Thursday, March 29, 2012

Cineforum Italiano: The First Assignment (Il primo incarico)

Genre: Drama
Director: Giorgia Cecere
Released: 2010
Duration: 90 min.
In Italian with English subtitles.

Organized by Passatempo, LLC.
Location: Letelier Theater
Date: April 15, 2012
Time: 4:00pm

A hit at the Venice Film Festival, Giorgia Cecere's exquisite drama follows Nena (Isabella Ragonese), a young teacher who is posted to a provincial Puglian town where she struggles to connect with the local children and misses her aristocratic boyfriend. Left in limbo after her boyfriend Francesco (Alberto Boll), who seems to sincerely care for her, has not yet asked for her hand in marriage, Nena is forced to leave her family home to take up her first teaching position in another town. But it is the 1950s and being an unmarried woman, living alone, means that Nena comes under intense scrutiny from her inquisitive and judgmental neighbors.

Isabella Ragonese is a rising star in Italy and she has created a wonderful, memorable character in the headstrong Nena – a woman who thinks that everything is lost, but finds hope, friendship and fulfillment in unexpected places.

4:00 pm: Sign in, enjoy complimentary beverages and snacks during the film.
4:15 pm: Program begins with introductions and film
5:45 pm: The film will be followed by small reception which provides an opportunity to socialize and discuss the film.

Tickets: $8 online with your RSVP at

Advance ticket purchase is the only guarantee of a seat. $10 at the door (cash only, no credit/debit card processing)


Monday, March 26, 2012

Celebrate Women's History Month Italian Style

Join the National Organization of Italian American Women of the Greater Washington, DC Region Celebrate Italian American Women

Wed., March 28, 7:00 P.M.
Auditorium of the Embassy of Italy

Listen to chat with Ambassador Constance Morella here.


The Embassy of Italy/Italian Cultural Institute, in collaboration with the Greater Washington, DC Region of the National Organization of Italian American Women, present a panel with Rita Cardillo Carty, Ph.D., Tina Maiolo, Esq., and Ambassador Constance Morella.
Diana Femia, President of NOIAW's DC Region, will be moderating the conversation.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

March Events, eNews, Interviews and more!

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March 1, 8, 15, 29: Casa Italiana Cooking Classes

Casa Italiana is DC's Little Italy cultural center. Enjoy this intimate and laid back cooking class experience. Dinner included!

Now thru March 4: Two Gentlemen of Verona CiaoDC is love struck by PJ Paparelli's hip production of Two Gentleman of Verona. This is high-octane, urban bard that can't be missed! With a heart throb cast that is easy to fall head over heals in love with.

Chef Enzo Fargione launches is new restaurant, Elisir and invites his guests to cook hands on with him!

March 8th, and every Thursday in March: Fourth Annual Baltimore School for the Arts Cabaret at Germano's Trattoria
Enjoy a traditional Cabaret at Baltimore's neighborhood trattoria.

Come join CiaoDC's friends Faction of Fools' Artistic Associate Toby Mulford for a weekend intensive focusing on Zanni. Examine and explore the the lives, the movements, and steps of the servant characters in Commedia dell'Arte. Join us for two fun-filled days filled with zany adventures and rigorous study, culminating in a series of improvised scenarios and lazzi.

March 14: Assaggi Mozzerella Bar Wine Dinner
Assaggi Mozzarella Bar Hosts Exclusive Wine Dinner Featuring Award-Winning Winemaker Paolo Bressan of St. Pauls Winery From Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy

Now through March 15: Washington National Opera's Cosi Fan Tutti Opera, Kennedy Center In Mozart's game of love and seduction, two young men wager that their fiancées will remain faithful, even when tempted. To prove it, they decide to do the tempting themselves.

March 18: Wine Tasting Event, Holy Rosary Church
Another Casa Italiana tradition, enjoy homemade wine from DC's original Italian winemakers.

An annual tradition not to be missed by Baltimore's La Dolce Vita organization.

March 6, 8, 10, 20, 12:00pm March 14, 19, 2:00pmThe Baroque Genius of Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (1609—1664) was perhaps the most complex and far-reaching interpreter of the baroque, the naturalistic style that dominated 17th-century European art.

March 8: Noi Credevamo, (We Believed) Film at Embassy of Italy

In Italian with Italian subtitles, don't miss this extraordinary film directed by Mario Martonei.

March 9, 11, 13, 22, 23, 12:00pm Antico: The Golden Age of Renaissance Bronzes

This exhibition is the first in the United States devoted to the Mantuan sculptor and goldsmith Pier Jacopo Alari Bonacolsi, known as Antico (c. 1455–1528) for his expertise in classical antiquity.

April 1: Open House at Washington Studio School
Meet faculty, tour the school, and take a free drawing class 1 -3 PM

Italian Galas & National Events

March 18: Il Circolo Italiana 36th Anniversary Gala