Friday, April 17, 2015

CCR Walks with Olivia: A Day at the Baths - May 9, 2015

The month of May brings with it a number of ancient Roman festive days, rituals and ceremonies, now the subject of a special exhibition at the Chiostrino Ludovisi inside the Baths of Diocletian (Terme di Diocleziano, built in 306 AD), which quietly opened in September for the first time in 30 years to reveal the restored “Natatio” (cold bathing pool), and wonderful 3D reconstructions of its original appearance. We will be exploring the baths' different areas as well as the exhibition, and their afterlife as a major Christian Basilica, a Carthusian Monastery, a Papal Granary, a museum and a hospice for blind paupers, and a cinema, amongst others.

Entrance tickets: 7 euro full price. The entrance ticket allows you to visit Palazzo Altemps and Palazzo Massimo and Crypta Balbi within the following three days! 

When: Saturday, May 9, 2015 
Time: 10am. 
Exact meeting point: to be sent to confirmed participants by email 
Cost: €10 for CCR members, €15 non members (maximum 20 participants), plus museum entrance fee. Please bring exact change, as this will greatly facilitate the process for everyone.
RVSP required by Wednesday, May 6th:  ATTN Peter at You are financially responsible for your reservation.
NOTE: Please bring correct change, familiarize yourself with the meeting place ahead of time and make sure you are ready to depart promptly.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

CCR Book Club - May 21, 2015

The CCR Book club will be reading "My Brilliant Friend" - an Italian novel that has met with unprecedented success in Italy and abroad. The New York Review of Books recently ran a long, enthusiastic article on Elena Ferrante, who has now published several novels.

Ferrante has never been seen or heard in person and refuses to be interviewed; whether the name hides a man or a woman author is also a well-kept secret. Her novels, set in  Naples, deal with the lives of two friends, Elena and Lila, in and against a rough social context. Elena is the narrator. 

Word is that Ferrante's last novel may be one of the books running for the 2015  PREMIO STREGA, the most renowned literary award in Italy.

One of the covers used for "My Brilliant Friend"

When: Thursday, May 21, 2015 
Time: 7:30 p.m. 
Where: Via Aurelia area -- exact address sent to confirmed participants by email. 
Potluck Dinner: Please RSVP letting Nicoletta know what dish you will be preparing for 6 people.
Further info & RSVP: ATTN Nicoletta Barbarito 
NB: Feltrinelli International sells this novel both in Italian and in English (translated by Anne Goldstein).

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Now You're Cooking Under Pressure Again! - April 22, 2015

Ribs rubbing you the right way? Believe it or not, a pressure cooker takes the heat out of cooking barbecue ribs and our latest instalment on the secrets of pressure cooking will prove it. Less cooking time + great taste = more time to socialize and share a few beers with your friends.

This evening's lesson and menu will feature barbecue pork ribs with homemade pressure cooker hot sauce. They will be accompanied by bean salad and lots of cold beer. For a sweet close, we'll have pressure-cooked Apple and Ricotta Cake and pressure-cooked Upside-Down Cake.

What more convincing do you need to believe that a little bid of pressure may be exactly what you need? 

Please bring paper and pens to take notes. Space is limited to 10 participants, so book right away. Current CCR members will have priority. 

When: Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Time: Lesson starts at 7 p.m., meal at 8 p.m. 
Where: CCR member's private residence in the Prati area. Exact address will be sent to confirmed participants.
Cost: CCR members €15, guests €20. Includes meal.
RSVP: ATTN Diana by Friday, April 17. CCR Members have priority booking.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

CCR at Rome's Comedy Club - May 29, 2015

We're going to get our fill of belly laughs at the last show of the season for Rome's Comedy Club. Started in 2008 as a small band of English-speaking expats willing to risk face and build a local space for comic performances, the Comedy Club has grown out of various smaller venues and is now hosted at a proper dinner theatre club and attracts stand-up comedians from all over the world, in addition to the faithful local crew.

CCR members and friends will have their own table in prime position to enjoy their last show of the 2014-2015 season. Those who wish can order dinner à la carte, while others may simply have a drink with the show admission.

The line-up for this show will include two visiting comics from the UK:

- Gary Sansome
- Daphna Baram

plus the classics:

- Marsha De Salvatore
- Ryan Costello
- Gabriel Gougsa
- Liz Knight
- Francesco De Carlo

When: Friday, May 29, 2015
Time: We will start gathering from 8:30 on, show starts at 9:30 p.m. and reserved seats not claimed by that time may be reassigned by the venue. Dinner service (à la carte) starts at 8:30.
Where: Teatro Skenè, Via Francesco Carletti 5 (walking distance from Piramide metro stop). 
Cost: €15 for a drink + the show, plus food à la carte for those who wish (dinner service starts at 8:30).

NB: Strong language and explicit content may be used by some comics.
RSVP: ATTN Anna by Tuesday, May 26th.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Yoga for our CCR Charity - April 15, 2015

A special yoga session will be offered to CCR members and friends by two yoga masters visiting from Canada as part of fund-raising efforts for our charity this year, the Lieutenant Governor's Summer Reading Camps for Aboriginal Children. Shanta and Raj Dubey have been practicing yoga for almost 40 years and teaching for over 30 to people of all ages (children to seniors) and at different levels of health and flexibility (including recovering accident/surgery patients). Shanta also teaches Qi Gong, an ancient Chinese health care approach that incorporates postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. Our session will focus on yoga (breathing and some light moves/stretches), Qi Gong and meditation. Light Indian snacks will be provided by our kind hosts. An informal potluck will follow the lesson for those who wish to stay on.

Space is limited to 10 participants so book right away! 

When: Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Time: Session 6 to 8 p.m.; potluck 8 to 9 p.m.
Where: CCR member's private residence in the Vittorio Emanuele area. Exact address will be sent to confirmed participants. 
Cost: By donation (minimum suggested €10 -- all funds will be donated to this year's charity), includes light snacks during the session; for those staying for the potluck, please bring a sweet or savoury dish. 
RSVP: by Saturday, April 11.