Monday, November 20, 2017

Gov. Jay Inslee visits Perugia

In early November, Gov. Jay Inslee visited Umbria, meeting with President Catiuscia Marini of the Umbria Region, Deputy Mayor Michele Fioroni of Perugia and a host of Italian aerospace business leaders. Inslee signed a memorandum of understanding with President Marini to strengthen collaboration on shared priorities such as aerospace, clean energy, climate change and trade. The photo below shows Inslee and his wife meeting with Deputy Mayor Fioroni.

Those of you who attended the opening of Piazza Perugia in October will remember Fioroni, who was one of the speakers on the official program that day. Following the piazza celebration, sister city board members arranged for Fioroni to meet with many business leaders in Seattle -- from Boeing to Microsoft.

Umbria is home to a robust aerospace cluster and more than 35 companies that are suppliers to Boeing, Mitsubishi and U.S. military aerospace contractors.The aerospace firm, Umbra Cuscinetti, an important Boeing supplier located in Everett, has been a long-standing supporter of the sister city partnership and provided significant support for Piazza Perugia.

Read more about the governor's visit.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Preview this year's Cinema Italian Style at free member event

Seattle-Perugia Sister City Association and Il Punto are co-sponsoring a special event for their members on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at the SIFF Film Center in Seattle.

In "A Walk through the Films of Cinema Italian Style 2017," Angelo Acerbi, SIFF Italian film programmer, will preview the Italian films selected for this year. The 2017 festival screenings include a provocative list--from the WWII black comedy "At War for Love" to the classic "Umberto D.," Vittorio De Sica's neorealist masterpiece. Acerbi's presentation will include film clips and trailers from several of this year's 16 featured films.

Our presenter: Angelo Acerbi has been a SIFF programmer since 2009. He has been programming other festivals since 1993, including the Torino Film Festival, Palm Springs Film Festival and Torino LGBT Film Festival. In 2011 he began programming Cinema Italian Style! here in Seattle. Angelo also works as a film producer and production manager for film commissions. He's currently employed as a film journalist for Fred Film Radio, a British Web radio focused on cinema and festivals, and works as a media partner at the Venice and Berlin Festivals as well as others.

Don't delay! Theater size is strictly limited to 90 guests.

 DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
LOCATION: SIFF Film Center, 305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109
COST: Free to SPSCA and Il Punto members; $5 for non-members (payable at door).
RSVP to Roberta Torgerson by Tuesday, Oct. 31.
Friday, October 27, 2017

Bravissimo! Cinema Italian Style runs November 9-16

Powerful dramas, witty comedies, and a playful mafia musical are all part of this year's line up at Cinema Italian Style. This Italian film festival is one of Seattle's most anticipated events, now in its 9th year!

This year's festival runs from Nov. 9 to 16. All 16 films will be at the SIFF Cinema Uptown in Seattle. Find out the latest on films and show times here.

Several award winning films and film premieres will be screened, including "Emma,"  "Lucky" and "Let Yourself Go!" In addition, director Fabio Mollo ("There is a Light" in its North American premiere) and screenwriter Francesco Bruni ("Let Yourself Go!") will be on hand to introduce and talk about their films. More guests may be added; check the SIFF website. 

Don't forget to buy your tickets for the opening and closing night parties which are always lively. It's a great opportunity to rub elbows with Italian cinema guests and the local Italian community. To further enhance your enjoyment of this year's festival, we've added a FREE pre-festival lecture with Italian film expert Angelo Acerbi on Nov. 7. See related post, above.

Members receive a  $3 discount on general admission tickets (not valid for parties) with the promo code: ITALIAN17. Use the code online or at the box office.

On Nov. 16,  we will hold the raffle drawing for the grand prize of a free one-week trip to Perugia for two. The second prize is a 10-week class with percorsoItaliano and third prize is a $160 Crown Limousine gift certificate for any type of transportation.You need not be present to win.

We will be selling raffle tickets in the theater lobby throughout the festival, until we run out. So pick up a few extra tickets and increase your odds of winning.


Sunday, September 24, 2017

Report from Perugia: Il dodicesimo Uomo -- the 12th Man

Scholarship recipient Jen Provenzano is enjoying her third week in Perugia, attending the famed Universita per Stranieri. Read on to get her take on a recent soccer game in Perugia:

"At yesterday’s game against Frosinone, a city southeast of Rome, there were few children and more drunken amped-up young men in scarves, although some were hyped up on caffe -- the only concessions vendor allowed into the stands was selling little espresso cups.

Coming from Seattle and Seahawk territory, I had to check it out. Perugia is part of the “B Series” teams and they’re one of the best. (The “A Series” includes teams from Milan, Rome, Verona, Bologna, etc.)  The Seahawks is famous for its 12th Man;” during play, teams are allowed a maximum of 11 players, so the 12th Man signifies the fans, so loud that they influence play in the stadium. Soccer has a similar rule of number of players, and there was definitely a 12th Man present yesterday in Perugia.

Attending with a classmate from England and some very entertaining ex-pats living in Perugia, we kept saying it felt like a religious experience, that we were in a chiesa. Everyone around us had rehearsed chants that seemed to spring up out of nowhere in unison (nothing like “the wave” that can take 20 minutes to get going in American sports stadiums).

There were call-and-response chants to the opposing team’s fans on the other side of the stadium. Many insulting phrases hurled. Their 12th Man never left the field. It was just as much fun watching the fans as it was the players. There’s also something to be said about their game clock, which counted up instead of down as they do in the States…it felt as though we were working up to a crescendo rather than counting down to the end. And no scoreboard, you had to be paying attention…but there’s no way to miss it when we win, and that we did yesterday!"

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Look for our booth at Festa Italiana this weekend

Our sister city group will have a booth at Fisher Hall this weekend (Sept. 23 and 24) as part of Festa Italiana. Be sure to stop by, say hi and buy your raffle tickets. Festa SPSCA membership booth

Festa will be extra-special this year, as it celebrates its 30th anniversary. Headliners for both days include opera tenor Aaron Caruso (hmmm, why does that name sound familiar?) and internet cooking sensation, Rossella Rago, who stars in the popular Cooking with Nonna show and has just published a cookbook with the same title.

On Friday, Sept. 22, you will find several board members at the "Taste of Italy." This lively wine tasting starts at 7 p.m. at Seattle Center, and includes music by Danny Quintero and a fantastic spread catered by Big John's PFI. Not to mention wine! Tickets are $25 per person for the Friday night wine tasting.

Check out the activities and schedule at the Festa website.