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 programs and activities in our region. Programs which can not be found elsewhere.  Our programs enable us to learn about our heritage and history, strengthen our unity and identity, and enable new generations to enjoy and participate in our heritage through our cultural and educational activities.  As a regional center we offer outstanding language and dance programs which carry on our traditions for young families with children as well as for adults.

Sunday, January 28
at 2:00 pm

FILM DOCUMENTARY:

"MY ITALIAN SECRET -
THE FORGOTTEN HEROES"


Admission $15
at the Italian Center,
Carmichael

CLICK HERE TO WATCH 'ITALIAN SECRET' FILM TRAILER

During the German occupation of Italy during World War II, an underground network of Italians risked their lives to save the Jews of Italy. Few people realize that the Italians saved 85% of these Jews during the war. In this documentary film we learn from firsthand and historical accounts how the
Italians resisted efforts to deport the Jews, hiding them in homes, hospitals, convents, seminaries, and churches, then smuggled them to safe places. The film highlights cycling champion Gino Bartali, winner of the Tour De France in 1938 and 1948, who smuggled false identifications and photos he hid in the hollow frame of his bike, to the Assisi underground network. An extraordinary tale of ordinary citizens who heroically resisted the Nazi forces until the Allies arrived. It is a story that should be remembered. 

CLICK HERE TO WATCH 'ITALIAN SECRET' FILM TRAILER

REFRESHMENTS INCLUDED,

DOORS OPEN AT 1:30pm 

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


Sunday, February 11
at 2:00 pm

MEET THE AUTHORS:

"FOUR DOLLARS AND A DREAM"


Admission $15
at the Italian Center,
Carmichael

Italian World War II survivor Cino Chegia and his biographer, Jeff Gilliland, will discuss Cino’s life in Italy and America. After surviving the Nazi occupation of his Tuscan hometown, Cino immigrated to Oakland, California, at age 18 to pursue the American dream. Thanks to the welcoming Italian-American community of the Bay Area, he did just that, working his way up and becoming a successful business and community leader. You won’t want to miss the chance to hear Cino’s stories of his amazing journey and perspective on the immigrant experience. 

Copies of the book, ”Four Dollars and a Dream: The Life and Times of Cino Chegia,” will be available for purchase and signing after the presentation.

REFRESHMENTS INCLUDED,
DOORS OPEN AT 1:30pm 

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

Friday, February 16
at 8:00 pm

ITALIAN FILM SERIES:

"GIRL ON A BICYCLE"


Admission $10
at the Italian Center,
Carmichael

CLICK HERE TO WATCH "GIRL ON A BICYCLE" FILM TRAILER

This comedy starts with Paolo, an Italian who drives a Paris tour bus, finds himself with a German fiancee, a French wife, two Austrian children who call him “Papa” and an upside-down life. In English. (2013)

REFRESHMENTS INCLUDED,
DOORS OPEN AT 7:30pm 

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

Sunday, February 25
at 2:00 pm

LECTURE SERIES:

"NEW ITALIAN MIGRATIONS
TO THE UNITED STATES"


Admission $15
at the Italian Center,
Carmichael

Meet authors, Laura Ruberto and Joseph Sciorra, editors of this new two volume series on a rarely seen side of contemporary Italian immigration to the United States. Most people are aware of the great migration of Italians to America during the turn on the 20th Century when some 5 million Italians entered the United States. That immigration was shut off by restrictive federal immigration laws in the 1920s designed to curb Italian immigration to the United States. 

Less well known is the new wave of Italian immigration after World War II when almost a million Italians crossed the Atlantic to America. This later wave revitalized and renewed the established Italian American communities during the second half of the 20th century. It was the children of these immigrants who helped build the Italian Cultural Society. 

Now, Italian immigration to the U.S. is heavily restricted under current immigration laws. Learn more about the impact of these new immigrants on Italian-American culture, food, language, community building and the white ethnic story. 

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

REFRESHMENTS INCLUDED,
DOORS OPEN AT 1:30pm 

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


Sunday, March 4
at 2:00 pm

FILM DOCUMENTARY:

"GIACOMO PUCCINI"


Admission $15
at the Italian Center,
Carmichael

Giacomo Puccini is considered one of the best and most popular composers in the history of Opera. His Operas have been a mainstay of everyday cultural life among Italians and Italian-Americans, especially among the Italian immigrants who came to America when Puccini was at the peak of his career. To this day his works are some of the best loved and most frequently operas performed. Born in Lucca, Italy in 1856, by age 14 he was playing organ for the local Cathedral of San Martino. Inspired by Giuseppe Verdi’s AIDA he continued his musical studies in Milan, and in 1896 his breakthrough opera, “La Boheme” debuted in Turin closely followed by “Tosca” in Rome in 1900 and “Madame Butterfly” in 1904. Puccini died in 1924 at age 66. Today, when visiting Lucca, one can attend nightly Puccini concerts in the Church of San Giovani and visit the Puccini museum. Join us for the compelling story of his life.

REFRESHMENTS INCLUDED,
DOORS OPEN AT 1:30pm 

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


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