UPCOMING CULTURAL EVENTS at the italian center, carmichael

Italian Cultural Society is POSTPONING ALL Spring cultural events and programs for your safety until further notice. Grazie Mille!

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

FRIDAY NIGHT ITALIAN FILM SERIES

"LA STRADA"


Admission $10
at the Italian Center, Carmichael

(The Street) Arguably Fellini’s greatest film, La Strada is a highly detailed story of a poor girl who is sold by her mother to a brutal carnival strongman. Called one of the most influential films ever made by the American Film Institute, it won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. In Italian With English Subtitles. (1954)

OPEN TO ALL

REFRESHMENTS INCLUDED

NO RESERVATION REQUIRED.
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DOORS OPEN AT 7:00 PM


            FILM BIOGRAPHY

"DANTE - THE FIRST RENAISSANCE MAN"


Admission $10
at the Italian Center, Carmichael

This year, Italy will celebrate the 700th anniversary of Dante’s immortal work of Literature – La Divina Commedia (The Divine Comedy) by declaring March 25 as an annual day in honor of Dante. Dante Alighieri was one of the most important people in Italian history and his work, The Divine Comedy is considered one of the greatest works of world literature. Born in Florence at the beginning of the Renaissance in 1265, he is known as the “Father of the Italian Language.” His was the first work written in the Tuscan dialect, which became the common language of Italy, due to his influence. Our documentary film will explore his life and work as the author of The Divine Comedy. The Divine Comedy is a narrative poem describing Dante’s journey through the afterlife with famous figures from history and a new way of looking at the world where individuals mattered more than rulers-and gave a first voice to the Renaissance. Dante’s journey takes it’s readers through the realms of the Inferno (Hell), Purgatory and Paradiso (Heaven) in search of understanding. Dante has become as immortal as his book. 

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REFRESHMENTS INCLUDED

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DOORS OPEN AT 1:30 PM



ITALIAN-AMERICAN EXPERIENCE 

"THE VILLAGE - LIFE IN NEW HAVEN'S LITTLE ITALY"


Admission $10
at the Italian Center, Carmichael

Around 5 million Italians arrived in the United States during the “Great Migration” in the years between 1880 and 1930. During that period one out of four immigrants to the United States were from Italy. They established hundreds of “Little Italy” communities across the United States. Many of these communities have remained and prospered, while other are being revitalized. One such “Little Italy,” and one of the oldest that has remained, is New Haven, Connecticut. During the years of the “Great Migration” immigrants from the southern Italian town of Amalfi settled there and established a village where people lived, worked, worshiped, played and shared values. Targeted for demolition by Urban Renewal planners in the 1950’s, the neighborhood resisted and survived. Today, New Havens “Little Italy” district is a vibrant, compact bastion of Italian-American culture, and is known for its Italian restaurants, bakeries and pizzerias lining its Wooster Street location. Its two legendary Pizzerias, Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria Napoletana established in 1925 and Sally’s Apizza established in 1938, are run by new generations of the original Italian families and continue the rivalry of who makes the best Pizza. Salvatore Consiglio’s Italian Restaurant, established in 1938, is also run by the same Italian family. The area has an old world flavor and is accented by a Green and Red Neon Arch, “Little Italy banners and small Italian flags. This film tells the story of this Little Italy neighborhood.

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REFRESHMENTS INCLUDED

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DOORS OPEN AT 1:30 PM

FRIDAY NIGHT ITALIAN FILM SERIES

"THE GREAT CARUSO"


Admission $10
at the Italian Center, Carmichael

This highly fictionalized film traces the life of tenor Enrico Caruso (1873-1921). He loves Musetta, in his home town of Naples, and then Dorothy, the daughter of one of the Metropolitan Opera’s patrons. Caruso is unacceptable to both women’s fathers: to one, because he sings; to Dorothy’s, because he is a peasant. In English. (1952)

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REFRESHMENTS INCLUDED

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DOORS OPEN AT 7:00 PM


TRAVEL SERIES 

"THE GREAT LAKES OF ITALY;

LAKE COMO & LAKE GARDA"



Admission $10
at the Italian Center, Carmichael

Northern Italy is blessed with some of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Among them are Lago Di Como and Lago di Garda. Today, our video journey will take us on a visit to both. Nestled among Italy’s towering Alps, Lake Como is Italy’s most famous Lake and is surrounded by natural splendor, stunning Villas and picturesque towns like Como and the village of Bellagio, considered the “pearl of Lake Como” with its stone streets and shops. We will visit them and the gardens of Villa Carlotta and Villa Melzi, two of the amazing Villas with lush gardens that Lake Como is known for. With Rocky Ridges, unique islands and vast stretches of water, Italy’s Lake Garda is one of the larger lakes in the Alpine region. We will explore the lake and its Fortress city of Sirmione. We will also visit the lakes neighboring vacation spots including Verona, considered the most roman of the Italian cities because of its famous Roman Arena and also home to Romeo and Juliet’s balcony. Then on to Venice, and the areas Italian Renaissance castles and Roman Villa’s. The Italian Cultural Society’s “ITALY: The Beautiful Tour” in September visits both lakes and Venice by private motorboat, as well a day in Verona.

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REFRESHMENTS INCLUDED

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DOORS OPEN AT 1:30 PM



FILM BIOGRAPHY

"RUDOLPH VALENTINO,
THE GREAT LOVER
"


Admission $10
at the Italian Center, Carmichael

From St. Valentine in 200 AD and Giacomo Casanova in the 1700s, through Marcello Mastroianni, Gina Lollabrigida, Rosano Brazzi, and Sophia Loren to Fabio, the image of Italians as romantic lovers has a long legacy. But Hollywood’s top Italian male sex symbol was the legendary actor Rudolph Valentino. Arriving in New York as an 18 year old immigrant from Apulia, Italy in 1913, he became Hollywood’s top star at the peak of the silent film era in the 1920’s. Famous for his dark looks and onscreen passions he rose to the status of a living legend and remains Hollywood’s greatest screen Lover. The most famous of Valentino’s films are “The Sheik” and “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse,” both made in 1921. His performance in the “The Sheik” made him an instant superstar and male sex symbol. In the annals of Cinema and American culture he is celebrated as the quintessential “Latin Lover.” After his untimely death at the age of 31 in 1926, an estimated 100,000 people lined the streets of Broadway in Manhattan, New York, to pay their respects at his funeral. This film biography presents the life of Valentino.

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REFRESHMENTS INCLUDED

NO RESERVATION REQUIRED.
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DOORS OPEN AT 1:30 PM