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Each year, local participating restaurants craft an exclusive pizza in a competition to be lauded Calgary's best pizza. From each purchase, a slice of the proceeds goes to Calgary Meals on Wheels, thereby directly supporting the nutritional needs of vulnerable Calgarians.
The full-day event showcases a range of perspectives, opportunities for Alberta, informs and connects decision makers, and inspires participants to play an active role in the province's energy future. A Rocky Mountain Yoga Retreat. TBA Do you love yoga, meditation and adventure? Is your compass spinning toward your greatest hearts desires? Do your roots require a ground down to rise up?
Can you feel a brand new chapter emerging from your highest intentions? We've been waiting for you. This grounding weekend of yoga, intention setting and self reflection includes: Evening Fire Community Bonding To book your spot, email: Annual Kiwanis Apple Festival. TBA The Kiwanis Apple Festival will be a celebration of our history, a celebration of children, and a celebration of special cuisine, entertainment, education and outdoor exploration of a very special place - Kamp Kiwanis.
The weekend festival plans include apple baking and tasting, family activities and games, bouncy castle, face painting, live entertainment, a farmers market, silent auction, and so much more. This event takes place in the scenic community of Walden. Walden Calgary AB Telephone: Calgary Private School Expo.
The largest school fair of its kind provides you with the opportunity to speak with school representative and students from Calgary and elsewhere throughout Alberta and Canada. Schools present will include elementary, middle and secondary schools, and boys and girls schools from Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Montana and even Switzerland. We invite you to speak with private school education experts and school representatives on a one-to-one basis, all in one day, at one location.
Kiwanis Apple Festival 3rd Annual. Sep 28 to Sep 29 The Kinkonauts are back for a brand new season of impromptu performances! Watch as improvisers perform 26 hours of non-stop shows, producing sleep-deprived hilarity for your entertainment.
Funds raised go towards paying the rent so The Kinkonauts can continue to create great improv, develop improvisers and delight audiences with once-in-a-lifetime theatrical experiences. Donate to this fundraiser online and view full Hour Marathon schedule at kinkonauts. Free weekend parking is available in the lot or on the street. The Alexandra Centre is accessible. This performance also includes four Chopin Shorts: The entire family will enjoy this Calgary Opera premiere in conjunction with the Calgary International Film Festival and the Honens International Piano Competition, accompanied by live piano.
Friday, September 28th, 6: Make sure to stay in your seats for an incredible fireworks display set to a soundtrack of great tunes! Get your tickets today at Stampeders. Sep 28 to Sep 29 Join us for the 5th anniversary of Etsy: Made in Canada in Calgary. On September 28th from 5: There will be something for everyone, plus a great selection of food trucks, or choose to book a ticket to one of our hands-on workshops!
For one night only, Teatro will say arrivederci to its fine dining roots to serve up a famiglia-style Italian-Canadian feast. This authentic Italian-Canadian-ish experience will be served up with lots and lots o' vino and a very special surprise.
The first show in its season, it tells the tale of two wannabe cops who hatch a plan to show they have what it takes to get on the police force - but even the best laid plans go astray.
Bumbles and fumbles occur, resulting in hilarity and chaos! Come join us for this show! This is Eric and Billie's chance. They have this one opportunity to prove they have what it takes to become full-fledged members of the police force. The hotel rooms are booked, the recording equipment is set up and functional.
The informant has been prepped and the suspect is on his way. So naturally, it all goes catastrophically, ridiculously wrong. This side-splittingly funny season opener will have you giggling and rooting for our two wannabe cops from the moment we meet them.
Join us for this hilarious first show of our season! Sep 29 to Sep 30 Everything for parents and kids all under one roof! Come and see a wide variety of exhibitors showcasing a variety of products and services and so much more!
Calgary Baby and Tot Show. Presented by Mayfair Diagnostics, the Calgary Baby and Tot show is a premier parenting event designed to put everything you need under one roof. Featuring local and national exhibitors showcasing the latest in apparel, services, products and toys to assist parents and caregivers every step of the way.
Join industry experts in the seminar theatre, with educational presentations discussing everything from pregnancy to preschool! Interactive play areas, arts and crafts and ongoing entertainment for the whole family! Calgary Hitmen Home Opener. Sep 29 Hitmen hockey is back! Round up the entire family and head to the 'Dome for some Hitmen hockey action!
Score your tickets at HitmenHockey. Investing in physical precious metals can protect, truly diversify and grow your portfolio. Learn about the opportunity and importance of investing in precious metals at this time. No high pressure sales, only good info. Kayben Farms Autumn Jubilee.
Autumn Jubilee at Kayben Farms. The Future Home offers an immersive experience to demonstrate how technology will soon make our lives safer, healthier and more efficient than ever before.
To learn more, visit: Every Sunday Hitmen home game features face painters, concourse activities, tons of giveaways and a post-game family skate on the Scotiabank Saddledome ice. The New Earth Expo. Finding Family with DNA. This event is FREE and will help you dip your toes into this amazing new way to fill those holes on your family tree!
Registration is required as seating is limited. Monday October 1st to Friday October 5th Time: Gulf Canada 9 Ave. SW Original artwork by 12 local artists will be featured in this upcoming art show and sale. The paintings are varied in style and technique, reflecting the unique creativity and inspiration of each artist. There will be a chance to win an original painting created at one of our Shared Vision events. An artist will be in attendance from 9am till 4pm. Oct 02 Interested in diving a little deeper into the intricacies of DNA?
Join Blaine Bettinger, The Genetic Genealogist and Lesley Anderson of Ancestry as they illuminate some of the fascinting tools available that are sure to increase your search for family in the present and the past. The venue at Historic Fort Calgary and a fabulous lunch will ensure a perfect day for those interested in exploring their Family Roots! Color Vibe 5K - Calgary. Grab your friends and family and join the party as you are blasted with lots of fun, epic beats and tons of color while you run or walk our course.
You'll come as a blank canvas and leave as a colorful mural! A portion of our proceeds will also go towards a local charity! Sign up now before spots fill up! Create or join a team, sponsor or volunteer.
There are 10, 25, and 50km route options that ride through the neighborhoods of Lake Bonaventure, Lake Bonavista and Queensland.
To find out more go to: Fall Pop-up Food Market. Hand in hand with housing insecurity comes food insecurity for many Calgarians. The public gets to visit one of the participating restaurants, buy their pizza with partial proceeds going to Calgary Meals on Wheels and vote for their favourite via a Voting Text Application. Pick up a passport and go around with a group of friends or your family trying as many as you can to win prizes.
There are four categories: Try them all and vote for your favourite! Visit the website for more information on the pizzas and promotions happening right now! Round up the entire family and head to the 'Dome for some Hitmen hockey action.
Good Hockey, Good Times. Hitmen Hockey - it's all good! For 13 more days Open 7-midnight October 25 is adults only. The site features a FestEvil tent, four haunted houses, a Zombie Town maze and a lot of screams and thrills. Visitors should be aware that ScreamFest is not for little ones or the faint of heart. TBA We're all in this together! Each year, hundreds of thousands of Canadians participate in the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure and help to raise funds for important breast cancer research, education and advocacy initiatives.
Register to run or walk 1k or 5k on Sunday, October 4, Every step you take and every dollar you raise helps the CIBC Run for the Cure fund the kind of vital research and programs that are creating a future without breast cancer. Oct 06 to Oct 07, Oct 13 to Oct 14, Oct 20 to Oct 21, Oct 27 to Oct 28 Off we go on the tractor-pulled hay wagon, rolling through the crunchy fall leaves just hoping to find some Once we find some, we'll bring them back and decorate them into creative pumpkin-head masterpieces!
While the glue sets up, everyone can have a visit with their favorite animal friends in the farmyard. It's harvest fun at it's best! This makes one of those 'parties to remember'! And of course, all the children have their wonderful pumpkin to take home!
Be sure to dress for the weather and bring along the camera to catch the expressions of delight and discovery! You must be here at least 15 minutes before your hunt so we have everyone together so the hunts can run on time. Take a spin on the antique midway, a trip around the Park on our thundering steam train, a relaxing tour on a horse-drawn wagon ride or a cruise on the Glenmore Reservoir aboard the S.
Visit the Livingston House, the Ranch House and the Rectory and fill your senses with the aroma of pumpkin as these cooking sites demonstrate how they would have prepared for a historical Thanksgiving. The first guests to arrive between 9: This weekend only, the Wainwright Hotel Dining Room will be offering a sumptuous three-course Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings as part of their menu.
This holiday meal will be served between Oct 07 Step up for dementia! As a growing Thanksgiving tradition in Calgary, the event consists of a 5K Walk, 5K Run and 10K Run, and features plenty of great prizes for participants and pledge-earners. Oct 09 to Oct 14 Cutting horse competitions got their start in the Wild West, where a good cutting horse was invaluable to cowboys when they were chasing cattle and trying to separate certain individuals from the herd to vaccinate or brand.
From October 10 through 14 the top open and non-professional riders will be in Calgary with their horses in tow. We want to see your excitement, Calgary. TBA Register and raise funds to show your support on Thanksgiving Sunday for Calgary and area families affected by Alzheimer's and related dementias. All money raised stays right here in your local community to create a better future for your friends and family touched by these diseases.
Oct 11 The Celebration of Sport recognizes the people and organizations that make Calgary an incredible world-class sports city. Calgary sport organizations and athletes have a lot to celebrate.
The event will be memorable and offer excellent networking opportunities with athletes, sport organizations, business and community leaders, and government officials. More than attendees are expected this year. Shining the Diamond in You. Oct 11 Due to an overwhelming demand by various corporations and influential leaders, Get Speakers Now is excited to announce their latest event "Shining the Diamond in You".
It is an all-day professional and personal development training event. Each of the speakers are notable experts in their field and have been hand picked to share information that will leave a lasting impact on all attendees. Oct 12 to Oct 14 The biggest show of its kind in Canada. Entertainment, contests, retail exhibits, and tattooing all weekend long! Weekend Passes are valid for re-entry on any and all days. Oct 12 to Oct 14 Established in , the Calgary Arts and Tattoo Festival is expanding this year to include over artists from across Canada and the rest of the world.
A number of other art forms will be on display including sculpture and painting, and the festival will also include all things related to and associated with tattoo culture including choppers, fashion, hotrods and more. A number of local vendors will be onsite for the duration of the festival. Attendees will enjoy the exclusive chance to sample from medal winning wines of the competition. We are committed to creating an environment of belonging for artists and art enthusiasts alike; and invite you, your family and friends to join us in building relationships and community spirit through the arts in Calgary!
Comfortably browse and shop for unique gifts for Weddings, Birthdays, Graduations, Special Holidays, Retirements or treat yourself with fine art. Free parking, admission and draws. Credit cards and debit accepted.
We hope to see you there! Join us in building relationships and community spirit through the arts! Oct 13 Established in , Calgary Artists' Society has a juried membership of approximately 50 artists.
From small traditional landscapes to big bold abstract paintings, Calgary Artists' Society offers something for everyone. Enter to win a free door prize. Oct 13 The Stampeders' dedication to the fight against women's cancers continues once again this year at our annual PinkPower game presented by Mayfair Diagnostics. Join us on Saturday, Oct.
Calgary Hitmen Super Sunday Funday. Mallarme and French Impressionism. Art of the Cocktail Calgary. The Grand Tasting gives guests the opportunity to sip and taste what's new from award-winning bartenders, distillers and restaurants. There's something for every palate at the Grand Tasting at the University of Calgary downtown campus. If you're looking to expand your knowledge about cocktails, join at Model Milk for four seminars throughout the day on Sunday, May 3rd.
Don't miss out on the final event: Last year's competition was to recreate the classic Sidecar cocktail, with the grand prize of a trip to France! Stay tuned for more details! Boobyball - Big Top Booby. TBA Boobyball is back with the biggest, most bodacious bash ever.
Armed in the most luscious lycra and preppy pastels, we will shake, strut and shimmy to the beat all in the name of breast health. You can expect aerobic dance offs, tasty treats, neon cocktails, and the sickest beats.
There will be three tasting sessions for visitors to attend: Calgary International Burlesque Festival. Debuting this year, the festival will strive for a unique balance of local talent and national and international performers of prominence, taking place at an array of venues throughout the downtown core. In addition to performances, the festival will also feature educational workshops with professionals, as well as networking opportunities for local talent.
The event is organized by the Calgary Burlesque Committee, whose mandate is to nurture and cultivate the local community through educational development and event planning. For more information and tickets, please visit www.
Calgary International Burlesque Festival Races start and end at the Eau Claire Running Room. Proceeds from this race benefits Heart Beats Children's Society.
The Calgary International Burlesque Festival. Fridays Cabaret Showcase, sponsored by Plain Jane Events, features a diverse and glamorous side of burlesque - dark, funny, sexy, silly; at times a little different from conventional styles! Headlined by the incredible Virago Nation, and hosted by the carney preacher himself, Armitage Shanks, this is a show not to be missed!
Saturdays Glamour Showcase features an eclectic mix of international and local performers. A true glamour spectacular! What better way to wrap up the festival than with some bacon and legs? This year's ticketed admission, sponsored by Calgary's Beer! Join us in wrapping up another amazing festival! Be sure to arrive on time as doors are at 11am and the brunch will be out by Fluid Movement Arts Festival. Oct 18 to Nov 03 The Fluid Movement Arts Festival is designed to bring attention to contemporary performance arts while showcasing the fluidity between dance, film, spoken word and more.
We'll be playing rock music throughout the game and giving away a Harley-Davidson at halftime! Tonight's game also marks the signature Jerseys Off Our Backs event as fans in attendance will be chosen at random to win an authentic game-worn Stampeders jersey and meet their selected player on the field after the game. Plus, help us share the warmth this winter!
Fans are encouraged to bring new or gently used winter coats to the game in support of The Salvation Army Coat Drive, supported by Q Oct 20 to Oct 21 Presented by Mayfair Diagnostics, the Calgary Woman's Show features over Exhibits, fashion shows, inspiring speakers, networking opportunities, non-stop entertainment, and more!
To celebrate 40 years, the focus is shifting back to the local community with speakers from the city that will empower! Gluten Free Canada Expo. Oct 20 to Oct 21 Welcome to Canada's largest gluten free event. A fun, tasty, and informative event for the whole family.
Sample, shop, and save on hundreds of gluten free products while learning from leading experts. Hundreds of products being sampled from beer, pizza, breads, perogies, and more! Show exclusive deals to help you save on food the whole family will love. Try before you buy, and bring home what you love. Gluten Free Canada Expo! Oct 20 to Oct 21 Canada's largest gluten free event. Light The Night Calgary. Oct 20 Light the Night is unique in that it is a twilight walk that features participants carrying illuminated balloons, cancer supporters carry red balloons, patients and cancer survivors carry white balloons, and gold balloons are carried by those walking in memory of a loved one.
Each balloon is a beacon of hope to commemorate and celebrate lives touched by cancer. This walk takes place at Eau Claire Market in Calgary. Register today and help us win the battle towards finding a cure for blood cancers!
Why not invite you family, friends or co-workers to be involved as well and start up a team! Light The Night Oct 20 The Annual Art Sale will feature original pieces of art by our talented group. Come browse the wonderful paintings and meet some of the artists. Study and Go Abroad Fair. Oct 20 Ready to take on the world? Attend the Study and Go Abroad Fair to start planning your next step in education and to travel.
Doors open from 1pm - 5pm. Oct 21 The Calgary Jazz Orchestra is thrilled and honoured to kick off the Season with a special celebration to the life and music of Canadian Legend Mr. Tommy was a mentor, musician, Senator, talk show host and most of all a dear friend. Celebrating the music of Tommy Banks as the season opener is our way of thanking Tommy for all he has done to support us, the music scene and the arts in Canada.
We promise to make this a night to remember for everyone who knew and loved Tommy. Tickets are available at calgaryjazzorchestra. The Calgary Jazz Orchestra will be joined by special guest Mallory Chipman as they celebrate the life and music of Tommy. In their 14th season of creativity and entertainment, the CJO continue to make their performances an accessible and unique musical experience to the highest quality, with their main objective in mind, to have fun.
This is a Halloween themed event and costumes are encouraged. Inn from the Cold Winter Open House. Donate to Inn from the Cold this holiday season and bring warmth into the lives of those who need it most. We will be accepting financial donations and gifts in kind. Please see our list of NEW most needed items. This is a family-friendly holiday event where guests can join us for holiday entertainment, hot-chocolate and tours of our Emergency Family Shelter which will be offered throughout the day.
Bring your friends, families and colleagues and join us in bringing warmth to the hearts of homeless children and their families in Calgary this holiday season.
Warm Hearts - Give from yours. With an anticipated attendance of over guests participating in the various free activities, we expect the winter carnival will be a great success as it has been in previous years! With efforts to build a stronger community, MOCA Staff are planning this event and various Ogden residents and organizations are assisting with their time leading up to and the day of the Winter Carnival. This event also collects non-perishable food items for the SE Calgary Community Resource Centre to hand out to families that require assistance.
Without their help and the time of our volunteers, this event would not have occurred. It is evident that this community has passion and spirit. Noon-5pm Monday October Decorate a Peanuts themed craft - October 29, pm: Decorate a Peanuts themed craft - October 30, pm: See the mall center come alive with the whimsical magic of our interpretation of Dr. Seuss children story come alive.
Be enchanted by the decorations of Whoville as vendors are surrounded with lights, trees, and the magic of all the season has to offer. Children will have a chance to redeem their naughtiest with a special visit from the Grinch himself and turn them into nice before Santa arrives weeks away. Promotions will exceed a new level as we will be distributing and advertising all around Calgary for this spectacular event.
Now accepting All Vendors: Enjoy this spooktacular Halloween favourite! Over 30 artists and more than half of the artists do not sell online so come between 9am - 7pm to the Marda Loop Community Hall, th St.
We'll stamp your hand so you can come and go all day! Conversations to Inspire Change. Oct 25 Breakfast isn't just food for thought, it's fuel for action.
You'll hear from Denise Donlon, one of Canada's most innovative broadcasters and respected corporate leaders, on her personal mission to advance gender equality. Then we want to hear from you: Airband Together For a Wish.
No talent or skill needed, just the chance to have a lot of fun. Purchase tickets to come watch and cheer for your favorite band and have a night you will never forget. Proceeds from this event will go directly to Children's Wish. Help us make Wishes come true!
Canadian Women's Foundation Breakfast: You won't want to miss this opportunity to hear how Tina's work in the White House shaped her thoughts on the future of leadership, public policy, and empowering women and girls locally and globally. Bay , - 10th Avenue N. Humanity in Practice's 'Be Hippy'. We work with Calgary agencies serving those in need by creating simple ways to help because we are all in this together.
This groovy evening starts at 6: Humanity in Practice's 'Be Hippy' Event. Do you have your ticket to the story exhibit? TBA New to Canada? Career, Education, and Settlement Immigrant Fair. Plus so much more!
To pre-register for the fair, go to www. To learn about exhibiting or sponsorship opportunities, contact Ricky Bajaj at or rbajaj metroland. Oct 30 On the heels of a successful stint of U. The band returns to their hometown for a performance at the Jack Singer on Tuesday, October Reuben and the Dark.
Everyone who registers will receive a free headlamp. Lots to do and see for all ages. Decorate a pumpkin or explore the mad science hall. TBA Haunted Calgary is the largest walk-through haunted yard attraction in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, featuring approximately 10, square feet of scares! Over man-power hours are dedicated by volunteers to design and construct the attraction each year: Another 60 or so people volunteer each night as cast and crew: We've partnered with agencies such as Calgary Alpha House Society, Girl Guides of Canada, and the University of Calgary to provide job-training experience and resume-building opportunities as well as service projects.
This is an outdoor attraction so dress warm and be prepared to wait in lines during peak hours. Wear sturdy footwear for safety. Costumes are welcome, but please leave weapons and large or bulky costumes at home, in your vehicle, or check them with our box office volunteers to avoid injury or getting stuck in tight spaces.
Please check dates and hours for the current year before you come. Generally, we are open rain, shine, or snow but may be forced to close if safety is deemed to be impaired. Please check our Facebook page for up-to-the-minute information. We aim to be the scariest haunted attraction you'll see so parental discretion is strongly advised during full scare hours.
The pope was on travel. Was there anyone else he wanted to meet? Father Amorth, he said. And if possible, could he observe an exorcism. And if possible, could he film it. This was a first. Exorcisms are intensely private. Only family of the person possessed and selected priests can attend.
Father Amorth, however, knew Friedkin from his work in cinema. As a teenager, he became a partisan fighter when Mussolini returned from exile and established the Salo Republic. Gabriele fought beside socialists, communists, and anarchists. Yet, he came out of the conflict with the hope of stabilizing Italy.
In , he was ordained a priest and joined the Society of Saint Paul, a religious institute founded by Father James Alberione in Alba, with a goal of spreading the Gospel through modern communication. In , he began an apprenticeship in exorcism under Father Candido Amantini. After Father Amantini died in , Father Amorth became the official exorcist of the diocese of Rome.
It is the first day of May and his birthday. Old and frail, the cleric is set to face his arch enemy Lucifer. The subject for dispossession is an Italian woman in her early 40s who goes by the name Cristina. She is an architect. She has a boyfriend. Yet, she claims the devil is inside her.
He pushes her to do things against her will. We see her sitting on a chair covered in a red sheet. Her family is there with her. She is held down by several men. Father Amorth initiates the Roman Ritual of He holds the crucifix. He calls for the intercession of saints. He leads the participants in prayer. Friedkin was the lone filmmaker in the room. He records a fight on a simple handheld video camera.
It is the devil versus Father Amorth. It is an evil parasite against the power of Christ. Cristina struggles to be released. She tries to overpower the men holding her down. She then screams in anger. He visits psychiatrists at Columbia University in New York. The film sets up the never-ending debate between the Old World and New. Ideas and beliefs collide. UCLA surgeons surmise a malfunction in the temporal lobe.
However, they are open to other causes and treatments outside the practice of medicine. There soon appears on screen a digital map of the brain. Demonic possession might be a delusion resulting from a tumor. The team of psychiatrists at Columbia University are more confident in their diagnosis. Although open to other causes and effects, the rituals of faith may have overwhelmed Cristina.
The intercession of saints. The signs of the cross. The use of Holy Water. Maybe she has fallen prey to group think and the pressures of mysticism. He is smart, calm and articulate. He begins with equivocation about demonic possession and the need for exorcism. Yet, as the interview progresses, he makes a starling revelation. He admits to being unqualified to perform an exorcism. He does not have the acumen to take on the devil.
He lacks the level of spirituality as endowed by Father Amorth. The raw close ups. The tight shots and intimate framing. The unrehearsed comments by experts. This is the kind of documentary we we grew up on. He remains a master of confrontation. He holds nothing back. They come armed with Scripture. They come endowed with the Cardinal virtue of fortitude. They come to do battle. In either of them, the devil has met his match.
It was a religious work, they said; a story of faith in the face of evil. They come as either part of the story or as symbolic images to underscore a message of faith. What follows are the churches and historical sites in Italy that make up key scenes in the film. The documentary shows Catholic pilgrims from all over the world who ascend the stairs on their knees in acts of devotion.
These stairs were once inside the palace of Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem. They were removed and transported to Rome in the 4th century at the request of Saint Helena, mother of the Emperor Constantine. It are these stairs that Jesus Christ climbed to be seen and sentenced to death by Pilate. The subject was a woman who went by the alias Cristina. Friedkin said that Father Amorth was the most holy man he ever met. Friedkin went there to meet Cristina after Father Amorth died.
The setting is the Acropolis of Alatri and its great cyclopean wall. No mortar in the structure binds the stones together. Instead, large limestone blocks were carved according to specific measurements and tilted when stacked.
The wall was erected before the time of ancient Rome and stands today after surviving many earthquakes and other destructive phenomena. The location was once the burial chamber for the Hernici tribe and then a temple for the Roman god Saturn.
The church was completed there in the 13th century with a facade added in the 19th century. Inside are relics of Saint Sixtus, one of the earliest popes who served in the first century A.
Cristina did not show up to the basilica as originally planned. The grounds once hosted a temple to Venus. The church was built there in the 4th century and was renovated in the 14th century with an added bell tower and an inscription by Pope Boniface IX.
In the film, Friedkin met with Cristina, her boyfriend and her mother inside the church. She was restrained by her boyfriend who demanded the director give up the footage of her exorcism. He refused and the man threatened to kill him. Friedkin immediately left the church, got in his car and made his way quickly back to Rome.
Pictured from top, Sashini Fernando, chief sustainability officer at Tropic Sri Lanka, and Paolo Bray, founder and director of Friend of the Sea; the extraction of eggs from tuna and a lab worker at Tropic Sri Lanka Friend of the Sea FOS is an organization based in Milan, Italy that has devised an international certification scheme for products from sustainable fisheries and aquaculture.
Audits are based on the best up-to-date data and run by accredited independent certification bodies. FOS also supports projects of preservation and protection of the environment and marine habitats. Moreover, it is constantly engaged in awareness campaigns to make more and more people conscious of the importance of consuming only certified sustainable seafood.
The initiative aims to improve recruitment rates through assisted reproductive technology, thereby allowing a second generation of yellowfin tuna to return back to the ocean. In , the Japanese government started a reproduction project of Bluefin tuna to support the increasing demand of sashimi. What differs is that assisted reproductive technology is applied to farming due to geo-morphological constraints, while in the case of Sri Lanka the same technique is conducted out of sea making of FCP SEA a pioneering project.
To learn more about Friend of the Sea, log on to their web site at http: It is an extraordinary new documentary film by Marco Proserpio, a tireless Italian filmmaker from Milan. Graffiti dates back to the time of antiquity. Some of its earliest examples can be seen in Italy today on the walls of buildings in Pompeii or on the walls inside the catacombs of Rome. It usually comes by way of reckless spray paint. It is an assault upon the walls of public works or commercial buildings.
It is usually nothing more than the scrawl of gang identification; a warning sign of embellished fonts, ugly and of no significance to anyone except those engaged in turf warfare. At times, however, graffiti can be art. An artist may actually draw on a wall something definable and with a compelling message. Such is the artist known as Banksy. He is a fearless and creative graffiti artist. His stenciled black and white works first appeared on walls throughout England.
In , Banksy was in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus Christ, which is now part of Palestinian territory and under the watchful eye of the Israeli army and intelligence agencies. He had been invited there, along with a select group of artists, to paint on the wall that now divides Palestine and Israel.
From to , scores of young men walked from Palestinian into Israeli territory. Inside Israeli restaurants, shopping malls and bus depots, they detonated homemade explosives to kill themselves, along with hundreds of Israeli women, children and the elderly.
The wall was erected to stop the carnage and from all accounts did just that. Banksy was the most famous of artists who painted in Bethlehem. One of his paintings showed an Israeli soldier checking the identification papers of a donkey. The message was obvious: The paranoia of a police state extends to the most innocent and innocuous of beings. Yet, many Palestinians were offended. They saw the painting as a putdown. Proserpio is that rare filmmaker who seeks all sides to an issue.
The film goes from exploring artistic messages of Palestinian liberation to the unchecked avarice of the art world. A taxi driver and body builder named Walid saw the artwork and had the idea to remove and sell it. He notified Mike Cannavanti, a Greek entrepreneur in Bethlehem, who hired a contractor to chisel out the piece that contained the painting. He advertised it on Ebay. An art collector in Denmark bought the concrete slab work of art and then auctioned it in New York, Los Angeles, and London.
The asking price was in the hundreds of thousands. The identification of Banksy is not known. The same goes for many other graffiti artists. Most are wanted by the police for defacing public and private property.
Their lack of identity puts them at a severe disadvantage when it comes to selling their art. As the film documents, there is a new movement in Italy to remove graffiti artwork and sell them to museums and collectors. We see a college professor in Bologna mix a liquid chemical to cover graffiti and peel it away after drying. The painting is then transferred to a canvas or makeshift wall inside an art gallery. What was once outlawed street art now goes for sale with asking prices in the hundreds of thousand of dollars.
Graffiti artists are excluded in the share of profits from the sale. They see no income from their work. Such is their fate. The walls of buildings do not belong to them. They have no copyright.
They have no say in what happens. What is especially intriguing is the Americanization of much of the world. We see Palestinian youths expressing themselves through rap music. We see them dressed in long flannel jackets, donning shoulder length hair or straggly beards. They speak English in an American dialect.
They look as though they just came from the campuses of Berkeley. Although Proserpio is rooting for graffiti artists, he is honest enough to show the flaws in this art movement. Graffiti consists of contradiction. Street art is now a commodity. It is obtained by the rich to display in their living rooms. Even those who were the first to see graffiti as valid art, such as Paolo Buggiani, an avant-garde performance artist in Rome, have now absconded whole works from the streets for sale to private collectors.
It is to be seen by all who cherish art, politics and the way of the world, even if at times that world is headed in the wrong direction. Tell us about your family background? Where was your family from in Italy?
My parents immigrated to Canada in from Nicastro, Calabria, Italy. I was born in Toronto, as was my sister. Then in , my dad decided to go back to Italy to live.
I was just out of college, and it was frowned upon for young Italian women to live on their own in those days, so I followed my parents and my sister to move to Italy. We lived in northern Italy, around the south part of Lake Garda, for 17 years.
My sister and I both married local Italian men. I had 3 children, and my sister had two. All five of our children were born in Desenzano Del Garda, province of Brescia. When my father died in , we began to make plans to return to Canada. In , both our families, along with my mother, returned to Canada, near Toronto. We were thrilled to be back! Unfortunately, my husband did not fit at all well in Canada, and we divorced in He immediately moved back to Italy.
I remarried, this time to a police officer in central Florida and moved there to be with him. I still live there. I still have a very large extended family in Italy and Canada.
My two sons live in Canada and as well as my sister and her husband and children. My husband and I will be traveling to Italy this summer, and we are very excited to go! What inspired you to write this book? At one point in my life, I was like Giuliana: I had multiple online friends and most of them were men.
I was also going through somewhat of a mid-life crisis which was hardened by my ex-husband wanting to return to Italy. However, as I wrote, the plot became quite spicy and convoluted, but at the same time, quite interesting. However, I would not call it autobiographical. How are you alike or different than the main character Giuliana? I am very much like Giuliana.
But as the book evolved, so did I, and Giuliana and I went our separate ways. Although Giuliana is Italian, she has been full immersed in the way of Canada or America. She works hard but also plays hard. What are your future novels or projects?
Here is the link: Lorenzo, tell us about your background. Where is your family from in Italy? I am a first generation Italian American, born in Boston.
My family is from the Campania region of Italy — my father is from Avellino and my mother is from Benevento. I continue to visit Italy every year to see close friends or to discover something new.
Your book describes the streets, piazzas, cafes and nightclubs of the Eternal City. The book is your tribute to Rome. Tell us why you love this city so much. I had just left my job and moved to Italy to figure out my next chapter in life.
I chose to be in Rome because I never really knew Rome. Well, of course I was familiar with the city — visiting the popular sights on many occasions — but I never really got to know her well. So I wanted to incorporate the city into my story, as a tribute to my affection for its beauty.
From the outset, the similarities between you, the author, and Alex are many. Is Alex your alter ego or your antithesis? Alex does have a lot of me in him, but he is not me.
True, I can be and was a fool in love many times, but to the extent of Alex, I hope not. I did give Alex a similar job and purpose for being in Rome, but his story is not my story.
Your view is far different than the religious and classical sense we often apply to the city. Yes, and I thank you for pointing this out. Those of us who have travelled to Rome or read about Rome, or see it on TV, have been introduced to the classic sights — the Colosseum, the Vatican, La Fontana di Trevi. The book makes the reader see a different side to the city that is modern, thriving and continues to be influential. Your character Alex leaves America for Italy.
Perhaps a temporary adventure… but then again maybe not. We see a lot of young people today, like Alex, wishing to live and work overseas.
Why the attraction to leave America for Italy or elsewhere? The attraction is the simple glamor of being in a place that is unlike our daily and oftentimes monotonous environment. We seek an escape from a life of working, working, working; to hopefully live a decent life. In Italy, we see how life can be fulfilling. Italians go to work too of course, but the work does not dictate their lives. They appreciate the quality of life — the food, the people, the surroundings, and the air.
All of it makes Italy a desirable place to live. This is your first novel. Do you have plans for a second novel? Or some other creative work? I am trying to write a second novel.
As I try to work on novel 2, I also blog about my travels — focusing on culture, food and modern life. But, I know I do want to complete that second book. Engage an Italian lawyer who speaks your language. A lawyer can also assist you with obtaining a building survey. The City of Worcester should not have another historical church go the same route and be demolished! The Romanesque style church, located today on Mulberry Street in Worcester, was built after when funds from the Italian community were raised for its construction.
The parish has been a mainstay of Roman Catholic worship in Worcester. Besides the church, the parish contains a recreation center, owns and maintains low income apartments and hosts a number of charitable and community events.
The local diocese seeks to demolish Our Lady of Mount Carmel with no church to take its place. Options still exist to save Our Lady of Mount Carmel and time is needed to address them.
Buildings age and deteriorate, as time goes by, and it takes long term maintenance planning and budgeting to restore and stabilize them.
We believe preserving this historical church is possible. If the Diocese allowed the church to be listed on the historical register, grants might be available for building upgrades and enhancements. To learn more about Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the effort to save it, please log on to www.
As we approach Memorial Day, our thoughts and memories surround those loved ones who have gone away from us. We especially remember those sons and daughters who left home to fight wars and to protect our liberty and freedom. Many veterans have found peace by joining a veterans club or organization such as ours, the Italian American Veterans of Luzerne County, Post 1, in Northeast Pennsylvania.
I am a member of this fine organization and served as its commander. We were once a large group but recently we have seen a downward slop in membership and involvement. We still participate in many civic and military events. Our members are still prominent local leaders, judges, businessmen and entrepreneurs.
We still provide many improvements to the local Veterans Hospital located in Wilkes-Barre. Once, there were 1, Italian soldiers detained at this military facility. Many members are growing older and passing away with no new members joining our group. This issue is being faced by many other organizations all over the country. New tactics and methods are tried. Membership retention is our biggest problem. Let us recall that if not for the sacrifices made by our veterans, our country, our freedom and liberty would not exist.
Brandon Vallorani is the founder of Vallorani Estates and Vineyards. He recently hosted the first-ever Italian festival in Dallas, Georgia, where he lives today with his wife and seven children.
Brandon has been successful in business before and after earning an MBA in business management in from Thomas More College. His Italian blood, however, pushes him forward to get more out of life than just the bottom line. In the beginning of the book, Brandon recounts the real-life story of his great-uncle who traveled the countryside in Abruzzo. He came across a pack of wolves and a nearby tree was his only means of escape.
He took refuge on its highest limb and with nothing else to do, he took out his mandolin and started playing music for the hungry wolves below. Should we lock ourselves indoors and hide? We should pick up our mandolin and stride onward, bringing joy to our fellow travelers on earth. His great-grandfather Luigi, a veteran of the Italo-Turkish war, had immigrated to America only to return to Italy with his young son after his wife died.
It took three tries for my great-grandfather to have a son who survived to carry on the Vallorani name. He never stopped trying to do more. While he did not settle in the United States to pursue the American dream for himself, he achieved it for his family by planting the seeds of success.
We reaped what Luigi sowed. It is the Italian way to success, where business and the good life are pursued with equal vigor. An especially arid part of the Southern California desert is where Joe Chiriaco, a self-taught surveyor, envisioned a gas station and small cafe along a dirt road that became Highway 60 and then Interstate 10 in California. Land was leased to Chiriaco from a sheep rancher in and what later became Chiriaco Summit was born.
Aqueducts were built through there to transport water. Patton becomes a regular customer. His troops train nearby to fight later in the African desert. The postwar years bring a new Interstate, expansion of our hydrocarbon society, changing culture and demographics of the s.
All this happens as the Chiriaco family survive and strive to retain and build their family business. Midway in the book, she considers the survival ethic of the Chiriacos: Contini Gordon gives us a wealth of historical detail in a narrative of a true American family who built something to last generations.
That America, with its freedom and fair-minded spirit, allows anyone to make it if they work hard and play by the rules.
The Chiriacos did just that and we are all grateful to Dr. Contini Gordon for bringing us their incredible story. The famous command of television directors - at least the first part of it - was often relegated to the ingenuity of Imero Fiorentino.
Son of Italian immigrants, Fiorentino was responsible for lighting television shows and live events in a career that spanned decades. He was a true pioneer in his field who once worked for ABC in the s when programs were broadcast live. A graduate of Carnegie-Mellon, Fiorentino created many of the lighting techniques that are commonplace today in television. There was only one occasion when he lost his cool.
I retrieved the damaged clipboard and made up my mind to keep it and to never use another…One corner is missing and it looks pretty shabby. I love that clipboard. Thus, we welcome his new book, albeit on a bittersweet note. Fiorentino died in and his surviving wife Angela made it her mission to get the book published posthumously. Fiorentino retells a life lived to the highest levels of craftsmanship and professional acumen. This book reminds us what it takes to be the best at what one does.
Rather than being criminalized for trying to save refugees and migrants who have fled horrific detention conditions and systematic human rights abuses in Libya, NGOs saving lives at seashould be supported. This appears to mark yet another step towards the outsourcing to the Libyan Coast Guard of the patrolling of the central Mediterranean.
Their callous complicity with smugglers, criminals and torturers must end and the safety and the rights of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants must be prioritized.
Refugees and migrants intercepted by the Libyan Coast Guard are disembarked in Libya and immediately transferred to detention centres where serious human rights violations, including arbitrary detention, torture and other ill-treatment, and exploitation have been widely documented. European Governments should condition their support on ensuring that Libyan authorities bring an end to the policy of indefinite arbitrary detention of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants, recognize UNHCR and allow it to exercise its full mandate in the country.
European governments must also provide sufficient resettlement opportunities for the refugees stranded in Libya, establish a solid monitoring of the operations of the Libyan Coast Guard and most importantly ensure people rescued at sea are not taken back to Libya until the protection of their rights can be guaranteed. For more information, please log on to www. Top, separate casting of "Behold" infant acquired by the Smithsonian American Art Museum for its permanent collection in Washington, D.
King for his moral courage and nobility of spirit overlooking the Kings' tomb. Add plaques at Columbus Circle expressing negative historical interpretations and commentary about Columbus by one group or another--"absolutely not! And add to such a negative supposition the removal or attachment of negative commentary to all statues in the United States glorifying the courageous and important civil rights, political freedoms, and military service contributions of Spanish Americans whose Queen, Isabella, of Spain financed the Columbus voyages to the New World.
When will Italian-American organizations and Italian-American media throughout the United States begin a very active, positive national campaign—in all media, Entertainment, News, and Advertising, and on all university and college campuses--to educate the American public, and the world, regarding Italian-American contributions to Civil Rights and human dignity—one of many historically significant examples, US Congressman, Peter Rodino, Jr.
King and President Johnson as the President signs the bill into Law. This would help to create a long-overdue, persistent and determined national united effort among Italian-Americans, Italian-American organizations and friends to overcome negative popular media portrayals and bigoted and misinformed mainly academic historical interpretations, perspectives, and protests regarding the contributions and history of Italian Americans to the United States—from to the present day.
It is an inspiring story of how I worked for over ten years with Mrs. King to create "Behold" and, independently, raise the casting, transportation, and installation costs of the monument. I am currently seeking opportunities to present my story to Italian-American organizations. My hope is that by learning of my efforts to sculpt the "Behold" statue that Italian-Americans will be inspired further to show our rich history in supporting Civil Rights in America.
You can find out more about Patrick Morelli by visiting his web site at www. Morelli is currently looking to collaborate with a major architect to compete for a major public memorial to Dr. King to be sited in Boston. A deadline of February 28 is set by memorial organizers. Morelli by email at morelliart aol. Zoe Kosmidou with guests. Chef Luigi Diotauti and Dr.
Chefs Luigi Diotauti and Amy Riolo. A new kind of dining has come to Washington, in which each meal is spiced lightly with some history and culture. This blending of history and culture to highlight a memorable meal is the brainchild of Dr.
For some, Zoe is a new face in the city, the recent founder and president of Ancient Dinners LLC; for others, she is a world-traveler who has for many years represented Greece at its embassy in Washington, D.
Ancient Dinners is for Zoe a blending of two loves, travel and food, and each Ancient Dinner highlights a different country around the world, gastronomically with family-style food, based on ancient recipes and created with original ingredients that are indigenous to the country. A recent gathering was the third Ancient Dinner in a series that will continue next year as well. It was held at Aperto Restaurant in Washington, D. For the select diners, it was an educationally enriching experience, in which the ancient foods of Rome were introduced by two engaging personalities, Chefs Amy Riolo, author and television personality, and Luigi Diotaiuti, proprietor of Aperto and Al Tiramisu.
In the spirit of Virgil and Apicius, two famous Roman devotees of fine food, the charming duo of Luigi and Amy lifted the evening to Olympian heights, and filled it with their intimate knowledge. Ancient Dinners began this fall to celebrate the traditions and the cultures around the world; its goal is to offer guests a cultural experience that goes beyond just food. Joe David is the author of numerous articles and six books, including Gourmet Getaways: The Brooklyn archdiocese got its way.
And the church, built by Italian immigrants over years ago, is now being demolished. One photo was taken by my son Samer last week. You can see how the church is boarded up. No doubt this is a demolition site. You can see how the roof has been removed and, thus, the interior.
It is reminiscent of what happens to a building that had a bomb dropped on it. The church was near a subway stop. I visited there in Part of Brownsville or Ocean Hill neighborhood in Brooklyn. Some refer to the area as East New York. This neighborhood was once a densely populated Italian neighborhood.