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FEBRUARY 1–28, 2020

Regina Opera presents a Winter Concert
February 2 (Sunday) 3:00 pm
Regina Opera begins its 2020 Sunday Concert Series with a concert of opera selections. Featured are Kimberly Lloyd - soprano; Maayan Voss de Bettancourt and Elizabeth Moulton - mezzo-sopranos; Hyunho Cho - tenor; Jaeman Yoon - baritone; Richard Paratley - flutist; and pianist Peiwen Chen. Also featured is a world premiere quartet by Julian Raheb.
Sponsored by the Regina Opera Company.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help School
5902 6th Avenue (Between 59th and 60th Streets), Brooklyn
Admission: $15 - Adults; $5 - Teens; Children - free
Contact: Fran Garber-Cohen 718-259-2772

Mussolini's Camps - Civilian Internment in Fascist Italy
February 3 (Monday) 6:30 pm
Panel discussion with: Silvana Patriarca, Fordham University; Carlo Spartaco Capogreco, Università della Calabria. Discussant: Mary Gibson CUNY.
In English.
New York University, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò
24 West 12th Street, Manhattan
Contact: 212-998-8739

La Commedia di Dante in Italiano
February 5 (Wednesday) 5:30 pm
The Dante in Italiano group has been reading and talking about the Commedia for two years+ and in February, will be meeting up with some very bad clergy buried head first in a dark region of the Inferno. We welcome new members and hope to see returning faces interested in joining in our steep descent into the realm of fraud. The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute of Queens College/CUNY hosts the group which is dedicated to reading the entire Commedia in Italian with discussions conducted in Italiano. The group meets two Wednesdays a month. On February 5, the group will be working on Canto XIX, Line 7. The second session is February 19. The group reads the Canto aloud for the pleasure of the Italian language, followed by paraphrasing/translation of the text terzina by terzina in standard Italian, and freewheeling discussion of any and all issues of interest to anyone in the group. Meetings are scheduled through December 21, 2022. This is not a scholarly academic program but is designed for lovers of Dante, Italy and the Italian language. No particular text is necessary. All the different notes and translations make the discussion more interesting. Everyone, of all ages and backgrounds is welcome. Members of the academic, cultural and publishing communities and native speakers are particularly welcome. All of the discussions in the Dante reading/discussion group are 100% in Italian. For more information, contact .
John D. Calandra Italian American Institute of Queens College/CUNY
25 West 43rd Street, 17th Floor, Manhattan
Contact: Dante in Italiano 212 966-3245

Modernity, Fascism & Resistance, How Four Ethiopians Confronted, Maneuvered and Survived the Italo-Ethiopian War of 1935-1941
February 6 (Thursday) 7:00 pm
A lecture by Yemane Demissie,NYU Professor/Filmmaker with Heran Sereke-Brhan, Interim Executive Director, Commission on the Arts & Humanities.
In English .
New York University, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò
24 West 12th Street, Manhattan
Contact: 212-998-8739

Novel New York City Records
February 8 (Saturday) 10:00 am
Alec Ferretti will discuss records that are typically overlooked. Examples include: licensing records, court records, voter registrations, education records, and the 1917 Military Census. Some of these records are available at the Municipal Archives or the City Clerk, while others reside with the agencies that created them, and are only accessible by making Freedom of Information Requests.
Sponsored by Italian Genealogical Group.
Bethpage Public Library
47 Powell Avenue, Bethpage, NY
Contact: Maryanne Yenoli 631-940-0255

Sicily on Long Island
February 9 (Sunday) 1:00 pm
Join in for a heartwarming afternoon of Sicilian food and culture on Long Island with this social and enriching day. Meet kindred spirits and share your love of Sicilian culture! Cost includes prix-fixe lunch menu, tax, gratuities, raffle ticket, and entertainment.
Sponsored by Experience Sicily.
La Ginestra
50 Forest Ave, Glen Cove, NY
Admission: $95
Contact: Allison Scola 646-281-4324

A Symposium: "Dove il Sì Suona"
February 13 (Thursday) 6:00 pm
This symposium is part of the exhibit, "Dove il Sì Suona," a history of Italian through the centuries.The topic of the evening will revolve around the history and current situation of Italian and what are some of the challenges today. Further information forthcoming on our website. 
Sponsored through a generous grant by the Società Dante Alighieri, Rome, and coordinated by the Società Dante Alighieri NYC, Inc. in collaboration with the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College/CUNY.
John D. Calandra Italian American Institute
25 West 43rd Street, 17th Floor, Manhattan
Admission: free; open to the public
Contact: 212-642-2094 to RSVP
Seating is limited and seats cannot be reserved.
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Abbandonata e Condotta a Morire
February 13 (Thursday) 7:00 pm
Handel in Italy. Under the direction of Dorian Bandy. Staging by Gina Crusco and Music by G.F. Handel. Two crises unfold at the edge of the sea: A young woman loses her lover, a mother loses her life by her son's command. Abbandonata e condotta a morire is a monodrama exploring issues of love, fidelity, and the right response to wrong action. Featuring Handel’s Armida abbandonata and Agrippina condotta a morire and instrumental music never before heard in New York.
New York University, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò
24 West 12th Street, Manhattan
Contact: 212-998-8739

The Italian American Writers Association Saturday Reading Series
February 15 (Saturday) 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Featured authors: Philip Giambri aka "The Ancient Mariner" has written Confessions of a Repeat Offender, a compilation of his performance stories and poems. Marco Rafala, MFA in fiction from The New School. How Fires End is his debut novel.
Sponsored by the Italian American Writers Association.
Mulberry Street Public Library
10 Jersey Street, Manhattan
Contact: Maria Lisella 718-777-1178

Cannoli Making Workshop
February 22 (Saturday) 1:30 pm
Just in time for Carnevale, you can learn to make the beloved pastry cannoli in New York City with cannoli expert Allison Scola and Sicilian pastry chef Giusto Priola of Cacio e Vino restaurant. This hands-on community class is a wonderful opportunity for the entire family. Limited to 16 people. Advanced reservations required.
Sponsored by Experience Sicily.
Cacio e Vino
80 Second Avenue, Manhattan
Admission: $75 Adults, $45 Children
Contact: Allison Scola 646-281-4324

Carnevale Dinner with Two Chefs from Sicily
February 25 (Tuesday) 7:00 pm
A festive and mouth-watering Carnevale dinner will be presented by guest Sicilian Chefs Nino Elia and Giuseppe Sciurca. The evening features a prix-fixe carnival menu with a Sicilian twist, wine, coffee drinks, carnevale accouterments, a raffle, and more!
Sponsored by Experience Sicily.
Cacio e Vino
80 Second Avenue, Manhattan
Admission: $75
Contact: Allison Scola 646-281-4324

FREE Sneak Peek Performance of Puccini's Gianni Schicchi
February 25 (Tuesday) 8:00 pm
This opera, will feature some of Regina Opera’s “covers” (understudies), and will be presented with piano accompaniment. No tickets are required. In Italian with English supertitles .
Regina Opera Company
Our Lady of Perpetual Help school
5902 6th Avenue, Brooklyn, (Between 59th and 60th Streets), Brooklyn
Admission: free; open to the public
Contact: Fran Garber-Cohen 718-259-2772

Italian Information Designer Giorgia Lupi on Data Humanism
February 26 (Wednesday) 6:30 pm
A dynamic talk by award-winning information designer Giorgia Lupi whose innovative work challenges the impersonality of data, designing visual narratives that re-connect numbers to what they stand for: stories, people, ideas. Lupi's TED Talk (over 1M viewers): /giorgia_lupi_how_we_can_find_ourselves_in_data/transcript?language=en#t-85151
Sponsored by Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies, Montclair State University, NJ.
Feliciano School of Business - Lecture Hall 101 - MSU
1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ
Contact: Teresa Fiore 973-655-4283

Italytime Movie Night - Film: Cristo si e` Fermato a Eboli by Francesco Rosi
February 28 (Friday) 7:00 pm


Christ Stopped at Eboli is a drama film adapted from the book with the same title written by Carlo Levi where he, as a political dissident under Fascism, was exiled in the Basilicata region in Southern Italy. Gian Maria Volontè plays Carlo Levi.
Sponsored by Italytime.

Our Lady of Pompeii - Italytime Cultural Center
238 Bleecker Street (Carmine Street), Manhattan
Admission: $5 Suggested Donation
Contact: Maureen Gonzalez 212-860-2983

Regina Opera Company will present a double bill of Puccini's one-act comic opera Gianni Schicchi and Golden Jubilee Concert
February 29 (Saturday) 3:00 pm
Sung in Italian with full orchestra and English supertitles .
Sponsored by the Regina Opera Company.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help school
5902 6th Avenue (between 59th and 60th Streets), Brooklyn
Admission: $25-Adults; $20-Seniors; $5-Teens; Children-free
Contact: Fran Garber-Cohen 718-259-2772


Exhibition: Guercino: Virtuoso Draftsman
On view through February 2, 2020 
Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, known as Guercino (1591-1666), was arguably the most interesting and diverse draftsman of the Italian Baroque era, a natural virtuoso who created brilliant drawings in a broad range of media. The Morgan owns more than twenty-five works by the artist, and these are the subject of a focused exhibition, supplemented by a handful of loans from public and private New York collections. The exhibition will include sheets from all moments of the artist's career. The Morgan's holdings also include studies for engravings, as well as highly finished landscape and figure drawings that were independent works. While some of the Morgan's Guercino drawings are well known, they have never been exhibited or published as a group, and the selection includes a number of new acquisitions.
The Morgan Library & Museum
225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street, Manhattan
Contact: 212-685-0008

Exhibition: Leo Yeni - An Artist's Paper Life
On view through February 26 Monday - Friday 10:00 - 6:00 pm
An exhibition of drawings from the internment camp, sketchbooks with notations on architecture, art history and decorative arts, sketches, paintings, family photographs and official papers. Curated by Cynthia Madansky. In collaboration with Centro Primo Levi.
Casa Italiana Zerilli - Marimò
New York University
Contact 212-998-8739

A Symposium: "Dove il Si Suona" 
On view through March 1, 2020     9:00 am - 5:00 pm
This is an exhibit of the history of Italian through the centuries. Forty panels tell the story of the Italian language since Dante.Through this period there will be three symposia: October 10, December 12, and February 13, 2020. Information forthcoming on website. 
Sponsored through a generous grant by the Società Dante Alighieri, Rome, and coordinated by the Società Dante Alighieri NYC, Inc. in collaboration with the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute/CUNY.
Società Dante Alighieri NYC, Inc.
John D. Calandra Italian American Institute
25 West 43rd Street, 17th Floor, Manhattan
Admission: free; open to the public
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Exhibition: Sisters in Liberty: From Florence, Italy to New York
On view through April 26, 2020
This exhibition will explore the intersection between the ideas that inspired two monumental statues of Liberty: Liberty of Poetry, by Pio Fedi in the church of Santa Croce in Florence, Italy, and the 1883 Frédéric Bartholdi's Statue of Liberty, which was inaugurated in New York in 1886. The visitors will discover and interact with the symbols, voices and heroes of liberty and free-thinking. The exhibition concept is developed with world renown art historians and produced in collaboration with the Lord Cultural Resources, an international leader in cultural management. A key objective of the experience is the exploration of the long standing cultural ties between Italy and the United States through themes of art, architecture, liberty, poetry and human condition.
Sponsored by Partners in USA: Ellis Island, Museum of Immigration, New York, USA; Kent State University, Kent Ohio; the Union League Club, Philadelphia, USA. Partners in Italy: United States Consulate General Florence, Italy; Friends of Florence, Florence, Italy. 
Ellis Island Museum of Immigration, New York
Contact: Paola Vojnovic, Philanthropy Relations and Outreach

Dance Theater Workshop Motion creates Emotion
and Emotion creates Motion
December 1, 2019 - March 1st, 2020
(Wednesdays from 8am - 10am)
This 12 sessions workshop explores the principle: Motion Creates Emotion /Emotion Creates Motion, and emphasizes the use of imagination, interpretation and body coordination and control. Participants will experience and study Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama (ALDD) repertory.
There will be a showing on the final day of the workshop, Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 4:00 pm at Salvatore Capezio Theater at Peridance Center. Please call for further information.
Contact: 212-505-0886

Launching Cristiana's New Project of Classes Online on Lessonface!
"Cristiana Pegoraro on the Great Classical Composers"
Join in online and enjoy directly from your home!
In three meetings, pianist and composer Cristiana Pegoraro focuses on the life, the artistic career, the historical period, anecdotes of the great classical composers and performs their most important works. The project "Cristiana Pegoraro on the Great Classical Composers" represents a valuable opportunity to hear an exciting repertoire in an innovative setting.
The Winter 2020 Series will cover:
January 27: Beethoven
February 17: Chopin
March 16: Vivaldi and the Secrets Behind the Four Seasons
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Also offering one-on-one online lessons for pianists  

George Frideric Handel Agrippina LIVE Performance
February 29 (Saturday)  12:55 pm
New production runs: February 6 - March 7, 2020
Handel’s tale of intrigue and impropriety in ancient Rome arrives in cinemas on February 29, with star mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as the controlling, power-hungry Agrippina and Harry Bicket conducting. Sir David McVicar’s production ingeniously reframes the action of this black comedy about the abuse of power to “the present,” where it should loudly resonate. Performed in Italian .
This live cinema transmission is part of the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to more than 2,200 theaters in more than 70 countries worldwide.Live in HD Tickets Available Now. The lineup for the 2019–20 season of Live in HD movie theater transmissions includes all five of the season’s new productions alongside five thrilling revivals.
Metropolitan Opera House
30 Lincoln Center Plaza, Manhattan
Contact: 800-305-2768
Visit the website for further information.

In Theaters
Over the course of his storied career, Luciano Pavarotti conquered not only the world's greatest stages but also the hearts of generations of opera lovers. Now, a new documentary from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard tears back the curtain on Pavarotti's fascinating life story, offering audiences a never-before-seen look at the man who brought opera to the people. Pavarotti combines live performance footage, behind-the-scenes video, and home movies from the Pavarotti family archives to show how this legendary artist rose from humble beginnings in Northern Italy and went on to achieve global superstardom.
This exclusive screening event will take place across the U.S.
Check your local cinema listings for participating locations and dates.

In Theaters
Film from the Director of Gomorrah, Matteo Garrone. Starring Marcello Fonte, best actor at the Film Festival de Cannes
In a seaside village on the outskirts of an Italian city, where the only law seems to be survival of the fittest, Marcello is a slight, mild-mannered man who divides his days between working at his modest dog grooming salon, caring for his daughter Alida, and being coerced into the petty criminal schemes of the local bully Simoncino, an ex-boxer who terrorizes the neighborhood. When Simoncino's abuse finally brings Marcello to a breaking point, he decides to stand up for his own dignity through an act of vengeance, with unintended consequences.
Check your local cinema listings for participating locations and dates.
Film Forum
209 West Houston St, Manhattan      •