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Dear Friends,
We hope that you and your loved ones are well and safe. We are happy to present to you a virtual version of our Community Calendar of Events. We hope you will enjoy it.

If a specific event listed below does not include a Zoom link, please contact the hosting organization to obtain the link.

The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute
VIRTUAL CONFERENCE: Italian Borderlands: Restrictions, Breaches, Encounters
April 5–21, 2021, weekdays at 2:00pm

Borders can be concrete parameters, and they can also be metaphorical markers. Either way, the border as a political, economic, cultural, and personal site, one to be policed, extended, breached, opened, celebrated, and/or erased, has long been of interest to those concerned with Italy. The areas of scholarly inquiry are as infinite as the varied Italian and Italianate borders themselves.

Irredentism and colonialism were policies the newly created nation state officially promoted and enacted as a means to augment the scope of its boundaries. Italian immigrants, in turn, extended the boundaries of their respective villages and towns through transnational networks and diasporic realms. In the twenty-first century a global economy, digital communications, and migrants and refugees arriving to Italy, among other matters, have brought renewed attention to the question of political borders.

In addition, larger concepts of boundaries—those not necessarily tied to geopolitical questions—have more and more come to inform collective and self identities in ways that also connect to changing notions of Italy and Italian borders. In the cultural realm, a binary border demarcating inclusion/exclusion is a constantly articulated and negotiated site of discursive and performed authenticity even as it is disrupted or otherwise ruptured, leading to hybridic possibilities and formations. The “real Italian” embodied in such phenomena as a globalized and transcultural cuisine, or new migrations to and from Italy, is an example of enforced and ever-contested identities. If ethnicity can be understood as both identity construction and display, negotiated at points of encounter between various groups, as anthropologist Fredrik Barth proposed, then the boundary itself can also be seen as a dynamic source of cultural expressivity.

This interdisciplinary conference builds on recent books, symposia, and conferences investigating similar themes of Italian borderlands. The 2021 Calandra Institute conference proposes a transnational, mobile, and inclusive approach to Italy and “Italians”—including inhabitants of the nation-state, members of the diaspora, and former colonial subjects—as it positions itself at the border in an attempt to elucidate the consequences and possibilities that border studies suggest and to gain a deeper understanding of class, gender, and race.

Capacity at each Zoom event is 100 participants max.
To see the complete conference program and to register for conference sessions/webinars on Zoom, click here.

For more information, email or call 212-642-2094.

Aztec Chocolate in Sicily
Monday, April 19, 11:00am12:30pm EST
Zoom meeting with limited spots available

An online cooking lesson with Annalisa Pompeo (in Italian with simultaneous interpretation into Spanish and English). Designed in connection with the course project Italian for Spanish Speakers offered at MSU.

Included in the series “Dentro/Afuera: The Interconnections between Italian and Latin American/Spanish Cultures”
Linked to the Italian Program (Deptartment of World Languages and Cultures) and the Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia di Palermo (Lingua e Traduzione Spagnola)

Aztec chocolate is one of the several foods introduced into Southern Italy gastronomy during the Spanish imperial period. A collection of recipes is under way in collaboration with Annalisa Pompeo as part of a project aimed at exploring the common Spanish legacy in Italian and Latin American cultures, now supported by an NEH Award in connection to the course Italian for Spanish Speakers.

Casa Italiana, New York University
Book Club
Casa Italiana hosts this book club online on the Zoom platform to discuss contemporary Italian books in Italian. The club is open to anyone, and its purpose is to offer the possibility to practice the Italian language. Everybody is encouraged to speak. The group suggests the books, usually by contemporary Italian authors, that reflect the changes that have taken place with time in the language and customs. The discussions are informal.

Monday, March 29, 5:00pm
Trio, by Dacia Maraini

Monday, May 3, 5:00pm
A riveder le stelle, by Aldo Cazzullo

Participation is free.
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, New York University

Casa Italiana New York University
What Makes It Italian?
Studies in Contrast is a music listening and discussion group that meets online on Zoom on Mondays and is open to everyone. The Spring 2021 edition through April 26, 6:30-8pm.

The group is led by Gina Crusco, who guides listening at Bard LLI and Riverdale Y, and who has been music instructor at The New School and director of Underworld Productions.

What seems indescribable in music often becomes easy to name in the visual arts. So this series for the first time offers much to see as well as to hear. Each week an Italian pairing of music and art is held up against a similar pairing from elsewhere. Noting how the Italianate aesthetic contrasts with England, Spain, France, the Low Countries, Austria and the US will help us define more clearly “What Makes it Italian.” In ENGLISH. Participation is free.

Please email to confirm your attendance and receive an invitation link.

The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere
Laboratorio Virtuale di Scrittura, Virtual Writing Workshop
“Writing the Italian in Your Memories”
A creative way to get through these cold months!
Saturday mornings from 10:0011:30am

As Italians and Italian Americans, when we look back on our pasts, whether a year or decades ago, our stories are often intertwined with our culture—all of its richness, expectations, challenges, and humor. During these workshops, led by author and instructor Maria Giura, we’ll focus on how three aspectsfood, music, and languageform the background (or foreground) of our memories.

We will read short, vibrant excerpts written by Italian American authors and explore how they tell their stories. Participants will then be given prompts to generate their own writing. By the end of each workshop, participants will have produced an original piece of writing.

Join Maria on Saturday mornings from 10 to 11:30 am. The fee for each workshop is $27 ($81 for all three), or $30 for non-members ($90 for all three.) There is a member discount for family members.

The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere
Contact: 718-273-7660 for more information

CIMA, Center for Italian Modern Art
CONVERSATION + Q&A, Schifano and Friends: Robert Rauschenberg
Thursday, March 18, 12:00–1:00pm

Online Event Julia Blaut, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in conversation with Francesco Guzzetti, exhibition curator.

This talk, part of a broader series titled Schifano and Friends will cover the Italian artist's friendship with Robert Rauschenberg, as well as the reciprocal influence each had on the other.

NOIAW Celebrates St. Joseph's Day
Friday, March 19 @ 5:00 PM

St. Joseph’s Day celebrates the patron saint of fathers, carpenters, and those who toil for their living. The observance has origins dating back to a famine in the tenth century when devotees prayed to San Giuseppe for relief, and in exchange, they would hold a feast in his honor. In Italy and Sicily, women take the lead for the annual rituals practiced for the holiday, most importantly preparing the tavolate di San Giuseppe that contain symbolic breads and traditional recipes.  

Join NOIAW for an online presentation about St. Joseph’s Day to learn about the fascinating traditions of this holiday of thanksgiving! The hour will include: an explanation of the feast’s legends and traditions given by NOIAW’s own Allison Scola, owner and curator of Experience Sicily boutique tours, and a comparative discussion demonstration about northern Italian practices for the feast, conducted by Kathleen Guglielmo, owner and curator of Ease into Italy & Beyond Tours and NOIAW Westchester Network Coordinator.  

The discussion will also conclude with an interactive Q&A session.
Audience participation is highly encouraged!
Register at:
Contact: 212.642.2003

CIMA, Center for Italian Modern Art
Conversation + Q&A with Raphael Rubinstein, art critic
Thursday, May 20, 12:001:00pm

This talk, part of a broader series titled "Schifano and Friends," will cover the Italian artist's friendship with poet Frank O'Hara, as well as the reciprocal influence each had on the other.

This series of talks and conversations with art historians and curators, will highlight thematic and aesthetic intersections between the work of Schifano and that of American artists from the 1950s and 1960s.

CIMA, Center for Italian Modern Art
MARCH SUNDAY Virtual Fellow-Guided Tours

CIMA, the Center for Italian Modern Art, is a 501c3 public nonprofit exhibition and research center established in 2013 in New York City to promote public appreciation and advance the study of modern and contemporary Italian art in the United States and internationally. Each academic year CIMA presents in its spacious loft in SoHo an installation examining the work of modern Italian artists rarely exhibited in the U.S. The exhibitions serve as the theme for CIMA’s fellowship program, which aims to promote new scholarship and dialogue in the field through the support of emerging young scholars from around the world.

CIMA's next exhibition Facing America: Mario Schifano, 1960–1965 will be on view through June 5, 2021.

CIMA, Center for Italian Modern Art
Michelangelo's Vatican & Sistine Chapel Virtual Tour with Licensed Guide

This hourlong digital tour of the Vatican includes:
English-speaking, licensed, and expert Vatican guide
Explore the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica all from your computer. Live Q&A session with your guide.
Cost: $15

Regina Opera
New Videos Online
Regina Opera offers, on demand and free of charge, performance videos from our archive. The online collection has grown to thirty-five videos, representing sixteen operas and three concerts. New videos are added every couple of weeks. The videos can be viewed at

50th Anniversary
Concert Video
Here is Part 2 of Regina Opera’s 50th Anniversary concert, with five of Regina Opera’s stellar soloists. This talented group sings some of your favorite opera selections and Italian songs in a concert recorded in November 2020.

   Sola, perduta, abbandonata (Manon Lescaut), Kimberly Lloyd
   Vesti la giubba (I Pagliacci), Paolo Buffagni
   Ch’ella mi creda (La Fanciulla del West), Paolo Buffagni
   Sempre libera (La Traviata), Taerra Pence
   Mon cœur s’ouvre à ta voix (Samson et Dalila), Lara Tillotson
   Veil Song (Don Carlos), Lara Tillotson
   Vissi d’arte (Tosca), Kimberly Lloyd
   Ritorna vincitor (Aida), Dilara Unsal
   O patria mia (Aida), Dilara Unsal
   Torna a Surriento, Paolo Buffagni

Link to the summaries of the various arias:

See all free video performances at:

Online Dance Composition/ Choreography Workshop by Anabella Lenzu
Choreographic Mentorship Program

My Body, My Country: Composition in 2D and 3D
Through April 5, 2021
School of Visual Arts
Continuing Education

Participants create 2D (drawing, photography, video, collage and mixed media), and later 3D compositions (site-specific, installations, dance, theater, and performance art). OPEN TO ALL!
Please email for further information.

Dance Composition/ Choreography Workshop
Focus: Music and Dance Relationship
Saturdays, March 6, 13, and 20, 11:00am2:00pm

All classes via Zoom.

To apply, please send a cover letter explaining your interest in participating and your resume to Please designate what workshop you are interested in.

For more information contact

Choreography for the Camera Workshop
Saturdays, April 10, 17 & 24, 11:00am1:00pm

This three-day workshop will be led by choreographer Anabella Lenzu and photographer Todd Carroll.

The objective of the course is to gain an understanding of choreographing for the camera and the choreography of the camera when recording dance for all screens. Explore how to adapt, extract and see choreographic material transform from 3D to 2D.

Participants will be led through exercises, discussions, and works that look at
the role of performance and the use of movement in film making, embracing risks and limitations.

For more information contact

2021 Online Choreographic Mentorship Program
Dance Composition/ Choreography Workshop
Theme: Ritual & Performance
Anabella Lenzu
Saturdays, May 8, 15 & 20, 2021, 11:00-2:00pm (EST)

Dance is union and communion with ourselves, with others, and with the environment.

During this workshop, we will explore the connection between performance and ritual by using movement, spoken word, sounds, music, and props as tools.
We will explore how memory and spirituality shape identity and how rituals can document intimacy.

Performance is a conduit for examining cultural identity through form and content, as well as relationships between people and society.

We will observe the creative impulses and essential ways we celebrate life (and death), and in so doing, help us guess the meaning of life.

For more information contact:

The Metropolitan Opera

Met Stars Live in Concert
If you enjoy the Nightly Opera Streams, be sure not to miss the acclaimed pay-per-view concert series, presenting opera’s greatest stars performing live via satellite from striking locations across Europe and the U.S. Gift Tickets Available Now

Opera’s greatest stars perform in a groundbreaking new series of pay-per-view
recitals in striking locations around the globe, each live via satellite and shot with multiple cameras. While the Metropolitan Opera House remains dark because of the ongoing health crisis, Met Stars Live in Concert will allow audiences to experience extraordinary solo and duo performances by top singers—streamed live online—from such locations as a former abbey in Bavaria, a Norwegian castle, an outdoor terrace on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, a church in Wales, and a historic mansion in Washington, D.C. The series marries the intimacy of the Met’s virtual At-Home Gala with the high production value of the company’s Live in HD series of cinema transmissions.

Tickets for each concert are $20, and the performances will remain available on demand for 14 days. Each concert will run approximately 75 minutes.
For more information visit:

The Metropolitan Opera
New Episode Available Now
Aria Code, the Met’s acclaimed podcast collaboration with WQXR, kicks off its third season today, with a fascinating new episode featuring Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The maestro joins host Rhiannon Giddens and two other guests to explore “Nessun dorma,” Prince Calàf’s hopeful declaration of love and victory from Puccini’s Turandot. Showcasing a stunning 1966 performance of the aria by legendary tenor Franco Corelli, the episode examines what makes “Nessun dorma” so popular—even beyond the opera house—and looks at how its message of courage in the face of adversity has helped make it a global anthem of resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Subscribe to Aria Code wherever you get your podcasts.

Announcing New Classes:
Singing and Voice Coaching
Alessandra Belloni
Every Other Wednesday at 6:00pm

Offering singing classes to teach our special Southern Italian folk song repertoire, especially to my regular students. With guitarist, composer, music director John La Barbera for the lessons playing the chords and songs.

Please email if you are interested in the special singing classes, as the number is limited.

They will take place twice per month, on Wednesdays at 6:00pm and possibly some Fridays or Saturdays.

Tarantella Healing Ritual for the Spring Equinox
Facebook Event Page
Healing Trance Dance and Rhythms of the Tarantella & Women's Basket Dance of Fertility in an online workshop taught by award-winning percussionist, singer, author, and teacher Alessandra Belloni, with dancer Francesca Silvano, composer guitarist John La Berbera & Gypsy Joe on vocals and accordion. Featuring the pizzica tarantata ritual dance from Puglia and the Women’s basket dance fronni d'alia from Basilicata.

For more information and to register email: or
Registration: $50

For Opera Lovers
From Italy Online organized by the Scarsdale Adult School, NY.
Contact: 914-723-2325     •