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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. Click here for a PDF printable on letter size paper.

To see our past events, please click here.

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October 2019

The Controversial Verdi

October 5 @ 5:00 pm

The Controversial Verdi: Boheme Opera NJ Artistic Director Joseph Pucciatti will explore the background, story and music of Verdi’s Rigoletto, planned for the company’s 31st season in spring 2020. Despite initial problems with Austrian censors who controlled Northern Italian theaters,…

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November 2019

Molise, The Last Undiscovered Region of Italy

November 3 @ 5:00 pm

Molise, The Last Undiscovered Region of Italy: Wedged between Abruzzo and Puglia is Molise, the last undiscovered region of Italy. Jenifer Larmore, who lives and works part of the year in Molise, explores this hidden region, with a focus on…

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Ma che bella sorpresa – Film in Italiano

November 17 @ 3:00 pm

Ma che bella sorpresa (What a Lovely Surprise), 2015; Directed by Alessandro Genovesi. Film in Italiano

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December 2019

Pompeii—Life in a Roman Town

December 1 @ 5:00 pm

Pompeii—Life in a Roman Town: The astonishing preservation of Pompeii has captured popular imagination ever since it was rediscovered in the 1700s. Princeton University Classics Professor Caroline Cheung will uncover the urban fabric of the city by looking at its…

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January 2020

Polenta Festa

January 5, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Polenta Festa: It’s our traditional feast where polenta reigns supreme. Dust off your favorite recipes— whether polenta with lentils, with sausages, with cheese or anything else you can imagine—and bring it to share. Oven space is limited, so bring your…

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Finché c’è prosecco c’è speranza – Film in Italiano

January 19, 2020 @ 3:00 pm

Finché c’è prosecco c’è speranza (The Last Prosecco), 2017; Directed by Antonio Padovan Film in Italiano

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February 2020

Leonardo—Painter, Military Engineer, Inventor

February 9, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Leonardo—Painter, Military Engineer, Inventor: Although 500 years have passed since Leonardo da Vinci’s death, his art, studies of human anatomy and vision of future technology still astonish the world. Princeton University Professor of Aerospace and Engineering Michael Littman will focus…

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Sono tornato – Film in Italiano

February 16, 2020 @ 3:00 pm

Sono tornato (I Am Back), 2018; Directed by Luca Miniero Film in Italiano

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March 2020

The Culture of Fashion in Italy—Women, Film and the Media

March 1, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

The Culture of Fashion in Italy—Women, Film and the Media: Eugenia Paulicelli, Professor of Italian and Women’s Studies, Queens College and the Graduate Center, The City University of New York, will talk about the crucial role women have played and…

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A casa tutti bene – Film in Italiano

March 8, 2020 @ 3:00 pm

A casa tutti bene (There Is No Place Like Home), 2018; Directed by Gabriele Muccino Film in Italiano

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