Beauty and the Beast

If you happen to be in NJ this weekend stop by to see Elizabeth, Nicholas and the rest of the talented cast in person…

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr

Thursday, March 22 @ 10am

Friday, March 23 @ 7pm

Saturday, March 24 @ 7pm

Sunday, March 25 @ 3:30pm

Holy Spirit School

330 Newark Pompton Turnpike

Pequannock, NJ

For tickets call 973-835-5680 or purchase at the door

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Join Us in Danbury

I hope you will join me as I read from my novel, Of Asphalt and Earth.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011 @ 7pm

Westside Classroom Building, Room 218
Western Connecticut State University Westside Campus
3 Lake Avenue Ext.
Danbury, CT 06811

I will be joined that evening by the amazing Dan Pope, author of In the Cherry Tree.

Of Asphalt and Earth is a story of immigration and it’s impact on generations of one family. Cristina cannot remember a time when she didn’t feel out of place despite a successful career in writing and academia. Her perception of herself and her place begins to change as her grandmother shares her storia of escaping Nazi occupation, uprooting herself from her beloved central Italian village and her struggling to find her place in her new world while attempting to hold her family together. In her nonna’s life Cristina finds the wisdom and the courage to take her place in her own storia.

Italian American Arts Festival

Watchung Arts Center

Sunday, April 25, 1 p.m.

This event is the culmination of more than a year of work. I have long been aware of the lopsided and misguided representation of Italian Americans in the media: a representation that is completely opposed to the people whom I know and love. Instead of whining and complaining  I decided to so something about it. I wanted to share the stories that speak to our experience and culture the way we are, not the way we are perceived.

When I shared this vision with the board of the Watchung Arts Center they were excited to get involved as they share a commitment to arts, culture and education. I deeply appreciate their commitment to this event, reaching out to the community around them and sharing the value of the arts 

This Festival celebrates the contributions of Italians and Italian Americans to the arts, especially literature and the visual arts. The day’s events will include readings by the five finalists from the Art Center’s Contest in Italian American Short Fiction; the winner will also be announced that day and awarded a $200 prize. Award-winning Italian American fiction writer, poet and essayist, Paola Corso, will read some of her own work at the Festival. An exhibit of artwork by painter Marc D’Agusto and photographer, Alexa Cuozzo will be presented in the downstairs Studio.

Tickets are $7 and include entry to the readings and art exhibition. Hors d’oeuvres will be provided by Delicious Heights of Berkeley Heights. You may purchase tickets via using PayPal from WAC’s  Ticket Reservation page. For more information call 908-753-0190 or click here to e-mail them.

I’m looking forward to seeing you there!