UPCOMING CULTURAL EVENTS at the italian center, carmichael

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!  SCROLL DOWN TO PREVIEW ALL UPCOMING EVENTS

Sunday, January 6, 2019

at 1:00 - 3:30pm

CHILDREN'S CULTURAL EVENT 

"LA FESTA DELLA BEFANA"


Admission
CHILDREN 16 & UNDER ARE FREE
Adults $10
at the Italian Center, Carmichael


DOORS OPEN AT 1:00 - COME EARLY! 
 
1:00 - 3:30 pm:
FREE CHILDREN’S CRAFTS & BEFANA PHOTO BOOTH
SHOP THE CHILDREN’S BOOK FAIRE, 
BUY KEEPSAKE T-SHIRTS

1:30 pm: 
BAMBINI CHILDREN'S FOLK DANCE PERFORMANCE 

2:30pm: 
LA BEFANA PUPPET SHOW

On January 6th, the children of Italy go to bed hoping the kind old lady they call “La Befana” visits them like Santa Claus (Babbo Natale) and leaves presents for those who are good. The Epiphany Feast, or “La Befana” is an important part of the Christmas celebrations in Italy. 

One of Italy’s oldest and most renowned legends, “La Befana” is honored with special events throughout Italy on this holiday. Many cities organize festivals and parades to celebrate La Befana on January 6th, the Epiphany Feast. Sacramento and other cities across the U.S. celebrate the “Legend of La Befana” with children’s festivals, encouraging children in the Italian-American communities to celebrate this annual cultural event together.

On January 6, 2019, La Befana will visit the children of Sacramento with her basket of gold chocolate coins and a special gift for each child. 

The entire family is invited to this fun and unique celebration, featuring “The Legend of La Befana” puppet show, special performances by the Society’s Bambini Dancers, a children’s book faire, free crafts, and plenty of delicious and traditional Italian treats (dolce), cookies (biscotti), and Panettone! Be sure to take a memorial photo with La Befana at the photo booth and while you’re there, get your keepsake book signed by La Befana herself! If you don’t have a copy of “The Legend Of La Befana,” be sure to stop by the Children’s Book Faire to get a copy, and browse the many other Italian-themed children’s books for sale. Keepsake La Befana t-shirts are also available to purchase.

 Volunteers are always needed to help with Craft Tables, Book Faire, and other tasks. Please contact Bill Cerruti at (916)482-5900 or email at italy1@surewest.net to volunteer. Dontions of Italian cookies are always appreciated! Contact Patty Peter at (916) 217-1952 if you’d like to bring cookies or holiday treats.     VIVA LA BEFANA!

REFRESHMENTS INCLUDED

NO RESERVATION REQUIRED.

PAY WITH CASH/CHECK AT DOOR 

DOORS OPEN AT 1:00 PM

       Friday, January 18

at 7:30 pm

FRIDAY NIGHT FILM FESTIVAL

"GARIBALDI'S LOVERS"


Admission $15
at the Italian Center, Carmichael

Third Film in the 2018-19 Series!

AKA “Il Comandante E La Cicogna”, (The Commander and the Stork) A widowed plumber struggles with his adolescent children’s growing pains until he intersects with a penniless artist and her eccentric landlord. Through a hilarious series of coincidences, they give each other new hope for the future -- and for their city. Stars Valerio Mastandrea, Alba Rohrwacher and Giuseppe Battiston. 

In Italian with English Subtitles. (2012)


REFRESHMENTS INCLUDED

CLICK HERE TO WATCH FILM TRAILER

NO RESERVATION REQUIRED.
PAY WITH CASH/CHECK AT DOOR

DOORS OPEN AT 7:30 PM 



      Sunday, January 27

at 1:30 pm

TRAVEL ITALY

"IN SEARCH OF TUSCANY"


Admission $15
at the Italian Center, Carmichael

Tuscany, birthplace of the Renaissance, is one of the most beautiful regions of Italy and most popular tourist destinations. 

Join food critic and author John Guerrado for this excursion through the heartland of Tuscany exploring the cuisine, wine , food, crafts and heritage of Northern Italy. 

Our journey will take us through Florence, the capital of the region, and Siena and many small towns in between. We will drive through the Chianti region with its beautiful countryside and celebrated vineyards and sample the Chianti wines and foods including wild boar. We’ll visit with a fresco painter in Radda and stop in Arezzo to view Piero della Francesca’s famous Fresco “The Legend of the True Cross”. Then on to the rolling hills and vineyards of Montepulciano and Montalcino. In Siena we will see its famous Piazza del Campo, its zebra striped cathedral and its Mangia Tower as well as the excitement of its famous palio hour race around the Campo.


REFRESHMENTS INCLUDED

NO RESERVATION REQUIRED.
PAY WITH CASH/CHECK AT DOOR 

DOORS OPEN AT 1:00 PM


Sunday, February 10

at 1:30 pm

FILM DOCUMENTARY

"BREAKING BALLS"


Admission $15
at the Italian Center, Carmichael
PHOTO: Italian men playing Bocce at the 1926 Grand Opening of the Dante Club at 15th and P streets. Victor Panattoni at far right. Source: “Italians of Sacramento” Exhibit at the Italian Center and Museum in Carmichael, California

Bocce is a unique cultural tradition passed down from one generation to another. Italians love Bocce and it ranks next to soccer as the great Italian national past time. 

From Caesar Augustus to George Washington, Bocce has had a long and colorful history. The name Bocce was coined by the Romans. Italian immigrants are credited with bringing the sport to the United States and popularizing it. Bocce is a big sport in Northern California with many major Bocce complexes and leagues in California cities including the 60 teams at Sacramento’s East Portal Bocce Club in East Sacramento. 

The film “Breaking Balls” is a heartwarming documentary about the game of Bocce and the Annual Cleveland Challenge Cup Tournament, one of the largest bocce events in North America and held at the Italian-American Club in Wickliffe, Ohio. Wickliffe has a very large Italian-American community and a lot of bocce players who call the area home. The film follows three colorful figures involved in the game of Bocce and the Challenge Cup. The community of Bocce players are the soul of this sport and the heart of this movie. 

Special Presentation: Building Bocce Courts in Carmichael Park

The Italian Center is located next to Carmichael Park. The Carmichael Park Foundation plans to build a bocce court complex in the park behind the Italian Center. Park Foundation Officials will be at the Center in conjunction with the film, ‘Breaking Balls’, to provide information about the project and to bring us up to date on their fundraising efforts. 

You can also call (916) 944-4546 for information.


REFRESHMENTS INCLUDED

CLICK HERE TO WATCH FILM TRAILER

NO RESERVATION REQUIRED.
PAY WITH CASH/CHECK AT DOOR

DOORS OPEN AT 1:00 PM 





       Friday, February 15

at 7:30 pm

FRIDAY NIGHT FILM FESTIVAL

"I NOSTRI RAGAZZI"


Admission $15
at the Italian Center, Carmichael

Fouth Film in the 2018-19 Series!

(Our Boys) AKA “La Cena,” (The Dinner) Tensions between two brothers and their families escalate when a video of two teenagers -- the son of one and daughter of the other -- beating a homeless woman, shows up and the parents have different views on dealing with the situation. Stars Fanny Ardant, Antonio Catania, Francsca D’Aloja and Riccardo Garrone. 

In Italian with English Subtitles. (2014)


REFRESHMENTS INCLUDED

CLICK HERE TO WATCH FILM TRAILER

NO RESERVATION REQUIRED.
PAY WITH CASH/CHECK AT DOOR

DOORS OPEN AT 7:30 PM 


Sunday, February 24

at 1:30pm

"DONATELLO, THE FIRST MODERN SCULPTOR" 


Admission $15
at the Italian Center, Carmichael

The Renaissance began in Florence, Italy in the 1400s and is considered the beginning of modern history. Italians flourished during this period and their influence reached all parts of Europe and influenced all aspects of life. Some of the greatest artists the world has known, like Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci, lived during the Renaissance. Donatello, the greatest sculptor of the 15th century was born in Florence in 1386. Donatello was influenced by classical art but his strong portrayal of human character and expressive style make his work as appealing today as it was revolutionary in his time. 

In this art history documentary we will travel with three acclaimed modern sculptors to Florence, Siena, Venice, Padua and London in this in depth study of his major sculptures like the life size Bronze of David.


REFRESHMENTS INCLUDED

NO RESERVATION REQUIRED.

PAY WITH CASH/CHECK AT DOOR

DOORS OPEN AT 1:00 PM