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Page8 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 8, 2013 i , The Montefalcione Devotion to Saint Anthony SCREENING AT SAINT LEONARD'S On Friday, March 15, 2013 at 7:00 pm, Christian Anthony Guarino, filmmaker and native of Montefalcione, Italy, will be screen- ing his documentary Patron Saint: The Montefalcione Devotion to Saint Anthony in the Church Hall at Saint Leonard's on Prince Street in the North End. Along with the film, those attending will enjoy light refresh- ments and an opportunity to meet some of the people interviewed in the film. Patron Saint: The Montefalcione Devotion to Saint Anthony tells the story of a community of immigrants and their continuing ties to their ancestral home. On the last Sunday of every August since 1688, citizens of Montefalcione, a small town near Naples, have honored their patron Saint, Anthony of Padova. When Montefalcionesi immi- grants to the United States settled in Boston's North End, they continued the de- votional tradition of their hometown. On the final Sunday in August, despite the time difference, the communities in Boston and Montefalcione hold their grand finale, a pro- cession of Saint Anthony, simultaneously. De Niro's Neo-Nazi Southie Put-down by Sal Giarratani A few years ago I read that when the Italian Republic was about to honor Hollywood actor Robert De Niro numer- ous Italian-American orga- nizations officially reacted to that honor by asking the Ital- ian government not to do any such thing since De Niro's long Hollywood career added negatively to those horrible stereotypes of Italians and Italian Americans as mostly gangsters. I believe the Ital- ian government withdrew the honor after getting much negative feedback from Ital- ian-American organizations here in the United States. I read where Senator Jack Hart reacted very negatively to an upcoming Showtime show that De Niro is the ex- ecutive producer of, stating, "I am offended on behalf of all the good residents of South Boston that this project in any way will be filmed and thereby reflect poorly on the town." Hart has lived his whole life in Southie and added, "I have never encountered anything re- sembling a neo-Nazi group." Rep. Nick Collins also said, "I am tired of Hollywood writing and rewriting scripts and making movies that characterize people from Boston or South Boston in such a grotesque and unflat- tering light. If this is all De Niro has left in the tank, he should just retire." Getting back to Hart's frst-hand knowledge about Southie and neo-Nazis, like him I remember when some out of town white suprema- cist group came up to Southie to seemingly exploit ten- sions caused by the federal busing court order. When they arrived they were met with resistance and told to go back to where they came from. They did in haste. Never to be seen again on A Street, B Street, East Broad- way or West Broadway. This new cable series is called The 4th Reich and has been called a cross between the films American History X and The Town. Hollywood is calling it a crime-thriller that mixes race, religion and politics. The series follows the former leader of the neo- Nazis who gets released from prison to return to Southie as a spy for the FBI. I read that the Anti- Defamation League's New # RISTORANTE & BAR Traditional Italian Cuisine 415 Hanover Street, Boston 617.367.2353 11 MountVernon Street, Winchester 781.729.0515 Priv t Fu.dio. I ooms for .., ( ccosion Cbist . .q B dol Show BoL, Skow Bidl clo, B reovement, Etc. Donato Frattaroli donato @ J England Chairman Jeff Robbins said the show could actually serve a useful pur- pose if it's done right." Done Right? Showcasing South Boston residents as politi- cal extremists or sympatric to extremism, how can that be done right, especially when history shows just the opposite? I remember back in the early 1970s as a 20-some- thing opponent of forced busing. We were constantly being bad-mouthed by the liberals and their daily rags. They didn't see those white supremacists being run out of town. They apparently thought they would be wel- comed as allies in a com- mon fight. I'm sure they were surprised by South Boston's reaction to bigots coming into their fight. How many times did the liberal media try to paint Jimmy Kelly as a loudmouth racist? How many times did they remark about the South Boston Marshals being storm troopers? You can't make anti-bus- ing or I.R.A. movies any- more, so Hollywood has moved .onto Nazis now. I never lived in Southie but as someone who fought alongside South Bos-ton from Charlestown, I knew what Southie people were all about and I understood the fight they fought. I fought alongside them. When I think of South Boston or Charles-town, I think of hard working folks trying to survive and raise families as best they can through good times and bad. I think of people like my grandfather from West Cork who arrived in Charlestown over 100 years ago. He, like many others came for a new start and a chance to be living in this country. They came to marry and raise families and give their chil- dren more opportunities than they ever received back home. De Niro, like all of Holly- wood, would rather show gangsters, neo-Nazis and bank robbers than what really is the story. Paint up stereotypes and sell stuff that is simply exhausting *#@^I NOW THROUGH APR 18 ] Wolk Gallery, School of Architecture and Planning, MIT. "EAquila, 2010." Exhibition of photographs by Michele Nastasi. During the exhibition on March 21 ] Conference "'Ihe Suspended City: Rebuilding EAquila After the Earthquake of 2009." CAMBRIDGE NOW THROUGH JUL 14I RISD Museum, Providence. Exhibition "q-he Festive City." PROVIDENCE MAR 8 ] American Academy of Arts and Sciences. "Rita Levi Montalcini: q-he Woman, q-he Scientist." 6:00 PM. 136 Irving Street, Cambridge, MA. Mandatory (free) registration at CAMBRIDGE MAR 11 I Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts, "Pinocchio, Storia di un Burattino." 7:00 PM. 41 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA. Performed by Massimiliano Finazzer Flory. CAMBRIDGE SPRING 2013 I University of Rhode Island and Dartmouth College, New Hampshire. "Preeminent Italian Female Authors" featuring Dacia Maraini (RI) and Clara Sereni (NH). PROVIDENCE & HANOVER SPRING 2013 ] De Chirico Exhibition. PROVIDENCE APR 5-6 ] Shubert Theatre. Spellbound Contemporary Ballet performs "Lost of Words" and "Downshifting." BOSTON APR 9 ] MIT. "Celebration in Honor of Franco Modigliani." Speakers: Robert Solow (Nobel Laureate) and Robert Merton (Nobel Laureate). CAMBRIDGE APR 21 - JUN 30 I Museum of Fine Arts. Exhibition "Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane Master Drawings from the Casa Buonarroti." BOSTON MAY 7-8 ] City Hall. Barrique "q-he q-hiM Life for Wood." BOSTON MAY 9 ] Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts. "On the Road with Dante Alighieri." CAMBRIDGE MAY 20 - JUN 28 ] City Hall. "Looking for Hemingway." Exhibition by Franco Azzinari. BOSTON JUN 4 ] "Pinocchio, Storia di un Burattino." Performed by Massimiliano Finazzer Flory. PROVIDENCE JUN 11 I Berldee College of Music. Concert by Enrico Rava and his Quintet. BosT()N JULY I "La Notte della Taranta." Part of the "Outside the Box" Festival. BOSTON SEP - OCT [ Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University. "New Italian Cinema," in cooperation with Cinecitta' and Harvard Film Archive. CAMBRIDGE FALL 2013 [ Harvard University. International Conference on "Galileo and Sunspots." Organized by Museo Galileo, Firenze Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, Harvard University in cooperation with NASA. CAMBRIDGE OCT 2013 I PIB Seminar Series: "Italian and American Policies on Biomedical Research." BOSTON OCT 2013 [ Center for European Studies, Harvard University. "Salvemini Colloquium" on Italian history and culture with Prof. Massimo Salvadori. CAMBRIDGE OCT ] 2013 Emmanuel College. "q-he Meaning of Machiavelli's Prince." Lecture by Prof. Maurizo Viroli (Princeton). BOSTON NOV 23 ] Brown University. International Prize: "Boccaccio Afterlife." In cooperation with the American Boccaccio Association (ABA) and the Town of Certaldo on the occasion of the 700'h anniversary of Giovanni Boccaccio. PROVIDENCE