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Page 8 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 16, 2012 Italian Culture Night {Continued from Page l) and hold festivals to consume rich food and drinks before the forty days of sacrifices leading to Holy week and Easter. Masks give people a sense of joy and have been worn at these festivals since the 1100s. With this activity children had the op- portunity to craft their own elaborate "Carnevale" face mask. Mosaics are colorful bits of tile arranged in elaborate patterns to create spectacu- lar designs. They have been a piece of Italian culture since the Roman Empire. Today, mosaics can be found everywhere from the sides of temples and churches to park benches, flowerpots -- even right there at the mu- seum! Children made their own mosaics using a wide range of materials. "Tarantella " refers both to the most famous type of tra- ditional Italian music and the frantic dancing that goes with it. Professional Italian folk dancers and players Carmen Marsico, Angela Rossi, Roberto Cassan and Fabio Pirozzolo stirred and electrified the entire audi- ence, with this fast paced, fun music, to the point of making many of the guests actively participate in the rhythm-keeping and, most of all, the dancing. Stefano Salimbeni played the guitar, led sing-along's for the young children and their parents, and also taught the students from the North End -- based Pirandello Italian Language School to perform the Italian anthem and the evergreen songs "Volare" by Domenico Modugno and "Marina" by Gianni Morandi. It was time for children as well as grownups -- to cel- ebrate "Carnevale", even if a little delayed, to learn about masks from the twenty regions of Italy, and then make their own, with different fabrics, feathers and assorted decorations. Everyone had a chance to see examples of traditional mosaics, (Ravenna, Pompei, Piazza Armerina in Sicily), and then give a shot at mak- ing their own artwork. Finally it was a chance to learn how to dance the basic steps of PIZZICA (tarantella from Apulia) and familiarize with traditional instru- ments such as "tamburello" (Italian traditional tambou- rine) and "fisarmonica" (accordion). Time flew by in a kaleido- scope of music, art, and dance. The evening ended with the Newpoli band, Stefano Salimbeni all the volunteers joined in a spon- taneous musical tribute to Lucia Dalla - one of the most famous and loved Italian singer songwriter, who had Southern Italian Folk Ensemble Newpoli and Stefano Salimbeni. very recently passed away. This event was sponsored by the Consulate General of Italy, C.A.S.I.T. Inc., PIB, and Comites. All the glory that was Rome ..... Pompei CAFF Po)AP1 [80 HANON/EK STgET ']'J 0 RTH END BOIO-J, NA 02113 "tEL. 617-Z27-1562 FAT(. 617-742-7927 Bistro * Beer * Wine , LUCIA RISTORANTE & BAR Traditional Italian Cuisine 415 Hanover Street, Boston 617.367.2353 11 MountVernon Street, Winchester 781.729.0515 P,ivote Funchon oorns foe any Occasion CFistening " Bilol S[,ower BI Show,,, Bdhclc, u B++ov+m+nt, Etc. Donoto Fraforoli donato @ J Consul General Giuseppe Pastorelli, son Andrea and wife Lilla dancing the tarantella.