Thursday, November 26, 2020

CCR Book Club - December 19, 2020

The next book club meeting is scheduled for lunchtime on December 19 with Zoom starting at 2 p.m. Rome time. If it is not possible to gather for lunch due to COVID restrictions, we will hold the meeting online one day earlier, on the evening of Friday, December 18.

The book is "American Dirt" by Jeanine Cummins (2019). It is a gripping story about a mother and son’s migration from Mexico to the US using a combination of rail and land routes. It’s a very fast read. The Guardian has a compelling review of the novel.

When: Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020
Time: 1 p.m.
Where: TBC if in person; all others by Zoom.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

CCR Remote Lecture: Aubrey Beardsley - December 15, 2020

Picasso, Klee, Münch, and many other 20th century artists owe so much to Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898), a young English artist who died of tuberculosis aged 25. An original, solitary, sickly genius, Beardsley shocked Victorian society with an ambiguous and entrancing world of his own creation. In the 1960s, his works briefly enjoyed a second wave of popularity and this year an exhibition at the Tate in London and another at the Musée d’Orsay were meant give him back the limelight he so rightly deserves. Join us for the next CCR virtual lecture as we delve into Beardsley, his art, and his times.

When: Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Time: 6 p.m. (lecture duration is approx. 75 minutes)
Meeting Place: Your Place! Online meeting platform.
Cost: €10 for members and €15 for non-members.
RSVP: ATTN Joe by Saturday, December 12, 2020. You are financially responsible for your reservation.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Toasting the Season: Holiday Cocktail-Making - December 17, 2020

Now we're combining a cocktail-making lesson with a chance to raise our glasses to the holiday season!

Riccardo Di Dio Masa, head bartender at Hotel Palazzo Montemartini, is going to give us a lesson in English, live online, on how to make two special drinks for CCR. One will be a "Tobago Daiquiri Zen" with rum, lime and exotic but warm spices and herbs and the other will feature Italian roots, combining such flavours as vermouth, hazelnut and orange in a "Milano-Torino" cocktail with a new twist.

We can then be very merry... and exchange our best wishes with everyone, both near and far!

When: Thursday, December 17, 2020
Time: 6 p.m.
Where: your kitchen; remote interactive lesson by Zoom
Cost: €10 for members. Advance payment required.
Note: A list of ingredients will be sent to confirmed participants in advance by email.
RSVP: ATTN Mariele by Dec. 15, 2020 COB or while spaces last. You are financially responsible for your reservation.

Saturday, November 7, 2020

The Future of Air Travel: A Talk with Roberta of Air Canada - December 10, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned many aspects of our lives upside down, including our travel habits. CCR members and friends tend to be avid world travellers and many of us live far away from family and friends, so there's no doubt we've felt the impact. We're all wondering when and how we can go back!

Roberta Cavallini of Air Canada Italy, a CCR sponsor for years, will talk about the uncertainties the airline and travel industries have faced and what they are doing at Air Canada to adjust and plan for the future. She has very kindly agreed to include a useful Questions & Answer opportunity for participants.

You may submit potential questions in advance at the time of booking your spot.

When: Thursday, December 10, 2020
Time: 6 p.m.
Where: remote interactive talk by Zoom
Cost: Free.
RSVP: ATTN Mariele by Dec. 9, 2020 COB or while spaces last.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

CCR Remote Lecture: Romanesque Wanderings - November 24, 2020

In the 13th century, a woman died and was buried in Palermo. Her gravestone provides a starting point for a fascinating, digressive, meandering journey which weaves together many different ethnic, cultural, and economic ties. Glass in hand, we will examine Italy's ties to Muslim, Byzantine and Northern European cultures, supplying inspiration for the Romanesque style of the 12th and 13th centuries.

When: Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Time: 18:00 (lecture duration is approx. 60-75 minutes)
Meeting Place: Your Place!
Cost: €10 for members and €15 for non-members.
RSVP: ATTN Joe by Sat., Nov. 21, 2020. You are financially responsible for your reservation.