Sunday, March 13
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Puccini on a Plate: Opera’s Influence on Italian Cuisine – at 3:30 pm
Presented by Amy Riolo
This glorious tour of Puccini’s most beloved operas takes us through a worldwide tour of sensory delights. We’ll use the settings of La Boheme, Madama Butterfly, Tosca, La Rondine, and Turandot to discuss opera’s impact on Italian cuisine. We’ll take a step back in time to a recently unified Italy where a vibrant form of music takes center stage, providing the perfect platform to understand Italian cuisine and culture.
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Riolo, Amy. The Italian Diabetes Cookbook, American Diabetes Association, 2015)
Segan, Francine. Opera Lover’s Cookbook, Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2006
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About Amy Riolo
As an award – winning author, chef, television personality, cuisine and culture expert, and educator. Amy Riolo makes frequent appearances on numerous television and radio programs both in the United States and abroad including Fox TV, NBC, ABC, The Hallmark Channel, Nile TV, The Travel Channel, Martha Stewart Living Radio, WHYY, and Abu Dhabi Television. Known for combining culture, history, and religion in global cuisine, Amy also creates and appears weekly in ninety second cooking videos entitled “Culture of Cuisine” which air on nationally syndicated news shows on 28 different channels across the United States, totaling a reach of over 300 million people. One of her videos recently reached a record of four million hits. An American of Calabrian descent, Amy also uses her culinary expertise to write scripts for culinary movies and television programs.
Movie: Terraferma – at 1:00 pm
Terraferma (English: Mainland) is a 2011 Italian drama film directed by Emanuele Crialese. The film premiered at the 68th Venice International Film Festival
On Linosa, a tiny island near Lampedusa, and part of the province of Agrigento, Sicily, fishermen are punished for saving illegal immigrants (boat people) from the sea and, back on shore, letting them go, because this amounts to facilitating illegal immigration. Therefore young local Filippo does not allow them on his boat. Several die, and Filippo changes his mind about the matter: he helps a family of immigrant consisting of a mother, a little boy and a newborn baby, to leave to the Italian mainland. Gary Goldstein of the Los Angeles Times wrote, “The thematically rich production is grounded in deep moral and emotional reflection.” It is a story of migration, similar to the many we see at present almost every day, of the mind and the soul of the main characters who at the end of the movie discover their true nature and have the courage to change.
Terraferma è un film del 2011 diretto da Emanuele Crialese.
Il film è una co-produzione italo-francese prodotta da Cattleya, con la collaborazione di Rai Cinema e il supporto del Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali e della Sicilia Film Commission. È stato presentato in concorso alla 68ª Mostra internazionale d’arte cinematografica di Venezia, dove ha ricevuto il Premio speciale della giuria.
E` ambientato a Linosa, una piccola isola vicino a Lampedusa e parte della provincia di Agrigento, Sicilia, dove dei pescatori sono puniti per aver tratto in salvo da annegamento sicuro degli immigrati illegali e per averli lasciati disperdersi e nascondersi una volta a riva. Per le autorita` dell’isola questa questa loro azione significava favorire l’immigrazione illegale. Filippo, un giovane del posto, trovandosi in mare circondato da immigranti, decide di non lasciarli salire sulla sulla sua barca causando la morte di molti di loro. Verso la fine del film, Filippo cambia opinione: aiuta un’immigrante con un bimbo e un neonato a lasciare l’isola verso la “terra ferma” , il continente italiano, per ricongiungersi con il marito. Gary Golstein del Los Angeles Times ha scritto ” La produzione ricca di tematiche ha come centro profonde riflessioni morali e psicologiche”. E` una storia di migrazioni, simile alle molte che vediamo quasi ogni giorno, reali e dell’anima, attraverso le quali i personaggi riscoprono se stessi e trovano il coraggio di cambiare.
Paddington is a 2014 British-French live action/computer animated family comedy film directed by Paul King, written by King and Hamish McColl, and produced by David Heyman. It received a Empire Award nomination for Best British Film.
In the deep jungles of darkest Peru, a British geographer named Montgomery Clyde happens upon a previously unknown species of bear. He is about to shoot it to take back a specimen to England when another bear playfully takes his gun away. He learns that this family of bears is intelligent and can learn English. He names them Lucy and Pastuzo.
Years later, the two bears are living in harmony when an earthquake strikes their home, so aunt Lucy sends the young bear to London, but he fails to find a home. He is taken in briefly by the Brown family, who name him after Paddington Station, where they found him.
Meanwhile, a museum taxidermist named Millicent Clyde captures, kills, and stuffs exotic animals to house in the Natural History Museum. When she becomes aware of Paddington, she immediately sets out to hunt him down.
In the aftermath, the Browns save Paddington from Millicent and adopt him into their family and Millicent is sentenced to community service at a petting zoo. Paddington writes to Aunt Lucy saying he is happy and has finally found a home.