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October 22-23, 2010 - WASHINGTON - NIAF’s 35th Anniversary Convention and Gala Weekend. This year’s gala honorees include Christopher Nassetta, president and CEO of Hilton Worldwide, and Joseph Uva, CEO of Univision Communications, Inc. Other special guests include director Chris Columbus, MLB legend Rick Cerone, two-time AFL MVP and sports commentator Daryle Lamonica and actors Michael Badalucco, Dennis Farina and Joe Pantoliano.

June 22, 2010 - WASHINGTON D.C. - John Podesta, President, Center for American Progress, speaks at NIAF's Frank J. Guarini Public Policy Forum on Capitol Hill. Invitation only.

June 20, 2010 - WASHINGTON D.C. - Festa Italiana is celebrated at Holy Rosary Church and Casa Italiana on 3rd St., NW.

June 9, 2020 - WASHINGTON D.C. - 50th Annual Commemoration in honor of Charles J. Bonaparte, 47th Charle BonaparteAttorney General of the United States and founder of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The event is sponsored by the US Department of Justice, the Italian Historical Society of America and, the Friends of Charles J. Bonaparte. The ceremony will be held in the Great Hall of the U.S. Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC. Associate Attorney General and Italian American Thomas Perrelli will be the keynote speaker. He will be introduced by Federal Judge Francis Allegra. Also speaking at the event will be Cristiano Maggipinto, First Counselor at the Italian Embassy and John DiCicco, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Tax Division. If you would like to attend the event, contact Francesco Isgro at Francesco.Isgro@usdoj.

June 3-6, 2010 - PHILADELPHIA - On the occasion of the Italian National Day (June 2, 2010) the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia presents the Italian National Week together with FILITALIA International, COMITES, and the America-Italy Society of Philadelphia. Click here for program.


MAY 2010

MAY 26, 2010 - WASHINGTON - The Sons of Italy Foundation, 22nd Annual National Education and Leadership Gala. Honorees: Former Presixent William J. Clinton, who will receive the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award for Public Service; Lewis Merletti Senior Vice President, Cleveland Browns & Former Director, U.S. Secret Service, who will receive the National Education & Leadership Award Capt. Anthony K. Odierno (U.S. Army, Ret.) Board Director, Wounded Warrior Project. See list of past honorees.

MAY 26, 2010 - NEW YORK CITY - NIAF Night in New York City to salute the Italian American community.

May 24, 2010 - WASHINGTON D.C - The Lido Civic Club's 37th Annual Italian American Golf Tournament at the Norbeck Country Club.

May 23, 2010. WASHINGTON D.C - Italian Mass at Holy Rosary Church with the participation of Italian Ambassador Giulio Terzi, the Italian Embassy staff, U.S. Law Enforcement representatives and the Italian American community. On May 23, 1992, Italian Judge Giovanni Falcone, his wife, Francesca Morvillo, and the three escort police officers, Vito Schipani, Rocco Dicillo and Antonio Montinaro, were assassinated by the Mafia near Palermo. They, together with Italian Judge Paolo Borsellino and his escort of police officers, as well as all victims of organized crime will be remembered.


May 20-22, 2010 - SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Italian Film Festival presents CineCucina, a tribute to Italian food and cinema.

May 15, 2010 - DALLAS - NIAF's Texas Gala, will be held May 15 at the historic Adolphus hotel in Dallas. NIAF will present Jay Lombardo of Lombardo Custom Apparel with a NIAF Special Achievement Award in Fashion, Bruno Mascolo, co-founder of Toni & Guy hair products, with a NIAF Special Achievement Award in Business and the Arts, Mike Modano of the Dallas Stars Hockey Team will receive a NIAF Special Achievement Award in Sports and Victor “Vic” Salvino, dealer principle of Texas Kenworth Co., with a NIAF Special Achievement Award for Humanitarian Service. Additionally, Bruno Mascolo’s brother Gaetano Mascolo, also a co-founder of Toni & Guy, will receive a posthumous NIAF Special Achievement in Business and the Arts.

May 13, 2010 - WASHINGTON D.C. - Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at NIH, speaks at NIAF's Frank J. Guarini Public Policy Forum on Capitol Hill. Invitation only.

May 8, 2010 -WASHINGTON D.C. The Italian Embassy and all European Union Embassies hold 'Open Italian Embassy in Washington, DCHouse Day' between 10 am-4pm. Join the European Union Embassies for a day of family fun, food and culture. This year the EU is highlighting the theme: GREEN EUROPE: GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY AND THE ENVIRONMENT. At the Italian Embassy visitors will enjoy a tasting of Italian food, at “CAFFE’ CINEMA”, will visit the formal rooms of the Embassy of Italy, view the documentary” VISIONS OF ITALY” – and the exhibit on “ECOFRIENDLY BUILDINGS IN ITALY”. Free shuttle buses with two routes will drop visitors off at various Embassies.

May 7, 2010- NEW YORK CITY - Italian tenor Marcello Giordani will present to the public and the press at the New York Athletic Club, his new Foundation, the Marcello Giordani Foundation (MGF), a non profit organization dedicated to the help and support of young opera singers to enable them to pursue and achieve their career goals and to succeed on the international opera stages.

"Marcello Giordani... is luxury casting as Pinkerton; it’s a rare pleasure to hear an ardent-voiced Italian tenor of this quality sing his own language with such authority and musical taste." - New York Magazine, October 2006

May 1, 2010 - ATLANTIC CITY - The Italian-American National Hall of Fame hosts its 35th Annual Induction and Awards Ceremony at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

May 1-2, 2010 - MILWAUKEE - The 4th Annual Italian Film Festival USA of Milwaukee, a free two-day event, will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Union Theatre, 2200 East Kenwood Boulevard, Milwaukee, WI. The festival will screen the local premieres of six recent, critically acclaimed Italian films. Films will be shown in Italian with English subtitles. READ MORE. . . >>

APRIL 2010


April 30, 2010. STONY BROOK - Symposium at the Stony Brook University's Center for Italian Studies: TOMMASO LANDOLFI: A TRIBUTE co-sponsored by the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and Stony Brook University with the cooperation of the international journal, GRADIVA and the Center for Italian Studies. Welcoming Remarks: Professors Mario B. Mignone and Luigi Fontanella. Guest Speakers include: Silvana Cirillo, Giulio Ferroni, Delphine Gachet, Romana Capeck Habekovic, Paola Italia, Tommaso Pincio, Nicholas Rzhevsky, Filippo Secchieri.

April 25, 2010 - STAMFORD - The Final Competition for Miss Italia USA 2010 Christina Marracciniwill be held at 5:00 PM at "The Palace " Theatre located in Stamford, Connecticut. The winner of the Miss Italia USA will travel to Italy in June to compete against 49 candidates from other nations for the title of Miss Italia nel Mondo. The pageant will be held in Jesolo, outside of Venice and will be broadcast internationally by RAI Italia and in Italy by RAI 1.



April 25, 2010 - PHILADELPHIA - Singer-songwriter Jovanotti will give a concert at the World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St ,Philadelphia. Until now, American audiences have had to make do with mere glimpses of the brilliant career of one of Italy's most famous contemporary artists, the Tuscan singer and songwriter Lorenzo Cherubini, professionally known as Jovanotti. Over the past twenty years his recorded collaborations with Michael Franti, Ben Harper, Carlinhos Brown, Sergio Mendes, and Bono, among other well-known names, have occasionally caught the ear of the adventurous listener. Delivering lyrics in a half-sung, half-spoken style that has something esthetically in common with a downtown reading by a Beat poet, Jovanotti uses the rhythm and the ricochet of consonants and catchy melodic hooks to create songs that are instantly accessible to an international audience.

April 23-24, 2010 - NEW YORK CITY - The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute at Queens College presents a 2-day confference on: Terre Promesse: Excursions Towards Italian Topographies

April 16-21, 2010 - MIAMI - Fifth Annual Sicilian Film Festival. The Sicilian Film Festival features premiere screenings, award ceremonies, seminars, a screenplay competition and, of course, gorgeous beaches, delicious food, incredible nightlife, and all that make Miami Beach, Florida one of the most unique and exotic vacation destinations in the world.

Festival activities include parties, live music and galas and the closing award ceremony. Awards are given in several categories including Feature, Documentary, Short, Animation, Direction, Acting and Career Award. For additional information contact Emanuele Viscusi, President of the Sicilian Film Festival at


April 15-17, 2010 - Madison The Wisconsin Film Festival in Madison, WI, will be showing three Italian films: "The Law" (La Loi) (Italy, France, 1959, 121 mins, 35mm). "Duck, You Sucker: A Fistful of Dynamite" (Italy, 1971, 157 mins, 35mm). and "Mid-August Lunch" (Pranzo di Ferragosto) (Italy, 2008, 75 mins, digital video).

April 14, 2010 - NEW YORK CITY - .Le Isole Lontane. The Writings of Bartolo Cattafi, Reading & lecture by Nino Sottle Zumbo in Italian, at the Italian American Museum, 155 Mulberry Street New York, NY.

April 7-9, 2010 - CHICAGO- The Italian American War Veterans of the United States executive committee metts at the Oak Brook Double Tree Hotel (nice golf course!)

Andrea PalladioApril 2 - August 1, 2010 - NEW YORK CITY - Palladio and His Legacy: A Transatlantic Journey also Includes Specially Commissioned Building Models Showing Palladio’s Profound Influence on American Architecture at the Morgan Library and Museum.

Andrea Palladio (1508–1580) is considered among the most significant and influential architects in the Western world. His clean, elegant interpretation of the architecture of classical antiquity was to spread throughout Europe and North America, and his finished buildings, drawings, and writings have become cultural touchstones.


MARCH 2010

Raphael: Donna VelataMarch 26- June 6, 2010. MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Art Museum is showing a portrait by Raphael: La Donna Velata (Woman with the Veil). The painting is on loan from the Pitti Palace in Florence, Italy. "Woman with the Veil" is considered an invaluable treasure among the paintings in the collection. The portrait, which Raphael painted in about 1516, had a profound influence on artists both of his day and since; not only is it beautifully painted, but a myth of intrigue envelops the work—it is rumored that the sitter was the artist's mistress. At one point, the portrait was considered the most famous painting in the world.




March 26, 2010. PHILADELPHIA - Celebration at St. Mary Magdalen de PazziMagdale de Pazzi, the First Catholic Italian Church in US, at the presence of His Eminence Cardinal Justin Regali and Dott. Luigi Scotto, Consul General of Italy From Villanova (Italy) to Philadelphia. A tribute to Reverend Antonio Isoleri. A lecture and a concert 5:30 pm “Priest, Parish and People: Isoleri and the immigrant church of St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi” A lecture by Dr. Richard Juliani, Professor of Sociology at Villanova University 6:15 pm “Fantasia poetica” A concert by Carlo Aonzo (Mandolin) and Elena Buttiero (Piano). Music by Beethoven, Munier, Calace, Bruzzone. St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi, 714 Montrose Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147.

March 25-27, 2010. NEW YORK CITY- Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

Through March 28, 2010 - SAN FRANCISCO - . Don't miss "In Cerca di una Nuova Vita" an exhibit at the The Museo Italo AmericanoMuseo Italo Americano. The exhibit, documents the experience of Italian immigrants to California through the three waves of immigration -- 1850-1924, 1924-1970, and 1970 through Today -- highlighting their struggle, determination, creativity, and ultimately, the cultural and economic contributions that Italians have made to the development of California.

March 23-June 20, 2010. LOS ANGELES - Exhibit at the J. Paul Getty Museum: Leonardo da Vinci and Da Vinci's "Rearing Horse", 1498the Art of Sculpture: Inspiration and Invention. The first display of works by Leonardo da Vinci in Los Angeles in decades, this major international loan exhibition celebrates his achievements and involvement in the art of sculpture. Through original drawings, the exhibition explores his ambitious designs for huge equestrian sculpture projects that were never completed. Important works by artists who inspired Leonardo-and were inspired by him-are also on view. These include Donatello's marble Bearded Prophet and three larger-than-life-size bronze figures by Leonardo's collaborator Giovan Francesco Rustici, all recently restored in Florence and never before seen outside Italy. The exhibition is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, in association with the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Emperor AugustusThrough August 1, 2010. PHILADELPHIA- Ancient Rome & America at the National Constitution Center. The exhibit showcases the cultural, political, and social connections between the lost world of ancient Rome and modern America. The exhibition features more than 300 artifacts from Italy and the United States, bringing together a never-before-seen collection from Italy’s leading archaeological institutions in Florence, Naples, and Rome, paired with objects from over 40 lending institutions in the United States.

Covering over 8,000 square feet, the exhibition is organized into three main galleries: Building a Republic, A Classical Revival, and Expansion and Empire. At the close of the exhibition, visitors are left with a question about the future of our nation, What does ancient Rome foretell about the fate of America? Exhibition highlights include: a Roman bronze eagle and American gilt eagle depicting the classic symbol shared by ancient Rome and America; Roman busts of Scipio Africanus, Julius Caesar, and Cicero; busts of the Founding Fathers, such as George Washington, portrayed in togas; remnants from Pompeii, including silverware, a preserved piece of a wall fresco, and the cast of a man who did not escape the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, and more!

March 4-7, 2010. CHICAGO - The Italian Cultural Institute is bringing Marino Marini's bronze Marino Marinimasterpieces, sketches, etchings, silkscreen prints and lithographs to Chicago in this unprecedented exhibition of the late master's work. Marini (1901 - 1980) is one of Italy's greatest 20th century artists. His work was exhibited in Europe's major cities throughout his lifetime, he took part in "The sculpture of the Twentieth Century" exhibition in New York City, and was an honorary citizen of the city of Milan. A museum dedicated entirely to his work opened in Florence in 1988. The ICI exhibit reexamines Marini's role in the American art scene between the 1950s and 1970s, and introduces a new generation of art lovers to Marini's most iconic creations: "Pomone," a female figure in bronze, and the magnificently modeled "Knight." The themes of female archaic divinities called pomone, and of horsemen, were constants for Marini, whose artistic vision was informed by his early study of Tuscany's famous Etruscan artwork.




February 28, 2010. WASHINGTON - The Friends of Casa Italiana present a roundtable on Italian February 28 at Casa ItalianaImmigration: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. Location: Casa Italiana at 1:00 p.m.

The documentary by Gianfranco Norelli, Pane Amaro (Bitter Bread), will be shown. Journalist Ennio Caretto, former correspondent for Corriere della Sera will moderate. This roundtable is co-sponsored by The Lido Civic Club and the Abruzzo and Molise Heritage Society.

"I would certainly recommend this film to anyone of Italian descent. But it is also of much broader interest, to anyone who wants to understand more of the human cost of immigration and the complexity of the earlier "great waves" of American immigration. Additionally, I think it is valuable to understand the suffering and racism experienced by many different groups of immigrants. For example, this film documents the fact that many lynching victims in the American South were Italian immigrants." B.Adler as reviewed at

February 25, 2010. NEW YORK CITY - 25th Annual GALA ITALIA. The show will feature the best of the Italian national wine production combined with the finest Italian gastronomy, fashion, art, design and music providing a superb display of the quality and importance of Italian products. Italian actress Simona Venturi has been chosen as the Godmother of this year's events.

The gala italia is organized annually by the Italian Wine & Food Institute under the patronage of he Italian Embassy in Washington.

February 20, 2010. PHILADELPHIA - The National Italian American Political Action Committee will host its 12th annual Carnevale Masked Ball at the Philadelphia Loews Hotel.

Through February 14, 2010. CHICAGO Italics: Italian Art between Tradition and Revolution Berti Simone, "Senza Titiolo" 19991968–2008 at Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art. This is a ground-breaking exhibition devoted to contemporary Italian art and creativity, co-presented by the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Chicago, and the Palazzo Grassi, Venice, on view at the MCA from November 14, 2009-February 14, 2010.

Guest curated by Francesco Bonami, curator of the upcoming Whitney Biennial, Italics presents more than 80 Italian artists active during the past four decades whose work offers a deep sense of originality and vitality, whether embracing their classical roots, breaking away from traditions, or reflecting the social transformation of Italy.

February 13-14, 2010. WASHINGTON - The11th Annual Washington, DC International Wine & Food Festival, DC region’s largest indoor wine & food festival, at The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. The Festival features over 600 wines from 100 countries. For additional information and a complete list of participating wineries, visit



January 28, 2010. WASHINGTON - Al Di Meola Italian American jazz guitarist performs a Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia.

Allegoria del trionfo di Venere, National Gallery di LondraJanuary 20-April 18, 2010. NEW YORK CITY - The drawings of Bronzino, the Italian Mannerist who was appointed court artist to Duke Cosimo de' Medici. Born Agnolo di Cosimo di Mariano, Il Bronzino studied under Raffaellino del Garbo and Jacopo da Pontormo.

This exhibition is the first ever dedicated to Bronzino (1503–1572), and will present nearly all the known drawings by, or attributed to, this leading Italian Mannerist artist, who was active primarily in Florence. A painter, draftsman, academician, and enormously witty poet, Bronzino became famous as the court artist to the Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici and his beautiful wife, the Duchess Eleonora di Toledo. This monographic exhibition will contain approximately 60 drawings from European and North-American collections, many of which have never before been on public view. Accompanied by a catalogue, authored by a team of international scholars, to be published by the Metropolitan Museum.

January 13-14,17, 2010. NEW YORK CITY. Celebrating “International Day of Italian Cuisines” on January 17 with a world premiere on January 14 to be held at the Italian Culinary Academy in New York City.

This year on January 17, all the participating chefs will be cooking "Tagliatelle al ragù Bolognese", the official dish of the IDIC 2010.

January 10, 2010. STATEN ISLAND - Aldo Mancusi will present "The Life & Times of Enrico Caruso" at the Garibaldi Meucci Museum . In 1990 Mancusi founded the Enrico Caruso Museum in Brooklyn and was awarded the title of Cavaliere Ufficiale for his splendid work. He will be showing some of his extensive collection of rare Caruso video and memorabilia, and will be bringing his 1910 Victor wind-up phonograph.

January 8, 2009. NEW YORK CITY. Sicilian native Carmen Consoli is scheduled to sing at City Winery in New York City.

Through Jan 31, 2010. BALTIMORE - Da Vinci—The Genius: A Traveling Exhibit at The Maryland Science Center. A rare look at the genius of one man that influenced generations to come Direct from Italy—da Vinci’s machines, inventions, paintings, sculptures, writings and drawings.The genius of da Vinci from aeronautics to medicine, artistry to weapons of war—all on display in this extraordinary exhibition’s first visit to the East Coast in only the third venue in the United States. More on the traveling exhibit.

Through January 22, 2010 - SAN FRANCISCO - Art Exhibit at the Italian Cultural Institute: Reflections on Painting - From the Colosseum to the Golden Gate Bridge An ensemble of three personal exhibits by the artists Bruno Aller, Aldo Bertolini, and Marisa Facchinetti, founders of the Cultural Association “I Diagonali” in Rome. Includes paintings, painting-sculptures made of copper, and woven artwork, previously exhibited at Arte e Pensieri Gallery in Rome.



December, 2009 - March 2010. SAN FRANCISCO - "In Cerca di Una Nuova Vita" an exhibit examining Italian immigration to Callifornia at the Museo ItaloAmericano.

December 20, 2009. CHICAGO - Screening of "A Sicilian Odyssey" at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago. A Jenna Maria Constantine film. Contact:

December 18, 2009. MALDEN, MASS. The Federazione Siciliana Massachusetts and the Confederazione Siciliani Nord America present the “Canterini di Ortigia” Siracusa, Sicily, who will sing Christmas Carols. The event will be held at 7:00 pm at the Malden Catholic HS Auditorium , 99 Crystal Street, Malden, Massachusetts. All proceeds from this event to benefit the flood victims in Messina – Italy. To order tickets please call 781-461-9950.


December 16, 2009. NEW YORK CITY - The Italian Cultural Institute in New York presents Mauro Pagani and Marco Cappelli in Concert. Location: 686 Park Avenue at 7:00 pm.

Mauro Pagani made his debut in music in 1970 as violinist, flautist and founding member of the rock band “ Premiata Forneria Marconi”, later embarking on a successful solo career that led him to play with some of the important Italian singer songwriters, from Vecchioni and Nannini to De Andre’ himself. In 1989 the album “Creuza de Ma” (composed with De Andre’) was voted the best Italian record of the past fifty years and nowadays it is considered a landmark of “world music”. Marco Cappelli guitarist has been the protagonist of an extraordinary artistic path, where he smoothly oscillates from the most rigorous music writing to the practice of improvisation, he lives in New York where is involved with the contemporary and avangarde music scene. (YouTube video of Mauro Pagani in concert earlier this year with other Italian artists at a fund raiser for the victims of the Abruzzo earthquake)

December 10-17, 2009. NEW YORK CITY. The Museum of Modern Art will screen eight films by Italian The Easy Life. 1962. Italy. Directed by Dino Risi director Dino Risi (1916–2008), in the exhibition Dino Risi: Comedy with a Twist. Among the acclaimed films presented here are Risi’s masterpiece Il sorpasso (The Easy Life) (1962); Profumo di donna (Scent of a Woman) (1974), which was remade as the 1992 English-language film starring Al Pacino; and the first screening outside Italy of the documentary profile of Risi made for his 90th birthday, Una bella vacanza (A Beautiful Vacation) (2006), directed by Fabrizio Corallo and Francesca Molteni, with segments from his most famous films, and commentaries from such personalities as Monica Bellucci, Umberto Eco, Giancarlo Giannini, Martin Scorsese, and Carlo Verdone. The retrospective is organized by Jytte Jensen, Curator, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art, Davide Azzolini, Director, 41˚ Parallelo; and Antonio Monda, Professor, New York University.

December 8-January 7, 2010. The Silver Treasures from the Atelier of San Lorenzo. An exhibit at the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C.

December 8, 2009-January 10, 2010. WASHINGTON, DC. Silver Treasures of San Lorenzo, Milan, an exhibit of Italian historic silverware produced through industrial design techniques by the Milanese firm of San Lorenzo. At The talian Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C.., Dec. Tuesday, Dec 8 thru Thursday, Jan 10,

December 5, 2009. HOUSTON - The fifth conference “Italian Researchers in the World: Past, Present and Future” will be held in the Conference Room at 1330 Post Oak Blvd – Houston, Texas 77056 on. The conference is organized by the Comites under the auspices of the Italian Consulate General of Houston.

December 3-5. PHILADELPHIA - XX AISLLI Conference Languages, Cultures, Identities of Italy in the World. .At the Center for Italian Studies-School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia - USA

Detail from Leonardo Da Vinci's "The Angel in the Flesh"December 2-12, 2009. LOS ANGELES - Artwork by Leonardo da Vinci, including his drawing "The Angel in the Flesh" will be on diisplay at the Italian Cultural Institute along with a video installation by Bill Viola. According to Francesca Valente who is organizing the exhibition, Leonardo's "Angel" has never been shown in the United States.







November 22, 2009. BENSALEM, PENNSYLVANIA - Filitalia Gala 2009, honoring Mr. Andrea Mantineo, President Gruppo Editorale Oggi, Inc. Publisher Quotidano Italiano “America Oggi” Recipient of the “Citzenship Award”; Cav. John Scarpati President “Mercer County Italian American Festival Association” Recipient of the “Leadership Award”; Dr. Anthony Benedetto & Dr. Ernest Benedetto, Medical Directors of the Dermatologic SurgiCenter Recipients of the “Humanitarian Awards.” For further information visit

November 16, 2008. NEW YORK CITY - Lecture by Professor Pietro Frassica, Princeton University, on the occasion, screening of images of paintings related to the theme of Futurist Cuisine. With the support of BUONITALIA s.p.a. At the Italian Cultural Institute at 6:30 pm.

November 10-18. LOS ANGELES - Organized by Cinecittà LuceBaaria and the American Cinematheque, CINEMA ITALIAN STYLE 2009 will kick-off with the U.S. premiere of The Offical Italian Entry for Best Foreign Language Film, Academy Awards® 2009, Giuseppe Tornatore’s (OSCAR® winning director for “Cinema Paradiso”) BAARÌA, which opened this year’s Venice Film Festival. Legendary director Tornatore will be in Los Angeles for the premiere.

Each year CINEMA ITALIAN STYLE brings a piece of Italy to Los Angeles, offering some of the finest contemporary Italian films and documentaries which have made an impact in both Italy and abroad. Films to be featured this year include: Edoardo Winspeare’s I GALANTUOMINI (THE BRAVE MEN); Davide Ferrario’s TUTTA COLPA DI GIUDA (FREEDOM); Marco Amenta’s LA SICILIANA RIBELLE (THE SICILIAN GIRL); Nico Cirasola’s FOCACCIA BLUES; Marco Filiberti’s IL COMPLEANNO (DAVID’S BIRTHDAY); Francesca Archibugi’s QUESTIONE DI CUORE (MATTER OF HEART); Michele Placido’s IL GRANDE SOGNO (THE BIG DREAM) and two documentaries, VITTORIO D. by Mario Canale and Annarosa Morri (a portrait of Vittorio De Sica) and HOLLYWOOD ON THE TIBER by Marco Spagnoli.

November 9-11, 2009. PHILADELPHIA - Italy’s Consulate General in Philadelphia and the America-Italy Society are organizing a film forum with the participation of director Marco Tullio Giordana. Giordana’s movies successfully combine driving social commitment and dramatic intensity. Among them are “Pasolini, un delitto italiano” (Pasolini, an Italian Crime), “I cento passi” (The hundred Steps), “La meglio gioventù” (The best of Youth) , “Quando sei nato non puoi più nasconderti” (Once you are born, you can no longer hide), “Sanguepazzo” (Wild Blood), just to name a few. This renowned director has received a total of twelve awards from international and Italian film festivals as well as two Academy Award nominations: one in 2000 for “I cento passi” and one in 2003 for “La meglio gioventù”. All three events will be held at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, located at 320 South Broad Street, Philadelphia PA 19102. Click here for schedule of events.

November 6, 2009. NEW YORK CITY - Opening of the exhibit - FUTURISTE: Women in Art and Literature. An exhibit dedicated to the most prominent female Futurist writers and painters In collaboration with the Casa delle Letterature of the City of Rome Paintings, free-word pictures, and first editions of books by eleven of the most prominent female Futurist artists, including Benedetta (Benedetta Cappa Marinetti), Ruzena Zatkova, Barbara (Olga Biglieri Scurto), Marisa Mori, Leandra Angelucci Cominazzini, Adele Clelia Gloria and Luce Balla. The exhibit is accompanied by a catalogue published by the Casa delle Letterature of the City of Rome On view at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò November 9 - December 15 Monday-Friday 10am-5pm (Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, 24 West 12th Street, New York, 10011)

November 4, 2009. WASHINGTON, DC. The Ambassador of Italy and the Defense and Defense Cooperation Attache and the Army, Naval and Air Attaches host a reception at the Embassy of Italy to celebrate the Italian Armed Forces Day. Invitation-only event.


October is the Italian American Heritage Month
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the 1989 proclamation signed by President George H.W. Bush designating October as National Italian American Heritage Month.

October 29, 2009. WASHINGTON, DC. A seminar on "The impact of Italian Judge Giovanni Falcone on American Society" will be held at the United States Supreme Court. Justice Antonin Scalia will chair the seminar. The program is under the auspices of the Embassy of Italy in Washington DC, in collaboration with Judge Arthur J. Gajarsa of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Invitation-only event.

October 23-24, 2009. xNIAF 34th Anniversary Gala Convention in Washington, DC.

This year's honorees include Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, culinary pioneer and restaurant entrepreneur Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, actress Carla Gugino, renowned Italian singer and songwriter Antonello Venditti and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo Americas Beverages Massimo F. d'Amore. The Master of Ceremonies will be Jimmy Kimmel, Host of Jimmy Kimmel Live.

October 22, 2009. WASHINGTON, DC. Global Health Forum at the Italian Embassy in Washington D.C. Organized by the Embassy of Italy, in Cooperation with: European Commission Delegation, Washington, DC, Embassy of France and, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), in Collaboration with: The NIAF Frank J. Guarini Public Policy Forum.

October 18, 2009. WASHINGTON, DC - Nobel Prize winning astrophysicist Professor Riccardo Giacconi, kRicardo Giacconinown as the father of x-ray astronomy, will talk on “New Astronomy 400 Years after Galileo” at the Octber meeting of the Italian Cultural Society of Washington, D.C.,

"I was born in Genoa, Italy, on October 6, 1931, but I spent most of my life until 1956 in Milano. I was the only child. My mother, Elsa Canni Giacconi, was a teacher of Mathematics and Physics at the high school level. She was the co-author of many textbooks on geometry which were widely adopted in Italy. She held that God made geometry. My father, Antonio Giacconi, owned a small business. He had a knack of seeing historical developments clearly and to perceive when the King was naked. He was an anti-fascist and suffered for it. My mother and father were legally separated when I was eight years old. I experienced World War II as a young teenager. I was sent to live with my aunts, Giulia and Elisa Canni, in Cremona following the 1942 bombings of Milano. The son of Giulia, Giovanni Benini, of my same age, became the only brother I ever had. I had access to a large library, including classics, and I read copiously. " READ HIS SHORT AUTOBIOGRAPHY .... >>

October 16-17, 2009. LAS VEGAS - Annual conference of the Italian Folk Art Federation of America at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas.ST 2009

October 15, 2009. NEW YORK CITY. Joe Petrosino: The New Sicily 100 Years After His Death
John Jay College of Criminal Justice. See program.


October 12. NEW YORK CITY - Kenneth G. Langone, Home Depot Co-Founder, Chairman of the NYU Langone Medical Center, will be the Grand Marshal of the 65th Annual Columbus Day Parade in New York City.

October 12. CHICAGO - the 57th annual Columbus Day Parade, will be broadcast live from 12:30-2:30 pm. on ABC 7's 7.2 (Comcast Channel 217, Wide Open West Channel 219 and RCN Channel 618). ABC 7 will also stream the parade live at The parade is sponsored by the The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans.

October 11 - WASHINGTON, DC. The Annual Christopher Columbus Memorial Mass will be held at Holy Rosary Church, sponsored by the D.C. Area State Council, Knights of Colmbus. A civic ceremony will follow at the Christopher Columbus statue in the Church's courtyard,

October 11, 2009. WILMINGTON - Vendemmia da Vinci, a fall festival celebrating the centuries-old tradition of the Italian grape harvest, will be held at Tubman-Garrett Park in Wilmington, Del., from 2 to 6 p.m. For more information or tickets, visit www.societadavinci. com.

October 10, 2009. ALBANY - Albany celebrates its Italian culture and heritage with its 18th annual Columbus Parade & Italian Festival.

October 10, 2009. NEW YORK CITY - The Italian American Writers Association (IAWA) celebrates its 19th Anniversary with Italian-born Etta Cascini and Emelise Aleandri who will read Cascini's work in English. Robert Viscusi, whose epic work *Ellis Island* is now circulating among publishers will read from this and other works. Cornelia St. Café, 29 Cornelia Street, NYC.

October 7, 2009. SAN FRANCISCO - The 137th Annual Italian Heritage Parade will be held in San Francisco. This parade used to be known as the Columbus Day Parade until its name was changed in 1994 "in an effort to celebrate the accomplishments and culture of all Italians and Italian Americans." Legendary Franki Valli will be the Grand Marshall.

October 3-4, 2009. TORONTO - Third Annual Confederazione Siciliani Nord America (CSNA) Conference and Gala Dinner.



September 25, 2009. NEW YORK CITY - Tthe Italian Language Inter-Cultural Alliance will be celebrating its 5th annual ILICA CE Conference at the Saval Auditorium of St. John's University, Manhattan Campus in New York City.

Rpmanzo VisualeSeptember 23, 2009. WASHINGTON - Presentation of the book and screening of "Album di Famiglia, Romazo Visuale," by Anna Maltese Lawton, at the Embassy of Italy. A panel of critics and literary scholars chaired by Roberto Severino, Professor Emeritus of Italian at Georgetown University will discuss the novel with the author.


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Through February 16, 2009- NEW YORK CITY - "Art and Love on Renaissance Italy" at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.




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