A May 14 Balabrunch & Literary Talk

The Jewish Communities of Florence, Siena, Livorno, and Pisa are continuing their Balabrunch series this Sunday, May 14 at 11:15 am at the Great Synagogue of Florence on via Farini 6, in Sala Sadun. The Mediterranean-Middle Eastern brunch menu includes eggplant stew with bulgur, spinach dumplings with cinnamon, tuna bruschetta with herbs, fried cauliflower with chermoula sauce, golden tabbouleh with mixed vegetables, stuffed bourikas with cumin spiced potatoes, haminados style eggs, bean hummus [...]

Liberation Day Celebrations in Florence 2017

Although Italy went over to the Allied side in 1943 with a general armistice signed in September 1943, it was not until April 25, 1945 that the national committee of resistance fighters (partigiani) asked the Italian people to their help to overthrow the remnants of Mussolini’s government in northern Italy.  The call paved the way for the surrender of the Nazis and Fascist forces in Italy, which took place by May 1. Liberation [...]

BANFF Mountain Film Festival at the Odeon

Monday, March 27:  BANFF Mountain Film Festival.  Odeon Cinema in Piazza Strozzi, 2 starting at 8 pm.   Tonight, join in on a two-hour journey through some of the most remote and pristine parts of the planet captured through the lenses of the explorers and adventurers who have experienced them firsthand and have been able to transport them onto the big screen to share with other outdoor enthusiasts. Originating in Alberta, Canada, this [...]

Michelangelo’s Birthday & the ‘Friends of David’

Michelangelo Buonarotti’s birthday anniversary — his 542nd — on March 6 is being celebrated in a very special way this year. Those who become a member of the brand new “Friends of David” club at the Accademia Gallery will be able to raise a glass to his most famous work amidst many other brilliant pieces. For 150 guests, the kick off celebrations on this special night will include the possibility of wandering the [...]

The Great Outdoors: Florence’s Adventure Movie Festival

Friday, February 10: Adventure Movie Awards Tour. Cinema La Compagnia, via Cavour 50/r. 8:30 pm.  Admission: € 7  Traditionally held every spring in San Candido set in Italy’s Dolomite mountain range, this year the finalists of Adventure Movie Awards are on a countrywide tour scheduled to start out their journey here in Florence on Friday evening. The best of 2016’s outdoor documentary films will be shown one after another in less than two [...]

December’s English Movies at the Odeon

From knuckle clenching thrills in Sully to the classic Christmas story of The Wizard of Oz, and many more, there is a wide selection of films at the Odeon theater. Shown below is their December calendar of features with original sound in English. December 6-11: Sully.  Based on pilot Chesley Sullenberger’s autobiographical book “Highest Duty” viewers relive the tale of an airplane that hit a flock of geese, disabling both engines and the [...]

Florence’s Stand Against Violence Towards Women

Fri. – Sun. Nov. 25 – 27: International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women Commemoration. Palazzo Vecchio, Florence. Violence against women is no small issue. The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25 was decreed by the United Nation in memory of the three Mirabal sisters that were cruelly murdered in their opposition to dictator Rafael Trujillo. Florence, in collaboration with the Uffizi Gallery, offers tribute to this [...]

Candlelight Vigil at Florence’s U.S. Consulate

Sunday, November 13: CANDLELIGHT VIGIL. Meeting point, Lungarno Vespucci under the Garibaldi statue. 5 pm. The public is invited to bring a candle and join a vigil outside Florence’s American Consulate organized by Democrats Abroad Florence and US Citizens Against War as a show of commitment to an America of inclusion and hope in the future. After the result of Tuesday’s elections, it represents a moment to stand together against racial, sexual, LGBT and religious hatred and [...]

Melnyk’s Continuous Music Concert

Friday 11, 2016.  Sala Vanni, Piazza del Carmine 14.  9:15 pm. Admission €18 Lubomyr Melnyk is the Ukrainian mastermind behind the unique style of continuous piano music. Hailed as one of the fastest pianists in the world, he synthesizes rapid keystrokes in order to create repeating patterns and a natural, soothing rhythm. He will be performing at the Sala Vanni for Musicus Concentus, as a guest of the traditionally jazz and electronic concert [...]

Piano Recitals by Giuseppe Albanese & Chloe Mun

Two young piano virtuosi — Giuseppe Albanese and Chloe Mun — will hold concerts in Florence respectively on October 29 and 30. Winner of the prestigious Vendome prize in 2003, Albanese will interpret a program entirely devoted to Liszt at Teatro della Pergola (4 pm). After completing music studies in Pesaro and a masters at Imola’s Accademia Pianistica, Albanese has performed in prestigious venues in London, Paris Berlin and St. Petersburg. Recently he [...]