P&F FRIEND PRESENTS HER BOOK – Brotherhood Beyond the Yard by Jordan Ames
On October 14, Jordan Ames will discuss her new book and give a reading at The Paperback Exchange, Via delle Oche, 4r.
Jordan Ames writes books based on knowledge garnered from careers in banking, computer technology, and consulting while living in New York City, San Francisco, and Hong Kong. A world traveler and political junkie, she splits her time between homes in the United States and Italy.
This thriller delivers with its hair-raising plot: In the 90s a group of Harvard scholars known as La Fratellanza devise a brilliant thesis in the form of an intellectual game. When the game morphs into a real-life experience, however, a menacing plot involving a computer hacker, a terrorist, and a conspiracy conceived to defraud the American public are eventually exposed. And caught dead center in all of it is the new president, Abner Baari. Director Hamilton Scott of the States Intelligence Agency is dispatched to bring the plot down, though not without some conditions of his own. An absorbing page-turner from start to finish, Jordan Ames’ debut novel examines political ideology, the international banking crisis, the role of Internet technology, and international terrorism, with ferocious insight and extraordinary know-how. Based on factual events rendered into a plausible fictional narrative, Brotherhood Beyond the Yard provides plenty of disturbing possibilities while delivering a rush of thrills.
THEATER IN THE VASARI CORRIDOR
The Vasari Corridor is the most fascinating and the most exclusive gallery in Florence a pearl of the Renaissance that few people, including the residents of the city of the Medici, have had the chance to see ... until now! For this reason, during the 500th anniversary of Giorgio Vasari’s birth, the Friends of the Pergola Theatre, in collaboration with the Museums of Florence, are offering a series of extraordinary scheduled visits, aimed at reviving the glorious spirit of an era that has left a heritage of remarkable masterpieces.
The actors of the Compagnia delle Seggiole and F.E.S.T.A. Theatre Company will bring the audience back in time. With a script written for the occasion, full of anecdotes, chronicles, and stories, the actors will accompany visitors on this magical journey.
This unparalleled visit through the Vasari Corridor, a one km. passageway that connects the Uffizi Gallery to the Pitti Palace, will allow the time travelers to discover enchanting views of the Ponte Vecchio and Santa Felicita Church. It is a true journey back to the Renaissance, on the most breathtaking stage of the art world.
Visits are in in Italian and in English:
8 October 2011:
English 20.30, English 21.45
23 October 2011:
Italian 10.30, Italian 11.30
Ticket of the theatrical journey: 80 Euros
After the theatrical journey we can arrange wine tasting or we can make dinner reservations in the best restaurant, where you can also celebrate the art of the Tuscany food. Theatrical journey at Corridoio Vasariano + wine tasting: 100 Euros
Theatrical journey at Corridoio Vasariano + dinner: 110 Euros
RESERVATIONS: enter in www.pirene.it, at the TOURS SECTION
INFORMATION: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel. 055 2322112; cell. 334 6886707
MEETING POINT: in front of the entrance of Uffizi
TAROT AT THE UFFIZI – The Art of Francesco Clemente
Here is another reason to visit or revisit the Uffizi. And to climb the stairs instead of taking the elevator to the top. The Uffizi Prints and Drawings Department's interest in contemporary art dates back to its very origins, in other words, to the mid-17th century. But this year, in the Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi space on the first floor, the contemporary artist Francesco Clemente has chosen to express his own unique creativity by addressing a theme as old as that of Tarot Cards: his drawings on display were made ??in different parts of the world, including Naples, New York, India and New Mexico.
New Yorker Clemente has created a set of 78 mixed media Tarot images featuring drawings of well-known people who are among his personal friends as described by Calvin Tompkins in The New Yorker. Edward Albee sat for the Emperor, Salman Rushdie is the King of Swords while Scarlett Johansson is the Queen, Jasper Johns is the Pope. Clemente, himself, is the Fool. See a sampling of the images here.
In addition to the Tarot Cards, twelve canvases in the Sala del Camino feature self-portraits of Clemente in the garb of the Apostles; these continue the mesh of temporal cross-references between the imagery of the past and between the many possibilities of the present.
Francesco Clemente. The Tarot
September 9 to November 6
Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi
info: 055 2388 624 - 055 2388 671
XXVII FLORENCE INTERNATIONAL ANTIQUES FAIR
The 27th Florence International Antiques Fair (aka Florence Biennale) will be hosted this year at the enchanting Palazzo Corsini from October 1st- 9th with a layout masterminded by Maestro Pier Luigi Pizzi. The Biennale, first started by Mario and Giuseppe Bellini in 1959, is the oldest continuous art and antiques fair in Europe and has become the most important Italian art exhibition in the world.
The home to the Florence Biennale since 1997, the Palazzo Corsini in its subdued Baroque style with an 18th-century flair is truly a unique and greatly admired building in Florence and a sight to see in itself. The residence, which was completed only in 1737, is also the proud home of Florence’s most important and historically significant private gallery, boasting a collection, begun in 1765 by Don Lorenzo Corsini, nephew of Pope Clement XII.
The works of art displayed by antiquarians from all over the world–74 Italian and 14 foreign–are the undisputed stars of the show. The vast variety of the over 3,000 pieces presented at the fair range from paintings to plates and antique books to sculptures.
The Biennale continues to support Corri la Vita, an association, devoted to the study and prevention of breast cancer presided over by the Marchesa Bona Frescobaldi. On October 1st a charity evening will be held and during the dinner Christie’s will auction works of art donated by exhibitors at the Biennale. The proceeds of the auction will be devolved entirely in favor of the Association.
On October 5th prizes will be awarded to the best painting and sculpture at the Fair. The prizes, amounting to 10,000 Euro each, will be destined to the restoration of a work of art from the public cultural heritage.
On October 6th the “Lorenzo d’oro” prize will be awarded to Piero Angela, for his long and successful career as a director of documentaries.
Info: Via del Parione 11 – tel. +39 055 282 283
Website: www.biennaleantiquariato.it Email: email@example.com
GUIDED VISITS TO THE FRESCOES IN RESTORATION IN THE CAPPELLA MAGGIORE
For lovers of Italian art, it’s as close as you can come to ascending a stairway to heaven and looking angels in the eye. For the first time after a major restoration, the scaffolding that has shrouded the 850 sq m (9,150 sq ft) of frescoes of the Cappella Maggiore in Florence’s famed Santa Croce Basilica will not be dismantled immediately.
The scaffolding erected for the restoration will stay in place for another year or so, and small groups of visitors will be allowed to view the splendid work close up. Guided visits on the nine-level scaffolding, last for about 40 minutes.
The restoration of Agnolo Gaddi's fresco cycle is one of the most important projects in Italy. It was financed in part by Japanese businessman and patron of the arts, Tetsuya Kuroda, who donated almost 1.2 million euro; an equivalent sum was provided by the Opera di Santa Croce. The federal arts ministry provided 285,000 euro in funding, in addition to arranging for the assistance of restorers from the Opificio delle Pietre Dure.
Excellent instructions about the logistics (and there are quite a few), costs, and time schedule can be found at the following website: http://www.santacroce.firenze.it/english/informazioni/visite/
SAN NICCOLÒ TOWER OPEN TO CLIMBERS
After 40 years, people will be once again allowed to climb the San Niccolo tower in the Oltrarno. Reconstruction work on the centuries-old tower began last November. This tower marks one of the many ancient entry points to what was the city-state of Florence. Although many of the other towers of its like were lowered during the 16th century, the San Niccolo tower was left untouched due to its protected position.
The San Niccolo tower, now open, provides residents and visitors with a view equivalent to, but unique from, those from the Duomo and San Miniato al Monte. Just walk up the Arno until you get to Piazza Poggi and then climb the hill to the rear of the tower.
July 1 to October 31
info: 055 2768224
ORIGINAL LANGUAGE FILMS – Talking Movies at the British Institute
The Talking Movies Series at the British Institute Library. Every Wednesday at 8:00 pm, the Sala Ferragamo in the Institute's Harold Acton Library hosts a film, followed by discussion. The British Institute Library, Lungarno Guicciardini 9.
The present series is a bilingual selection of the joint and individual work of the two great cinema legends – Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rosselini. It begins one of Bergman's movies from her classic Hollywood period: the Hitchcock classic Notorious. Rossellini's war time trilogy follows - the neo-realist masterpieces that brought the world's attention to Italy in crisis, Roma, citta' aperta, Paisa' and Germania anno zero. Bergman and Rossellini made 5 films together between 1950 and 1954: Stromboli, Europa 51, Viaggio in Italia, La paura and Giovanna d'Arco al rogo. Their scandalous marriage (and collaboration) broke up in 1957. Both went on to make further notable contributions to cinema, among which are one of Rossellini's last films - before moving to television - Il generale delle rovere, and Bergman's last film role in Ingmar Bergman's Autumn Sonata.
Wednesday, October 05, 2011. 20.00
Film: Notorious (1946)
Wednesday, October 12, 2011. 20.00
Film: Roma, cittá aperta (1945)
Wednesday, October 19, 2011. 20.00
Film: Paisá (1946)
Wednesday, October 26, 2011. 20.00
Film: Germania anno zero (1948)
ORIGINAL LANGUAGE FILMS – Odeon and Astra 2
Saturday 1 to 19 – ODEON
A Dangerous Method (w/ Italian Subtitles) by David Cronenberg
A look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud gives birth to psychoanalysis.
4.40, 6.30, 8.40 pm
Mon 3rd – ASTRA 2
Contagion (w/ Italian Subtitles) by Steven Soderbergh
A thriller centered on the threat posed by a deadly disease and an international team of doctors contracted by the CDC to deal with the outbreak.
5.30, 8.10, 10.30 p.m.
Mon 10th – ASTRA 2
Restless by Gus Van Sant
The story of a terminally ill teenage girl who falls for a boy who likes to attend funerals and their encounters with the ghost of a Japanese kamikaze pilot from WWII.
4.00, 6.10, 8.20, 10.30 p.m.
Mon 17th – ASTRA 2
Cowboys & Aliens (w/ Italian Subtitles) by Jon Favreau
A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys and natives are all that stand in their way
3.30, 5.50, 8.10, 10.30 p.m.
Mon 24th – ASTRA 2
The Guard by John Michael McDonagh
An unorthodox Irish policeman with a confrontational personality is teamed up with an uptight FBI agent to investigate an international drug-smuggling ring.
4.00, 6.10, 8.20, 10.30 p.m.
LECTURES IN ENGLISH - British Institute of Florence
Every Wednesday at 6:00 pm, the Sala Ferragamo in the Institute's Harold Acton Library hosts a free lecture, concert or other event, followed by an informal reception. The British Institute Library, Lungarno Guicciardini 9.
Wednesday, October 5, 18.00
Lecture: Martin Lutyens
This year marks the 100th anniversary of George V's announcement, at the Coronation Durbar in Delhi, of the transfer of the capital of India from Calcutta to Delhi. Edwin Lutyens was asked to join the Delhi planning commission in 1912, and made his first visit to India that year. Martin Lutyens, Sir Edwin's great nephew, will speak about the evolution of the great architect's work and will explain how his style matured and changed, from the early vernacular houses to the grander country houses and his increasing interest in the classical and the abstract, culminating in the building of New Delhi..
Wednesday, October 12, 18.00
Lecture: James Burge
Young Dante Alighieri was a teenage poet. James Burges details how Dante’s account of his early life and love, the Vita Nuova, is a model of self-absorption: it tells us about the state of Dante's soul and the pain that his love caused him but it does not mention any other living person by name, it tells us nothing about the battles in which young Dante took part as a cavalryman nor does it give us a single detail about Beatrice. Fate had to work very hard to turn Dante into a poet whom anyone would ever remember.
Wednesday, October 19, 18.00
Lecture: Matteo Sansone
In his Filosofia della musica (1836), Giuseppe Mazzini advocated a social mission for Italian opera, and defined the chorus as ‘a collective individuality', ‘a born interpreter' of a whole people's aspirations and emotions. Matteo Sansone describes how young Giuseppe Verdi’s early operas seems to meet Mazzini's expectations: the lament of the Hebrew slaves in Nabucco and the poignant chorus of Scottish exiles in Macbeth carried a political subtext that would be readily understood by the Italians in the 1840s. In the wake of the revolutionary movements of 1848, Verdi wrote a sort of ‘call to arms' with La battaglia di Legnano, a truly revolutionary opera that was premiered in Rome only two weeks before the proclamation of the short-lived ‘Repubblica Romana'.
Wednesday, October 26, 18.00
Reading: Matthew Licht
Matthew Licht led a double life as a volunteer teacher in a New York Public School and as Managing Editor of a notorious (though humorous) Adults Only magazine. ‘My audiences weren't as different as you might suppose,' he says. ‘Problem kids, desperate for attention and a means to express how they felt, and magazine's readers skewed towards incarcerated and mentally retarded, and were fiercely obsessed with the subject matter.' This is an evening suitable and interesting for children and adults, alike.
ST. JAMES NEWS
NEW TIME FOR SUNDAY SCHOOL
Sunday School will resume October 2, 2011 at 10:45 AM. NEW TIME! The theme for the upcoming year will be "Telling the Story / Telling our Story ... In our Time". Spread the word.
ST. JAMES YOUTH BLAST! October 8-9, 2011, 7:30 PM Saturday-Sunday lunch.
Beginning with dinner on Saturday, we will have a party/dance with a live band, group activities and worship, a lock-in overnight in the Parish Hall, and assist in worship Sunday morning. We will close with lunch in the parish hall with parents and family.
THE THRIFT SHOP IS BACK!
The Thrift Shop will hold its first sale after the summer break on October 5th. Don't miss out on the great bargains on gently used apparel, accessories, housewares, knick knacks, and more.
Date: Wednesday, October 5
Time: 10:00 am
MUSIC IN FLORENCE FOR OCTOBER
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Baroque Ensemble
Saturday 1 October 2011
Performance of Vespers 1610 conducted by Federico Bardazzi. Concert starts at 21:00 in the Pergola Theatre, 18 Via della Pergola
Saturday 8 October 2011
Piano performance by Alexander Lonquich. Concert starts at 16:00 in the Pergola Theatre, 18 Via della Pergola
Sunday 9 October 2011
Performance by Alexander Lonquich on piano, Carolin Widmann on violin, Enrico Bronzi on cello and Isabel Charisius, on viola. Concert starts at 21:00 in the Pergola Theatre, 18 Via della Pergola
Venice Baroque Orchestra
Saturday 15 October 2011
Venice Baroque Orchestra perform with mezzosoprano Romina Basso. Concert starts at 16:00 in the Pergola Theatre, 18 Via della Pergola
Florence Chamber Orchestra
Sunday 16 October 2011 and Monday 17 October 2011
Perform at Santo Stefano al Ponte, Via Por Santa Maria Florence (FI). Concert starts at 21:00. Tickets cost €15/12/10. Available at the Box Office in 1 Via Delle Vecchie Carceri
Tel 055 783 374 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org...
EUBO – European Union Baroque Orchestra
Sunday 16 October 2011
European Union Baroque Orchestra perform with soloist Enrico Onofri on violin. Concert starts at 21:00 in the Pergola Theatre, 18 Via della Pergola
Saturday 22 October 2011
Accademia Bizantina perform with soloist Stefano Montanari on violin. Concert starts at 16:00 in the Pergola Theatre, 18 Via della Pergola
Sunday 23 October 2011
The Chamber Group of the Montis Regalis Accademy perform with soprano Gabriella Costa and violinist Francesco D’Orazio. Concert starts at 21:00 in the Pergola Theatre, 18 Via della Pergola
Sonatas for Violin
Saturday 29 October 2011
Violinist Leonidas Kavakos and pianist Enrico Pace perform Beethoven's violin sonatas. Concert starts at 16:00 in the Pergola Theatre, 18 Via della Pergola
L’arte del Canto (XXIV)
Sunday 30 October 2011
Tenor Mark Padmore accompanied by pianist Paul Lewis perform Schubert. Concert starts at 21:00 in the Pergola Theatre, 18 Via della Pergola
CLASSICAL MUSIC IN MUSEUMS – Cherubini Conservatory of Music Concerts
The Conservatorio Statale di Musica L. Cherubini is offering a series of free concerts in museums (Accademia, Marini, San Marco and Bargello), Medici villas (Poggio a Caiano and Petraia), and libraries (Oblate). See the website at: http://www.conservatorio.firenze.it/index.php?id=1148 for the complete schedule and performances.