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|NEWSLETTER – November 2009
the month when Florence and the surrounding
countryside begin to settle into the calm that winter brings.
With no particular warning, the city of Florence returns to
itself. Fewer visitors fill the streets, and Florentines,
bundled up against the cooler weather, scurry or stroll about
their business. Florence in the winter has a unique charm.
With dusk coming earlier each day, the shop windows seem to
take on a special, warm glow. The city fills with the scent
of roasting chestnuts, and in the countryside, where the vibrant
gold and red of autumn makes it seem that a color bomb has
gone off, the grapes have been picked, crushed and tucked
safely into fermentation tanks. The olives groves are dotted
with ground cloth circles as the olives are harvested, tree
In this issue: autumn food celebrations throughout the area,
the latest escapades of the Florentine soccer/football team,
events, cinema, music and more.
From a wind-swept but still sunny Lungarno della Zecca Vecchia
SUZANNE, CORSO, SANDRA, LORI, ANNA PIA, KIMBERLY and MARIO
send greetings for a warm and glowing November to all.
A NOTE FROM SUZANNE:
Ciao All, I hope you can help....I need the AIL to make a
lot of money at the annual bazaar, so I can ask them for a
big contribution to Corri La Vita. Every December 8th the
American International Womens Club organizes a fabulous
bazaar, held at the Scuderie Reali near Porta Romana. Ive
volunteered to run the used clothing stand this year, so here
I am asking you all to go through your closets (and those
of your significant other, kids etc.) to collect the things
you no longer need. We are looking for mens clothing,
womens and childrens clothing, purses, gloves,
scarves, evening gowns, cocktail dresses, jewelry (preferable
diamonds) and hats. Another idea
. ask your dry cleaner
if they have anything in their clothing deposits that they
would like to get rid of.
Naturally, please take a moment to be sure that all is clean
and in good condition, then give me a buzz. Ill do pick-ups
anywhere, at any hour so please dont hesitate to call,
fax, email or send a message via carrier pigeon. And mark
the date (Dec. 8) on your calendar so you can come and buy
it all back!
Thanks, and I very much look forward to hearing from you.
(tel. 055 2343354, fax 055 5609916, firstname.lastname@example.org)
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NEWS FROM DEMOCRATS ABROAD
Please set aside this date - Wednesday November 4th, 5-7:30pm
at Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Sala Luca Giordano, Via Cavour,
1 to join us for our fundraiser, Wine & Wisdom: A Conversation
with Bob Shrum. Shrum, the legendary top level Democratic
consultant (to people from George McGovern to Ted Kennedy,
Al Gore, John Kerry, and the Clintons) will speak on President
Obama's First Year in Office on the anniversary of his historic
election. I heard Bob speak at NYU last week, and he is excellent
- clear, authoritative, very interesting. Much of the evening
will be dedicated to question and answer so it will give us
a chance for insightful responses to our questions on the
latest happenings in Washington. This is a $30/person (or
20 euro) fundraiser for a 100% volunteer organization that
asks no dues and accomplishes a great deal. (Make your donation
online at www.democratsabroad.org, press on donkey donation
box upper left, then select Celebration in Florence from dropdown
DAs VoteFromAbroad online tool helped more than 6,000
people in Tuscany vote in the last elections and, consequently,
DA worldwide made the difference in key races - like Jim Webb
(Senate, Va, 2006 - tipped the Senate Democratic), Al Franken
(Senate, Minnesota, 2009), Mark Begich (Senate, Alaska, 2009)
and, in North Carolina, President Obamas winning margin
of 13,692 votes is largely due to overseas absentee voters.
In the House, in both Ohio and Virginia wins can be attributed
to margins provided by overseas voters.
Support the good work of Democrats Abroad by attending this
event and have a great evening at the same time! Bring a friend!
Confirm your attendance by writing me today. If you have questions,
please contact me, Cathleen at email@example.com.
And spread the word we are hoping for a full house!
Chair, DA Florence. www.democratsabroad.org
NEWS FROM THE FLORENTINE PRESS
Fri. 6 and Sat. 7 the Florentine Press is pleased to invite
you to celebrate the presentation of its ground-breaking new
release entitled Invisible Women: Forgotten Artists of Florence
by Jane Fortune. In this noteworthy book, Author Jane Fortune
sheds light on hundreds of remarkable women artists and their
thousands of forgotten works, revealing the hidden half'
of one of the world's most celebrated cities. From the lofty
halls of the Uffizi to the attic storerooms of the Pitti Palace,
Invisible Women, leads the reader on a quest whose aim is
the restoration, recuperation and rediscovery of famous or
unknown works by women artists in Florence's museums.
Jane Fortune is chair and founder of Advancing Women Artists
Foundation and The Florence Committee of the National Museum
of Women in the Arts, two entities that work to restore and
promote works by women artists past and present. As a philanthropist
and art collector (particularly women artists), she has served
on several museum boards and is currently a member of the
Board of Governors of the Indianapolis Museum of Art and a
member of the National Advisory Board of the National Museum
of Women in the Arts. Known in Florence as Indiana Jane'
for her efforts to rescue lesser known treasures, she is cultural
editor and columnist of The Florentine, Tuscany's English-language
newspaper, and author of To Florence, Con Amore: 77 Ways to
Love the City. Invisible Women is her second book.
The Florentine Press is happy to present a noteworthy calendar
of weekend events where readers and art-lovers can meet the
author and learn more about her passionate search to salvage
forgotten art. For further information please contact: Tel.
055 2306616 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, November 6 at 5 pm - Presenting Invisible Women at
the Uffizi Official Book presentation Biblioteca degli Uffizi,
Loggiato degli Uffizi 1.
Saturday, November 7 at 11:30 am - An extraordinary quest
in Florence. The author recounts the story behind the search.
Join us for a light brunch, wine and olive oil tasting. Paperback
Exchange Bookshop, Via delle Oche 4r.
Saturday, November 7 from 5pm - Up close and personal with
the author. Book-signing and afternoon tea. BM Bookshop, Borgo
NEWS FROM ST. JAMES
If you happen to be in New York on Monday Nov. 9
to the New York Friends of St. James Benefit Cocktail Party
- from 6-8 p.m. at 1105 Park Avenue. Raise a glass to St.
James and its new rector ... in the Big Apple! Our favorite
church in Florence has just welcomed its new rector, the Rev'd.
Canon Mark Dunnam. Join Barbara Crafton, Peter Casparian and
other new and old friends of St James at the home of Anne
Herrmann to greet Mark and to support the ongoing work of
the American Church in the art history capital of the world.
Donation: $100/person. R.S.V.P. to Barbara Crafton, email@example.com.
If you or someone you know, would like to attend, please contact
Mo. Barbara Crafton.
The St. James Craft Fair will be held on Sunday November 29.Time:
12:30-4:30 p.m. Location: Undercroft. Do some early Christmas
shopping at St. James. Come and enjoy our market of handmade
crafts, artisan's works and baked goods. Food and beverages
will also be for sale. If you would like a table to sell your
crafts, please call Maurizia Marigioli at 055 733 0064. For
more about St. James, see www.stjames.it. St. James Church,
Via B. Rucellai, 9. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEWS FROM FITC
Florence International Theatre Company (FITC) is proud to
begin its Fourth Season with the talents of one of America's
true veterans of the theatre: Salome Jens in her critically
acclaimed performance of the poetry of Anne Sexton in 'About
Anne...'. A magnificent moment of theatre.
Jens rich and brilliant performance gleams in the memory."
The New York Times. Ms. Jens' career extends from Broadway
to her work with theatre innovators such as Elia Kazan and
Joseph Papp to theatres throughout the United States.
Television fans will know her from her work on shows such
as Falcon Crest, Mary Hartman, Melrose Place and as The Founder
in Star Trek - Deep Space Nine. FITC is also deeply
grateful to Pitcher Flaccomio for sponsoring, along with their
client Palazzo Rucellai, housing for our visiting artist.
English Language Theatre with Italian Subtitles. November
19, 20, 21, 22 (21.00), 21, 22 (16.00), Teatro di Cestello,
Piazza di Cestello. Ticket Prices are €18, €16.50
for seniors over 65, €10 for students. Circuito Box Office
055 210 804. Paperback Exchange Via delle Oche 4/R (advanced
for further information: www.florencetheatre.com, email@example.com,
055 213 788
Florence International Theatre Company introduces something
new to Florence nightlife with 'Late Night with FITC: Teatro
Per Nottambuli'. FITC believes theatre after-hours would be
a wonderful compliment to the contemporary culture of the
city center and, with this idea in mind, inaugurates this
new initiative with a production written and performed by
French Canadian master puppeteer and clown, Bernard Vandal.
A phantasmagorical world of an everyman, 'Salami! Salami!'
is a wordless, adult-oriented performance that tackles
the subject of sexual identity and masculinity. L'Ardennais,
reviewed the premiere at the Charles-Ville-Mézière,
Off Festival: 'It is somewhat embarrassing, yet so funny.
Could it have been any other way, when the main concern of
the play is the ever-taboo subject of the size of the male
genital organ? Bernard Vandal shows that he began his
career on stage as a comic.... a mixing of genres that is
also daring, and, ultimately, successful.' November 20, 21
at 11.30 pm. Teatro di Cestello, Ticket prices are €12,
€10 for students. Reservations are secured through pre-paid
purchase only. Tickets can be purchased through: Circuito
Box Office 055 210 804. Paperback Exchange Via
delle Oche 4/R (advanced sales only). For Adults only!
Producing Artistic Director
Florence International Theatre Company, Tel. 055 213 788.
NEWS FROM OUR FRIEND CHEF PAULA CARRIER
Im tired of hearing people say that English food is
rubbish so Ive decided to do something about it and
offer the best of English cuisine in a pub-lunch type atmosphere.
Join me for a post-empirical gastronomic re-discovery of British
cuisine focusing on tradition and influence from around the
Menu for Sunday Nov. 8th (from 1:00 to 3:00 pm): A New Hunger
1 - Traditional Pub Lunch - Starter: blue cheese soufflé
with red onion marmalade and melba toast. Main: Roast loin
of pork stuffed with peaches, roast potatoes, carrot and celeriac
purée and cauliflower cheese OR Steak and Kidney pie
with the above veg. OR Vegetarian option on request. Dessert:
Fruit crumble with English custard. Water, wine and coffee
included. Price: € 30.00 (please indicate your choice
of main at time of reservation).
Thanksgiving, Thursday November 26 - Thanksgiving Roast with
friends from the American community (from 20:00-22:00). Roast
turkey with all the trimmings and more! (Vegetarian option
on request). Dessert: Pumpkin and Apple Pie. Price: €
Villa del Molino DULCAMARA, Via Dante da Castiglione
2. Loc. Cercina. 50019 Sesto F.no Firenze. (5 minutes from
Careggi). RSVP REQUIRED. Tel. 335.6591939 firstname.lastname@example.org
. No credit cards, cash or cheques only.
FOOTBAAAALLL!! by Simon Clark and Anne Brooks
Forza Viola!..........Sometimes you want to scream. Prandelli
& Co are discernibly fashioning a squad capable of winning
everything. The squad seem to know they can win but they dont
yet believe or dont believe enough! Great teams
win scrappy games by dint of character; they win when not
playing well by understanding how to scrap collectively. Beautiful
passing is necessary but not sufficient. Fiorentina can play
delightfully but we need the grittier qualities and the ability
to conjure a goal out of looming defeat. Not the greatest
month in Viola history:
Week 7: Fiorentina-Lazio DREW 0-0
Week 8: Juventus-Fiorentina DREW 1-1
Champions League: Debrecen--Fiorentina WON 4-3
Week 9: Fiorentina-Naples LOST 0-1
Week 10: Genoa-Fiorentina LOST 1-2
Serie A. Football can be the most frustrating of games.
The Viola, brimming with confidence after crushing Liverpool,
are playing scintillating football, the new signings meshing-in,
older hands re-energised. Yet a final, winning touch keeps
eluding us. Lapses in concentration dont. Week 7 saw
us dominate Lazio, another fancied side, at the Stadio. Montolivo
ran the show but, when incisive interplay failed to deliver,
we lacked the Plan B that used to come on after 75 minutes
in the successive shapes of Christian Rigano, Luca Toni and
Bobo Vieri. A fake 0-0 draw. Well not mention
the goal that Gilardino scored, that Stadio crowd, TV audience
and media alike watched cross the line - later, referee and
linesmen were seen, wearing sunglasses, clutching white sticks,
leaving with their dogs.
The Big One Juventus away and a game to savour, especially
after wunderkind Stefan Jovetic set up Vargas for the irrepressible
Peruvian to put us ahead in the 5th minute. Juve piled forward
and grabbed an equaliser on 19 minutes. From then on, it was
end-to-end stuff all the way with Buffon and Frey repeatedly
showing their class. A 1-1 draw in Turin felt like a Tuscan
moral victory. Then things veered off-script. Week 9 brought
Naples to the Stadio. The Neapolitans had started the season
badly but were brighter under a new manager; they reckoned
they could take us. While we had and spurned
our chances, it was Sebastien Frey who kept us in the game
with three world-class saves and an impossible flexing of
his body to keep out Quagliarellas penalty; Clark Kent,
eat your heart out! We didnt get the message. Four minutes
to go and the defence nods off; Maggio nips in; no time to
get back; we lose at home for the first time this season.
North to Genoa, the team who gazumped us over Crespo. Theyve
been falling apart of late but seemed mighty pleased to see
us! For the first time, Prandelli started with his so-called
trident of Mutu, Gilardino and Jovetic. One game
isnt enough to judge but none of them scored; the whole
team failed to score enough. Genoas opener was magnificent
if we ignore the fact of offside! After the break, the trident
was dismantled, allowing Vargas and Pasqual to combine in
setting up Marchionni for his first Viola goal. Montolivo
rattled the bar; Gamberini headed against the post; we let
the Genovese in again on 70 minutes once more looking
offside. They win 2-1. Not good, not happy but not
yet a crisi!
Champions League. Fiorentina may be firing blanks in Serie
A but in Europe were igniting a veritable bag of fireworks.
For our 3rd group game, off to Budapest and Hungarian champions,
Debrecen. You hardly dared look away. They went ahead in the
2nd minute but by half-time, we were 4-2 ahead. Two from Mutu
and one from Gila put us 3-1 up before Debrecen got one back
with a pile-driver that left Frey no chance; Santana popped
in a fourth. Less frenzied in the second half but still nip-and-tuck.
Debrecen snared a 3rd at the death but that was that. There
are good and bad messages. On the plus side, we now have 6
points and stand second in the group behind Lyons and ahead
of Liverpool; Mutu remembered how to score goals. That said,
Debrecen are supposed to be the make-weight in our group.
Lyons won 5-0; we conceded three goals!
Were still in European and Scudetto hunts, albeit in
Serie A its as much due to the failings of others as
to Fiorentinas achievements. Key games are being drawn,
preventing for example, Juve stretching away from us; teams
like Roma and Milan are, as predicted, struggling to transform
teams of champions into champion teams. Were in 8th
position but only two points adrift of Parma in 4th. We need
to halt the drift. The team is learning and full of potential
but we need to keep stuffing points in the bag!
Special congratulations to Cesare Prandelli this month, not
just for being awarded the Giacinto Facchetti prize but for
the style in which he received it. The prize, sponsored by
Gazzetta dello Sport and in its fourth year, goes to those
who best demonstrate the value of fair play in football. As
Prandelli made clear eloquently, humbly and respectfully,
he took it on behalf of everyone at the club and in the City
who cherished those values ..........Forza Viola!
THE FIORENTINA SCHEDULE:
November could decide the Champions League groups. Well
be at home to Debrecen (if we dont win, we dont
deserve to be in the competition) and Lyons; winning the latter
would put the burden on Liverpool, our final opponents. If
Lyons beat them in France, it could all be over before we
cross the Mersey! The Serie A schedule doesnt get any
easier. Two home games should yield 6 points and we especially
need to keep ahead of Parma. Nor do we want any slip-ups at
Udinese; a draw at a minimum. At the end of the month, another
vital test away to the team still most likely to win the Scudetto.
Thinking of winning at Inter might be overreaching as José
Mourinho builds teams to avoid defeat but a draw at the San
Siro would really testify to Fiorentinas development.
Week 11: (Florence): 1 November Fiorentina-Catania
Champions League: (Florence) 4 November Fiorentina-Debrecen
Week 12: 8 November Udinese-Fiorentina
Week 13: (Florence): 22 November Fiorentina-Parma
Champions League: (Florence) 24 November Fiorentina-Lyons
Week 14: 29 November Inter-Fiorentina
Ticket information seating plan, prices, ticket outlets
is on the biglietteria section of the clubs
website [ www.it.violachannel.tv ]. Basically, tickets can
be purchased at official box offices and holders of TicketOne
lottery franchises. Sources include:
CHIOSCO DEGLI SPORTIVI, via degli Anselmi (between the P.
Repubblica post office and the Odeon cinema). BAR MARISA,
viale Manfredo Fanti 41. Tel 055 572723.
BAR STADIO, viale Manfredo Fanti 3r. Tel 055 576169.
ACF OFFICIAL TICKET-OFFICE, via Dupre 28 (corner of via Settesanti).
NUOVO BOX OFFICE, via Luigi Alamanni 39 (close to SMN station).
Tel 055 264321
FELTRINELLI FIRENZE, Via de Cerretani 39/32R
THUMBS UP THUMBS DOWN - Our Readers Right
Our Thumbs up, Thumbs down column is your chance
to toot the horn of businesses, events and those Florentine
situations that strike you as either wonderful or terrible.
Please note: all opinions are strictly those of the contributor.
Lend us your thoughts!
Dear P & F,
I am sending a quick thank you for this little tid-bit of
info that I found in your own Pitcher & Flaccomio fact-filled
information sheet provided on arrival in the apartment I rented
this Fall. I thought it was worthy of passing on to all.
INFO ON ENEL
To understand your electricity consumption with the new electronic
meters, press the button on the top right hand side of the
meter until the display reads A3 and take note of the reading.
If, by pressing the button again you see A2 and pressing again
you see A1; this means that your meter keeps track of your
consumption over high, medium, and low consumption periods.
For a complete understanding of your electricity consumption,
you must take note of all three readings if they are available.
A1 is the consumption from during peak hours, Mon - Fri 8am
to 7pm. A2 is the consumption from during mid level hours,
Mon - Fri 7am to 8am, 7pm to 11pm, and Saturday 7am to 11pm.
A3 is the consumption from during mid low hours, Mon - Fri
midnight to 7am, Saturday 11pm to midnight, Sundays and holidays.
A big thumbs up to Cinnamon ice cream !!!! Yummy!! At Gelateria
Robiglio (il Re del Gelato)on Viale F. Strozzi 8/r. tel. 055-495939.
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
CREMA DI RICOTTA
There is a humble, home recipe that Tuscans might mix up when
they have an unexpected hankering for an after-dinner sweet.
The recipe calls for nothing more than a big dollop
of fresh ricotta cheese, a tablespoon of sugar and a teaspoon
of freshly ground coffee beans. Mix these ingredients together
and eat. You can play with the amounts in any way you like,
or add a bit of liquor (Kahlua, rum, etc.). Doll up the ricotta
cream by layering it in a tall glass with whipped cream and
crumbled cookies. Some might even think of drizzling on a
bit of chocolate syrup.
FIFTY DAYS OF INTERNATIONAL CINEMA IN FLORENCE FESTIVAL
50 Giorni di Cinema Internazionale a Firenze came together
for the first time in 2007 as a project of the Mediateca Regionale
Toscana Film Commission to create a single, unique calendar
of events uniting a number of already existing Florentine
film festivals. The result is an agenda of incredible, high-quality
international and alternative films. Documentaries, short
films, premiers, meet the artist events and debates animate
the 50- day schedule. The November calendar, hosted at the
Cinema Odeon, includes the Festival dei Popoli: Festival Internazionale
del Film Documentario (an international, cultural film fest
from 1 7 November), Una Finestra sul Nord (a Finnish
film extravaganza from 13 15 November), Festival Internazionale
di Cinema & Donne (a womens film festival from 17
22 November), Lo Schermo dell'Arte (an international
celebration of film and contemporary art from 23 26
November) and the Florence Queer Festival (celebrating a gay,
lesbian and transgender array of films, videos and other arts
from 27 November to 3 December).
The Festival dei Popoli is the oldest European film festival
dedicated entirely to documentary cinema. Films include a
nod to 1950s America (Meet Marlon Brando and With love
from Truman) by A. e D. Maysles, 1966; Happy Mothers
Day by R. Leacock and J. Chopra from 1963, English free
cinema (We are the Lambeth Boys by K. Reisz from 1959)
and nouvelle vague (Gare du Nord by J. Rouch).
Dont miss the musical documentary Woodstock: Now
a 3-day Finnish film fest: Una Finestra sul
Nord. The 'Associazione Culturale Italofinlandese of Florence,
in collaboration with Suomen elokuvasäätiö
(the Finnish Film Foundation), reopens a window on the
North with a look at todays youth in Pelikaanimies
(The Pelican Man) by Liisa Helminen, then a comic peek into
the world of ecology with Katastrofin aineksia (Recipe for
Disaster) by John Webster, and a horror film Sauna
by A.J. Annila. For further info: email@example.com
The Cinema and Women International festival follows, with
a celebration that goes beyond directors and actors to include
costume designers, photographers and film critics. This fest
aims to underline the quality of the women working in a field
still dominated by men, at the same time highlighting different
points of view for representing the diverse cultures of our
world. There will be a homage to Anna Magnani, plus Il
Canto delle Spose, the story of a friendship between
two girls (one Arab and the other Jewish) that manages to
overcome the horrors of war.
Lo Schermo dell'Arte International Contemporary Art Film Festival
is dedicated to films highlighting art today, from architecture
to photography to performance art, from street art to the
art market. All films will be projected in their original
language with Italian subtitles. Watch for works by artists
like Mark Lewis and Alfredo Jaar who have chosen film as a
means of expression, Martin Scorsese who narrates how cinema
has influenced the work of Cubists Picasso and Braque, and
more. The complete program can be found at www.schermodellarte.org.
Info 339 5757187, info@schermodellarte.
Finally, the Florence Queer Festival, which is an international
look at cinema and the gay, lesbian and transgender world.
In one of the more original an innovative film festivals in
Italy, this collection seeks to show not only films in the
homosexual genre, but to also illustrate the LGBT lifestyle
at a human level, where LGBTs are not martians, but a force
naturally present in everyday society. Come see Can I Be Your
Bratwurst, Please? (USA 1999), and Tote Schwule - Lebende
Lesben (Germania 2007). Rosa von Praunheim will be a guest
at the Odeon on Saturday 29th presenting the one-man-show
I am a Tomato. Info: 3478553836 - www.florencequeerfestival.it
CONCERT SERIES - ACCADEMIA BARTOLOMEO CRISTOFORI (Amici del
On Tuesdays 10 and 24, enjoy a concert at the Accademia Bartolomeo
Cristori. In the Oltrarno neighborhood you will find a lovely,
small theatre presenting a series of concerts highlighting
the fortepiano, and featuring a display of these historical
instruments. The fortepiano is an early version of the piano,
invented by Italian instrument maker Bartolomeo Cristofori
around 1700. It has leather-covered hammers, harpsichord-like
strings and a much lighter case construction than the modern
piano. The range of the fortepiano was about four octaves
at the time of its invention and gradually increased. Mozart
(1756-1791) wrote his piano music for instruments of about
five octaves. The piano works of Beethoven (1770-1827) reflect
a gradually expanding range; his last compositions are for
an instrument of about six octaves. (The range of most modern
pianos, attained in the 19th century, is 7 1/3 octaves.) ACCADEMIA
BARTOLOMEO CRISTOFORI, via di Camaldoli 7/R, tel. 055 22.16.46.
Ticket: 10.00 euro. www.accademiacristofori.it.
Tues. 10: MAURIZIO BAGLINI, music of Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert.
Tues. 24: RYOKU YOKOYAMA, FUMIYO GOSHIMA, music of Haydn,
Beethoven. 9:00 pm
JAZZ IN FLORENCE
Since 1992, Musicus Concentus has offered a detailed survey
of the contemporary music scene. In addition to American and
European jazz, Musicus Concentus takes into consideration
other musical expressions ranging from European classical
to ethnic traditions and electronic music, to define an original
program drawing the best from todays music. Concerts
this month (except for the last one) all feature the piano
and will take place at the Sala Vanni, in Piazza del Carmine
14. Concert time: 9:15 pm. Tickets: 15 euro. Tel. 055 287347
055 287347 . www.musicusconcentus.com
Friday 6 - BEATRICE ANTOLINI e TONY PAGLIUCA
Friday 13 - FRANCESCO MACCIANTI e HAUSCHKA
Friday 20 - FABRIZIO PUGLISI e ANTHONY COLEMAN
Friday 27 - GARY LUCAS (guitar) & DEAN BOWMAN (voice):
Chase The Devil", at the Museo Marino Marini. 9:30
FIERUCOLA DEI PASTORI, LANE E INTRECCI
On Sat. 7 and Sun. 8 Piazza SS. Annunziata celebrates Tuscanys
shepherds with kiosks selling their warm wool creations, their
fresh and aged cheeses plus demonstration of the shepherds
arts, tools and lifestyle. The piazza will be animated all
day from 9:00 am 7:00 pm.
37th ANNUAL REGGELLO EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL FESTIVAL PREVIEW
On Fri. 13, Sat. 14 & Sun. 15 in Piazza Santa Croce, preview
some of Tuscanys best olive oil as the town of Reggello
(located between Florence and Arezzo) offers tastings and
purchase of the freshest olive oil to be had. Join local producers
as they present this years new liquid gold, and buy
directly from the source. The party continues in Reggello
Sat. 28 and Sun. 29 (see Tuscany News below.)
FORTEZZA ANTIQUARIA Monthly Antiques Fair
Sat. 14 and Sun. 15 the gardens surrounding the Fortezza da
Basso bloom with kiosks selling every sort of antique including
furniture, kitchen tools, books, etc.
Sun. 15 wander around Piazza Santo Spirito (9:00 am to 7:00
pm) and indulge in the fresh, new Tuscan olive oil, plus buy
live plants and trees for your house and garden. The monthly
fair zeros in on autumn goodness with organically grown fruits
and vegetables, wonderful Tuscan cheeses and jams.
handmade, homemade and produced with care and love.
PRIM.OLIO OLIVE OIL MARKET
On Sat. 21 & Sun. 22 check out Piazza della Repubblica
for another chance at finding Tuscanys best olive oil
producers available right in the center of town. Bagno a Ripoli
brings their olive oil fair into Florence Sat. from 3:00 to
7:30 pm and Sun. from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm.
Thursday 26 is Thanksgiving. A few tips for do-it-yourselfers
cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie filling can be found at Vivimarket
on Via del Giglio, or at most Esselunga supermarkets. For
your turkey, think ahead and order a whole one from a local
butcher or supermarket butcher. Some of the stalls in the
Central and Sant Ambrogio Markets also have them. Keep
Italian turkeys can be BIG, and Italian ovens
are often SMALL. Tell your butcher to not go over a max of
6 or 7 kilos. If you are looking for a restaurant with a special
Thanksgiving menu, so far we have heard that Florences
Savoy Hotel on Piazza della Repubblica will be offering a
special menu at lunch and dinner (firstname.lastname@example.org).
And the lovely Four Seasons Hotel is doing a Thanksgiving
special meal (for info: tel. 055 2626450). Or join chef Paula
Carrier Villa del Molino DULCAMARA in Cercina
just above Careggi on the 26th for a Thanksgiving Roast. Dinner
will be served at 8:00 pm with Roast turkey and all the trimmings
plus pumpkin and apple pie. See details above.
Sun. 29 be prepared to join the marathon
. or to dodge
and weave your way around Florence as the city gives itself
over to nearly 10,00 athletes from around the world. From
the starting block in Piazzale Michelangelo, the route descends
gently into and through the historical center, covering 42
kilometers, to finish in Piazza Santa Croce. There is a mini-run
for kids and families. Starts 9:00 am in Piazzale Michelangelo.
For info and to sign up contact www.firenzemarathon.it
LECTURES IN ENGLISH
The British Institute Weekly Cultural Programme. Every Wednesday
at 6:00 pm, the Sala Ferragamo in the Institutes Harold
Acton Library hosts a free lecture, concert or other event,
followed by an informal drinks reception. British Institute
Library, Lungarno Guicciardini 9.
Wed. 4 - Peter Vassallo: Florence as a setting in the novels
of E.M. Forster and D.H. Lawrence. Peter Vassallo sees E.M.
Forster's celebrated novel A Room with a View (1908) as an
attempt to engage with Ruskin's Mornings in Florence by privileging
the Florentine Renaissance over Ruskin's ascetic Gothic. In
this talk he will also examine D.H. Lawrence's treatment of
Florence in Aaron's Rod (1922), and the profound effect of
this 'male' city on the novel's protagonist Aaron Sisson.
This aspect of Florence will be discussed in the light of
Lawrence's attitude towards gender relations. Professor Peter
Vassallo is Chair of the Institute of Anglo-Italian Studies
at the University of Malta, and General Editor of the Journal
of Anglo-Italian Studies.
Wed. 11 - Concert: Glen Capaldi: Swing, swing, swing! A tour
through the magic world of Porter, Gershwin, Arlen and other
composers of the great jazz standards with ! Glenn Capaldi,
who says When I sing I'm honest'. Born at Lake Winnipesaukee,
New Hampshire, some time after the Second World War',
Glen started playing the piano very early and soon discovered
the powerful impact of Beethoven. As a jazz soloist he released
an album The meteor in the sitting room, and with the Glen
Capaldi Combo he recorded Jazzed by that lady. A chance to
relax and enjoy an evening of music with a cocktail in your
Wed. 18 - James Bradburne: The Pleasure of Seduction - There
is a certain pleasure in letting yourself be seduced-and trompe
l'oeil is its ideal form of expression. Trompe l'oeil is distinguished
not just by its realism-after all, still life, perspective
painting and photography can all claim to be equally realistic-but
by its wit. In the best examples, the artist deliberately
means to trick you-and to let you know you have been tricked.
This lecture celebrates the charm, irony and sometimes irreverence
of trompe l'oeil, from antiquity to the present, by looking
at the exhibition Art + Illusions, at Palazzo Strozzi from
16 October to 24 January.
Wed. 25 - Candida Cave: The Mitford Sisters - Born into an
aristocratic English family in the early part of the 20th
century, the Mitford sisters achieved notoriety for their
involvement in some of the most significant events of the
time: Nancy, the scintillating wit and novelist; Pamela, who
managed to maintain her privacy; Diana, admired by Hitler
and married to Blackshirt Oswald Mosley; Unity, who shot herself
at the outbreak of World War II; Jessica, the ardent communist
who went to fight in the Spanish Civil War; Deborah, who as
a child wanted to marry the Duke of Right', and did
just that. . The playwright and lecturer Candida Cave will
consider the lives of these remarkable sisters, who are the
subject of her latest play, The Glamour of Evil.
ORIGINAL LANGUAGE FILMS
Odeon Theatre, Piazza Strozzi 2. Phone: 055 214 068. www.cinehall.it
During November and part of December, the Odeon cinema is
proud to host 50 Giorni di Cinema Internazionale. The various
programs of the Festival will offer an opportunity to sample
hundreds of excellent films in original language versions,
and to meet directors, actors and writers of quality cinema
from all over the world. The Odeon Original Sound Program
will however continue to offer cinema-goers the chance to
see the best current productions. So, some films will be shown
at the Astra 2 Cinehall (a 20-minute walk from the Odeon).
Monday 9 - THIS IS IT by Kenny Ortega with Michael Jackson.
4.00 6.10 8.20 10.30 p.m. Cinema Odeon,
Monday 16 2012 by Roland Emmerich with John Cusack,
Thandie Newton. 3.30 - 5.45 8.10 10.30 p.m.
Cinema Odeon, Piazza Strozzi
Monday 23 - THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR PARNASSUS by Terry Gilliam
with Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell. 3.45
6.00 8.15 10.30 p.m. Cinema Astra 2, Piazza
Monday 30 - THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS by Grant Heslov with
George Clooney, Ewan McGregor. 4.30 6.30 8.30
10.30 p.m. Cinema Astra 2, Piazza Beccaria
This Is It packs plenty entertainment value to live up to
its ambitious title, offering Michael Jackson fans a rare,
behind-the-scenes look at the performer as he developed and
rehearsed his sold-out 2009 concerts that never happened.
2012 is an epic adventure about a global cataclysm that brings
an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is a fantastical morality
tale, set in the present day. It tells the story of Dr Parnassus
and his extraordinary 'Imaginarium', a travelling show where
members of the audience get the opportunity to choose between
light and joy or darkness and gloom.
In The Men Who Stare at Goats, a reporter in Iraq might just
have the story of a lifetime when he meets Lyn Cassady, a
guy who claims to be a former member of the U.S. Army's First
Earth Battalion, a unit that employs paranormal powers in
Theatre info: Teatro Comunale, Via Solferino 15. Tel. 055
27791. Teatro della Pergola, Via della Pergola 12/32, Tel.
055 2479651. Teatro Verdi, Via Ghibellina 99, tel. 055 212320.
Teatro Saschall , Lungarno Moro 3, tel. 055 6504112. Teatro
Goldoni, Via Santa Maria 15. Tel. 055 229651. Teatro Romano,
Fiesole, Tel. 055/59187. Mandela Forum, Viale Paoli 3, tel.
055 678841. Stazione Leopolda. Viale Fratelli Rosselli 5.
St. Marks Church. Via Maggio 16. Tel. 055 294764. Church
of Orsanmichele, Via dei Calzaiuoli. Tel. 055-210305. Teatro
Puccini, via delle Cascine 41, tel. 055 362067. Chiesa S.
Stefano al Ponte Vecchio, piazza S. Stefano 5. Teatro Politeama
Pratese, Via G. Garibaldi, 33 Prato. Tel: 0574/603758,
www.politeamapratese.com. Purchase tickets for theatre, concerts
and other events at the following ticket agencies: BOX OFFICE:
Via Alamanni, 39 (alongside the train station). Open Monday
3:30-7:30 pm, from Tuesday to Saturday 10:0-7:30 pm. Tel:
055/210804. Fax: 055/213112, INTERNATIONAL STUDIO, Chiasso
de Soldanieri, Tel. 055/293393, ARGONAUTA VIAGGI, Lungarno
Torrigiani 33/B, 055/2342777.9187. Many tickets can be pre-purchased
via www.ticketone.it, www.boxol.it, www.classictic.com/en
ORGAN CONCERT. Chiesa S. Maria de' Ricci, Via del Corso. Daily
at 9:15 pm; Saturdays at 6:00 pm.
SIMPLE MINDS come listen for your favorites
Your Love to Me, Promised You A Miracle, Glittering Prize,
and New Gold Dream. Saschall.
ELIAHU INBAL conductor, SARAH PAGIN soprano. Music by Beethoven,
Mozart. Teatro Verdi. 9:00 pm.
ENCOUNTER WITH STRADIVARI IN FRONT OF DAVID BY MICHELANGELO.
The Stradivariuses of the Nippon Music Foundation, one of
the most important collections of stringed instruments in
the world, are made available to Florence's Teatro del Maggio
Musicale for a fundraising concert held in front of Michelangelo's
David. Music of Handel, Wieniawski, Dvorak, Pablo de Sarasate,
Mendelssohn. Tickets (some including dinner) from 200 to 400
euro. Accademia museum. 9:00 pm. www.maggiofiorentino.com
VIKTORIA MULLOVA violino, OTTAVIO DANTONE clavicembalo. Music
of Bach. Teatro Pergola. 4:00 pm.
BACH AND DANTE music and a Dante reading. Sala Vanni,
piazza del Carmine, 14. 11:00 am. www.nuovocontrappunto.it
LA PICCOLA VOLPE ASTUTA (The Cunning Little Vixen)
opera by Leó Janà?ek. Seiji Ozawa conductor.
Teatro Comunale. 8:30 pm.
BIG ONE Pink Floyd cover band. Saschall. 9:00 pm.
LA STAGIONE ARMONICA Sergio Balestracci conductor.
Music of Bach. Teatro della Pergola. 9:00 pm
THE SPAGHETTI WESTERN ORCHESTRA all the best movie
soundtrack music from Morricone and the like. Saschall 9:00
LA PICCOLA VOLPE ASTUTA opera by Leó Janà?ek.
Seiji Ozawa conductor. Teatro Comunale . 8:30 pm.
LA PICCOLA VOLPE ASTUTA opera by Leó Janà?ek.
Seiji Ozawa conductor. Teatro Comunale. 8:30 pm.
LA PICCOLA VOLPE ASTUTA opera by Leó Janà?ek.
Seiji Ozawa conductor. Teatro Comunale. 3:30 pm.
SKUNK ANANSIE Skin is back with a Greatest Hits Tour.
Saschall. 9:30 pm.
GIANNA NANNINI with works from the latest album GIANNADREAM.
Nelson Mandela Forum. 9:00 pm.
INGO METZMACHER conductor. Music of Schumann. Teatro Comunale.
LIVING COLOUR live rock/funk. Auditorium Flog. 9:00
PIETARI INKINEN conductor, MARIELLA DEVIA soprano. Music of
Ludwig van Beethoven, Chausson, Debussy, Gustav Mahler. Teatro
Comunale. 8:30 pm.
PAOLO NUTINI he may sound Italian, but this young rocker
is Scottish to the socks, with works from his latest Sunny
Side Up. Saschall. 9:00 pm.
TOMMY EMMANUEL an amazing Australian guitarist. Saschall.
EXHIBITS AROUND FLORENCE
MANIPULATING REALITY - How Images Redefine the World
Until Jan. 17, the new exhibition at the Centro di Cultura
Contemporanea Strozzina at Palazzo Strozzi poses a question:
What is true and what is real in our daily lives today?
Twenty-three international artists use photography and video-art
to manipulate our perception of the visible world and to build
new models of reality. The great contradiction that characterizes
photography and video-art is that both pretend to record reality
while being, at the same time, a falsification of that reality.
This ambiguity has increased with the spreading popularity
of easy-to-use digital technology and the massive dissemination
of images through the mass media and Internet; the conflict
between appearance and reality is pushed to its outer edges
and demands that the spectator play an active role in defining
what he or she is seeing as real.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue with entries
written by university professors, by experts in the visual
arts, and sociologists. Check the names of the artists and
the details of the exhibition at: www.strozzina.org/manipulatingreality.
CSSS Strozzina, Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza Strozzi. Open Tuesday
- Sunday 10.00 am - 8.00 pm. Special free entrance: Thursday
6.00 pm - 11.00 pm. Monday closed. Tickets (valid for up to
5 entries in one month) 5,00 euro. tel. 055 2446761.
ART AND ILLUSIONS - Masterpieces of Trompe L'oeil from Antiquity
Till the Present
Until January 24th Palazzo Strozzi offers a most unusual exhibit
regarding trompe loeil
the art of deceiving the
eye. The theme of this show is deception, illusion, and the
eternal tension between fiction and reality shown not only
in painting, but in sculpture, intarsia, scagliola, pietre
dure and porcelain. Showpieces run from faux armoires, half-open,
with books inside, to soup tureens and table furnishings in
the shape of vegetables, to anatomical and botanical wax models.
From ancient Greco-Roman mosaics, to European masterpieces
of the 1300s, to today, two hundred works from museums and
private collections tell the intriguing and spectacular history
The jury is still out over when a work of art should be considered
trompe-lil and when its simply trying to
be realistic. What is it that makes a work of art a real trompe-lil?
One of the keys is obviously the artists intention:
does he want the work of art to "deceive" the observer
or, is his work simply an attempt to reproduce faithfully
and in a realistic fashion, as with a still life or an anatomical
The exhibit also dedicates a significant amount of space to
wall decorations and interiors (detached frescoes from Ancient
Rome, where the theme of deception gave life to a school)
and to Flemish artists and their innovations in the trompe-loeil
genre. Among the many curiosities are the famous cabinet called
Scarabattolo (from the Opificio delle Pietre Dure), a painting
of the late 1600s by the Flemish artist Domenico Remps, showing
a collection of natural and artistic objects from the Medici
family. There are masterpieces by Mantegna, Titian and Veronese
that will induce the visitor to reflect on the duplicity with
which spatial interaction is depicted in painting, whilst
the 17th century works of Jean-François de la Motte,
and the still lifes of the 19th American realists will allow
us to explore subjects frequently encountered in optically
deceptive painting, such as hanging letters, or panels with
papers alongside other objects on them, or the motif of hunting
trophies and of various objects hanging on doors and panels.
In addition, works by American artists specializing in trompe-lil
such as Peto, Kaye, Harnett and Haberle will be on display
in Europe for the very first time.
And since the eye is not the only thing to be deceived, the
exhibition will allow us to experiment with the way in which
all of the senses touch, smell, hearing and taste
can be tricked. For example, special captions and cards designed
by celebrated Florentine master perfumer Lorenzo Villoresi
will challenge the visitor to verify the ability and the reliability
of his sense of smell, while an innovative audio-guide will
prove that even sounds can be deceptive. The exhibition staff
will be part of the show too: they will not simply help the
visitor to discover the wonders of trompe-lil,
they will also be capable of performing a few card tricks
liable to deceive the eye and the brain.
Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza Strozzi. Tel. 055 2645155. Daily 9:00
a.m 8:00 p.m, Thurs. 9:00 a.m 11:00 p.m
UGO NESPOLO: NOVANTIQUA
Until Jan. 10 the Bargello National Museum hosts a retrospective
for Ugo Nespolo (the first held in Florence) responding to
Florences need to promote contemporary art, too. Forty
of Nespolos creations are on display, ranging from objects
in silver and mother-of-pearl, sculptures in wood and bronze
to glass-work and books. With this exhibit, the Bargello intends
to valorize its extraordinary heritage of so-called minor
or applied arts, presenting a review of works produced by
one of the most famous contemporary Italian artists, some
of them dedicated specifically to the Bargello museum. Bargello
museum. Ticket: euro 7.00. Hours: Monday Sunday, 8:15
am to 5:00 pm.
SPLENDOUR AND REASON, ART IN 18TH CENTURY FLORENCE
Until Dec. 13 the Uffizi Gallery hosts a fascinating special
exhibit. With the extinction of the Medici dynasty (1743),
Florence did not lose its prestige as capital of culture and
the arts, thanks to the government of the Lorraines, who gave
the city the international profile required by Enlightenment
policies. This exhibition is the first overall panorama of
the principal artistic events of the eighteenth century in
Florence, with 120 paintings, sculptures, art objects and
furnishings, works from the entire century, recording the
changes in taste from the late Baroque period to Neoclassicism.
The show starts with commissions made by Cosimo III and the
Grand Prince Ferdinando de Medici, that opened the city
to foreign artists like Sebastiano Ricci and Giuseppe
Maria Crespi. They favored sculpture (with personalities like
Giovan Battista Foggini and Massimiliano Soldani Benzi), and
developed the manufacture of tapestries and semiprecious stone
Following the Medicis, Peter Leopold of Lorraine brought the
European version of Rococo and Neoclassicism to Tuscany, along
with the reformist spirit that accompanied the theories of
the Enlightenment even in the figurative arts. A new elite
of patrons took shape in Florence. In this context, the families
of the Florentine aristocracy held a conspicuous role: the
Gerini family for the diffusion of the veduta (landscape),
the Ginori family for their famed porcelains of Doccia, the
Corsini family for their constant relations with pontifical
Rome. In this climate of civic and cultural fervor, the Frenchmen
François-Xavier Fabre, Bénigne Gagnereaux, Louis
Gauffier and Jean-Baptiste Desmarais came to Florence, driven
from Pontifical Rome after the murder of the diplomat Nicolas
de Basseville. With them came the international version of
neoclassicism, thus contributing to the reform
of the portrait, the veduta and the historical painting, on
the eve of the instatement of the Napoleonic court (1799).
Uffizi Gallery. Ticket: 10 euro. Open Tuesday to Sunday 8:15
6:50 pm. Closed Monday. Tel. 055 2654321
FUTURISM IN PHOTOGRAPHY
Until Nov. 15 an exhibition at the Alinari National Museum
of Photography celebrates the Centenary of Futurism, when
photography was used as a tool for marking and fixing the
life of the Futurist Movement and its social events. Futurism
in Photography consists of 126 works accompanied by original
historical documentation. The exhibition investigates the
first formal and anti-naturalistic intuitions of the late
19th century, analyses the revolution introduced by the Fotodinamismo
of the Bragaglia brothers and the subsequent creative outcomes
that Futurist theories produced in Italian photography. The
genres explored include multiple photography, Fotodinamismo,
photomontage, photo collage, iconographic manipulation and
camouflage of objects, portraiture and photo-performance.
The founder of Futurism and its most influential personality
was the Italian writer Filippo Tommaso Marinetti. Marinetti
launched the movement in his Futurist Manifesto, which he
published for the first time in 1909. Beyond Futurism, which
was created around the figure of Marinetti, the exhibit also
presents images of the Futurist culture that developed
freely and independently, with an avant-garde spirit, consciously
involving photography as the medium of modernity par excellence,
in daily life as well as in artistic creation. Alinari National
Museum of Photography, Piazza Santa Maria Novella,14 r. Open:
10:00am 7:00pm, closed on Wednesday. Tel. 055 216310.
www.alinarifondazione.it Ticket: 9.00 euro.
BETTY WOODMAN: The Cheerful Vitality of the Porcelain
Until Feb. 15, the Porcelain Museum at Palazzo Pitti is stage
to the refined and imaginative creations of Betty Woodman.
With their unpredictable shapes and the intensity and brilliance
of the colors, the unusual Sèvres porcelain pieces
created by Woodman revolutionize the traditional concept of
prized tableware, while preserving a classy elegance. A potter
who has already made her name in New York, Betty Woodman periodically
lives and works in her house in Antella, just outside of Florence,
where she has had the chance to delve into the stratifications
of Italian culture. Her expressive freedom enables her to
renew the design of traditional forms, drawing on diverse
historical and geographical sources to bring forth a new,
playful language of matter, unburdened by the labor and study
that nevertheless lies behind each individual piece. As she
herself puts it I seek to make art that nods its appreciation
towards the history of ceramics without attempting to imitate
Palazzo Pitti Porcelain museum. Piazza Pitti. Hours: 8:15
am 6:15 (up to 24 October), 8:15 5:15 (from 25
to 31 October), 8:15 4:15 pm (November, December, January,
February). Closed 1st and last Monday of each month.
November is one of the best food months in Tuscany.
We have listed a number of wonderful fairs and festivals below,
but keep an eye out for posters reporting news of all the
other sagre celebrating Tuscanys autumn
bounty of freshly pressed olive oil (olio nuovo), the first
tastes of this years wine (vino novello), chestnuts
(marroni and castagne) and white truffles (tartufi bianchi).
TRUFFLE FESTIVAL IN SCARPERIA
Sat. 7 and Sun. 8, Scarperia is the place to be. This medieval
village in the Mugello area north of Florence will host a
weekend of festivities honoring one of their local specialties,
the Tuscan white truffle. Buy truffles to experiment with
at home. Taste Tagliolini with truffles, Bistecca with truffles
and Tortelli Mugellani (pasta stuffed with potato filling).
Saturday from 5:00 pm. Sunday fun starts at 11:00 am. Tel.
055 8468142, 055 843161, 338 2556443. http://www.comune.scarperia.fi.it
FESTA DELLA CIOCCOLATA
Sat. 7 and Sun. 8 visit the incredibly beautiful hilltop town
of Volterra for demonstrations of chocolate making, to taste,
buy and revel in chocolate. Even paint and sculpt with chocolate.
Chocolate cocktails? What more could you ask for? The fun
goes from 4:00 to 8:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00
am to 8:00 pm.
PRIM.OLIO OLIVE OIL MARKET
On Sat. 14 & Sun. 15 you will find Via Roma in nearby
Bagno a Ripoli filled with the stands of local olive oil producers
giving tastes and selling their best. Bagno a Ripoli is easy
to get to with local ATAF buses. Sat. from 2:00 to 7:30 pm
and Sun. from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm.
MOSTRA MERCATO DEL TARTUFO BIANCO
Sat. 14 and Sun 15, starting at 10:00 pm in Borgo San Lorenzo,
you have another chance to taste and buy the local white truffles
found in the Mugello area. The towns restaurants will
present special truffle menus. At Villa Pecori Giraldi there
will be truffle hunt demonstrations, wine and vin santo tastings
and dinners (call for reservations: 3298722160). Info: 055
SAN MARTINO IN CANTINA
On Sun 15 toodle around Tuscany to find selected wineries
open for tastings of their Vino Novello (the Tuscan version
of Beaujolais). Young Novello wine, soft and fruity, may tease
the palate, but also taste great older wines during this event
sponsored by the Wine Tourism Movement. Even if you are the
designated driver, the special celebrations are a good excuse
to spend the day outdoors in an intimate and cheerful atmosphere.
The wineries welcome visitors by also offering art exhibitions,
wine tasting in conjunction with local produce cooked according
to traditional recipes, "lunch with the winemaker"
and walks among the vineyards. Check individual wineries below
for their ideas.
Fattoria Belvedere. www.fattoriabelvedere.com. Loc. Belvedere.
Colle Di Val D'elsa - (Si) Tel: 0577 920009
Rocca delle Macie, www.roccadellemacie.com. Loc. Le Macìe
45. Castellina In Chianti - (Si). Tel: 0577 7321 Fattoria
di Piazzano, www.piazzano.it. Via Di Piazzano 5. 50053 Empoli
- (FI). Tel: 0571 994032.
Fornacelle, www.fornacelle.it. Loc. Fornacelle 232/a, 57022
Castagneto Carducci - (Li), Tel: 0565 77555
Torre a Cenaia, www.torreacenaia.it. Via delle Colline, 63
- Loc. Cenaia. 56040 Crespina - (Pi). Tel: 050 643739
TRUFFLE CELEBRATIONS IN SAN MINIATO
The weekends of November smell sweet (if you like truffles)
in San Miniato (Pisa). On Sat. and Sun. 14-15, 21-22, 28-29,
you will find truffle stands galore from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
each day. San Miniato is located in the lower Arno valley,
halfway between Pisa and Florence. For thirty-eight years
the Mostra Mercato Nazionale del Tartufo Bianco di San Miniato,
has transformed the city for the month of November into an
open-air tasting workshop. Apart from selling fresh truffles,
laid out like jewels in various parts of the historical centre
of San Miniato, they host stalls and markets where you can
eat, drink and enjoy all types of Tuscan products. www.cittadisanminiato.it.
Tel. 0571 418739.
37th ANNUAL REGGELLO EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL FESTIVAL
On Sat. 28 & Sun. 29 head to Reggello (between Florence
and Arezzo) for the freshest olive oil to be had. The entire
town celebrates their annual festival with an invitation to
join local producers as they present this years liquid
gold. Taste and buy directly from the source. You can also
preview the offerings in Florence (see Florence news above).
Nuovo Palazzetto dello Sport, via Brunetto Latini 111, Reggello
(FI). Open all day. Free admission.
EXHIBITS AROUND TUSCANY
THE ORATORY OF SANTA CATERINA ALLANTELLA AND ITS PAINTERS
Until Dec. 31, the jewel-like Oratory of Santa Caterina, just
above Bagno a Ripoli will showcase twelve masterpieces from
the Uffizi and other collections. In addition to frescoes
by Spinello Aretino telling the story of Saint Catherine,
visitors can admire works from the Repository of the Uffizi
Gallery, the Museo dellOpera di Santa Croce and the
Museo Nazionale di Villa Guinigi of Lucca, by Agnolo Gaddi,
the Master of Barberino and Pietro Nelli. Hope is that the
Uffizi by lending a remarkable work tied to the Oratory
itself succeeds in sharing a bit of the fame the well-known
museum enjoys, enticing foreign visitors to take a trip out
of town, and to consolidate the historical awareness of those
who live in Bagno a Ripoli. Open: Monday 3:00 to 7:00
pm. Tuesday to Sunday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, 3:00 to 7:00 pm.
Ticket: 5.00 euro. By bus from Florence Santa Maria Novella
central station: take line number 31 or 32, get off at the
Chiantigiana 7 bus stop. Easy walk to the Oratorio di Santa
Caterina. Driving directions (and lots of other information)
can be found on the website: www.oratoriosantacaterina.lacittadegliuffizi.it.
THE STYLE OF THE TSAR - Italian and Russian Art and Fashions
Between the 14th and the 18th Centuries
Until Jan. 10, a Prato Textile Museum exhibition brings together
more than 130 paintings, costumes and fabrics from the leading
museums in Russia - the Hermitage, the Russian State Museum
in St. Petersburg, and the Kremlin Museum in Moscow - as well
as numerous Italian institutions. The exhibition illustrates
the origin and development of cultural, commercial and diplomatic
relations between Italy and ancient Muscovy through the privileged
channel of commerce of Italian textiles and luxury goods.
The first section of the show gives an overall view of Italian
silk production from the late 14th to the early 16th century,
displaying masterworks of textiles and painting, illustrating
the importance of these fabrics in the social and cultural
context of the times. The nucleus of the exhibition is devoted
to the relations existing between Italy and Russia in the
period between the 14th century, moment of the earliest contacts
between European merchants and the ports on the Black Sea,
and the early 18th century when thanks to Peter the Great,
the Russian Empire opened up to western ways of life. Despite
the gradual decline in Italys silk production during
the first half of the 18th century, Italian art still remained
popular and, thanks to collectors, many important masterpieces
reached Russia. Many of these are now incorporated in the
collections of Russia's leading museums. The exhibition ends
with the display of an altarpiece of the Circumcision, originally
painted by Cigoli for the church of San Francesco in Prato
and transferred in the 19th century to the Hermitage.
Prato Textile Museum is Italys largest centre for the
study, conservation and exhibition of historic and contemporary
textile. Its mission is to promote the study, enhancement
and exploitation of historic and contemporary textiles and
all related artistic, industrial and technical aspects of
interest. It represents a centre of promotion of the textile
production of Prato district, an area important for textile
production since the early Middle Age. The Prato Textile Museum
is located in the centre of Prato, approximately 300 meters
from the Castello dell'Imperatore, in Piazza S. M. delle Carceri,
and approximately 800 m from Prato Centrale railway station
(direction city centre). Visitors wishing to use the bus service,
should take the LAM blu line towards NENNI, which departs
every 7 minutes. Get off at "Piave" or "Carceri
2" bus stop.
Lo Stile dello Zar. Prato Textile Museum, Via Santa Chiara
24, 59100 Prato. Open: Monday to Sunday from 10:00
am 7:00 pm. www.museodeltessuto.it Tel. 049 2010067.
email@example.com Ticket: 9.00 euro.
GENIUS & PASSION, THE RESTORATION OF LIPPI'S FRESCOES
Over five centuries ago, Filippo Lippi ascended three stories
of scaffolding in the dark recesses of Pratos cathedral.
Today, the three-tiered frescoes, which cover the walls and
vaults of the main chapel with stories of St. John the Baptist
and St. Stephen, are visible in renewed splendor after seven
years of restoration. Small, guided tours of the fresco cycle
now allow the public to come face to face with Lippi. Prato
Cathedral. Open Mon. to Sat. 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission:
4 euro with audio guide. Small, guided tours available by
calling 0574/24112. www.restaurofilippolippi.it
MAN RAY, THE FIFTY FACES OF JULIET, 1941-1955
Until Dec. 6, Luccas Center of Contemporary Art will
feature 50 works by Man Ray, one of the most unpredictable,
genial, brilliant, anti-conventional, contradictory, impertinent,
challenging and eclectic figures in the history of 20th century
art. In this show, created in collaboration with the Marconi
Foundation of Milan, fifty portraits of the artist's wife
Juliet Browner, who he photographed between 1941 and 1955,
will be presented. The Fifty Faces of Juliet was conceived
by Man Ray in the early 1950's as a book in honor of his wife
Juliet, but also as a selection of photographic works begun
in Los Angeles in 1941. It presents fifty photographs, original
prints using different techniques and styles, some hand-colored,
in various sizes that Man Ray dedicated to Juliet, the definitive
muse of his life.
Many of the techniques invented by Man Ray, such as solarisation,
over-development, dithering (retinatura) and grains obtained
in the shooting or printing phase, were applied in the series
with Juliet. Since painting remained his great passion, he
thought it was a good idea to touch up his photographs with
colored and treated pastels drawn directly onto the paper.
It is for this reason that the series The Fifty Faces of Juliet
is unique in its kind; in fact it shows all the abilities
of an artist who uses every expressive means at his disposition
to reach the sublimations of his own ideas. The portraits
of Juliet are for the most part informal; some are focused
on her face: faces that are luminous and gathered out of time,
superimpositions of photographs that are dreamy and romantic,
sensual and daring. Others are refined investigations into
the silhouette of the female form: never ordinary, rather
classical in the poses and similar to works by painters like
Ingrès or Vermeer.
The Fifty Faces of Juliet is the story of a love and of a
lifetime. Fifty portraits in which the image of Juliet is
each time invented, rewritten, modified, exalted with the
mark of the pencil, a graphic effect, superimposition of a
piece of cloth, a transparent veil, a mask obscuring the face,
her face framed with a large winged hat, revealed in her nudity,
transformed into an embroidery. Lu.C.C.A. - Lucca Center of
Contemporary Art. Via della Fratta, 36, 55100 Lucca. Hours:
Tues. to Sun. 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. Closed Monday. Tel. O583
571712. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.luccamuseum.com
All our best,
The Staff of Pitcher and Flaccomio
Newsletter compiled by Kim Wicks
Pitcher & Flaccomio Newsletter Copyright 2009
Direttore responsabile Mario Spezi - Pubblicazione con
iscrizione n. 5697 del 23\01\09 presso il Tribunale di Firenze