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…

Opera in the Piazza

Piazza d' Italia

Opera in the Piazza is back! Join the American Italian Cultural Center (AICC) at the newly renovated Piazza d’Italia (337 Poydras Street) for a beautiful night of Italian opera, food and drinks. Doors open at 6:30pm. Food from Reginelli’s Pizza and Piccola Gelateria! Tickets $15.00 for AICC members $20.00 for General Public $25.00 starting on…

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…

33rd Annual Louisiana American Italian Sports Hall of Fame Induction Gala

Saturday, January 20, 2018 5:00 pm Cocktails & Silent Auction 6:00 pm Dinner St. Charles Room, New Orleans Hilton Riverside Hotel Gold seating: $225 per person, Silver Seating: $175 per person, AICC Members: $150 2018 National Honoree: Franco Harris Franco Harris played football for Penn State and played in the NFL for 13 years as a fullback.…

Second Annual Amici Christmas Party

Tis the season to be jolly! Join us for a night of eating, drinking and Italian conversation. The event includes refreshments, yummy food and delicious sweet treats. We will celebrate the start of this holiday season and learn about Italian Christmas traditions, music, and stories! Tickets are $10 for AICC members and $15 for non-members.

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…