UPCOMING JANUARY CULTURAL EVENTS

At the Italian Cultural Society it is our mission to serve the cultural needs of our community by providing some of the best and most unique cultural and traditional events and activities in our region. Events which can not be found elsewhere, that enable us and our community to learn about Italian heritage and history while strengthening Italian unity and identity.  Several events are offered throughout the year (except during summer) at the Italian Center; our community is invited to attend and enjoy some Italian hospitality! 

Sunday, April 8
at 1:30 pm

ITALIAN-AMERICAN EXPERIENCE:

"PROCESSIONS OF FAITH"


Admission $15
at the Italian Center,
Carmichael

This documentary film tells the story of the Italians in Los Angeles. They came from Italy bringing their faith and traditions. And they settled in the area of downtown Los Angeles in what became the city’s Little Italy. In 1904, they founded St. Peter’s Italian Catholic Church where the Italian community could honor the saints they brought with them from the hilltop towns and villages of their native Italy. 

Today, what remains after Los Angeles’ Little Italy is St. Peters Italian Catholic Church. But the traditions continue as Italians and Italian Americans from all over Southern California flock to this historic church to share their faith and culture.

REFRESHMENTS INCLUDED,

DOORS OPEN AT 1:00pm 

NO RESERVATION REQUIRED,
PAY W. CASH or CHECK AT DOOR

Friday, April 20
at 8:00 pm

ITALIAN FILM SERIES:

"ONCE MORE, WITH FEELING"


Admission $15
at the Italian Center,
Carmichael


CLICK TO WATCH FILM TRAILER

Sixty is the new 40, and Frank Gregorio (Chazz Palminteri) and his daughter Lana (Drea de Matteo) are having simultaneous mid‐life crises. It takes three generations of Italian-Americans to set them straight in this dramatic comedy about family, love, and chance encounters. In English (2010).

REFRESHMENTS INCLUDED,

DOORS OPEN AT 7:30pm 

NO RESERVATION REQUIRED,
PAY W. CASH or CHECK AT DOOR

Sunday, April 22
at 1:30 pm

LECTURE SERIES:

"CONTEMPORARY ITALY;
HISTORY & POLITICS"


Admission $15
at the Italian Center,
Carmichael

Italy is a nation of 61 million people, the fourth most populous state in the European Union and the third largest economy in the Eurozone. Following the devastation of World War II, there was a lengthy period of economic growth from 1951 to 1963 called “The Economic Miracle,” which transformed the country from a poor, primarily rural nation into a global industrial power. 

Lecturer and historian Anthony Piccininno will discuss the economic rise of Italy and examine the political factors that have helped and hindered its economy. Following the boom years, a number of movements and events struck the country, including the 1968 student protests, large strikes by industrial workers during the “Hot Autumn” of 1969, and the global oil crises of 1973 and 1978. From the late 1960s to the early 1980s growing social and political unrest and terrorism damaged the nation; culminating in the assassination of Prime Minister Aldo Moro by the Red Brigades in 1978. Institutions like the European Union and political parties and their leaders, helped bring stability and instability to the nation. 

Today’s Italian economy relies on manufacturing, tourism, agriculture and “Made In Italy “ exports. The lecture will explore the effects of recent political, immigration and cultural developments.”

REFRESHMENTS INCLUDED,
DOORS OPEN AT 1:00pm 

NO RESERVATION REQUIRED, 
PAY W. CASH or  CHECK AT DOOR

Sunday, April 29
at 1:30 pm

MEET THE DIRECTOR
ROBERTO ANGOTTI:

"MY ITALIAN-AMERICAN 
BASEBALL FAMILY"


Admission $15
at the Italian Center,
Carmichael

This amazing documentary tells the story of the Italian-Americans in baseball history and their rise to prominence. By the time Joe DiMaggio joined the New York Yankees in 1936, baseball fans were getting used to Italian-American players at the top. By 1936, every Major League team had at least one Italian-American player on its roster. This film showcases both the hardships and accomplishments of legendary Italian-American baseball players. Film maker Roberto Angotti examines the legacy of Italian-American contributions to the national pastime from the sand lots of San Francisco to the Golden Age of Baseball. 

The film also explores how Italian-Americans have helped the game grow abroad by following the story of the Colabellos from Milford, Massachusetts who played for Team Italy in the Olympics and in the World Baseball Classic. According to Angotti, “Not having an appreciation of your heritage is like an olive tree without roots, and baseball is part of our Italian heritage in America.”

REFRESHMENTS INCLUDED,
DOORS OPEN AT 1:00pm 

NO RESERVATION REQUIRED, 
PAY W. CASH or  CHECK AT DOOR


Sunday, May 6
at 1:30 pm

FILM BIOGRAPHY:

"SOPHIA LOREN,
ACTRESS ITALIAN STYLE"


Admission $15
at the Italian Center,
Carmichael

A symbol of beauty and passion, her talent made her Italy’s most cherished export. Raised in a childhood of poverty the teenaged Sophia Scicolone worked her way as a movie extra out of war-torn Naples to become the young actress who blossomed into an international film sensation and movie legend, winning an Academy Award in 1962 for her portrayal in the classic, Two Women. This film biography follows her evolution as an actress from the early Gold Of Naples to hits like Marriage Italian Style and includes personal insights from co-stars Anthony Quinn and Charlton Heston.

REFRESHMENTS INCLUDED,
DOORS OPEN AT 1:00pm 

NO RESERVATION REQUIRED,
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Friday, May 18
at 8:00 pm

ITALIAN FILM SERIES:

"UN BACIO"

Admission $15
at the Italian Center,
Carmichael


CLICK TO WATCH FILM TRAILER

(One Kiss) Three teenaged friends - two boys and a girl - who are not accepted by their peers are coming of age as they deal with the all too prevalent problem of bullying. In Italian with English subtitles (2016).


REFRESHMENTS INCLUDED,
DOORS OPEN AT 7:30pm 

NO RESERVATION REQUIRED,
PAY W. CASH or  CHECK AT DOOR



Sunday, May 27
at 1:30 pm

FILM DOCUMENTARY:

"THE LOST SHIPS OF ROME"


Admission $15
at the Italian Center,
Carmichael

In 2009 , a team of marine archaeologists carrying out a sonar survey around the island of Ventotene made an astonishing discovery. The wrecks of five ancient roman ships were found in pristine condition. Much of the cargo remained intact. What happened to these ancient ships was a mystery. Why had they traveled to this remote island in the first place? In ancient roman history the island was occupied by the Romans and used as a prison. Lost Ships Of Rome follows the team as they explore the site, salvage artifacts and piece together why the ships were lost at Ventotene 2000 years ago.

REFRESHMENTS INCLUDED,
DOORS OPEN AT 1:00pm 

NO RESERVATION REQUIRED,
PAY W. CASH or  CHECK AT DOOR