BULLETIN – MAY 2017

Dear members and fans of Ciancia,

Some of you may be receiving this bulletin for the first time.  It will appear in your mailbox once a month, with anouncements regarding our Club and the Italian community.  italian-flag-large

The XI Italian Film Festival at the Plaza Theatre was a great success. An enthusiastic audience by over 800 participants confirmed that this institution is thriving. The director, Claudio Di Persia was quite pleased by the turnout.  We will see him next year. The concert of Zucchero Fornaciari at the Center Stage was also a stunning event, with the whole theatre breaking into compulsive dancing to his catchy rhythms.

On our journalistic side, we have been wondering about a number of subjects such as wine, coffee and cuisine; more specifically, about the way the Italian culture features distinct products and recipes that don’t accept alterations.  Please, bear in mind that we are interested in defining cultural traditions, not in drawing lines of preference. All cultures bear traditions and significant reasons for things to be carried out in a certain way.  At Ciancia we honor all cultural differences!  In other words, if you go to Starbucks for your morning coffee, it only means that you are used to that specific taste of burned ashes – not to mention, that you have a titanium-lined stomach.  Therefore, you are special. Sorry, Italians are too fickle and susceptible for such atomic bombs of sugar and caffeine.  Of course, I am being facetious here.  This rambling over nothing, from yours truly, Giancarlo Pirrone.

Back to the ranch, last month we pledged to show you a fresh novelty, and here we are for you with a wonderful, lively event – please, click on the navigational on “Next Meeting.”

 

MAY’S NEWS IN BULLETS

– Our website has been fully restored – we apologize for any inconvenience we might have caused.
– the Goethe Institute at Colony Square is holding Italian language courses.
– Mark your calendars folks! Our June meeting will take place on June 15, 2017, in Virginia-Highlands at the house of two gracious new hosts – anouncement on June 1, 2017.
– Always in June, our “Dinner & a Movie” club will meet to review the winners of the Italian Film Festival.
– Futher information about our new policies is available below.  Please, read them before attending our meetings.
– Our book library is about to receive a new book donation.  We are in the course of inventorying it.  Access to it should soon be possible to all members.

ITALIAN CLASSES IN ATLANTA

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On Monday, January 30, the Director of the Società Dante Alighieri in Miami, Claudio Pastor, announced at the Four Season Hotel in Atlanta a program of Italian Classes taking place at the Goethe Institute of Atlanta – in Colony Square.  These are high-quality classes for all levels, six levels in total.  Weekend classes as well as weekday classes are offered. We are thrilled of such initiative, as the ultimate goal of the hosting German Cultural Center is to establish a European cultural center in the heart of Atlanta.   For information about Italian Classes, please go to:  http://www.dantemiami.org

OUR BOOK LIBRARY

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We are in the process of inventorying our Italian book library, which spans across various literary genres.  We will post our available titles on our website next year.  Our paying subscribers will have the opportunity to participate in this free circulating library, exchanging one of their Italian books for one of our Italian books.  This is a barter program, without exchange of money, meant to foster reading and circulation of Italian literature.

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UPCOMING SUBSCRIBER’S POLICY

At some point this year we will be switching to a subscriber’s system where you pay $20.00 a year to be a member and receive our bulletin.  Members will receive $10.00 off our $20.00 door fee, 50% discounted tickets at all our special events, including the Italian Film Festival, VIP status and special invites to all our events, and free access to our 500 book library-exchange program. We will be soon sending out a survey to check who is interested in being an active, contributing member. Those who do not opt to subscribe will continue to be able to access our website but will not be receiving our bulletin.  Our meetings shall remain open to all those genuinely interested in the Italian culture and language.