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Cultural Tuesdays

Presented by Villa Charities, Cultural Tuesdays is a series of illustrated talks at the Columbus Centre designed to engage our community on a wide range of topics, spanning from culture, lifestyle, history, cuisine, art and much more. Each month we present a series of events with a specially curated theme to explore art history, opera, film and the Renaissance.

Join us every Tuesday at 7:00pm in the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery. Free admission and no RSVP required. Light refreshments will be served.


Upcoming Cultural Tuesdays Presentations

March 2020

Culinary Traditions of Italian Jews
Presented by Gaia Massai

Gaia Massai presents a lecture series that explores some of the oldest Jewish communities of Italy. Creating some of the most iconic dishes and how traditional Italian recipes were modified to comply with Kashrut laws.

  • March 24 at 7:00pm – Lecture 1: A Culinary Tour Through Italy’s Oldest Jewish Communities

  • March 31 at 7:00pm – Lecture 2: Festive Culinary Traditions of Italian Jews

Past Cultural Tuesdays Presentations

October 2019

Italian Art and Fashion, Never Been So Close
Presented by Dr. Sebastiano Bazzichetto

Join Sebastiano Bazzichetto to learn about Italian fashion throughout the centuries and art history including frescoes, paintings, statues and mosaics. It will be a journey from ancient Roman bikinis to Medieval cowls, from Venetian panniers to the ruffled crinolines of the Unified Kingdom, with a special mention of Cinecittà with Visconti and Fellini and their unforgettable, fashionable visual works.

  • October 15 at 7:00pm – Lecture 1: The Roman Way: From the Republican to the Imperial Wardrobe

  • October 22 at 7:00pm – Lecture 2: Medieval Trends and Renaissance Vogue: Knights, Damsels and Monks

  • October 29 at 7:00pm – Lecture 3: An 18th Century Continental Affair: Italian Fashion Conquers Europe

  • November 5 at 7:00pm – Lecture 4: After 1861: The Modern System of Italian Fashion

November 2019

Eat Well, Be Well
Presented by Susan Camargo

Susan Camargo is a Registered Dietitian and food enthusiast. She loves to share her recipes and will show you that healthy eating can be easy, tasty and fun! Her unique approach provides advice that’s realistic, easy to implement and sustainable. Her mission is to help to improve quality of life and enhance human health by providing science-based, valuable nutrition information in a manner that encourages positive lifestyle change.

  • November 12 at 7:00pm – Lecture 1: Nutrition and Healthy Eating

  • November 19 at 7:00pm – Lecture 2: A Mediterranean Diet – The Key to a Healthy Heart!

  • November 26 at 7:00pm – Lecture 3: Nutrition Myths

December 2019

Musical Performances

Celebrate the joy of the season with holiday melodies and musical renditions from our favourite Columbus Centre performers. These heartwarming holiday experiences will provide an evening for families to enjoy and capture special memories.

  • December 10 at 7:30pm – Columbus Concert Band

  • December 17 at 7:00pm – Claudio Santaluce – Accordion Virtuoso

January – February 2020

Dante, Leonardo and Galileo: The Art of Science
Presented by Dr. Franco Gallippi

Dr. Franco Gallippi returns in the New Year with a lecture series dedicated to the relationship between art and science, and those Italians who have inspired and shaped so many minds over the centuries. The lectures examine the encyclopedic and cosmological vocation of Dante Alighieri, Leonardo da Vinci and Galileo Galilei.

  • January 14 and 21 at 7:00pm – Lectures 1 and 2: Dante’s Scientific Approach

  • January 28 and February 4 at 7:00pm – Lectures 3 and 4: The Art and Science of Leonardo

  • February 11 and 18 at 7:00pm – Lectures 5 and 6: Galileo’s Book of Nature

March 2020

The Magic Door: Myths, Magic & Mysteries of Ancient Italy
Presented by David Pantano

“The Magic Door” explores the origins of Ancient Italy through the underlying myths, magic and mysteries that have shaped Italian civilization from its legendary foundations through Roman times and up to the Renaissance.

Join us for a lively discussion on the key figures – artists, politicians, teachers and heroes – impacting the Italian psyche and culture from its archetypal roots through to the formative development and apex of the Roman Republic and Empire.

  • March 3 at 7:00pm – Lecture 1: Origins – Tradition, Ancestors, Archetypes

  • March 10 at 7:00pm – Lecture 2: The Renaissance of Italian Civilization

Location and Admission

Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Columbus Centre
901 Lawrence Avenue West, Toronto, ON

For more information on our upcoming Cultural events and programs call 416-789-7011 ext. 248.