Bebop, Swing and Bella Musica: Jazz and the Italian American Experience

Authors Bill Dal Cerro and David Anthony Witter will present their book, Bebop, Swing and Bella Musica: Jazz and the Italian American Experience. Italian Americans such as Frank Sinatra, Louis Prima, Louie Bellson, Lennie Tristano, Tony Bennett, Buddy DeFranco, Flip Phillips and Joe Lovano, and many others have enriched the jazz genre since its inception […]

Italian Movie Night: It’s a Wonderful Life

Celebrate the start of the holiday season with the American Italian Cultural Center! We will be screening a Frank Capra’s classic, “It’s A Wonderful Life.” In the film, an angel helps a compassionate but frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. Staring James Stewart and Donna Reed, this […]

Florence, Italy, the World

Lecturer Tom Cortazzo will take us on a magical tour of Florence! The wondrous city has a legitimate claim to being the birthplace of the Renaissance, the cultural movement that changed the western world forever. During the 15th and 16th centuries, more of the Renaissance luminaries had some connection with Florence than any other city […]

Lecture Series: Lowlife/Highbrow: Bernini and the Art of Baroque Rome

Join us for a lecture on Gianlorenzo Bernini given by  Father Gregory Waldrop, S.J., the chair of Loyola’s Art Department. Gianlorenzo was a coddled prodigy and the darling of the Papal Court who created the Baroque style of sculpture. His works furthered the ambitions of some of the 17th century’s most powerful patrons from popes […]

Art & Aperitivo

The American Italian Cultural Center is excited to announce the opening of the Luke Fontana Collection. The Luke Fontana Collection is a series of photographs and paintings of New Orleans jazz greats such as Matthew “Fats” Houston, Louis Nelson, Kid Thomas, and many others. Luke’s work will be on display at the American Italian Cultural […]

Things to See in Rome and Florence

Have you gone with your family to Italy and want to enjoy it again? Do you hope to go there with them one day? Do you want your kids or grandkids to learn something of the history and culture there? Come to this lecture and bring the whole family. Tom Cortazzo will be presenting things […]


Join the AICC for its screening of Stromboli! This Roberto Rossellini movie stars the talented, Ingrid Bergman and Mario Vitale. The film follows the life of Karen, a young Lithuanian woman who escapes an internment camp by marrying Antonio, an Italian POW fisherman. Antonio promises her a wonderful life on Stromboli, his island home between […]

Guns in the Hands of Artists

Guns In The Hands of Artists is a community-based social-activist artistic project that has been traveling the country the past three years. It has been presented at the Aspen Institute, Washington University in St. Louis, Art Basel Miami Beach, Minneapolis and at the Rotunda of the US Senate Building in Washington D.C. Decommissioned guns taken […]

Cheese and Wine with the St. James Cheese Company

St. James Cheese Company and the American Italian Cultural Center are teaming up to present an evening of Italy’s two most delicious contributions to the world: Vino e Formaggio! Don’t speak Italian? That’s okay, we will be speaking the language of WINE and CHEESE folks! From the top of the boot to the toe and […]

Under Old Stars: Wanderings in Italian Hill Towns

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 […]