Italian American Digest DIGEST Winter 2017 Final - Page 12

I talian A merican D igest PAGE 12 WINTER 2017 C o m m u n i t y C a l e n d a r AMICI Christmas Party at the AICC Friday, December 8 at 6:30 p.m. American Italian Cultural Center Join us at the AICC for a night of eating, drinking and all things Ital- ian. We will celebrate the start of this holiday sea- son and learn about Italian Christmas tra- ditions, music, and stories! The event in- cludes yummy food and deli- cious sweet treats. There will be a cash bar. Tickets: $10 for AICC members and $15 for non-members 90th Anniversary Mass honoring St. Lucy of Syracuse Saturday, December 9 at 4 p.m. Saint John the Baptist Church All are invited to attend this mass especially those who suffer from eye ailments. A St. Lucy relic is available immediately after mass for venera- tion by all. A reception will follow in the church vestibule for all attend- ing the mass. Membership in the St. Lucy Society will be available at this time. Members both living and dead are honored in the weekly mass at St. John the Baptist Church. Off the Street: New Orleans and Venice in Charles Lovell’s Photography December 9 - January 7 Opening: Saturday, December 9 at 6-9:30 p.m. Second Story Gallery, New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave. Solo exhibition of Charles M. Lovell’s street photographs from Venice, Italy and New Orleans taken from 2005 to the pres- ent, and curated by Italian art histo- rian Anna Mecugni, Ph.D. This exhibition showcases over thirty photographs of Venice and New Orleans. The pic- tures explore non-touristic views of backstreets and walls in the two cit- ies, which share striking similarities in their environmental, economic, and socio-cultural ecologies, includ- ing exuberant Carnival celebrations, a dominating tourism industry, the threat of rising sea levels, and a pro- liferation of graffiti alongside unique historic architecture. Tricentennial Mass and Statue Installation Sunday, January 7 at 11 a.m. St. Louis Cathedral This mass will celebrate the New Orleans Tricentennial. The Ameri- can Italian Cultural Center’s statue of Saint Pope John Paul II will be installed and blessed outside the St. Louis Cathedral. Immediately following mass, the Sansepol- cro flag throw- ers will perform directly in front of the cathedral. Sansepolcro Flag Throwers January 7-14 The Sansepolcro flag throwers will be in New Orleans this January to help us celebrate the installation of the Saint Pope John Paul II statue at St. Louis Cathedral. In 1953, the Società dei Balestrieri rediscovered the art of flag throwing. In the follow- ing decades, the group has travelled internation- ally shar- ing their culture and fostering friendships. Inspiration for the per- formance comes from the geometric patterns of Sansepol- cro’s most illustrious citizen, Piero della Francesca, the great Renais- sance master of perspective. The flag throwers also starred in the film Under the Tuscan Sun. We are thrilled to have them visit Louisiana for a 36th year! The schedule of shows will be an- nounced on our website shortly. Italian Language Classes Classes begin the week of Jan. 20 The American Italian Cultural Center Italian language classes are offered in four different levels care- fully designed on the basis of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) national proficiency scale. All classes are taught by a native Italian teacher and have a