DIASPORA SERIES : MULTICULTURALISM AND CULTURAL IDENTITIES IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Price : A ‘ Pay What You Can ’ program . Donations welcome at the door .
Location : Joseph D . Carrier Art Gallery , Columbus Centre » WE ARE NOW OFFERING " PAY WHAT YOU CAN " EVENTS .
These programs are aimed at providing increased access to live performances and events for our entire community . Simply pay what you can before the start of each performance . Thank you for your support !
Reading and Presentation of “ Ritorno alle Origini ” Saturday , October 17 • 3:00pm • RSVP required Join Rosanna Lo Presti for a reading and presentation about her book “ Ritorno alle Origini ”. It is the story of a migrant who sought well-being in another country that was not possible in her own . In fact , in this story , the author has included much of her own story and experiences . Rosanna Lo Presti helps the reader understand the human side of being a migrant , the adversity they are faced with and the important goals that , with commitment and dedication , with love and passion , everyone can reach . This presentation will be predominantly in Italian . RSVP : villacharities . com / diaspora Reading and Presentation of “ My Father , Fortune-tellers & Me : A Memoir " Saturday , November 28 • 3:00pm • RSVP required “ My Father , Fortune-tellers & Me : A Memoir ” is a powerful and witty coming-of-age story of fate versus free will . As the daughter of southern Italian immigrants joined in an acrimonious arranged marriage , Eufemia Fantetti weathered the devastating consequences of her mother ’ s treatmentresistant schizophrenia for years before moving to the West Coast to escape the constant turmoil . In her search for meaning beyond a host of ancestral superstitions — malocchio , maledictions and stregheria — she writes , cracks jokes , meets counselors , studies the sky for planetary alignment , consults her trusty tarot deck for guidance and visits her dad ’ s psychic healer for a prescription for prescience . Fantetti ’ s story is a darkly hilarious , tender chronicle of family , destiny and resilience .
Presented by Dr . Gina Valle , Chair of Villa Charities Culture Committee . In conversation with Bruna Di Giuseppe-Bertoni , author and community member .