eNotizie - January 2013

Why Join NIAF in the New Year?
New Membership Benefits! That’s one reason. Kick off 2013 right by renewing your membership. Now, more than ever, it pays to be a NIAF member! By joining today, besides supporting NIAF’s mission to preserve and celebrate your heritage, you will enjoy our many new and added benefits, including: invitations to NIAF networking events, discounts on NIAF’s premier galas, access to NIAF’s member only page (coming soon), discounts on NIAF merchandise, great money-saving deals through NIAF’s partners, and much more! To learn about NIAF’s exciting new benefits, CLICK HERE.

Deadline Alert: NIAF Scholarships and Voyage of Discovery
Stop procrastinating. Deadlines are approaching. NIAF will make 30 scholarships available to students for the 2013-2014 academic year, and its Voyage of Discovery program will take about 20 U.S. students on an expense-paid trip to Italy this summer.

NIAF Voyage of Discovery applications are available online at Deadline to apply is Jan. 31, 2013.

NIAF scholarship applications are available online at Deadline to apply is March 1, 2013.

For more information, contact NIAF Grants and Scholarships Manager Alexandra Dall, at 202-939-3118 or

Tee Off at The Chairman’s Golf Invitational
Hosted by NIAF Chairman Jerry Colangelo, scratch golfers, duffers and hackers are welcome! Don’t miss this opportunity to support NIAF while playing 18 holes alongside sports celebrities at the beautiful Wigwam Resort Golf Course in Litchfield Park, Ariz. Mark your calendars now for March 16, 2013. For more information, contact Jerry Jones at 202-939-3102 and

Coming Soon: NIAF’s New York Spring Extravaganza
It’s not too early to start planning to attend NIAF’s “New York Spring Extravaganza: A Couture Evening at Cipriani 42nd Street.” Returning to the scene of last year’s hugely successful New York City event at the Italian Renaissance-inspired Cipriani 42nd Street, on April 4, 2013, NIAF will host another grand evening of fine dining, heritage and culture, camaraderie and celebration. For more information about sponsorships or tickets, contact Jerry Jones at 202-939-3102 or

NOIAW to Honor Patricia de Stacy Harrison
The National Organization of Italian American Women will honor NIAF Vice Chairwoman Patricia de Stacy Harrison, president and CEO Corporation for Public Broadcasting, at its annual “Three Wise Women” Epiphany Celebration, on Jan. 23, 2013. Gannett Company President and CEO Gracia C. Martore and sculptor Mirella Monti Belshé will also be honored. Tickets: $115. The buffet dinner and ceremonies take place from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Maggiano's Little Italy, 5333 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. For more information about this and other NOIAW Epiphany events nationwide, and to buy tickets, visit

Lido Civic Club’s Past President’s Night
The Lido Civic Club will host its annual Past President's Night on Jan. 12, 2013, at the Capitol Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. In addition to toasting its past presidents, this year it will be honoring Al Grasso, president and chief executive officer of the Mitre Corporation. NIAF is a proud sponsor of the Lido Civic Club, an Italian American civic organization serving the Washington metropolitan community. For more information, call 301-518-6999 or email

Attenzione: Scholarships for High School Students
The Italian Embassy of Washington, D.C., has announced that 28 scholarships to study in Italy are available for high school students who have taken AP Italian. This initiative promotes Italian language in the United States and is supported by Eduitalia, an association of qualified schools and universities that offers courses for foreign students in Italy. For more information, visit

Louisiana American Italian Sports Hall of Fame
The American Italian Renaissance Foundation will be holding its 28th Annual Louisiana American Italian Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in New Orleans. The fundraising banquet will honor and celebrate contributions of Italian Americans in the sports, entertainment, medical and civic fields. Proceeds benefit the American Italian Cultural Center and scholarships for college-bound high school seniors excelling in academics and athletics. This year’s national honoree will be artistic gymnast and U.S. Olympian Alicia Sacramone. The New Orleans Hilton Riverside Hotel; cocktails and silent auction at 6 p.m.; dinner and induction ceremony at 7 p.m. For information, visit For tickets or sponsorship information, contact Frank Maselli at 504-522-7294 or Jennifer McCausland at 504-251-4448 or

Italians in DC – 2013 Wine Tasting Seminars
The group Italians in DC is hosting a series of seven wine tasting seminars starting in January and continuing through May. Each seminar will focus on a different wine producing region of Italy and include tastings of some of that region’s finest wines along with a detailed profile of each wine, best food pairings and information about the region. The first seminar—Taste of Veneto—will take place Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, from 7.30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Casa Italiana, 595 ½ 3rd St. NW, Washington, D.C. Subsequent seminars are scheduled for Feb. 4, Feb. 25, March 11, April 15, May 6 and May 20. More information and tickets for individual seminars ($30 IDC members; $35 nonmembers) and the series ($180 IDC members; $200 nonmembers) are available at

Julian Gargiulo at Carnegie Hall
If you haven’t seen this personable, virtuoso pianist perform, here’s an opportunity. Julian Gargiulo will play at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. The program will combine “classical repertoire, tango transcriptions and original compositions,” Gargiulo says. Tickets are $25. For more information, visit To buy tickets,

Italy's Top World Music Group’s U.S. Winter Tour
Kicking off an 11-city tour on Feb. 1, 2013, in New York City, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino returns to North America with its mesmerizing, intensive and reinvented Pizzica Taranta music and dance traditions of Southern Italy. Hailing from the Puglia region, the band is considered Italy's leading ensemble on the world music circuit. The tour opens at Pace University's Schimmel Center for the Arts on Feb. 1, followed by a performance on Feb 2 at the Artisphere Ballroom in Arlington, Va., and Feb. 3 at the World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. The band then travels to several New England dates, through the Midwest, and finally to the SXSW Music Festival, March 15-16, in Austin Texas. For tour dates and more information, visit Tickets are sold through individual venues.

Michelangelo at The National Gallery
Inaugurating “2013—The Year of Italian Culture” in the United States, the National Gallery of Art, in Washington, D.C., is exhibiting the only presentation in the United States of the “David-Apollo” by Michelangelo, on loan from Museo Nazionale del Bargello in Florence. The “David-Apollo” will be on display in the West Building through March 3, 2013.

January Events at Casa Belvedere
The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere, located on Staten Island, N.Y., offers a wide variety of educational and cultural events. This month, the Foundation is selling fundraising raffle tickets to Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, on New Orleans. Each $100 ticket donation is a chance to win two Super Bowl tickets, a four-night stay at a French Quarter hotel from Jan. 31 to Feb. 4, and round-trip air accommodations for two. Drawing will be held Jan., 2013; winner need not be present. For more information, call 718-273-7660, email or visit

Uffizi Gallery’s “Angel” Exhibit U.S. Tour’s Last Stop
The inspirational exhibition “Offering of the Angels: Tapestries and Paintings from the Uffizi Gallery” has reached the final stop of its U.S. tour at Telfair Museum, Jepson Center for the Arts, in Savannah, Ga. The 43 paintings and two tapestries by Baroque and Renaissance masters, including Botticelli, Liberi and Tintoretto, will be on display through March 30, 2013. For more information, visit

Columbus Awards for Middle School Students
Call for entries! Christopher Columbus Awards challenges middle school students to use the scientific process to solve real-world problems and improve their communities. Sponsored by the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundations, the contest is free to enter. Finalist teams win trip to Walt Disney World. Deadline is Feb. 4, 2013. For guidelines and information, visit or call 800-291-6020.

Congratulations to Bruce Springsteen on being named the MusiCares 2013 Person of The Year. The legendary rocker and humanitarian activist will be awarded the honor for achievements in art and philanthropy in conjunction with the Grammys at a tribute will be held in Los Angeles on February 8, 2013. “The Boss” is also in contention for a 21st Grammy award for his latest album “Wrecking Ball.” For more information, visit
Congratulations to NIAF member Francesca Mignosa on the publication of her new book "My Sicily: Life in the Cusp of the Mediterranean Sea" (Francesca V. Mignosa; $25). This collection of the author’s memories, reflections and impressions from touring her homeland of Sicily is available online at Mignosa’s blog at
Congratulations to NIAF member Salvatore J. LaGumina on his latest book “Hollywood's Italians: From Periphery To Prominenti” (Teneo Press; $29). This insightful overview of the roles of Italians and Italian Americans in the cinematic world is available at bookstores and online booksellers such as and
Congratulations to NIAF member John C. Zappia on his new book “The Greatest Gift from Sicily - The Life & Times Of Donna Brigita” (Dog Ear Publishing; $12.95), the epic story of his Italian family’s roots told through the life and historical events during his immigrant Grandmother’s lifetime. The book is available at bookstores and online booksellers such as and

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