Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Celebrate Women's History Month with NOIAW!

Anita Botti with Model UN Students at a Roundtable Discussion 
The Greater Washington, DC Region of NOIAW (National Organization of Italian American Women) is hosting a
 presentation event to 
Celebrate Women's History Month 
at the NIAF Building on March 27, 2014 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm.  Anita Botti, One of this year's "Three Wise Women" at the DC Region's Epiphany Celebration, will speak to "U.S. Initiatives to Promote Women Globally."  Anita Botti will provide an overview of the United States' approach to enhance the empowerment for women and girls globally in the last five years.  She will focus on programs involving economic and political participation and decreasing violence against women and girls.  She will also discuss the US national action for women, peace, and security which specifically targets conflict countries around the world.  Anita has been Chief of Staff and Deputy in the State Department's Office of Global Women's Issues.  She has traveled extensively around the world, including Italy.  Tickets required, Members of NOIAW, $5.00;
Friends of NOIAW, $10.00.  RSVP by March 25, 2014.  Gentleman and friends of NOIAW always welcome!

Thursday, March 27, 2014
6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. 
The NIAF Building
1860 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20002
RSVP by March 25, 2014.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Pinocchio at Next Stop Theatre!

Vibrant, fun-loving and mysterious.  DC's Commedia dell'Arte Troupe, Faction of Fools brings the fantastical story of Pinocchio to life at Herndon's Next Stop Theater's Industrial Strength Theatre playing now through March 30, 2014.

Le Avventure di Pinocchio (The Adventures of Pinocchio) was written by Italian author, Carlo Collodi (Carlo Lorenzini) in Florence in 1881. Co-produced with NextStop Theatre Company, five actors portray Collodi's classic tale through energetic scene and mask changes during Pinocchio's wild adventures and meetings with colorful characters to include Blue Fairy, Candlewick, The Terrible Dogfish, Talking Cricket, The Coachman, The Green Fisherman, The Fox, The Cat and more! Life lessons and lively storytelling  will keep your little theatre-goer thoroughly entertained for the 50-minute production.

My daughter, Giuliana, anxiously waiting
for her scoop of Mango, Chocolate and
Peach gelato at Scoop of the Hill just blocks
 from Next Stop Theatre's Industrial Strength Theatre.  
Be sure to keep your souvenir poster-program readily available for a special post-performance meet and greet/autograph collection of Pinocchio and his character friends!  Sweeten up your outing with a stroll through Sunset Park Drive's road of eateries and stop for some delicious gelato at Scoops or a warm hot cocoa or latte at the fancy cafe and high-end bakery, Amphora.  Rumor has it that tours of the bakery may be available too! After all, what would an Italian story be with out food. Bravo Pinocchio e Buon Appetito!