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so you wanna be italian by anna filameno

So You Wanna Be Italian? by Anna Filameno | Book Party | July 10th, 2014

The Italian American Museum Presents a Book Party Thurs July 10th 2014 @ 6:30pm for


An Artist’s Journey Exploring Her Roots

By Anna Filameno

Introduction by Gerald Meyer, Co-Chairman of the Vito Marcantonio Forum
Book Presentation by Anna Filameno
by Roberto Ragone, Co-Chairman of the VMF
Reading by LuLu LoLo Pascale, East Harlem Performance Artist

So You Wanna Be Italian? – An Artist’s Journey Exploring Her Roots is a series of vignettes on various famous Italian figures who have had influence on the life of Anna Filameno. Anna gives us a unique experience as she explores her Italian roots. Each page has a beautiful background graphic art illustration that helps tell the story of each vignette.
Through a tour-de-force of powerful images and experiences, sometimes dreamlike and poetic, sometimes biographical, we learn the potent force Italian figures such as Valentino, Fellini, Sinatra, Anna Magnani, Aradia “la strega”… and many others had on her life… how in exploring her relation to them Anna more fully realized her relationship to herself… and how we can be inspired to do the same in our own lives.
The author will be giving a book presentation that includes readings by performance artists at the Italian American Museum… Don’t miss it!
italian american museum logo Thursday, July 10th
Suggested donation of $10 per person  
Italian American Museum
155 Mulberry Street
(Corner of Grand and Mulberry Streets)
New York, NY 10013 


To reserve a place for this event, please call the Italian American Museum at
(212) 965-9000


email: ItalianAmericanMuseum@gmail.com

For information on the Museum’s Travel Program, please call Jeannie Russo-Winner at
(718) 597-1414

The IAM is chartered by the University of the State of New York and has a 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS. 

Simone Cinotto’s, The Italian American Table book party and discussion

The Mulberry Street Branch of the New York Public Library is hosting the Vito Marcantonio Forum and the Italian American Writers Association’s book party and discussion of Simone Cinotto’s

The Italian American Table

2pm on Saturday, May 10, 2014

italian american table

WHAT: Book party, dramatic reading and discussion of Simone Cinotto’s, The Italian American Table: Food, Family and Community in New York City.
Looking at the Italian-American community of East Harlem in the 1920s and 30s, Cinotto demonstrates how food was at the center of the lives of immigrants and their children.
From generational conflicts resolved around the family table to a vibrant food-based economy of ethnic producers, importers, and restaurateurs, food was essential to the creation of an Italian-American identity. Italian-American foods offered not only sustenance but also powerful narratives of community and difference, tradition and innovation as immigrants made their way through a city divided by class conflict, ethnic hostility, and racialized inequalities.

WHO: Simone Cinotto is currently Visiting Scholar at the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies (CEMS) at New York University, 2013-2014. He teaches U.S., European, and Italian History at the University of Gastronomic Sciences, Pollenzo, Italy, where he is the Director of the Master’s Program in “Food Culture and Communications: Food, Place, and Identities.” He is also a co-director of the upcoming NYU-UNIGS Joint International Conference, “What Did the Jews Eat: A Global History of Jewish Food,” taking place in June 2014.

WHEN: Saturday, May 10, 2014; from 2-4PM. Free admission.

LOCATION: 10 Jersey St., corner of Mulberry and Prince Sts. between Lafayette and Mulberry Streets, one block south of E. Houston Street.

Check out the event listing and description on the New York Public Library’s site.

Directions: B/D/F/M trains to Broadway/Lafayette, the 6 train to Bleecker Street, or the R train to Prince Street. The library is handicapped accessible. www.nypl.org