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ZOOM LINK and AGENDA for AGM 4_14_21

Please attend the
Annual General Meeting
of the
Dante Alighieri Society of Seattle
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
7:00 PM

zoom room open by 6:50. Trivia Game at 7:00
and meeting begins soon after.
Here is the meeting agenda:

Topic: Dante Annual General Meeting
Time: Apr 14, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

JoSlate of Board of Directors and Officers for 2021-2022

Joyce Ramee, President (new term exp 23)
Bruce Leone, Vice President (new term exp 23)
John Steedman, Secretary (new term exp 23)
Harry Reinert, Treasurer (term exp 22)
Andrea Aldrich (term exp 22)
Houghton Lee (term exp 22)
Janet Lenart (new term exp 23)
Stacey Lott-Howe (new term exp 23)
Domenico Minotti (term exp 22)
Giuseppe Tassone, Director, Italian Language Program
Dan DeMatteis, Past President
Please Join us for this important event.


Interview with Beth Barrett – SIFF Artistic Director

One of our Dante members, Andrea Aldrich, recently interviewed the Artistic Director of SIFF, Beth Barrett, during a recent episode of her podcast, Italy Inside Out.

Beth gives us insider information about the Seattle International Film Festival and the reason Cinema Italian Style was born.

This year, because of the pandemic, Cinema Italian Style will be virtual, which has brought a whole new set of production challenges for SIFF. During the festival, new films are shown by established film makers and the works of new film makers are debuted. This engaging interview with Beth Barrett, Artistic Director for SIFF, discloses the history of the organization and the changes made throughout its 47 year existence, the emergence of the Italian film festival because of the strong community interest, the search for new films each year and a synopsis of some of her favorites in this year’s lineup.

You can listen to this episode of Italy Inside Out from wherever you get your podcasts or follow this link to episode No.14.  https://italyinsideout.buzzsprout.com

Beth Barrett

2020 SIFF Cinema Italian Style

get ready for SIFF – coming soon right into your homes.

Dante Alighieri is a proud sponsor of Cinema Italian Style at SIFF, bringing the best in new Italian cinema right to your home in 2020—with a virtual 12th edition! Featuring work from established masters and new voices, pre-recorded filmmaker Q&As, and films spanning the country, Cinema Italian Style will hit your screens December 10 – 17, 2020.

Save $10 on full priced passes with promo code DA2020PASS and $2 on regular priced tickets with promo code DA2020TIX.* Passes on sale now! Full lineup and tickets will be released December 3.

Buy Pass: https://www.siff.net/year-round-cinema/film-festivals/cinema-italian-style
*Discounts available on full priced passes and tickets and not applicable on SIFF Member discounted passes/tickets. 


Enjoy a complimentary, wood-fired pizza from Tutta Bella any time during the festival. As a thank you for supporting Italian cinema, Tutta Bella https://tuttabella.com is generously providing one FREE 13” Neapolitan pizza to each Cinema Italian Style passholder, when you purchase your pass by November 30.

Learn More https://www.siff.net/year-round-cinema/film-festivals/cinema-italian-style

Bread, Love, and Cinema:  Italian History Through Film and Food

SIFF Virtual Film Class
TUE DEC 8 · 7:00-9:00 PM

Excellence in film and food have always been associated with Italy and Italian culture. From post WWII (Bicycle Thieves, An American in Rome) to present day (Big Night, Facing Windows) Italian film culture has been inextricably connected with Italian food. Join Dr. Antonio Iannotta in this journey through some of the most iconic and important Italian films that center food culture as a reflection of their time in Italian history.

Special offer from Tutta Bella: complimentary pizza for the first 100 class registrants.

Learn More https://www.siff.net/education/film-appreciation/classes/bread-love-cinema


October English & Italian Meetings

Announcing the Dante Alighieri Society’s

October English & Italian Language Meetings

Wednesdays, October 14 and 28, 2020

Zoom room opens at 7:00 Presentations begin at 7:30

English Language Meeting, October 14

Music of Luigi Cherubini and Alessandro Rolla
Chamber music lecture-recital recorded especially for Dante Alighieri Society of Washington


Emilie is Assistant Concertmaster of Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra and Concertmaster of Auburn Symphony. She is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music. Joyce is currently President of the Dante Alighieri Society of Washington and a founding member of both Pacific Northwest Ballet and Auburn Symphony. She graduated from the Curtis Institute. Brian is Principal Cellist of Auburn Symphony and a member of Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra. He graduated from Cincinnati Conservatory. Together they will perform string trio music of the Italian Classical period, enhanced with biographical information about the featured composers. The evening will begin in Zoom and then all will enjoy a live broadcast of the lecture-recital, with time for questions and comments afterwards.

Italian Language Meeting, October 28

Italian Linens and Hand-stamping in Romagna
Francesca Carmichael – Italian Linen Store, Bellevue

Francesca Carmichael will speak about the hand-stamped, block print linens typical of the Romagna region of Italy. Francesca is the proprietor of Italian Linen Store  (italianlinenstore.com), a “molto italiano” store that is located in Bellevue. Its Italian hand-stamped linens for the home exemplify the antique craft that has continued to the present day with the products from Stamperia Bertozzi that, using traditional stamping techniques, offers a full range of decorative linens, from the classic to the contemporary.

Born and raised in Cremona, Francesca has lived in various countries and continents in the course of her life, beginning with her time at University, in Venice, then the Middle East, France and so forth, until she landed in Seattle in 2004. Here she opened her first shop in Woodinville importing from Italy antique furniture, hand-painted ceramics, decorative paper and stationery to textiles, a gradual and natural progression that compliments her own artistic nature. Zoom invitation links will be sent one day ahead of these meetings.