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  • The ribbon cutting
    On June 21, the first Italian-American Cultural Community Center built in New York City was inaugurated in Bensonhurst in the presence of political personalities representing the New York Italian American Community. The new facility will soon represent a reference point for both the promotion of the Italian cultural heritage and a multi-cultural society. Chairman of the Board G. Jack Spatola took the floor reminding the importance of the Italian Dual Language Program which is spreading in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Francesco Genuardi, Consul General of Italy, recognized the importance of Il Centro as an important landmark for the promotion of Italian language too.
  • Rossella Rago and Nonna Carmela's Stuffed Mushrooms
    There’s nothing like nonna’s cooking. But perhaps you’ve never had a chance to record your nonna’s recipes, or perhaps you’re looking to find a new Italian recipe. Not to fear, Rossella Rago has your back with her show “Cooking with Nonna” and her new cookbook also entitled “Cooking with Nonna.”
  • From May 23 to 28 fourteen tt the Pratt Institute collections of 10x12 cm paintings from 14 countries across the world promoted by Luciano Benetton Collection . Nearly 3,000 works by contemporary artists: a global encyclopedia of Art, a great map of the World and Humanity
  • BAM presents The Ingrid Bergman Tribute, an evening with daughter Isabella Rossellini and special guest Jeremy Irons on September 12. The evening features commemorative readings, letters, memories, and never-before- seen footage from Bergman’s personal archives. In conjunction, BAMcinématek is screening rare gems and iconic films in Bergman, A film retrospective (Sep 13—29).
  • Last week I received a last-minute invitation from Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and "The Committee for Frate Francesco” to attend the grand opening of the historic “Frate Francesco: Friar Francis: Traces, Words, Images “exhibition on Tuesday, December 12th. The impressive four-page e-mail attachment declared it was “a non-transferrable, attendance strictly limited invitation” to which I promptly replied, explaining to my wife that I had to go it alone. However, when I got to Brooklyn Borough Hall early, as I usually am, I discovered that I was inexplicably “not on the list.” Having a lot of prior experience not being a V.I.P., I was not the least surprised; but grateful that I was able to convince a somewhat befuddled staff member that “there must have been a mistake” which wasn’t mine.”
  • On Saturday, Sept. 13, IAWA will welcome two very accomplished authors -- Marie Helene Bertino and Joanna Clapps Herman -- both of whom share a passion for teaching. Bertino is part of the new wave of writers teaching in workshop settings and within the framework of the innovative One Story concept while Herman has been teaching at universities; much of her work reflects her "italianita," which has been an inspiration for her. IAWA readings begin with an open mic followed by features taking the stage.
  • New York, NY - The Italian American Writers Association (IAWA) presents authors Julia Fierro and Joanne Monte on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Cornelia Street Cafe from 5:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Cornelia Street Café is located at 29 Cornelia Street in the West Village, NYC-10014; 212-989-9319; www.corneliastreetcafe.com. The featured writers take the stage after Open Mic readings of five minutes.

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