“I love places that have an incredible history. I love the Italian way of life. I love the food. I love the people. I love the attitudes of Italians.”
-Elton John-

A day of Italian Culture and Tradition.
Experience a trip through Italy during a day centered around the country’s culture and traditions.
To start, an exhibition of well-known Sicilian photographer Giuseppe Leone will open the event through the anachronistic images of the island together with internationally renowned Italian pianist, Laura Magnani. 
To follow a series of events for both adults and children ranging from the screening of two Italian movies, cooking classes for adults and children, a series of conferences that will address various topics: from the most significant monuments in Sicily to the secrets of a good espresso and a delicious pizza, storytelling for kids and more.
Finally, the Italian market with its handicrafts will give you the feeling of browsing the small shops of an Italian town. Throughout the day several catering services will allow our guests to discover or rediscover the authentic flavors of Italian cuisine.

Pre-Event: Thursday ~ January 21, 2016

Consul General of Italy in San Francisco, Hon. Mauro Battocchi, will introduce the Festival in occasion of the pre-opening night event at Schultz Auditorium of the Oshman Family Jewish Cultural Center.
Following the Consul General’s salute, internationally renowned Italian pianist, Laura Magnani will perform music by Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy and Prokofiev. Anachronistic images of Sicily of well-known Sicilian photographer Giuseppe Leone can be admired in the foyer of the theater after the performance.
Program
7:30 pm
Opening ceremony at the presence of the Consul General of Italy, Hon. Mauro Battocchi
7:40 pm
Solo Piano Concert by Laura Magnani
9:00 pm
Preview of the photographic exhibition “Sicily through the lens of Giuseppe Leone”

Event: Sunday ~ January 31, 2016

Program
10:00 am
Sicily Through the Lens of Giuseppe Leone - opening
Homemade pasta - with Maria Luisa Manca
11:00 am
The Jewish Theory of Everything: An Introduction to Italian Jewish - Francesco Spagnolo, Curator at Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, Berkeley
11:30 am
Opening
12:00 pm
The secrets of a good espresso - Carlo Di Ruocco, Founder and CEO of Mr Espresso
12:30 pm
Taste of Sicily - with Maria Luisa Manca
1:00 pm
Story Telling - with Stefania Olivieri
2:15 pm
Journey in Sicily - Diana Marano, Italian instructor at Istituto Italiano Scuola of San Francisco
3:00 pm
Closing
Jewish Roman cooking - with Viola Buitoni
3:30 pm
Cinema Paradiso
4:00 pm
Viva la focaccia - Vittorio Viarengo
5:30 pm
Opening
Inga Pierson - Italian Cinema Expert available for Q&A during the Sicilian Appetizer (5:30 to 7:30 pm)
Hand made pasta - with Viola Buitoni
6:00 pm
6:30 pm
Blame Freud
7:30 pm
8:00 pm
Sicily Through the Lens of Giuseppe Leone - closing

Location and Dates
Oshman Family JCC
Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life
3921 Fabian Way,
Palo Alto, CA 94303
CONCERT
Thursday - January 21, 2016
7:30pm
FESTIVAL
Sunday - January 31, 2016
10:00am to 8:00pm

Directions
Going either North or South on Highway 101:
Take the San Antonio Road South
exit toward Los Altos
Right on Charleston Road
Right on Fabian Way
Enter driveway & parking garage on the right
Going either North or South on Interstate 280: Take the El Monte Avenue East exit Left on Foothill Expressway Right on San Antonio Road Left on Charleston Road Right on Fabian Way Enter driveway & parking garage on the right
Parking info