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2016

Italian Language Lessons for 2016

Have you ever wanted to speak Italian or become more fluent in la bella lingua? The American Italian Cultural Center (AICC) has announced its next series of Italian Language Lessons for 2016! This widely popular class is offered in four different levels, from beginner to complete fluency, and runs for 8 weeks. Space is limited to a maximum of 10 students per class to ensure a low student-teacher ratio. The courses are held at the American Italian Cultural Center located at 537 South Peters Street, in downtown New Orleans. For full course listings and to register, please click here.

 

2016

The Italian American Digest is now online! Click here to view!

 

2016

Special Summer Discount on Individual and Family Memberships

The American Italian Cultural Center invites you to take advantage of our Special Summer Discount! Receive 10% off on Individual and Family memberships until August 31st. Join today!

 

 

 

Thu
2016

Italian Language Meet-Up

Join us on the first Thursday of every month at 6:00pm at the American Italian Cultural Center to practice your Italian conversation skills! So we can adequately prepare for each Thursday, please click this link to let us know which Thursdays you would like to attend.

 

July
27-28
2016

American Italian Film & Lecture Series: "War, Laughter and Masculinity in Italian Silent Film"

Join us for the American Italian Cultural Center's first joint film and lecture series! On Wednesday July 27, the AICC will host a screening of Maciste in Hell, a silent comedy made in 1926 and starring Bartolomeo Pagano, who took the character's name as his own stage name in a series of films. On Thursday July 28, Dr. Michael Syrimis, Associate Professor of Italian at Tulane University, will connect Maciste in Hell to other comical portrayals of masculinity in different forms of Italian films produced much earlier, during the First World War. He will demonstrate that through the use of slapstick, cinema comments upon such diverse masculine traits as belligerence, supernatural strength, and ineptness. At the same time, slapstick portrays the body as mechanical, as a reflection of the war's values of order, discipline, and uniformity. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

 

Aug
11
2016

Italian Cooking Class

Join the AICC for an Italian cooking class led by Andrea Apuzzo, Chef-Proprietor of Andrea's Restaurant. The class includes a 3 course Italian meal and a glass of Andrea's wine. Space is limited to a maximum of 30 students. For more information and to register, please click here.

 

Aug
18
2016

American Italian Lecture Series: "Dante's Rome: Eternal City or Infernal City?"

Join us for a fiery discussion of the great Florentine poet Dante Alighieri's Rome, a city that inspired the design of Hell in his three-part spiritual epic The Divine Comedy. Dr. John Sebastian of Loyola University will explore several critical descriptions of the Eternal City in the writings of Dante and his contemporaries, including Saint Francis of Assisi, Giovanni Boccaccio, Jacopone da Todi, and Catherine of Siena, who wanted to reform the city and restore it to its glory as the seat of medieval Christendom. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

 

Aug
25
2016

Amici Della Lingua Italiana Monthly Dinner at Restaurant AVO

The American Italian Cultural Center sponsors a night of dinner & Italian conversation every month! This event is for AICC members, Italian natives, Italian language students and anyone who might enjoy a night of eating, drinking and speaking Italian. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

 

Sep
15
2016

American Italian Lecture Series: "The Italian Contribution to New Orleans Cemeteries, 1850 – 1950"

This lecture will examine the impact of New Orleans' Italian community on the city's cemetery landscapes. While the great avenue of Italian society tombs in Metairie Cemetery is a powerful visual reminder of New Orleans' Italian heritage, many other historic cemeteries have stories to tell.From the influence of 1850s Italian sculptor Americo Marozzi on Bywater cemeteries like St. Vincent de Paul and St. Roch, to hidden Florentine masterpieces in Cypress Grove, Italian artisans have subtly made their mark upon the development of our iconic cemeteries. This lecture will also present lesser-known Italian burial places and society tombs, including those in Odd Fellows Rest and Valence Street Cemeteries. Focusing primarily on the contributions of Italian artisans, the lives of some Italian cemetery "residents" will be highlighted as well. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

 

Sep
16
2016

Film Screening: "The Children Are Watching Us"

Join the American Italian Cultural Center for its screening of The Children Are Watching Us (1944), a film that follows Prico, a four-year-old boy whose reality is transformed when his family disintegrates. In The Children Are Watching Us, director Vittorio DeSica and screenwriter Cesare Zavattini collaborate to produce a harrowing depiction of a young boy whose adult role models cease to protect and support him. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

 

Sep
22
2016

Under Old Stars: Wanderings in Italian Hill Towns: An Exhibition and Lecture by photojournalist Mauro Marinelli

As a part of the American Italian Cultural Center's bi-monthly lecture series, photojournalist Mauro Marinelli will deliver a lecture on his photo technique and his travels, describing what it is like trying to document a subculture. Mr. Marinelli will present on his artistic images and the corresponding prose of his work Under Old Stars: Wanderings in Italian Hill Towns, elaborating on the collaboration between the photographer and the writer and divulging the advantages and barriers to this type of creative project. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

 

Sep
12-22
2016

Travel To Italy With Us!

Join us for our first group tour to Italy, led by Alessandro, our native Italian language teacher. The journey of a lifetime, this tour will include not only landmarks in Rome, Florence, Siena, and Venice, but also local treasures shared with you by Alessandro.

 

The group will depart for Italy on September 12th and return on September 22nd. Please express your interest ASAP as reservations are limited. The deadline to opt-in is June 29th, and the first ten people to join receive free Italian language classes with their deposit. For more information, click here.

 

Call us at 504-522-7294 or email Alessandro at alessandro@americanitalianculturalcenter.com to sign up today!

 

Sep
27
2016

American Italian Lecture Series: "Bernini's Rome"

Many of the memorable sights a tourist sees in Rome were created by one man, Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Presented by Tom Cortazzo, this lecture will feature a virtual walking tour through the Eternal City to see many of Bernini's breathtaking and inspiring creations, from his spellbinding sculpture David, to his Fountain of the Four Rivers in Piazza Navona and his grand colonnade in front of St. Peter's Square. Hear about this prodigy who grew to command commissions from popes, fell from grace in the world of architecture and staged a triumphal return to be recognized as the undisputed father of the Baroque style and leading sculptor of his age. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

 

Oct
18
2016

American Italian Lecture Series: "The Influence of Early Italian Comedy Characters"

As a part of the American Italian Cultural Center's bi-monthly lecture series, photojournalist Mauro Marinelli will deliver a lecture on his photo technique and his travels, describing what it is like trying to document a subculture. Mr. Marinelli will present on his artistic images and the corresponding prose of his work Under Old Stars: Wanderings in Italian Hill Towns, elaborating on the collaboration between the photographer and the writer and divulging the advantages and barriers to this type of creative project. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

 

Nov
03
2016

Film Screening: "Obsession"

Join the American Italian Cultural Center for its screening of Obsession (1943), a masterpiece acknowledged as the first film of the Italian neo-realist movement. Director Luchino Visconti loosely based Obsession on the American novel, The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain, resetting the story in Italy's Po Valley. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

 

Nov
17
2016

American Italian Lecture Series: "The History of Pasta in Louisiana"

Learn about the history of pasta in New Orleans and the South from Leonard DeFrancisci, whose great grandfather immigrated to the United States in 1905 and built his first pasta machine in 1914 under the name I. DeFrancisi & Son. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

 

Dec
15
2016

American Italian Lecture Series: Caravaggio, Bernini and the Art of Baroque Rome

One was an orphan-turned- street-brawler who forged a new, controversial painting style.The other was a coddled prodigy and darling of the papal court, whose sculptures and architectural projects furthered the ambitions of the most powerful patrons. Michelangelo Merisi—better known as 'Caravaggio'—and Gianlorenzo Bernini are the undisputed stars of 17th -century Italian art and two of the greatest masters who ever lived. Join us fora lecture by Loyola art historian Fr. Gregory Waldrop, S.J., on their art and the intersection of their often scandal-ridden careers with the intrigue, violence, and splendor of Baroque Rome. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

 

Jan
18
2017

American Italian Lecture Series: Meet Alan Gauthreaux, Author of Italian Louisiana: History, Heritage and Tradition

Join us for a discussion with writer and historian Alan Gauthreaux, who will present his book Italian Louisiana: History, Heritage and Tradition. Gauthreaux will describe the experience of those Italians who arrived in Louisiana over one hundred years ago and faced prejudice, violence and political exile. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

 

Every
Day

You Can Now Support The AICC Through Amazon.com

The AICC has recently signed up wi‎th Amazon.com to become an eligible charity on their list of charities. ‎When making a purchase through Amazon, if you will list the American Italian Renaissance Foundation (our parent corporation) as your designated charity, the AICC will begin receiving a .5% fee from Amazon at no cost to you! You only have to sign up once and then sign in to Smiles.amazon.com when making a purchase. Thanks for helping us continue our Mission. Click here to sign up!