A NOVEMBER NOTE FROM SUZANNE – Hold the Date and Donate
Ciao everyone! We need your help. On December 8th each year the American International Women’s League organizes a Christmas bazaar, which is held at the ex-Scuderie Reali near Porta Romana. I am asking you all to think about what you would like to do to help make this a fabulously rich affair.
This Christmas Bazaar needs your clothing to sell, so please go through your closets (and those of your significant other, plus your kids, etc.) to collect the things you no longer need. We are looking for all types of clothing plus purses, gloves, scarves, evening gowns, cocktail dresses, jewelry (diamonds, or not) and hats. Another idea…. ask your local dry cleaner if they have anything that their clients have not collected over the past year, perhaps they would donate abandoned clothing. Naturally, please take a moment to be sure that all you are donating is clean and in good condition, then give me a buzz or contact AIWL at www.ailoflorence.org/activities/ . Children are also on our list, so if you have children, grandchildren or know of any child living close by, please ask them for all of the toys that they have outgrown. Here again they must be complete and in good working order.
As always there is a lottery with of wonderful prizes and tickets are already flying out the door, so call Pitcher & Flaccomio at 0552343354 for tickets QUICKLY.
Don't forget to mark the date and place (Dec. 8 from 10am to 5pm, at the La Pagliere - Viale Machiavelli 18) on your calendar so you can come and replace everything you donated and have fun doing it! There will, of course, be food and drinks donated by the ELFINS of General Electric. I very much look forward to hearing from you, as we do NEED all the help we can get to make this event a great success.
(tel. 055 2343354, fax 055 5609916, email@example.com )
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BIGGEST NEWS FOR NOVEMBER – Pope Francis is in Florence
Pope Francis arrives in Florence on November 10. This will be his first time traveling to both Florence and Prato. Pope John Paul II visited Prato in 1986, meeting with various people from the diocese, primarily workers.
In Rome the announcement of Francis’ daytrip was given by the secretary of the Italian bishops conference, Bishop Nunzio Galantino. The purpose of the Pope’s trip, which coincides with the Fifth National Ecclesial Convention of the Italian Church, is to give special attention to the Church in Italy, Bishop Galantino explained.
Pope Francis’s Schedule for Tuesday, 10 November 2015
7:00 Departure by helicopter from the Vatican
7:50 Landing on the sports field of Prato
Meeting with the world of labour in the square in front of the Cathedral
9:00 Departure by helicopter from Prato for Florence
9:15 Landing on the Luigi Ridolfi athletic sports field in Campo di Marte
10:00 Meeting with the participants in the 5th meeting of the Italian Church at the
Florentine Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
12:00 Meeting with the sick at the Basilica della Santissima Annunziata
Luncheon with the poor at the soup kitchen of San Francesco poverino, run by the
Diocesan Caritas, at piazza della Santissima Annunziata
15:30 Holy Mass at the Artemio Franchi municipal stadium
Departure by helicopter
18:00 Arrival at the Vatican
BEST FESTIVAL FOR NOVEMBER – 50 Days of Cinema
A world of film comes to Florence each autumn, with hundreds of movies, shorts and documentaries from around the globe during the 50 Days of International Cinema festival. Most of the films are either in English or with English subtitles, so forget fresh air and exercise as the cold nights draw in—staying indoors and staring at the big screen has never been so rewarding. Sitting comfortably? Let the show begin!
November 2-4: IMMAGINI E SUONI DEL MONDO
The festival will present the best ethno-musical documentaries produced in recent years, including Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae, Brasslands, Midsummer Night’s Tango
, Pan! Our Music Odyssey, and They Will Have to Kill Us First: Malian Music in Exile.
November 5-10: FESTIVAL INTERNAZIONALE DI CINEMA E DONNE
Each year this portion of 50 Days addresses women’s roles in cinema. The 2015 edition will pay special tribute to Ingmar Bergman’s film Persona.
November 11-17: FLORENCE QUEER FESTIVAL
Includes captivating features, documentaries, and Videoqueer, a competition for short films. Some of this year’s selections will include Prince Maurice: a tribute, Seed money: the Chuck Holmes Story, Mamis, Das Floss!, and La donna pipistrello.
November 18-22: LO SCHERMO DELL’ARTE FILM FESTIVAL
This year marks the 8th edition of this festival, with confirmed works including Jan Fabre: Beyond The Artist. Fabre's work is currently on display at Florence's Galleria il Ponte, in a show dealing with metamorphosis and featuring several works covered in beetles.
November 23-26: IL CINEMA RITROVATO
For the first time this year, 10 titles will be specially selected as a preview, thanks to this year’s collaboration with 50 Days and the Cineteca di Bologna.
November 27-December 4: FESTIVAL DEI POPOLI
In its 56th edition, this program includes an International Competition with documentaries previously unreleased in Italy. A section called Filmmaker in Focus puts the spotlight on Belgium-based Peruvian artist Mary Jimenez and her frequently autobiographical work.
The 50 Days of Cinema films are all screened at the Odeon Cinema Theater in Piazza Strozzi.
PICK EATERY FOR NOVEMBER – Fratelli Cuore
At the Santa Maria Novella train station, never posh at any time, a new restaurant is hoping to change that – The Brothers Cuore (Hearts) have come to town. Right out in front of the station. Offering Roman pasta, Nepolitana pizza, Tuscan meats, and fabulous deserts – not fast food but using the best ingredients and offering them with pride. First go for the pizza and then come back for the rest.
The Fratelli Cuore chefs are the best: Danielle Pescatore is the head chef. Luca Mannori the chocolate maker from Prato is responsible for the dolce – look for his famous seven-layer cake.
AND IT IS OPEN 24 HOURS and 7 DAYS A WEEK!
Phone: 055 267 0264
See: www.fratellicuore.it and www.facebook.com/Fratelli-Cuore-850152678413217/info/?tab=overview and www.itreforchettieri.it/fratelli-cuore-firenze-smn-recensione/
“But I’m Looking for Thanksgiving in Florence:
Osteria di Giovanni will have a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner with all of the trimmings. Check with them for 2015 at https://www.facebook.com/losteriadigiovanni .
Check also with St. James American Church for special services and dinner. And, Il Palagio restaurant at The Four Seasons Hotel should be serving a holiday menu.
BEST BOOK FOR NOVEMBER – The Flood: A mystery set in Florence, Italy by David Hewson
A dazzling Italian mystery, rich in intrigue and dark secrets, from an internationally bestselling crime writer at the height of his powers.
Florence, 1986. A seemingly inexplicable attack on a church fresco of Adam and Eve brings together an unlikely couple: Julia Wellbeloved, an English art student, and Pino Fratelli, a semi-retired detective who longs to be back in the field. Their investigation leads them to the secret society that underpins the city: an elite underworld of excess, violence and desire.
Seeped in the culture of Tuscany’s most mysterious city, The Flood takes the reader on a journey into the darkness in Florence’s past: the night of the great flood in 1966 …
"Hewson excellently integrates episodes from Florentine history into the lives of his intriguing heroes. . . Readers of Donna Leon and Michael Dibdin or Italian authors Andrea Camilleri and Carlo Lucarelli will find this gripping." (Library Journal)
David Hewson is a former journalist with The Times, The Sunday Times and the Independent. He is the author of more than twenty-five novels including his Rome-based Nic Costa series which has been published in fifteen languages. He has also written three acclaimed adaptations of the Danish TV series, The Killing. He lives near Canterbury in Kent.
BEST BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS FOR NOVEMBER – Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci by Joseph D'Agnese (Author), John O'Brien (Illustrator)
As a young boy in medieval Italy, Leonardo Fibonacci thought about numbers day and night. He was such a daydreamer that people called him a blockhead. When Leonardo grew up and traveled the world, he was inspired by the numbers used in different countries. Then he realized that many things in nature, from the number of petals on a flower to the spiral of a nautilus shell, seem to follow a certain pattern. The boy who was once teased for being a blockhead had discovered what came to be known as the Fibonacci Sequence!
Grade 2–5—Leonardo does his math problems so quickly that he has plenty of time to look out the window and count other things in nature. Only his father's advisor, Alfredo, understands that Leonardo has a fascination with numbers, a love that will eventually help him become the "greatest Western mathematician in the Middle Ages." As an adult, Fibonacci imagines the figure of Alfredo continuing to help him refine his theories. Although the book is presented as a biography, the author states that "little is known about the life of…Leonardo Fibonacci" and no sources are listed. Entertaining in the vein of the "You Wouldn't Want to Be" series, this lighthearted introduction to Fibonacci's ideas will inspire young math lovers and perhaps point them toward more scholarly explorations. The illustrations have a medieval look to them but without any stiffness or fussiness. They include many touches of humor and are well suited to the story. Painted with a broad pointillist style detailed with pen and ink, the pictures incorporate many visual references to Fibonacci's work, such as swirling features suggestive of the spiral, a key element in the mathematician's theories of nature.
Blockhead is a 2011 Bank Street College -- Best Children's Book of the Year.
In April 2015 Blockhead was named a Mathical Honor Book.
BEST MUSEUM OPENING FOR NOVEMBER – Museum of the Opera del Duomo
Florence's cathedral museum housing the world's largest collection of Florentine Mediaeval and Renaissance sculpture reopened to the public on October 29 after an expansion and renovation project lasting two years.
The gallery contains over 750 marble, bronze and silver sculptures and reliefs including works by Michelangelo, Donatello, Arnolfo di Cambio, Lorenzo Ghiberti, Andrea Pisano, Antonio del Pollaiolo, Luca della Robbia and Andrea del Verrocchio among others.
The new display includes Donatello's Maddalena, the original north doors created by Lorenzo Ghiberti for the Florence baptistery and 27 silk and gold embroidered panels designed by Antonio del Pollaiolo. Visitors can also see many works previously held in museum storage, including 15 14th-century statues and almost 70 fragments of the cathedral's original mediaeval façade.
The new museum occupies two adjoining buildings, one hosting the museum founded in 1881 and the other bought by Florence Cathedral Works, the oversight body, for the purpose of expanding the original premises in 1997. It boasts 25 rooms on three floors covering a total of nearly 6,000 sqm, including a room containing a 1:1 scale model of the mediaeval cathedral façade created by Arnolfo di Cambio from 1296, which was subsequently destroyed.
Rarely has the restoration and expansion of a museum been so anticipated at that of the Museo re-opening of the Museum of the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore after its closure a couple of years ago for renovations. Opening just in time for next month’s Fifth National Congress of the Italian Church and upcoming visit to Florence by the Pope, the project is under creative direction by Monsignor Timothy Verdon, an American.
Take a virtual tour: www.youtube.com/watch?v=mS5k5CAwt5o