A day of Italian culture and tradition


Learn about Italy's culture and history at the Silicon Valley Italian Festival at the Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, on Sunday, Jan. 31.

The free festival, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., will feature an exhibition, movies, a market, speakers, food, cooking lessons and children's activities among other things.

For more information, visit siliconvalleyitalianfestival.com or email svitalianfestival@gmail.com.

Event program:

• 10 a.m. - Italian Market; Opening Exhibition: Sicily Through the Lens of Giuseppe Leone; Cooking Class: Homemade pasta with Maria Luisa Manca

• 11 a.m. - Speaker: The Jewish Theory of Everything: An Introduction to Italian Jewish - Francesco Spagnolo, Curator at Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, Berkeley

• 11:30 a.m. - Food: Opening

• noon - Speaker: The secrets of a good espresso with Carlo Di Ruocco, founder and CEO of Mr. Espresso

• 12:30 p.m. Cooking Class: Taste of Sicily - with Maria Luisa Manca

• 1 p.m. - Speaker: Story Telling with Stefania Olivieri

• 2:15 p.m. - Speaker: Journey in Sicily - Diana Marano, Italian instructor at Istituto Italiano Scuola of San Francisco

• 3 p.m. - Food: Closing; Cooking Class: Jewish Roman cooking with Viola Buitoni

• 3:30 p.m. - Movie: Cinema Paradiso

• 4 p.m. - Speaker: Viva la focaccia with Vittorio Viarengo

• 5:30 p.m. - Sicilian Appetizer: Opening; Cooking Class: Handmade pasta with Viola Buitoni

• 6 p.m. - Italian Market closes

• 6:30 p.m. - Movie: Blame Freud

• 7:30 p.m. - Sicilian Appetizer: Closing

• 8 p.m. - Exhibition: Sicily Through the Lens of Giuseppe Leone closes

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