***SOLD OUT*** Sicilian Wine Tasting with Swirl and the AICC

***SOLD OUT*** This event is sold out. If you would like to be added to the waitlist please call the AICC: 504-522-7294. Join Swirl Wine Bar and Market at the American Italian Cultural Center for a tasting of wines from Sicily. From the volcanic soils of Mount Etna to the dry, arid terroir of Vittoria…

Gulf Coast Italian American Cultural Society 5th Annual Columbus Day Dinner

Monday, October 8, 2018 Blue Bayou Bar & Grill at the Silver Slipper Casino, Bay St. Louis, MS 39520 Schedule of Events: 5:30 – 6:00pm Registration and cocktails (cash bar) 6:00pm Seating for dinner 6:15pm Welcoming remarks – Cav. Joseph Ventura, President 6:30pm Buffet line opens for dinner 7:30pm Program begins, David Biagini, Master of…

Muffuletta Festival

The Second Annual Muffuletta Festival is this October! Join us at Nor Joe Imports for muffulettas and other Italian food delicacies, music, bocce, and much more!

SOLD OUT Formaggio Italiano: A Cheese Tasting

***SOLD OUT*** This event is sold out. If you would like to be added to the waitlist please contact the AICC: 504-522-7294. St. James Cheese Company and the AICC are teaming up to present an evening of Italy’s two most delicious contributions to the world: Vino e Formaggio! From the top of the boot to…

A Conversation on Turandot with New Orleans Opera

Join the AICC and Todd Simmons of New Orleans Opera for Puccini’s TURANDOT: a conversation about the composer, the times, and the opera. Turandot is Puccini’s final opera, which was unfinished at the time of his death and was completed by Franco Alfano. The opera is set in China and tells the story of Prince Calaf,…

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

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 avowed atheist, rendered one of the greatest retellings of the St. Matthew…

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…