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2016

Italian Language Lessons for 2016

Have you ever wanted to speak Italian or become more fluent in la bella lingua? The American Italian Cultural Center (AICC) has announced its next series of Italian Language Lessons for 2016! This widely popular class is offered in four different levels, from beginner to complete fluency, and runs for 8 weeks. Space is limited to a maximum of 10 students per class to ensure a low student-teacher ratio. The courses are held at the American Italian Cultural Center located at 537 South Peters Street, in downtown New Orleans. For full course listings and to register, please click here.

 

2016

The Italian American Digest is now online! Click here to view!

 

Thu
2016

Italian Language Meet-Up

Join us on the first Thursday of every month at 6:00pm at the American Italian Cultural Center to practice your Italian conversation skills! So we can adequately prepare for each Thursday, please click this link to let us know which Thursdays you would like to attend.

 

May
19
2016

Italian Book Club: "Seta" by the Italian writer Alessandro Baricco

Join the AICC for our Italian Book Club Series at the East Bank Library in Metairie! Each month everyone is invited to read and meet in an informal, relaxed setting to discuss a book in Italian that will be decided at every meeting of the Book Club. This month's novel is "Seta" by the Italian writer Alessandro Baricco. The novel tells the story of a French silkworm merchant-turned-smuggler named Hervé Joncour in 19th century France who travels to Japan for his town's supply of silkworms after a disease wipes out their African supply. Click here for location and time.

 

May
26
2016

Italian Film Series: "Rome, Open City"

Join the American Italian Cultural Center on May 26th from 6pm to 8pm for its screening of Rome, Open City: a film that immerses its viewers in the lives of resistance fighters during the Nazi occupation of Rome. The film follows engineer Giorgio, who in his attempts to escape the Germans, seeks help from Pina, a fellow resistance fighter, and Don Pietro, the priest set to oversee her marriage. Directed by Roberto Rosselini, Rome, Open City conveys the desperation, fear and uncertainty of the time. Its neorealist depiction of WWII freedom fighters remains a powerful reminder of the people whose self-sacrifice made our own lives possible. Suggested donation of $10 per person. Concessions will be available for purchase. Click here to register for the event.

 

June
02
2016

Italian Language Meet-up at Andrea's Restaurant

Join us for this special Italian language meetup in Metairie at Andrea's Restaurant! Wine will be available for purchase. Register for our Amici Dinner directly after the meetup to continue practicing your Italian over a relaxing meal. For more information, click here to see our Amici Dinner page.

 

June
06
2016

Amici Della Lingua Italiana Monthly Dinner at Andrea's

The American Italian Cultural Center sponsors a night of dinner & Italian conversation every month! This event is for AICC members, Italian natives, Italian language students and anyone who might enjoy a night of eating, drinking and speaking Italian. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

 

June
09
2016

Italian Citizenship Information Session

If you descend from an Italian citizen, or if you have an ancestor born in Italy, you may be eligible for Italian citizenship! Obtaining Italian citizenship would allow you – while maintaining your American citizenship – to reconnect to your cultural background, to obtain an Italian passport for you and your family, and to live, work, retire and freely travel in Italy as well as in any other country in the European Union. Join us on June 9th at 6:00 pm for a free information session on how the process to obtain Italian citizenship works. For more information and to rsvp, please click here.

 

June
16
2016

Film Screening: "Palio"

Join the American Italian Cultural Center for its second screening of the documentary film Palio! Back by popular demand, Palio is a heart-racing film bound to transport you straight to Siena, the Italian city that hosts the oldest horse race in the world. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

 

June
23
2016

American Italian Lecture Series: "Italians in Jazz"

As a part of the American Italian Cultural Center's bi-monthly lecture series, music historian Dr. Jack Stewart will deliver a lecture exploring the contributions Italians have made to jazz music and its predecessor music in New Orleans. Dr. Stewart will discuss the musical contributions of Sharkey Bonano, Tony Almerico, Santo Pecora, and the Mannino Family, as well as other lesser-known musicians who impacted the musical landscape of the city. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

 

June
30
2016

Italian Book Club: "Novecento" by the Italian writer Alessandro Baricco

The story was made into The Legend of 1900, a 1998 film starring Tim Roth. Told through the eyes of Novecento's (the greatest pianist who ever played on the ocean) best friend, trumpeter Tim Tooney, Baricco's virile text echoes heroic fables and great myths, whilst winking at the beautiful and terrible minutiae that makes up life. Click here for location and time.

 

June
30
2016

Italian Cooking Class

Join the American Italian Cultural Center for a Northern Italian cooking class led by Andrea Apuzzo, Chef-Proprietor of Andrea's Restaurant. The class includes a 3 course Northern Italian meal with wine pairing. Space is limited to a maximum of 25 students. For more information and to register, please click here.

 

July
27-28
2016

American Italian Film & Lecture Series: "War, Laughter and Masculinity in Italian Silent Film"

Join us for the American Italian Cultural Center's first joint film and lecture series! On Wednesday July 27, the AICC will host a screening of Maciste in Hell, a silent comedy made in 1926 and starring Bartolomeo Pagano, who took the character's name as his own stage name in a series of films. On Thursday July 28, Dr. Michael Syrimis, Associate Professor of Italian at Tulane University, will connect Maciste in Hell to other comical portrayals of masculinity in different forms of Italian films produced much earlier, during the First World War. He will demonstrate that through the use of slapstick, cinema comments upon such diverse masculine traits as belligerence, supernatural strength, and ineptness. At the same time, slapstick portrays the body as mechanical, as a reflection of the war's values of order, discipline, and uniformity. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

 

Aug
18
2016

American Italian Lecture Series: "Dante's Rome: Eternal City or Infernal City?"

Join us for a fiery discussion of the great Florentine poet Dante Alighieri's Rome, a city that inspired the design of Hell in his three-part spiritual epic The Divine Comedy. Dr. John Sebastian of Loyola University will explore several critical descriptions of the Eternal City in the writings of Dante and his contemporaries, including Saint Francis of Assisi, Giovanni Boccaccio, Jacopone da Todi, and Catherine of Siena, who wanted to reform the city and restore it to its glory as the seat of medieval Christendom. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

 

Aug
25
2016

Amici Della Lingua Italiana Monthly Dinner at Restaurant AVO

The American Italian Cultural Center sponsors a night of dinner & Italian conversation every month! This event is for AICC members, Italian natives, Italian language students and anyone who might enjoy a night of eating, drinking and speaking Italian. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

 

Sep
15
2016

American Italian Lecture Series: "The Italian Contribution to New Orleans Cemeteries, 1850 – 1950"

This lecture will examine the impact of New Orleans' Italian community on the city's cemetery landscapes. While the great avenue of Italian society tombs in Metairie Cemetery is a powerful visual reminder of New Orleans' Italian heritage, many other historic cemeteries have stories to tell.From the influence of 1850s Italian sculptor Americo Marozzi on Bywater cemeteries like St. Vincent de Paul and St. Roch, to hidden Florentine masterpieces in Cypress Grove, Italian artisans have subtly made their mark upon the development of our iconic cemeteries. This lecture will also present lesser-known Italian burial places and society tombs, including those in Odd Fellows Rest and Valence Street Cemeteries. Focusing primarily on the contributions of Italian artisans, the lives of some Italian cemetery "residents" will be highlighted as well. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

 

Sep
16
2016

Film Screening: "The Children Are Watching Us"

Join the American Italian Cultural Center for its screening of The Children Are Watching Us (1944), a film that follows Prico, a four-year-old boy whose reality is transformed when his family disintegrates. In The Children Are Watching Us, director Vittorio DeSica and screenwriter Cesare Zavattini collaborate to produce a harrowing depiction of a young boy whose adult role models cease to protect and support him. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

 

Sep
16
2016

Film Screening: "The Children Are Watching Us"

Join the American Italian Cultural Center for its screening of The Children Are Watching Us (1944), a film that follows Prico, a four-year-old boy whose reality is transformed when his family disintegrates. In The Children Are Watching Us, director Vittorio DeSica and screenwriter Cesare Zavattini collaborate to produce a harrowing depiction of a young boy whose adult role models cease to protect and support him. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

 

Sep
12-22
2016

Travel To Italy With Us!

Join us for our first group tour to Italy, led by Alessandro, our native Italian language teacher. The journey of a lifetime, this tour will include not only landmarks in Rome, Florence, Siena, and Venice, but also local treasures shared with you by Alessandro.

 

The group will depart for Italy on September 12th and return on September 22nd. Please express your interest ASAP as reservations are limited. The deadline to opt-in is June 13th, and the first ten people to join receive free Italian language classes with their deposit. For more information, click here.

 

Call us at 504-522-7294 or email Alessandro at alessandro@americanitalianculturalcenter.com to sign up today!

 

Oct
18
2016

American Italian Lecture Series: "The Influence of Early Italian Comedy Characters"

As a part of the American Italian Cultural Center's bi-monthly lecture series, photojournalist Mauro Marinelli will deliver a lecture on his photo technique and his travels, describing what it is like trying to document a subculture. Mr. Marinelli will present on his artistic images and the corresponding prose of his work Under Old Stars: Wanderings in Italian Hill Towns, elaborating on the collaboration between the photographer and the writer and divulging the advantages and barriers to this type of creative project. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

 

Nov
03
2016

Film Screening: "Obsession"

Join the American Italian Cultural Center for its screening of Obsession (1943), a masterpiece acknowledged as the first film of the Italian neo-realist movement. Director Luchino Visconti loosely based Obsession on the American novel, The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain, resetting the story in Italy's Po Valley. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

 

Nov
17
2016

American Italian Lecture Series: "The History of Pasta in Louisiana"

Learn about the history of pasta in New Orleans and the South from Leonard DeFrancisci, whose great grandfather immigrated to the United States in 1905 and built his first pasta machine in 1914 under the name I. DeFrancisi & Son. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

 

Dec
08
2016

Amici Della Lingua Italiana Monthly Dinner at Amici

The American Italian Cultural Center sponsors a night of dinner & Italian conversation every month! This event is for AICC members, Italian natives, Italian language students and anyone who might enjoy a night of eating, drinking and speaking Italian. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

 

Every
Day

You Can Now Support The AICC Through Amazon.com

The AICC has recently signed up wi‎th Amazon.com to become an eligible charity on their list of charities. ‎When making a purchase through Amazon, if you will list the American Italian Renaissance Foundation (our parent corporation) as your designated charity, the AICC will begin receiving a .5% fee from Amazon at no cost to you! You only have to sign up once and then sign in to Smiles.amazon.com when making a purchase. Thanks for helping us continue our Mission. Click here to sign up!