Saturday Schedule

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2017 SCHEDULE
LOCATION: Main Stage Cultural Education Stage
Taste of Italy Pavilion Culture Movie Theatre
Children’s Stage Italian Cultural & Community Center Booth

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15
11:00 AM Italian Music By DJ Italia, Houston’s Preferred Italian DJ (Featuring the music of Dean Martin, Fabio Frizzi & Frankie Valli)
11:00 AM Children Italian Language Class: An Introduction to Speaking Italian for Ages 6-12
11:00 AM Children Italian Language Class: An Introduction to Speaking Italian for Ages 3-5
11:00 AM Francesco’s Italy: Italy Top To Toe!

Francesco da Mosto, author and architect, takes us on a sweeping tour of the art, history and beauty of Italy. Francesco leaves Venice, his birthplace and home and heads to the romantic North in his Alfa Romeo Spider. We travel to the beautiful cities of Padova, Vicenza, Ferrara, Bologna, Mantova, Milano, Portofino and then visit Le Marche, Urbino, Florence, Lucca, Siena, and Assisi. Arriving in the heart of Italy we visit Rome, Tivoli and on to Naples. Finally we go to the South and visit Puglia, Basilicata, Reggio Calabria and Sicily in all of its splendor and it is here that Francesco’s journey becomes personal—his family lived here for over 500 years.

12:00 PM Children Italian Language Class: An Introduction to Speaking Italian
12:00 PM Children Italian Language Class: An Introduction to Speaking Italian for Ages 3-5
12:30 PM Flag Ceremony and Presentation of Awards
12:30 PM Carranza Puppets
1:00 PM The Tarantellas – Italian Folk Dancing
1:30 PM Pasta Eating Contest
1:30 PM Let’s make some stained-glass windows (with tissue paper)
2:00 PM Aaron Caruso, Nation’s Top Italian Tenor from New York
2:00 PM Learn to Dance the Tarantella
3:00 PM Sicily Unpacked

Art Historian Andrew Graham-Dixon and Michelin starred chef Giorgio Locatelli take us on a delightful journey around their beloved Sicily. As they explore the island through each other’s eyes and hearts, they reveal how the layers of history have created a unique blend of art and architecture. Together they document how the various conquering forces and the rich variety of different heritages have helped to shape both the food and the culture of this beautiful Mediterranean island.

3:30 PM Adult Grape Stomp
3:30 PM Let’s paint and make the Italian flag with popsicle sticks
4:00 PM Italian Music By DJ Italia, Houston’s Preferred Italian DJ (Featuring the music of Al Caiola, Al Martino & Gianni Ferrio)
4:30 PM The Tarantellas – Italian Folk Dancing
5:00 PM Italian Music By DJ Italia, Houston’s Preferred Italian DJ (Featuring the music of Italian Motown, Frank Sinatra & Laura Pausini)
5:00 PM Carranza Puppets
5:00 PM Adult Italian Language Class: An Introduction to Speaking Italian
5:30 PM Let’s have face painting
6:00 PM Aaron Caruso, Nation’s Top Italian Tenor from New York
6:00 PM Palio! “Rocky on Horseback” (In Italian with subtitles in English)

The Palio is the oldest horse race in the world and turns the Italian city of Siena into a high-stakes battleground of strategy, intrigue and simmering machismo. In the eye of the storm stand the jockeys, adored if they succeed, despised if they fail. Palio follows the legendary maestro Gigi Bruschelli, winner of 13 races and master of the intrigues that surround the Palio, and his former protégé Giovanni Atzeni, a handsome young Sardinian contender driven by a fearless passion to become number one. Less interested in bribes and collusion, he rides for love of the race.

7:30 PM Let’s make Italian necklaces
7:30 PM Seven Days in Italy. La Bella Italia.

From the snow covered Alps in the north to the dreamy lagoon city of Venice and its palaces and its world famous “Carnevale”. From the romantic hill landscape of Toscana where the aromas once inspired Leonardo Da Vinci to Rome, the city that during antiquity was the center of the Roman Empire and then to Sicily in the South, an island of gods and natural forces. A journey through time in one of the most beautiful countries in the World.

8:00 PM The Fab 5, Houston’s Premier Beatles and 60’s Show Band
8:30 PM Christopher Columbus: Explorer of the New World.

Although Columbus made one of the singlemost important discoveries in Western history, he died a poor, forgotten man. Let’s celebrate the life and times of Christopher Columbus this October at Festa Italiana.

10:00 PM Festival Closes

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