One of Italy’s oldest and most renowned legends, “La Befana,” is honored with special events throughout Italy on this holiday. 

Sacramento and other cities across the U.S. celebrate the “Legend of La Befana” with children’s festivals, encouraging children in the Italian-American communities to celebrate this annual cultural event together.

On January 5, 2020, La Befana will visit the children of Sacramento with her basket of gold chocolate coins and a special gift for each child. The entire family is invited to this fun and unique celebration, featuring “The Legend of La Befana” puppet show, special performances by the Society’s Bambini Dancers, a children’s book faire, free crafts, and plenty of delicious and traditional Italian treats (dolce), cookies (biscotti), and Panettone! Be sure to take a memorial photo with La Befana at the photo booth and browse the many Italian-themed children’s books for sale. 

Bring the Entire Family! 

DOORS OPEN AT 12;30 - COME EARLY! 
FREE CHILDREN’S CRAFTS & BEFANA PHOTO BOOTH 

1:00 - 3:30 pm: SHOP THE CHILDREN’S BOOK FAIRE, GET KEEPSAKE T-SHIRTS

1:30 pm: BAMBINI DANCE PERFORMANCE 

 2:30pm: LA BEFANA PUPPET SHOW

NO RESERVATION REQUIRED.
PAY WITH CASH/CHECK AT DOOR 

DOORS OPEN AT 12:30 PM


Sunday, January 12, 2020

at 1:30pm

TRAVEL ITALY FILM SERIES 

"DISCOVER ITALY"


Admission $10
at the Italian Center, Carmichael

DOORS OPEN 1:00PM

Italy is one of the world’s most popular travel destinations. For any visitor to Italy, the natural beauty and history of the land is evident in every corner of the country. No wonder Italy has been voted the most beautiful country in the world! 

The Italian Cultural Society Small Group VIP Tours visit Italy from north to south, including the places that are shown in this virtual travel film. Our journey today will take us from trendy Milan to the tranquil island of Capri, with a visit to sunny Sicily and Naples, home of classic Italian pizza. We’ll marvel at the stunning and famous Leaning Tower of Pisa and ride through the streets of Siena in the legendary Palio Horse Race. Italy means ‘fine art’ and we will explore the Renaissance art and architecture of Florence, we’ll meet Tuscan winemakers, enjoy colorful regional festivals, and ride a gondola past Piazza San Marco and tour the Doges Palace in Venice. Then, step back in time at the Forum in Rome and toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain to ensure your return to this rich and romantic land of ‘La Dolce Vita!’

REFRESHMENTS INCLUDED

NO RESERVATION REQUIRED.
PAY WITH CASH/CHECK AT DOOR 

DOORS OPEN AT 1:00 PM



Friday, January 17, 2020

at 7:30 pm

FRIDAY NIGHT ITALIAN FILM SERIES

"CIAO PROFESSORE"


Admission $10
at the Italian Center, Carmichael

A bureaucratic snafu sends Marco Tullio Sperelli, a portly, middle-aged northern Italian, to teach third grade in a poor town outside Naples. It is there that Sperelli’s students draw their gentle, self-deprecating teacher into their gritty lives outside the classroom. North-South contrasts abound! (Italian with English Subtitles)

REFRESHMENTS INCLUDED

NO RESERVATION REQUIRED.
PAY WITH CASH/CHECK AT DOOR 

DOORS OPEN AT 7:00 PM


 Sunday, January 26, 2020

at 1:30 pm

ITALIAN-AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

"SOUTH PHILLY, ITALIAN STYLE"


Admission $10
at the Italian Center, Carmichael

Singer Bobby Rydell hosts this sentimental visit to his South Philly Italian neighborhood to attend a traditional Italian-American wedding and take in some of its Italian cultural landmarks. The heart of South Philly’s Little Italy is the Historic 10 block Italian Market, started in 1915 and the oldest and largest outdoor market in in the nation. 

The Italian identity of South Philly stems from people who came from the Abruzzo, Campagna and Sicily. In 1852 they established the first Italian national parish in the United States. By 1900, Italians were the largest immigrant group in Philadelphia and the second largest Italian community in the United States. The Italian district is still home to many Italian Americans and boasts its Italian roots with Italian restaurants and shops run by third, fourth and fifth generation families. The neighborhood is also famous for producing some of America’s most popular Italian singers like Mario Lanza (Cocozza), Frankie Avalon (Avallano), Buddy Greco, Al Martino (Cini), Fabian (Fabiano) Forte and Bobby Rydell (Ridarelli). 

Join us in this celebration of the rich heritage of South Philly’s Little Italy.

REFRESHMENTS INCLUDED

NO RESERVATION REQUIRED.
PAY WITH CASH/CHECK AT DOOR

DOORS OPEN AT 1:00 PM 



 Sunday, February 2, 2020

at 1:30 pm

PATRIZIA CINQUINI CERRUTI'S 

"TRAVEL TALK"


Admission FREE
at the Italian Center, Carmichael

There is no question that Italy is a top travel destination, since 1988, the Italian Cultural Society has offered unique, carefully crafted tours of Italy. Join our Travel Director, Patrizia Cinquini Cerruti, for this special travel seminar designed for anyone traveling or thinking about going to Italy. Patrizia is a native of Lucca, Italy and has hosted our tours to Italy for 30 years. She is also author of the practical Italian Guide Book, “Buon Viaggio! A Travelers Guide to Italian Language and Culture.” Patrizia will present the 2020 line up of Society tours she plans and escorts and provide practical information, tips and handouts. The talk will include a Virtual tour of Italy from North to South.


REFRESHMENTS INCLUDED  

DOORS OPEN AT 1:00 PM



 Sunday, February 9, 2020

at 1:30 pm

FILM BIOGRAPHY

"FEDERICO FELLINI"

Admission $10
at the Italian Center, Carmichael

Italian film director Federico Fellini has been one of Italy’s most respected and influential filmmakers of the 20th Century. This documentary profiles the life and career of the legendary Italian Director responsible for such masterpieces as La Dolce Vita, 8 1/2, La Strada and Amacord.

Born in 1920 in Rimini, Italy, his films are known for their distinctly autobiographical nature. During his caareer he was nominated for 12 Academy Awards and won four Best Foreign Language film awards beginning with La Strada in 1956. Interviews, behind the scenes footage, and clips from his many films animate this special biography offering a glimpse of the genius of Fellini. He died in 1993

REFRESHMENTS INCLUDED

NO RESERVATION REQUIRED.
PAY WITH CASH/CHECK AT DOOR 

DOORS OPEN AT 1:00 PM




Friday, February 21, 2020

at 7:30 pm

FRIDAY NIGHT ITALIAN FILM SERIES

"FULL OF LIFE"


Admission $10
at the Italian Center, Carmichael

A classic Italian-American movie based on the novel by John Fante. In it Nick Rocco, and his wife, Emily, are expecting their first child. When a necessary home repair proves too costly, Nick must visit his father in Roseville and ask the Italian immigrant, a master stonemason, to do the work. Confronting the issues of religion and family tradition which have separated father and son causes Nick and Emily to re-evaluate their lives and the things they value most. In English. (1956)

REFRESHMENTS INCLUDED

NO RESERVATION REQUIRED.
PAY WITH CASH/CHECK AT DOOR 

DOORS OPEN AT 7:00 PM