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Page 8 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 28, 2014 The Italian Center of New York City, Boston Office is Sponsoring ITALIAN CLASSES Italian Classes will be offered starting March 6 TM, 2014 using the Sheltered Foreign Language Approach. The Sheltered Foreign Language approach is a customized program tailored in teaching a foreign lan- g,,age specifically to adults. Fine program is based on the research conducted by Cummins and Krashen, who indicated that adults learn- :'rs need visual materials as well as auditory materials to be able to grasp a second lan- guage. The research indi- -:,es that visual materials ,..-,nstitute an easier way to :[,-asp language and that when auditory language is .:troduced concepts become ..lore difficult to grasp. The ,,niqueness of this approach 's that it is specifically eared for adults. Generally, !:'ssons are fun and enter- :aining, allowing the stu- dents to feel free to commu- nicate. Making adults com- fortable is critical to their learning. The program incorporates modules and testing mate- rials developed by Mr. Robert Trifiletti. To assist adult populations, Mr. Trifiletti has developed lessons which are utilized in teaching Italian to adults. Teaching foreign languages via the computer and through PowerPoint presentations allows students frequent opportunities to practice the languages at home. The exercises are based on com- municative competence, helping the students to speak almost immediately. Mr. Trifiletti also has devel- oped modules and drills using the Sheltered Foreign Language Program. Much of the materials that do exist include many commercial books and audiovisuals and do not even relate to the adults who are learning a foreign language. Instruc- tional materials hardly exist for adults wanting to learn a foreign language. The instructor is Mr. Rob- ert Trifiletti, born in Italy and has taught in Florence, Italy and Madrid, Spain for the Mangol Institute. He com- pleted his graduate work at the University of the Americas in Mexico City. He graduated from Ohio State University and com- pleted his Master's Degree at Kent State University. He worked at the White House for two and half years during the Nixon Administration and was employed by the U.S. Department of Educa- tion for 34 years where he administered Foreign Lan- guage Grants, Foreign Fed- eral .Contracts to school districts, colleges and Uni- versities. He was also the Director of the U.S. Depart- ment of Education Foreign Language Visitors center. At the same time, he also was employed as a second job with the Washington Post Newspaper Company for 29 years. Mr. Trifiletti received the 2005 President's Award for his volunteer work in teaching Italian and Span- ish for the U. S. Department of Education Combined Fed- eral Charity Program where funds would go to My Sisters Place a homeless shelter for Women. The language course is nine week long and will start Thursday, March 6 th from 1:00 to 2:00 o'clock in the heart of the North End. The class is held on the second floor at the Italian Center of New York City Boston Office at 317 Hanover Street, Boston. If you are interested, please register in person on Thursday, March 6 TM at 1:00 pm at the Italian Cen- ter. Mr. Robert Trifiletti would like the interested students to attend the dem- onstration to appreciate the requirements for the class and to explain the sheltered approach to foreign language teaching. There is a $80.00 donation fee (tax deductible for the class). One-hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated. The check will be made out to the Italian Center for Homeless Chil- dren in Jamaica Plain, Bos- ton or to Casa Myrna a Shel- ter located in the South End for battered women. All ma- terials will be provided for duplication. NORTH END00 Owned and operated by Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher, Post-Gazette Quality Printing for all your Commercial and Personal Needs Stationery * Business Cards * Menus * Hyers Program Books * Wedding and Party Invitations Announcements * Business Forms and Documents COMPETITIVE PRICES 617-227-8929 Cady Huffman Comes to New England in Her New Show Hungry and Horny Cady Huffman, Iron Chef America judge and Tony Award winning actress for her role as Ulla in the Pro- ducers will be appearing in her show Hungry and Horny at the Ocean State Theatre in Warwick, RI on Sunday, March 9 th at 7:30 pm. 401-921-6800. Cady spoke to me by phone from her home in NYC about the show, cook- ing and acting. When I asked how she came up with the idea for the show and title, Cady told me three people in- side of a week's time had come up to her suggesting she do a foodie cabaret act. "I thought it was maybe time to do it. At the time I also got a call that space was avail- able at 54 Below in NYC, so the timing was right and I went ahead with the idea. The working title was She Can Cook Too after the song from On the Town, but after talking it over I decided to go with Hungry and Horny as that is what it is all about, a show for people to have fun with and not take too seriously. I did run the title by my octoge- narian mother who,when she heard, laughed out loud and said she loved it. It is about, food, sex and relationships with others. I also interact with the audience and want them to have a good time." The show features Cady performing a number of food related songs such as Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries (a favorite that she has been performing for years), Jambalaya, A Spoonful Of Sugar and l'm Just a Lonely Petunia in an Onion Patch as well as, on the love side,the very sexy Ann-Margaret song Thirteen Men and the show stopping If You Got It Flaunt It from The Producers. With the show's emphasis on food and given her Italian background, (she has fond memories of her maternal grandmother Dede Capasiella's cooking), I assumed Cady must be a great cook. "I am a good cook. It is hard for me to say I am a great cook seeing I spend so much time around some of the greatest chefs in the world," a refer- ence to her role as a judge on Iron Chef America. "I am a terrific sous chef. I also make a great brunch, waffles and eggs and enjoy getting together with friends to cook. I love to eat." What's her favorite Ital- ian dish? "My grandmother's pasta fagioli." Cady remembers deciding to be an actress at a very early age. "Having made my mind up when so young, I found it hard to believe other people had trouble figuring out what they wanted to be when they grew up." She Bobby can be reached Remember Your Loved Ones The Post-Gazette accepts memorials " throughout the year. Please call 617-227-8929 was also greatly influ- enced by Mary Grace Canfield who is best remembered for her role as Ralph the carpenter in Green Acres and who passed away recently. The young Ms. Huffman took Canfield's acting course, "It was Mary who taught me how to cross over that line from pre- tending to be someone while on stage to becom- ing the person in the role. Acting is about being the character as opposed to just putting something on. Expressing yourself through art makes you feel quite vulnerable. One day when I was about 17, Mary gave me a monologue to read about being a wallflower. It was difficult to get through, but I found it very empowering being able to do it. She connected me with my confidence as an actor and taught me how to do it with joy. It is great to break through that fourth wall that gets in the way on stage. I want to con- nect with people and being on stage is very personal to me." Does she have a dream role she would one day like to play? "I enjoy creating new roles, but I would love to play Anna in The King and I. That would be a treat for all of us. Cady gave me some great news. She was recently in The Nance with Nathan Lane in NYC. It got fabulous reviews, but having played solely on Broadway, most people haven't had a chance to enjoy it. "PBS filmed a live performance, and I believe it will be aired sometime in the fail. I am happy they did as so few people are able to see these performances. Having it filmed on stage and then shown on television enables millions to see it." We talked about her time in Boston when she appeared in Pirates in 2009. I mentioned how it was the only time I can recall a critic putting a show down because the audience was having too much fun. "I heard about that and thought it was funny. I don't usually pay a lot of attention to reviews, but I saw quite a few people got involved in that discussion." The audience can look forward to having a lot more fun watching Cady perform in Hun- gry and Horny. I think the only one who would be disappointed is a certain cranky critic. Any chance you will be performing in Boston again? "There is always a chance and I would love to. I love Boston." For now I would advise people to make the short trip down to Warwick to see the very talented Ms. Huffman. at j[ From YBakery Perch tt;VFA OBLANDO !NOPOLI 1st Generation Italian-American Vita Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us a delightful recollection of her memories as a child growing up in Boston's "Little Italy" and a collection of Italian family recipes from the homeland. Great as Gifts FROM MY BAKERY PERCH available on AMAZON.COM and in local bookstores -- ask for Hard cover #1-4010-9805-3 ISBN Soft Cover #1-4010-9804-5 ISBN