Special Events + Workshops

La Filastrocca italiana

Saturday, March 14, 2:00-4:30 pm

Cost: $55

Presented in Italian. Pre-registration is required

Filastrocche are there to entertain, distract, teach, scare, tease, lull, recount, affect, play, inform, curse, comfort, celebrate. And then, sometimes, they are just pure sound.
Have you ever wondered what Italian nursery rhymes sound like, or which are the catchiest filastrocche that all Italians learn to recite, sing or dance in their childhood years? But, are you really sure that this is a form of poetry solely aimed at children?
Join us in a fun exploration of this extraordinary form of poetry, in both its classic and contemporary expressions, to better appreciate the Italian language and culture.

Carnevale in Italia

CANCELED

Cost: $55

Presented in Italian and English

Come, bring a friend, and enjoy an afternoon discovering Italy’s Carnevale traditions.
You will discover when and how Carnevale started, for example di you know that its origin dates back to the Roman times?
From northern to southern Italy you will learn about our most traditional maschere, and Italy’s most famous carnival cities.
Bring your mask if you have one or pick one at school, blow your streamers as Italians do, taste some delicious carnival treats, and enjoy the afternoon with us.

Cinema: Roma città aperta

Saturday, November 16th, 2:00 - 4:30 pm

Cost: $55

Presented in Italian. Pre-registration is required

The making of an unexpected masterpiece
In the Spring of 1944, during the last few months of the German occupation of Rome, Roberto Rossellini was able to shoot Roma Città Aperta in dire circumstances.
Why was the production of the film close to miraculous?
Who are the protagonists in front and behind the scenes involved in this, mostly, unplanned adventure?
Why did Roma Città Aperta become a defining symbol of Neorealism, a new style that swept the old cinema away?
How could a handful of filmmakers, with nowhere to turn and nothing to work with, give birth to the most important artistic period in Italian cinema?
In this workshop, you’ll find the answers to these and to many other questions about the fascinating journey of the making of Roma Città Aperta.