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Boston to host North American Debut of Italian film “Briciole Sul Mare”

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When: Sunday, October 9, 2016 Where: Faneuil Hall, Boston, MA Critically acclaimed Italian comedy-drama film “Briciole Sul Mare” will make its North American debut in 12 cities across the U.S. and Canada throughout the month of October, beginning at Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall on October 9. The movie premiere is part of a larger event, dubbed Rocambolesco-Spectaculare! An Evening Celebration of Joy, Family and Tradition!, which also features world-class performances from recording artists such as The Platters and culinary treats from celebrity chefs and TV personalities “The Princess of Prince Street” Dana Gallo Strayton and Mike Fucci. The Platters will ...

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Max Gazzè at Regattabar (Oct. 13)

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When: Thursday, October 13, 2016 – 7:30 p.m. Where: Regattabar — Charles Hotel | One Bennett Street, Cambridge MA, 02138 Click here for event page. Max Gazzè is an amazing performer and extraordinary bass player. Singing in Italian, French and English he always creates a feel-good mood everywhere. He lived and played long in Paris and London and in the last 3 years he has being touring all over Europe. In Italy he published 10 golden CDs (Emi/Virgin and Universal Music). He wrote and toured in Europe with Stefan Eicher and performed with Stewart Copeland in the Gizmo project. After ...

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Da Vinci – The Genius exhibit at Museum of Science (opens Oct. 23)

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When: Opens Oct. 23, 2016 Where: Museum of Science — 1 Science Park, Boston, MA Rediscover the legacy of Leonardo da Vinci in the most comprehensive exhibition on the Renaissance master to tour the world. Created by Grande Exhibitions with the assistance of the Museo Leonardo da Vinci in Rome and a number of experts in Italy and France, this exhibition brings to life the genius of Leonardo as an inventor, artist, scientist, anatomist, engineer, architect, sculptor, and philosopher. Working from Leonardo’s codices, Italian artisans have faithfully crafted interactive and life-size machine inventions, including the first concepts of a car, ...

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Beyond Words: Italian Renaissance Books exhibit opens Sept. 22 at Gardner Museum

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BOSTON, MA (August 2016) – Rarely seen, exquisite Renaissance manuscripts and early printed books make this a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition. Beyond Words: Italian Renaissance Books showcases over 65 Renaissance paintings hidden between the covers of rare books in Boston’s libraries and museums. The works – remarkable for their beauty and jewel-like colors – will be on view at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston from Sept. 22 through Jan. 16, 2017. At the heart of the show is a remarkable trove of illuminated manuscripts from celebrated Renaissance libraries. Written, illustrated, and bound by the hands of leading artists for popes, ...

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MFA’s Della Robbia exhibit shines light on Renaissance Florence

Andrea della Robbia, Prudence (detail), about 1475. Glazed terracotta. Lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1921.

When: Through Dec. 4, 2016 Where: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA In the 15th century, Luca della Robbia (1399/1400–1482) invented a glazing technique for sculpture characterized by brilliant opaque whites and deep cerulean blues. Luca shared the secrets of his technique with his nephew and principal collaborator Andrea della Robbia, who in turn passed them on to his sons Giovanni, Luca the Younger, Marco, Francesco, and Girolamo. The Della Robbia family workshop flourished in Florence for about a century, producing expressive artworks for all spheres of life. Portraying both sacred and secular themes, it gained a strong presence in ...

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Odyssey Opera to Perform Mozart’s Lucio Silla at BU Theatre

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A love-struck tyrannical Roman dictator, love triangles, death threats, togas, and opera—you’ll find it all in the Odyssey Opera production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s rarely performed opera Lucio Silla, premiering tonight and being performed again Friday and Sunday at the Boston University Theatre. The opera, one of two being staged this season as part of the company’s third annual opera festival (a production of Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Ezio preceded Lucio Silla), tells the story of Lucio Silla, a self-proclaimed Roman dictator who lusts after Giunia, the daughter of his enemy Gaius Marius. Giunia, however, is in love with, and wed to, Cecilio, ...

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Film Screening: 8 1/2 at Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline

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When: August 22, 2016 – 7 p.m. Where: Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline MA Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2 (Otto e Mezzo) transforms one man’s artistic crisis into a grand epic of the cinema. Guido Anselmi (Marcello Mastroianni) is a director whose personal and professional life is collapsing around him. An early working title for the film was La Bella Confusione (The Beautiful Confusion), and Fellini’s masterpiece is exactly that: a fantasy, a spectacle, and a glittering magic act. Click here for tickets

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Newpoli to Perform at Oberon in Cambridge

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When: June 15, 2016 – Doors 7:30 p.m., Show 8 p.m. Where: OBERON, 2 Arrow Street, Cambridge MA As you hear the tamburello pounding out the heartbeat of Newpoli’s music, the two singers start up a wild, frenetic dance, and you’ll have a very hard time sitting still! Welcome to Newpoli live! The group carries on a tradition that is so old it’s hard to date, performing music from the South of Italy laced with influences from all of the surrounding Mediterranean cultures. Originals are mixed with exciting arrangements of traditional music, the tempo is high, and the drama and passion in their blood ...

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NEMPAC celebrates 15th Anniversary Performance Season with Rossini’s La Cenerentola

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When: June 23-25, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Where: Faneuil Hall, Boston MA The North End Music and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) invites guests and members of their community to Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall, The Great Hall for a night of opera featuring Rossini’s La Cenerentola. The NEMPAC Opera Project presents Rossini’s La Cenerentola, a two act opera sung in Italian accompanied by Chamber Orchestra. The project, founded in 2012, continues its annual tradition of presenting a fully staged opera in one of Boston’s most historic venues. Loosely based on the fairytale, La Cenerentola turns Cinderella on its head with an ...

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Two Italian film screenings at Coolidge Corner Library

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When: May 26 and June 23, 2016 Where: Coolidge Corner Branch Library, 31 Pleasant Street, Brookline MA The Public Library of Brookline and the Consulate General of Italy in Boston, present “2 Italian Movies at Brookline – 2016”. Movies will be shown in Italian with English subtitles. Free entrance. Light refreshments will be served. Thursday, May 26 : L’INDUSTRIALE by Giuliano Montaldo, about 100 minutes 6 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. – Movie starts at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, June 23 : EX by Fausto Brizzi, about 120 minutes 6 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. – Movie starts at 6:15 p.m.

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Fluid Collective takes part in Sounds of Italy concert series (May 14)

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When: Saturday, May 14, 2016 – 5 p.m. Where: I AM Books – 189 North Street, Boston, MA 02113 Click here for tickets. Fluid Collective is an aesthetic. It is a way of shaping sounds and concepts. it is an open group of people, drawing inspiration from different genres and different arts. It is a space where the specific individualities of the artists who collaborate create something new, unpredictable and unique. The core nucleus of the project includes Daniele Germani on alto, Alessio Pignorio on guitar and Giuseppe Campisi on bass. Fluid Collective will present original compositions from its last ...

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Salimblues at Ryles (May 11)

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When: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 – 9 p.m. Where: Ryles – 212 Hampshire St., Cambridge MA Join Stefano Salimbeni, Guido Bartoloni, Matteo Casini, Pasquale Iocola and Guy Zagami singing famous Italian songs and blues from the 1960s to the 1990s… Great songwriters such as Pino Daniele, Bennato, Battisti, and others.

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