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Rome: The Eternal City

Caravaggio & Artemisia’s Rome

Presentation by Dr. Chrystine Keener, Ringling College

Thursday, November 18, 2021 – 11-12:30 pm Selby Public Library

$20 Donation


This lecture will compare the paintings and personalities of two of the most iconic Italian artists of the Baroque period, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio and Artemisia Gentileschi. Travel back in time to study Caravaggio’s compositions that defied 17th-century decorum with allusions to Rome’s seedy underground activities. Conversely, Gentileschi’s depictions of women, who judge and administer harsh punishments to the undeserving, challenged the stereotype of a female artist. Her dynamic paintings reflect what she wrote to a male patron, “You will find the spirit of Caesar in this soul of a woman!”

Rome: Sculpture & Architecture of Bernini & Barromini

Presentation by Dr. Rosanne Martorella

Thursday, December 9, 2021 - 11-12:30 Selby Public Library $20 Donation


Although different in personality, they designed churches, squares, palaces, and mythological sculptures.  As rivals and formulators of the Baroque style of architecture, their contributions lend much to the embellishment of Rome.  Photographs are shown.

Sarasota Opera Event

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 – 11-12:30pm - Opera House – $25

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   Meet the Artistic Staff and hear the singers.  We have enjoyed this popular event for years, and will continue this SICE tradition as we listen to “behind the scenes” anecdotes, and meet the stars of the season.     


Both films will be shown at the Lakewood Ranch Cinema at 10:30 am 

Doors will open at 10 am for Registration

COST:   $25 per film – Lunch not included at this time.           

Wednesday, February 16, 2022    “Nights of Cabiria”


   In this Fellini masterpiece, a naïve prostitute searches for true love in the seediest sections of Rome. Giulietta Masina, the "female Chaplin," shines in this episodic quest for real meaning.  Francois Perier and Amadeo Nazzari join Ms. Masina . . . actually Mrs. Fellini . . . in this Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Film and Best Actress Award winner at the Cannes Film Festival in 1958.

Wednesday, March 23, 2022   “The Secret of Santa Vittoria”


 Anna Magnani and Anthony Quinn star in this splashy and raucous account of a small Italian village’s attempt to hide 1,300,000 bottles of local wine from the invading Nazis.  Variety Magazine dubbed this 1969 Technicolor spectacular “a knockout.”

Passeggiata a Roma
Wine Tasting & Light Bites
Thursday, February 24, 2022

$65 members / $75 non-members
The Landings Racquet Club

6 PM - 8 PM

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SICE's 20th Anniversary Luncheon - Annual Membership Meeting & Election of Officers

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Our Final In-Person Farewell of the Season -  Menu to Follow
Wednesday, April 20, 2022    at   TPC Prestancia Country Club

11:30 AM - 2 PM
$35 members / $45 non-members   (Cash Bar)
Join us as we celebrate 20 wonderful years of fun, festivities and philanthropy.  
You will be taken on a nostalgic photographic journey of SICE's past twenty seasons.
Election of Officers for 2022-24 will follow the luncheon.  Only members can vote.

For further information, see our Website: 

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