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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

All Things Italian: Casa Italia

If you want to get back to your Italian roots....this is the best way to do it! Look at what is offered!! DM
The Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago (500 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1450) celebrates the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy and the long-standing friendship between the U.S. and Italy with  "A Sense of Place," a free exhibition of works by seven Chicago-based artists with Italian ties, June 4 - Sept. 16, 2011. "A Sense of Place" officially opens to the public in Chicago June 4, and will have a presence in the Italian Pavilion in the World in Venice this summer through a film Marco G. Ferrari is creating around all seven artists and their work. "A Sense of Place" runs through Sept. 16, 2011 and may be viewed free of charge by the public Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. For more information on the exhibition and other "Italy @150" events, visit or call 312-822-9545.
 [I met Anne Marie Cina at a recent art exhibition where I also showed my photographs. She is an outstanding watercolor artists! DM]
 The Watercolor World of Anne Marie Cina featuring "Growing up Italian in Chicago," a presentation of a series of 15 paintings accompanied by narratives recalling Chicago in the 50s and 60s. Displayed from October 1 - 23, 2011 in the Casa Italia lobby; an artist's reception will be held from 1 - 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 16. .
[This is a must go to event. My friend, Dominic Candeloro, PhD and his new book are featured.)
 The Italian Cultural Center at Casa Italia Announces its Publication of a Major New Book on Chicago Italians. Reconstructing Italians in Chicago: Thirty Authors in Search of Roots and Branches.  The book will be presented at Casa Italia at 10 am on Saturday, October 8, 2011 in the Florentine Room. Compiled and edited by Dominic Candeloro and Fred L.Gardaphe` is a major step toward making Chicago's Italians the best documented (and best understood) in the nation. The writers represented in this Anthology include: Leonard Amari, Michael Antonucci, Tony Ardizzone, Robert Benedetti, Adria Bernardi, Dominic Candeloro, Kathy Catrombone and Ellen Shubart, Paolo Ciminello, Jerry Colangelo, David Cowan and John Kuenster, Bill Dal Cerro, Lisi Cipriani, Peter D'Agostino, Fr. Gino Dalpiaz, Tina DeRosa, Annette Dixon, Chickie Farella, Anthony Fornelli, Fred Gardaphe' Thomas Guglielmo, Billy Lombardo, Calogero Lombardo, Robert Lombardo, Ernesto R Milani, Rose Ann Rabiola Miele, Gloria Nardini, Daniel Niemiec, Gianna Panofsky and Eugene Miller, Peter Pero, Tony Romano, Vince Romano, Judy Santacaterina, Giovanni Schiavo, Anthony Sorrentino, Rudolph Vecoli, and Peter Venturelli.  
The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans will celebrate Columbus Day, the Unification of Italy & the Italian Community on Monday October 10, 2011. Festivities begin with 9 a.m. Mass at The Shrine of our Lady of Pompeii followed by a wreath  laying at 10 a.m. at Arrigo Park in Chicago. The parade will begin at 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. on Columbus Drive between Balbo & Randolph, Chicago. A reception will be held at Casa Italia at 3:30 p.m. Bus transportation from Casa Italia to Pompeii will leave promptly at 7:30 a.m., and from Casa Italia to downtown leaving promptly at 10:30 a.m. Bus transportation & reception $25 per adult; $10 per child. Reception only $15 per adult, children under 12 free. Cash bar beer & wine. Honorary Parade Marshal Josette Mentesana Weber; Parade Chairman Alessandro Motta, consul general of Italy; Honorary Parade Marshal, Buddy Valastro, star of TLC's Cake Boss. Call 708-450-9050 to reserve your seat on the bus and for the reception.  
The Casa Italia Fall Festival will be held from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Festival Center October 15 - 16, 2011. The event will feature the Chicago Swordplay Guild, a wine making presentation, cultural activities, presentations and exhibits, a farmers market, entertainment and food and beverages for purchase. 
A Writer in the Making Workshop will be featured from 10 a.m. to Noon on November 5, 2011 in the Florentine Room at Casa Italia. Journal writing and the adventures of self discovery will be examined through one-word prompts. The workshop is presented by Gloria Valentino, CEO of Challenger - Encourager - Optimist; Heart-to-Heart Gatherings. No charge but RSVP requested at (708) 345-5933. 

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