I talian A merican D igest PAGE 4 C o m m u n i t y C a l e n d a r S ept . 7 FALL 2017 G uns in the H ands of A rtists American Italian Cultural Center, 6:30 pm Guns In The Hands of Artists is a community-based artistic project that has been traveling the country the past three years. Decommissioned guns taken off the streets of New Orleans were distributed to over 30 internationally known artists to use as the raw materials in creating works of art addressing the issue of gun violence in America. Jonathan Ferrara will give a talk about the project with a presentation of images from the show. He will discuss the project and its impact, as well as his book on the project, which includes es- says by Walter Isaacson, Gabby Giffords, Harry Shearer and Richard Ford. The lecture is free for AICC members, and there is a suggested donation of $10 for non-members. F all I talian L anguage C lasses Starting S ept . 12 Learn Italian with the AICC this fall — it’s the perfect time to go back to school! The AICC’s classes are taught by a native Italian and have a friendly, motivating environment. Eight 1 1/2-hour sessions are offered at the novice, intermediate, and advanced/superior levels in New Orleans and Metairie. There is also a traveler’s course specifically for those planning to visit Italy. Visit www. AmericanItalianCulturalCenter.com to see the class schedule. F ilm S creening : S tromboli American Italian Cultural Center, 6:30 pm S ept . 14 This 1949 Roberto Rossellini film starring Ingrid Bergman and Mario Vitale follows a young Lithuanian woman who escapes an internment camp by marrying an Italian POW and fisherman who promises her a wonderful life on Stromboli, his island home between Sicily and Italy. The film is free for AICC members and children under 12; sug- gested donation of $5 for non-members. Popcorn is complimentary and drinks are available for purchase. T hings to S ee in R ome and F lorence : A Y outh T ravel G uide American Italian Cultural Center, 7:00 pm S ept . 21 Hope to experience Italy with your kids or grandkids someday? Come to this lecture and bring the whole family! In a discussion pitched at young people, Tom Cortazzo will talk about such sites as the Colosseum, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Duomo, as well as iconic works by artists such as Michelan- gelo, Bernini and Raphael. All children and teenagers are welcome. The lecture is free for AICC members and students with a valid university or high school ID; suggested donation is $10 for non-members. H ow G enealogy R esearch H elped S olve a 70-Y ear WWII M ysery American Italian Cultural Center, 6:30 pm O ct . 19 Sal Serio, curator of the American Italian Research Library, will tell the story of Lieutenant Wesley Richard of Metairie. In 1943, Lt. Richard’s plane was shot down in Sabaudia, Italy, and he perished. German forces occupied the region, but the small farm community of Sabaudia took Lt. Richard into their hearts and minds. This lecture will reveal how genealogy research helped uncover what happened to Lt. Richard. The lecture is free for AICC Members and students with a valid university or high school ID; suggested donation is $10 for non-members. N ov . 3 B ebop , S wing , and B ella M usica : J azz and the I talian A merican E xperience American Italian Cultural Center, 7:00 pm Authors Bill Dal Cerro and David Anthony Witter will discuss their book Bebop, Swing and Bella Musica: Jazz and the Italian American Experience. Italian Americans such as Frank Sinatra, Louis Prima, Louie Bellson, Lennie Tristano, Tony Bennett, Buddy DeFranco, Joe Lovano, and many others have enriched the genre since its inception in New Orleans. The book features interviews with musicians and illustrates the prejudices Italian American musi- cians faced in pursuit of the American Dream.