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Cultural Tuesdays

Cultural Tuesdays at the Columbus Centre is a series of illustrated talks and presentations, designed to engage our community on a wide range of topics, spanning from culture, lifestyle, 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 beginning September 11 in the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery. Free admission and no RSVP required.

Upcoming Cultural Tuesdays Presentations

November 2018

Classic Italian Cinema: Masterworks of Commedia all’italiana
Presented in collaboration with ICFF and Istituto Italiano di Cultura.
November 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 7:00pm

Enjoy four films of Commedia all’italiana with some of the most iconic actors of the past, including Sophia Loren, Alberto Sordi, Marcello Mastroianni, Stefania Sandrelli, Totò and Monica Vitti.

Films, screened in Italian with English subtitles, include:

  • “I Solito Ignoti”
    November 6 at 7:00pm
    Best friends Peppe (Vittorio Gassman) and Mario (Marcello Mastroianni) are thieves, but they’re not very good at it. Still, Peppe thinks that he’s finally devised a master heist that will make them rich. With the help of some fellow criminals, he plans to dig a tunnel from a rented apartment to the pawnshop next door, where they can rob the safe. But his plan is far from foolproof, and the fact that no one in the group has any experience digging tunnels proves to be the least of their problems.
  • “Sedotta e Abbandonata”
    November 13 at 7:00pm
    When Agnese (Stefania Sandrelli) has a brief affair with her sister’s fiancé, Peppino, it is only a matter of time before her traditional parents discover the truth. Her father, Sicilian miner Vincenzo (Saro Urzi), is furious when he finds out about the tryst. After berating his daughter and her lover, Vincenzo embarks on a farcical journey to protect his family’s reputation by convincing Peppino to marry Agnese instead of her sister Matilde – but there are more than a few complications.
  • “Polvere di Stelle”
    November 20 at 7:00pm
    Mimmo Adami (Alberto Sordi) and Dea Dani (Monica Vitti) are local professional dancers in the impoverished Italy of the Second World War. Their lives change suddenly as American soldiers stop in their town hoping to be entertained in accordance with the Broadway style. Effectively, they perform up to their expectations. However, as the army men have to march northward, the moment of glory of Mimmo and Dea finishes heartlessly.
  • “Matrimonio all’italiana”
    November 27 at 7:00pm
    When handsome, successful Domenico (Marcello Mastroianni) first meets the sexy young waif Filomena (Sophia Loren) in Naples during World War II, he is instantly smitten. Flash forward to the postwar years, and the two meet again, sparking a passionate affair that spans two decades. But when Filomena – who has now become Domenico’s kept woman and has secretly borne his children – learns that her lover is planning to wed another, she stops at nothing to hook him into marrying her instead.

Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni in the film “Matrimonio all’Italiana”









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December 2018

Canta Italia Tuesday Series
Serata musicale with accordionist, Claudio Santaluce
December 4 and 11 at 7:00pm

January 2019

Prominent Women of the Italian Renaissance
Presented by Dr. Sarah Rolfe Prodan in collaboration with ICFF and L’Istituto Italiano di Cultura
January 15, 22, 29 and February 5 at 7:00pm

Past Cultural Tuesdays Presentations

January 2018

Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 6:30 pm
Venice and Its Territory: Treasures from the Serenissima Republic
Guest Speaker: Sebastiano Bazzichetto

Enjoy this captivating presentation on the origins of the romantic myth of Venice and its lagoon. Through the eyes of an imaginary traveller, the sounds of Vivaldi and Galuppi, and the recollections of Casanova and Goldoni, the artistic secrets of an enchanting city – once the capital of a golden maritime empire–will be revealed.

February 2018

Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 6.30 pm
Venetian Synagogues: Hidden Gems in the Core of the Lagoon
Guest Speaker: Sebastiano Bazzichetto

Venice’s history could not be told without a celebration of its Jewish communities. Discover with us the diversity and beauty of the Jewish Synagogues, or Scola, as they are called by the locals.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 6:30 pm
Punch And I: Festa di Carnevale – Mardis Gras Party Commedia dell’Arte
Interactive Performance by: Adam Paolozza from Bad New Days
*With support from Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Experience Pulcinella’s irreverent antics, as he ponders about life, death, food, love and his childhood in the “old country.” Dora Award-winning performer, Adam Paolozza, explores his roots embodying the mischievous Pulcinella (ancestor of Mr. Punch), a mask which comes from the Campania region in Italy, from where Paolozza’s own family hails. The evening will include refreshments and a taste of the traditional Carnival cookies.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 6:30 pm
Beyond the Lagoon 1: Treviso and Padova, a Journey Through the Joyous Mark to Giotto’s Frescoes in the Scrovegni Chapel
Guest Speaker: Sebastiano Bazzichetto

Venice fast expanded its dominion beyond the lagoon and conquered the mainland. This fascinating talk will explore the rich heritage of Treviso, core of the so-called Marca Gioiosa, and Padova, in the shadow of Goethe’s palm tree.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 6:30pm
Beyond the Lagoon 2:  Palladio’s legacy in Vicenza and Romeo and Juliet’s Fair Verona 
Guest Speaker: Sebastiano Bazzichetto

Sailing the river Brenta, Sebastiano Bazzichetto’s insightful talk will unlock the doors of Palladio’s villas, his Olympic theatre in Vicenza, and the legends in “fair Verona,” as Shakespeare christens it in his Romeo and Juliet.

March 2018

Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 7:00pm
Crossing Arcs: Alzheimer’s, My Mother and Me
Poetry performance by Susan McMaster, accompanied on piano by Barbara Dyck
Meet & Greet with ‘MAMMA, In the Meantime’ artist, Tony Luciani

Canadian poet and literary editor, Susan McMaster, has published over two dozen books, magazines and anthologies. Accompanied by pianist Barbara Dyck, Susan will recite selected poetry from her book, “Crossing Arcs: Alzheimer’s, My Mother and Me.” Visual artist and photographer, Tony Luciani, will also be on hand for a meet and greet, and to talk about his exhibition, “MAMMA, In the Meantime.”

Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 7:00pm
Mangiar di Magro: Traditional Italian Recipes and Menus
Guest Speaker/Presenter: Gaia Massai

Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 7:00pm
Buona Pasqua: Traditional Menus from Northern and Central Italy
Guest Speaker/Presenter: Gaia Massai

Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 7:00pm
Buona Pasqua: Traditional Menus from Southern Italy and the Islands
Guest Speaker/Presenter: Gaia Massai

April 2018

Tuesday, April 3, 7:00 pm
Creative Minds: Conversations on the Benefits of Art on Neurological Conditions

Tuesday, April 10, 7:00 pm
Opera Atelier: Presentation of the Upcoming Production of “Il ritorno di Ulisse” by Claudio Monteverdi

Tuesday, April 17, 7:00 pm
Presentation of Select Sculptures from the Joseph D. Carrier Permanent Collection, presented by Flavio Belli

Tuesday, April 24, 6:30 pm (In The Columbus Room)
Earth Day Presentation

Tuesday, April 24, 7:00 pm (In The Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery)
Serata Musicale, with Viva Vitalità, featuring tenor Amerigo Marino and vocalist Caterina Oliverio

May 2018

Tuesday, May 1, 7:00 pm
A Presentation of Paintings, Photography and Other Work from the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery’s Permanent Collection, presented by Flavio Belli

Tuesday, May 8, 7:00 pm
“One Euro Italy” – a photographic exhibition by Sergey Tesker
Opening night reception

Tuesday, May 15, 7:00 pm
“Italian Monasteries, Abbeys and Churches, Part 1” by Sebastiano Bazzichetto

Tuesday, May 22, 7:00 pm
“Italian Monasteries, Abbeys and Churches, Part 2″ by Sebastiano Bazzichetto

For more information call 416-789-7011 ext. 248.

September 2018

A Renaissance Genius: The Life and Works of Michelangelo Buonarroti
Presented by: Dr. Sarah Rolfe Prodan
September 11, 18, 25 and October 2 at 7:00pm

During our series on Michelangelo Buonarroti, Renaissance Studies professor Sarah Rolfe Prodan, PhD takes us on a journey from the artist’s birth and early years to his later works and legacy.

Visit Ristorante Boccaccio before or after each presentation and enjoy a $23 or $36 prix-fixe dinner menu, which includes your choice of wine or Prosecco. Make your reservations today by calling 416-789-5555.








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October 2018

The Three Masters of Italian Belcanto: Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti Opera Series
Presented by: Sebastiano Bazzichetto
October 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 7:00pm

When we talk about Italian opera, Belcanto is the word that strikes a chord with opera fans and those who are less familiar with the lyrical theatre.

This series of lectures will address the 17th-century origins of Italian melodrama. It will then explore the development of belcanto genre. Particular attention will be drawn to Rossini’s opera buffa, origins of coloratura and belcanto (Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Cenerentola, L’assedio di Corinto). It will focus on Bellini’s masterpieces (Norma, La Sonnambula), as well as Donizetti’s works that marked the XIX century (L’elisir d’amore, Lucia di Lammermoor, Don Pasquale).

Major focus will be the principles, and technique of Belcanto:

  • origins of Italian melodrama, Baroque virtuosos’ repertoire (Carlo Broschi, known as Farinelli)
  • Rossini’s musical twist: Barbiere, Cenerentola, and Guglielmo Tell
  • Bellini’s Norma, characters’ innovations
  • Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor









Download PDF  View Sebastiano’s Bio