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ANSA. he Italian parliament on Thursday approved a measure requiring doctors to report illegal immigrants, unleashing a barrage of criticism. (Read the article)
ANSA. During its current term at the helm of the Group of Eight (G8), Italy intends to propose a summit of regional organizations to discuss new rules for a system of global governance, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said on Wednesday. (Read the article)
Washington Post. Pope Benedict XVI did not know that a traditionalist bishop was a Holocaust denier when he lifted his excommunication last month, the Vatican said Wednesday, calling on the bishop to retract his position. (Read the article by Menachem Z. Rosensaft)
Pope Benedict has sought to distance himself from Williamson's views, albeit without directly criticizing the Holocaust denying cleric, by saying that "I wish that the memory of the Shoah will prompt humanity to reflect on the unpredictable power of evil when it conquers the hearts of men. May the Shoah be a warning for all against forgetting, denial and reductionism." This Papal pronouncement does not, however, undo the damage caused by Williamson's legitimation.
BBC. Italy has been transformed in recent decades from a nation of emigrants to a target country for mass immigration. The change has brought severe political and social tensions. In the first of a series of pieces on Italy and its immigrants, Aidan Lewis looks at the impact on the Roma (Gypsy) community (Read the article)
LOS ANGELES TIMES. Adriano Galliani did not get where he is by failing to work the angles, and the bald, bushy-eyebrowed chief executive of AC Milan was at it again on Tuesday, pushing buttons in his continuing effort to keep Galaxy midfielder David Beckham at the Italian club. "We are working to keep him, and I think he would like that too," Galliani, 64, told Gazzetta dello Sport. (Read the article)
FOX News. AP. LONDON. The walkout was triggered by the decision of Italian construction company IREM SpA to use Italian and Portuguese workers for a huge construction project at the Total refinery in Immingham. Hundreds of workers have been off the job for a week at the site, 180 miles (290 kilometers) north of London, and workers at other energy facilities across Britain have staged sympathy walkouts. (Read the article by Jill Lawless)
REUTERS. The father of an Italian woman who has been in a coma for 17 years defied the Vatican and Italy's center-right government Tuesday, moving her to a private clinic where a feeding tube keeping her alive will be removed. Eluana Englaro, 38, has been in a vegetative state since a 1992 car crash. Italy's top court ruled last year that she can be allowed to die but the decision was contested by politicians and prelates and split public opinion in this Catholic country. (Read the article by Silvia Aloisi)
Hybridcars. If the proposed alliance between Chrysler and Fiat goes through, the company could produce a total of six new models—ranging in size from from small to smaller. The terms of the deal would give the European carmaker a 35 percent stake in Chrysler. In exchange, Fiat's small car experience could give Chrysler the opportunity to reduce its dependence on larger vehicles. (Read the article)
E on Line. An Italian woman filed a lawsuit on Friday claiming the 13-time Oscar-nominated film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is based on a short story she wrote in 1994 called "Il ritorno di Arthur all'innocenza" ("Arthur's Return to Innocence"). (Read the article by Jovie Baclayon)
New York Times. “The reviews were so bad it was almost good,” said Robert De Niro, one of the hotel’s owners. Mr. De Niro decided the restaurant should remain Italian, but be more informal and inviting. “Like in Italy, where you have chairs and tables outside,” he said. “I want it to be a place where you hang out.” (Read the article by Oliver Schawaner-Albright)
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Italy in NY Calendar
Italy is currently the #1 wine exporting and producing country in the world, as well as the most imported wine into the United States; a force in the wine world that is hard to ignore. Italy and its wines are often superficially and inaccurately taught, due to its huge complexity, incredible variety and unique peculiarities. Difficult to truly grasp, this complex scenario stems from its intricate and vast cultural background, heritage & history.
We of the North American Sommelier Association believe that only qualified native Italians are capable to deliver the concepts, transmit the true passion & romance, teach the facts and convey the texture of this country in an authentic, accurate and genuinely Italian manner. Indeed the course is designed around the exact curriculum and outline of the Italian Sommelier Association (AIS:http://www.sommelier.it/), as Italians themselves view their country and study it at university. It has been extracted and adapted to the American scene from the Sommelier course that takes place in Italy.
The founders and teachers of this now internationally recognized certification are also the very teachers that will take you on this compelling and exciting journey, from start to certification. All native Italian professional Sommeliers and active international educators, fluent in the English language and residing in North America.
This course will comprehensively dive into Italy, to explore this amazing wine producing country by analyzing the terroir (geology, geography, climate), culture, history, tradition, nuances, uniqueness & character of all 20 regions one by one. It is extremely beneficial to both wine industry professionals (servers, Sommeliers, sales reps, educators, journalists...), students of other certifications and wine enthusiasts alike, who are interested and passionate about the vast and opportunity-packed world of Italian wine and provides not only an important certification but a cohesive and genuine understanding of Italian wine and Italian culture.
FOR MORE INFO AND SIGNING UP:https://www.nasommelier.com/italian-wine-specialist-iws
The course dates are: 3/10-3/11-3/24-3/25 Exam date TBD (Cost of the course $650)
Join I AM Books for its Italian reading group for little ones! Children (0-4) and their parents will engage in multiple readings and games for a fun morning of Italian language and learning.
Gianluca Franzese is an Italian-born American artist who currently lives and works in San Francisco. The son of a jewelry maker and a pupil of the old masters of Italian art, he started painting early on, moving through realist, expressive, and narrative styles. With a background in decorative painting, his style has evolved to blend continuous patterns of color with dynamic metal reflections, with meticulous attention to detail and dedication to flawlessness. Each painting plays with the viewer’s perspective, illuminating the spaces in which they reside. In his own words, Franzese’s art “reflects my belief that beauty is a process that happens over time, with a focus on underlying patterns and geometries found in nature. The metallic elements in the pieces are sensitive to the temperature of the environment, expressing a particular temperament based on context. This responsive variable means that the work is always unique to the time and place in which it is viewed.” His works have been exhibited in San Francisco, Miami, New York and Florence, and are in many private collections, notably Tiffany & Co. in Milan, Italy.
Marietta Patricia Leis is an Italian-American visual artist from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She works in several media including painting, photography, sculpture and video. Leis received a BA and MA in psychology from Antioch College, Los Angeles and her MA/MFA in studio art from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.
[Insights 2, by Marietta Patrica Leis, 2014]
Insights 2, Marietta Patrica Leis, 2014
Leis’ art is concerned with the preservation of our planet. Her art, regardless of medium, resonates with the beauty of our natural environment. ‘Color of place’ is an element that she enlists to create a visceral recording of her travels. Her work can be found in many public collections among them: The Albuquerque Art Museum, NM; Harwood Museum, Taos, NM; University Art Gallery, NM State University, Las Cruces; New Mexico State Library, Santa Fe, the Holtze Hotel, Denver; the University of New Mexico Division of Continuing Education; Ross Laboratories, Columbus, Ohio and the State Capitol Building, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her work in the public sector includes commissioned work and 1% for the Arts competitions. Leis’ extensive exhibition record as well as collections that she is in, awards that she has received and lectures that she has given is documented in Who’s Who In American Art (31st Edition). The late New York Times contributing art critic, William Zimmer, called Leis’ reductive paintings “sublime”. In regard to her own philosophy regarding her work Leis states, “The aim of my art is to represent not the outward appearance of things but their inward significance.”
First generation Italian-American sculptor Giuseppe Palumbo is the son of a professional artist from Italy. He has studied at the Art Students League in Denver, The Loveland Academy of Fine Art and the Scottsdale Artists School, as well as in San Miguel Allende, Mexico and Pietrasanta, Italy. Palumbo has spent a lifetime creating, designing and building, from architecture to furniture and jewelry. He has been sculpting since 1992.
[Hog Heaven, by Giuseppe Palumbo, 2014]
Hog Heaven, Giuseppe Palumbo, 2014
Palumbo’s textural, figurative bronze sculptures somehow contemporaneously communicate fantasy, humor, depth and meaning. In the form of dancing sheep, meditating bulls, flying pigs, walking seashells and little men balancing on a ledge, Palumbo gives shape to human emotions as well as to social and political perspectives. Palumbo states that his objective is “not to create a replica of the living, but to capture the essence of a being, not a frozen pose, but a sculpture alive in texture, spirit and warmth. My objective is to communicate in a language that words don’t convey. If my work moves the viewer, stirs their soul, is a reflection of our times, or pleases the aesthetic, then I have achieved my goal. My chapter in the story of the sculpture is short; once I’m finished with the piece it then becomes an endless tale as each viewer relives and creates their own story.” He maintains studios in Berkeley, CA and Eldorado Springs, CO and his work has been exhibited in many important shows throughout the US. Palumbo’s whimsical sculptures can be found in many public and private collections throughout the US and the world, including Queen Rania of Jordan’s private collection.
One of the things that make pasta so perfect is how simple it is. Quality ingredients for a refined pasta dough to be paired with a matching sauce is the formula to experience a pasta in its truest form. However, practice does make perfect in the art of pasta making, especially to enjoy in any variation from an egg stuffed pasta to a dried shape pasta. Accompany La Scuola Chef in this interactive hands-on workshop and observe him demonstrate fresh pasta dough and shaping techniques. In this class guests will:
Learn about the history and origin of dried and egg pasta.
Enjoy two pasta course prepared by La Scuola Chef paired with two wines.
Participate in enhancing your pasta making technique to create a fresh egg and dried pasta in various shapes to take home.
Take home the menu, adapted recipes, wine tasting notes and a gift box with pro pasta tools and a 10% off gift card to use in your next visit at Eataly.
There are many recipes for Easter bread in Italy and just as many names depending on the region you are from. Scarcella is sweet bread dough that is crumbly, buttery, and delightful, with a hint of lemon. Make it into your own Easter shape, such as a dove, nest, wreath or basket! Presented by Cathy Blanco.
Children’s Fee: Members $30, Non-Members $40; Parent & Child Fee: Members $55, Non-Members $65; Each additional person: Members $30, Non-Members $40.