Programs for 2016-2017

All programs are offered free of charge by the Dorothea van Dyke McLane Association to anyone in the community with an interest in Italian culture.

Doors open at 4:45 pm. Seating is limited. Due to fire regulations, when seating capacity has been reached we regret that we may have to turn people away from that evening’s program.

Programs are followed by informal get-togethers where one can chat with old and new friends, and taste dishes and offerings brought by participants.


There is no reception after a movie, however a few people usually get together at a local restaurant or coffee shop. All movies are in Italian with English subtitles.

In case of cancellation of a program due to inclement weather or unexpected reasons, please check this Web site or call Dorothea's House for information.

click here for a pdf of the printed program, which includes an Italian translation

and here for a pdf printable on letter size paper.



Programs 2016-2017

Sunday, October 9, 5:00 pm

Canzoni - Poetry in Italian Songs and Melodies: Beppe Gambetta, an acoustic guitarist and singer, will perform traditional and popular Italian songs, influenced by a variety of ethnicities throughout the world. A Genoa native, Gambetta brings new life and interpretation to iconic tunes, singing in different regional dialects and adding some Italian melodies to his arrangements.


Sunday, November 6, 5:00 pm
Road To Roma: Follow the Mille Miglia, an Italian vintage road rally, as architect/automobile enthusiast Lawrence Tarantino takes us on an illustrated tour of Italy’s beautiful cities, villages and countryside along the route. Having attended the event multiple times as spectator, journalist, photographer and participant, Mr. Tarantino will explain the history of the race and display memorabilia from the race.


Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 3 PM - Cinema
Quo Vado, 2016
Directed by Gennaro Nunziante

Quo Vado? tells the story of Checco (Zalone), a young man who has realized all his dreams.. He wanted to live with his parents thus avoiding a costly independence and he succeeded, he wanted to be eternally engaged without ever facing the responsibilities of a marriage and children and have it done, but above all, has always dreamed of a secure job and is he managed to get it. A steady job in the office provincial hunting and fishing. Checco has a life that is the envy of everyone. However, one day everything changes. The government launches the reform of the public administration of the provinces. Summoned to the ministry by the ruthless manager Ms. Sironi, Checco is faced with a difficult choice: leave the permanent position or be transferred away from home. To Checco the “posto fisso” (steady job) is sacred and just to keep it accepts the transfer. To put it in a position to resign, Ms. Sironi assigns him to different Italian locations to cover the most unlikely roles and dangers but Checco heroically resists all. Ms. Sironi sends him to the North Pole, with the task of defending the Italian researchers from the attack of polar bears. Just when he is about to give up his beloved “posto fisso”, Checco meets Valeria, a researcher who studies the animals in danger of extinction and falls madly in love with her. So begins a fantastic adventure in which Checco discover a new world.

Rating: NR
Running time about 84 minutes
Directed by Gennaro Nunziante
In Italian with English Subtitles
Released in Italy in 2016


Sunday, December 4, 5:00 pm
In Other Words: Jhumpa Lahiri, writer and professor of Creative Writing at Princeton, will read from and discuss her latest book, In Other Words, originally published in Italian and translated into English by Ann Goldstein. Presented in a dual-language format, the book investigates the process of learning to express oneself in another language, and describes the journey of a writer seeking a new voice.

Sunday, January 8 at 5:00 pm
Polenta Festa: An annual event that’s always widely anticipated, the annual polenta festa is the time to pull out your best polenta recipe and bring it along to share with the community. Whether it’s polenta with sausages, with cheese, with lentils, or whatever you want to create, just be sure to bring it already piping hot, since oven space is limited.


Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 3 PM - Cinema
Chiamatemi Francesco, 2016
Directed by Daniele Luchetti

Depicting what the director Daniele Luchetti described as the “salient moments” of the life of Jorge Mario Bergoglio before he became pope, the film opens with a flashback to 1960s Buenos Aires and a young Bergoglio sneaking a kiss with a girlfriend, a scene that prompted nervous titters from one group of young nuns. (The same group laughed when the future pope, still a Jesuit novice, was told by his superiors that he “prayed badly.”)
The 90-minute movie focuses mostly on the difficult years when Argentina was under the dictatorship of Jorge Rafael Videla, a time of widespread human rights abuses and disappearances, when Father Bergoglio was the provincial superior of Argentina for the Jesuit order.
“The pope passed through some hells, and even a purgatory or two, before getting to where he is now,” Mr. Luchetti said.

Rating: NR
Running time about 98 minutes
Directed by Daniele Luchetti
In Italian with English Subtitles
Released in Italy in 2015

Sunday, February 12, 5:00 pm
Calabria, The Other Italy: Travel to the heart of the Mediterranean with international award winning author Karen Haid in an illustrated presentation highlighting the beauties and wonders featured in her book about this fascinating, oft-neglected region in the toe of the Italian boot.


Sunday February 26 2017 at 3 PM - Cinema
Perfetti sconosciuti,
Directed by Paolo Genovese

When a woman suggests a game at a dinner party with her husband and five friends, it becomes a game of “chicken” that nobody really wants to play but nobody can say “no” to.
Put your cell phone in the middle of the dining room table and share all calls and messages with everyone there. Once it’s suggested, nobody has the guts to admit it’s a bad idea, and all the while, the friends eat, talk, and wait for a lunar eclipse that is looming over the apartment like a cloak of misfortune that’s waiting to engulf every hope for a happy outcome.
What could go wrong? Take a minute to think about what’s on your “black box”, as Rocco calls it, and if you’d want all of your friends and family to be privy to it. Would you all still be friends at the end of a game like this one?

Rating: NR
Running time about 92 minutes
Directed by Paolo Genovese
In Italian with English Subtitles
Released in Italy in 2016


Sunday, March 5, 5:00 pm
L’Infiorata, a Show of Flowers:
The Infiorata carpets of flowers created for the feast of Corpus Domini throughout Italy, are ephemeral creations experienced for only one day of the year. In her presentation, artist Maria G. Pisano will showcase the participants’ preparation of the design and flowers, and talk about the devotion of the participating communities.


Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 3 PM - Cinema
Confusi e felici, 2015
Directed by Massimiliano Bruno

Marcello is a psychoanalyst practicing in Rome with a rather special clique of patients. Nazzareno is a drug dealer suffering from panic attacks and has a baby on the way from a black girl; Pasquale, a bus driver is addicted to food and his mother; Vitaliana is a nymphomaniac infatuated with Marcello; Betta and Enrico are a couple in crisis; Michelangelo, a sports commentator, has violent outbursts of anger dictated by his wife's betrayal of with a German. One day Marcello notices a problem with his sight: the tests confirm that it is a very serious illness that will lead to blindness in no time. The psychoanalyst then falls into a deep depression and abruptly truncates the relationship with his patients. These, however, led by his secretary, Silvia, do not resign themselves to the idea of losing him all together. The bizarre but affectionate patients will attempt to pull him out of his depression.


Sunday, April 2, 5:00 pm
The Power of Love: Storyteller Maria LoBiondo will share Italian tales from both the oral folktale and literary fairy tale traditions on the theme of love. For more than 20 years, Ms. LoBiondo, a member of the Princeton Storytelling Circle, has told folktales from around the world in area schools, libraries, and festivals, including the New Jersey Storytelling Festival.


Sunday, April 30, 5:00 pm
The Art of “Bel Canto” and the Italian Romantic Tradition:
Conductor Joseph Colaneri, musical director for The Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, N.Y., will present The Art of “Bel Canto” and the Italian Romantic Tradition. Mr. Colaneri will discuss the style’s historical roots and works by Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini.

In addition to his work with Glimmerglass, Mr. Colaneri has served as a member of the Metropolitan Opera conducting roster since 1998. He also serves as artistic director of opera at Mannes School of Music at The New School in New York City. He served as artistic director of the West Australian Opera in Perth from 2012-2014.

This will be the last program of the season. There will not be a program in May.

N.B. This program coincides with Communiversity in Princeton, a one-day street festival from noon to 6 pm, that draws thousands of people to Princeton.
Please leave plenty of time for finding a parking spot since the town will be crowded and parts of Nassau and Witherspoon Streets will be closed until after 6 pm.
Dorothea's House parking lot has very limited parking space. If you cannot find street parking, or parking in the adjacent YWCA lot, there are also two parking garages in town. The Chambers Street garage can be entered from Chambers Street and the Spring Street garage can be entered from Spring Street, both within a five minute walk from Dorothea's House.
Parking is also available in a parking lot on the northern part of Witherspoon Street adjacent to the municipal building, about a 10 minute walk from Dorothea's House.




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Feb. - Dreyden Ensemble performs Italian baroque music on period instruments

April - Anne Leader talks about the Orange Cloister at the Badia Fiorentina

May - A Pirandellian evening with students from Princeton University

Lidia Bastianich


Feb. - Fundraiser with restaurateur and cookbook author Lidia Bastianich
Click here for Princeton Packet article

April - Evening of poetry from Loretta Casalaina and Maria Fama

May - Wine tasting from Tony Prospero of Prospero Winery in Pleasantville, N.Y.


Feb. - Chemist Felix Buccellato lectures on Italian citrus oils used in perfume

May - Metropolitan Opera conductor Gildo DiNunzio on backstage musical effects

Oct. - Bloomfield mandolin orchestra presents Italian music and sing-along

Philadelphia folk dance group "Ballerini e Voci d'Italia"

Tony Prospero of Prospero Winery


April - Metropolitan Opera prompter Jane Klaviter on secrets below the stage

May - Local artists display paintings, sculpture

Dec. - Folkdance group from Philadelphia "Ballerini e Voci d'Italia"


March - Concert by flutist Claire Durand Racamato and pianist Marianne Lauffer

May - Photographer Holly Smith Pedlosky captures intimacies in Venice

Nov. - Lecture on paper making in Fabriano by Raffaele Roncalli



April - Italian author Gina Lagorio recounts her experiences as a writer

Nov. - 15th Century Florence lecture by art historian Elena Welm

Dec. - A portrait of Verdi's Violetta by Metropolitan Opera conductor Joseph Colaneri



April - Mozzarella making demonstration

Nov. - Maria LoBiondo upholds tradition of Italian story-telling

Dec. - Lecture on Leonardo Sciascia by Strathclyde University's Professor Joseph Farrell


Jan. - Sister Margherita Marchione introduces her book "Yours is a Precious Witness"

April - Facts and fiction about olives and olive oil by Clo Treves and Milena Troiano

Nov. - Lecture on Trevi Fountain history by Professor John Pinto


Feb. - A Dante evening with Professor Robert Hollander

April - Robert Browning in Italy - lecture by Lillian Mariano Chance

Oct. - Inspired by Italy watercolors by Marge Chavooshian

Chris Tamasi giving a cooking demonstration in 1994


March - Italian general consul and lawyer from Stark & Stark on legal issues

Oct. - Lecture on Italians in New Jersey by Professor Remigio Pane

Nov. - Lecture on Italians in Princeton by Robert Immordino and Ciro Poppiti


Feb. - Venice during Carnevale lecture and slides by Carla Olsen

March - Giuseppe Verdi comes to Dorothea's House by way of Eduardo Mangella

Nov. - Gardens of Villa Lante slide show and lecture by architect Kevin Wilkes


Jan. - Lecture by Professor Pietro Frassica on letters to Pirandello by Marta Abba

Feb. - Boheme Opera Company's Sandra Pucciatti on insider's guide to opera

Nov. - Italian baroque music by Westminster choir group and Nancy Perella


Jan. - Architect Michael Mostoller lectures on Palladio

April - Traditional pig roast

May - Professor Lucy Nardella talks about Siena's Palio


Feb. - Operatic performance by singers of the Boheme Opera Company

March - An armchair tour of the Dolomite region

Oct. - DeFranco family and Calabrian folk music and dancing


Jan. - Lecture on the Etruscans by Professor Maria Teresa Moevs

April - Slide show and talk on Molise and Pettoranello by Antonio Pirone

May - Italian folkdancing with the Montclair Folk Group


Oct. - Dorothea's House 75th Anniversary Celebration

March - Renaissance Rome lecture by Professor Laurie Nussdorfer

Nov. - Lecture on operas of Mascagni by Alan Mallach


Jan. - Lecture on Sicily by Professor Pietro Frassica and Dr. Frank Campo

Feb. - Carnevale celebration

Oct. - Italian Fashion show and historical lecture by Rene Battaglia


Jan. - Architect Fred Travisano gives lecture on Italian hill town architecture

May - Concert by cellist Gino Treves and string quartet

Oct. - Villa Banfi wine-tasting; Bob Freda demonstrates home wine-making


Oct. - Wine tasting program

Nov. - Italian movie "Tre Fratelli"

Dec. - Prosciutto making demonstration by Dominic Tamasi