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      Montreal’s Italian Week just days away

      Aug. 1, 2011

      The folks from Montreal’s Italian Week held their press conference this morning to announce their full program of activities. Also known as La Semaine Italienne de Montréal and as Settimana Italianna di Montreal, the festival officially starts this Friday, August 5.

      New this year, classic Italian films will be screening at the Casa d’Italia, located at 505 Jean-Talon est, every night from August 4 to 14 at 7:30PM. Admission is free.

      On Saturday, August 6, the festival makes a stop in NDG at Georges-Saint-Pierre Park. The day gets underway at 8:00AM with a bocce tournament. There will be activities for the kids from 11:00AM to 3:00PM, a communal dinner at 5:00PM, a 6:00PM performance by the Alpino de Montreal Choir and a 7:00PM performance by the Grand Show Band.

      On Monday, August 8, at 8:00PM, the documentary film, Mal’occhio [The Evil Eye], will be screened at the Casa D’Italia. The screening will be followed by a discussion on the subject. Admission is also free for this screening.

      Comedy will take center stage at the Casa D’Italia with Charly Chiarelli and his show, Cu’Fu. Chiarelli is scheduled to do two shows on Thursday, August 11 and on Friday, August 12, at 7:30PM. Tickets cost $15.00 and can be purchased in advance by calling (514) 279-6357 or (514) 271-2524.

      Michaela Di Cesare’s one-woman show, 8 Ways my Mother was Conceived, will be presented at the Leonardo Da Vinci Center’s Piccolo Teatro on Sunday, August 7 at 7:30PM. Tickets cost $10.00 and can be purchased in advance by calling (514) 955-8370. The play just completed a successful run at the Montreal Fringe Festival in June.

      On August 12, 13 and 14 the festival makes Little Italy its home base with three full days of celebration. St Laurent Boulevard between St Zotique and Jean Talon turns into a street fair with a variety of kiosks, extended terraces and a multitude of activities. Highlights include a Friday night performance by Dominic Mancuso, the Moda Sotto le Stelle fashion show on Saturday night, and a Sunday evening presentation of Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto.

      For a detailed program, please visit the festival’s official website at

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