Fall Open House

Join us for our Fall Open House on Wednesday, September 12 from 5:00-7:00 pm to learn more about the American Italian Cultural Center. Tour the museum after hours, meet the AICC language instructor, and learn about our fall events! AICC staff will be available to talk about our programs and can sign you up that…

Festa di Ferragosto

Celebrate the Italian holiday, Ferragosto with the American Italian Cultural Center. Join us for an evening of food, friends, and fun! Ferragosto is a public holiday celebrated annually on August 15 in Italy which coincides with the Assumption of Mary. The celebration however, pre-dates the Catholic church and actually dates back to the Emperor Augustus…

The Spirituality of Classical Italian Cinema

How does something like this sound as far as a description: Was Roberto Rossellini’s Rome, Open City a retelling of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount? Did Fellini accomplish the condensation of thousands of years of spiritual cycles in the first few minutes of his famous film, La Dolce Vita? And how is it that Pier Paolo Pasolini, and…

Lecture: Italian Influences on New Orleans Area Cemeteries

Join Emily Ford of Oak and Laurel Cemetery Preservation, LLC and discover the influences that Italians had on cemeteries in New Orleans and in Metairie! This lecture will draw from the historic landscapes of all local cemeteries and from Ms. Ford’s ongoing research into the preservation of Italian heritage. We will explore the Metairie Cemetery…

Movie Night: Moonstruck

Anything can happen under a full moon…Moonstruck is a captivating romantic comedy about the Castorini Family, an Italian American Family in New York. Loretta (Cher) is a young widower who agrees to marry a man she doesn’t love, Johnny Cammareri (Danny Aiello). Before they can marry, Johnny must visit his dying mother in Sicily and…

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…

Ustica, the Diamond Years – Ustica, Gli Anni Del Diamante

Join the AICC and the Congregazione di San Bartolomeo Apostolo for the 2017 documentary, Ustica, the Diamond Years. From 1971-2005, Ustica, the small island in the Mediterranean sea, just north of Palermo, captured the world’s attention for its success in both baseball and softball. The Ustica Baseball Club and the Ustica Softball Club both had…

Walk With Me Through Venice

Join us for the final installment of the AICC and Tom Cortazzo’s series of walking tours through Italy’s greatest cities as we stroll through Venice. Learn a little history of the city and enjoy the beauty that is Venice, the captivating pearl floating on the Adriatic Sea. The lecture is free for AICC Members and…

Bernini’s Rome

Many of the memorable sights a tourist sees in Rome were created by one man, GianLorenzo Bernini. Join lecturer Tom Cortazzo and continue the American Italian Cultural Center’s virtual walking tours of Italy’s great cities. We move from Florence to Rome where you will take a virtual walking tour through the Eternal City to see…

Italian Movie Night: Fellini’s La Strada

There has never been a face quite like that of Giulietta Masina. Her husband, the legendary Federico Fellini, directs her as Gelsomina in La Strada, the film that launched them both to international stardom. Gelsomina is sold by her mother into the employ of Zampanò (Anthony Quinn), a brutal strongman. When Zampanò encounters an old…