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Cultural Tuesdays

Cultural Tuesdays 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 in the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery at the Columbus Centre. Free admission and no RSVP required.

Upcoming Cultural Tuesdays Presentations

March 2019

Rome Through Cinema
Presented by Franco Gallippi
March 19, 26 and April 2, 9 at 7:00pm

Professor, academic and well-renowned lecturer, Dr. Franco Gallippi examines “Rome through Cinema.”

Topics will include:

  • From Roma città aperta to La grande bellezza
  • Anna Magnani: The Fragile Diva
  • Alberto Sordi: Albertone
  • Federico Fellini and the City of Rome

April 2019

Sapori D’Italia – Food Tastings and Conversations with Gaia Messai
April 16, 23, 30 and May 7 at 7:00pm

Presentations will include:

  • Olive oil
  • Cheese
  • Bread
  • Chocolate

May 2019

Montalbano Crime Stories
May 14, 21 and 28 at 7:00pm

Past Cultural Tuesdays Presentations

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

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
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  • “Sedotta e Abbandonata”
    November 13 at 7:00pm
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  • “Polvere di Stelle”
    November 20 at 7:00pm

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  • “Matrimonio all’italiana”
    November 27 at 7:00pm

December 2018

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

Enjoy our Canta Italia Series with renowned Italian-Canadian musician Claudio Santaluce and celebrate the Holiday season with a festive sing-along and dance-along. 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.

January 2019

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

Dr. Sarah Rolfe Prodan, Renaissance Scholar, returns to the Columbus Centre to explore “Women of the Italian Renaissance.”

Topics will include include:

  • Isabella d’Este, Marchioness of Mantua (1475 – 1539): Patron and Political Figure
  • Vittoria Colonna, Marchioness of Pescara (1490/1492 – 1547): Writer and Religious Reformer
  • Veronica Franco (1546 – 1591): Poet and Courtesan
  • Sofonisba Anguissola (c. 1532 – 1625): Painter

February 2019

Florence, Capital of Italian Modernity: From Unification to Fascism
Presented by Luca Somigli
February 12, 19, 26* and March 5 at 7:00pm

University of Toronto Professor of Italian Studies, Luca Somigli, takes us on a journey through “Florence, Capital of Italian Modernity: From Unification to Fascism.”

Topics will include:

  • Firenze Capitale: Italian Unification and its Aftermath
  • Firenze Fin-de-siècle: Dandies, Dreamers and Coffee Fiends
  • Firenze Futurista: Artistic Experimentalism in the Early Twentieth Century
  • Fascista: At the Crossroads of Traditionalism and Modernity