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The Italian Cultural Center is dedicated to helping promote local events that celebrate Italian culture in fresh and thought-provoking ways. If you have an event that fits this criteria and you would like to see it featured on the ICC website please e-mail

Upcoming events

    • 01 Nov 2016
    • 7:00 PM
    • Moon Palace Books, 3260 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406

    Ferrante Night at Moon Palace Books

    Celebrate the release of two new books by Elena Ferrante, Italian novelist and author of My Brilliant Friend (L'amica geniale), at 7:00 p.m. on November 1st at Moon Palace Books, a great independent bookstore in Minneapolis. 

    Don't miss the opportunity to discuss or discover Ferrante's books with fellow readers! Active ICC Members will receive a 15% discount on all Ferrante's books that evening! Read more

    • 11 Nov 2016
    • 7:30 PM
    • 13 Nov 2016
    • 4:00 PM
    • Landmark Center

    Alma Gentil: Early Italian Baroque Meets Jazz

    This project was conceived twenty years ago when a concert agency in northern Italy took Consortium Carissimi under management as an experiment, since this agency promoted primarily Jazz ensembles. I had the chance to discuss with the late Kenny Wheeler (jazz flugelhorn) and others about the similarities between an early baroque score and a jazz chart.

    We agreed that the common red thread was the simple bass line upon which colors of voices and instruments loosely carved out a harmonic structure. We also agreed that these colors were determined mostly by availability than anything else since these groups must play often together and forge a finely tuned ensemble. Whoever was available played and sang. We agreed that the texts produced the melodic lines (not the other way around) thereby giving great freedom for improvisation by the musician, whether instrumentalist or singer.

    The poetic texts for both early baroque and jazz range from the expressions of love and betrayal, to philosophical or religious sentiments of destiny and things unseen. One of the most popular writers of the early Italian baroque was in fact Giambattista Marino (1569 —1625) who was born in Naples and is held to be one of the greatest Italian poets of all time. Accused of plagiarism (among other things) the character of his output is made clear by one of his own statements in regards to his wide range of writing:

    Imparai sempre a leggere col rampino, tirando al mio proposito ciò ch’io ritrovava di buono,
    notandolo nel mio zibaldone e servendomene a suo tempo.

    I soon learned to read with a little grappling hook, taking as my own those ideas I found to be good and write them all down for later use.

    La Sampogna, V. De Maldé, Parma, Fondazione Pietro Bembo, 1993, 51.

    This project of the six early Italian baroque madrigals and the six newly composed by Jeremy Walker is firmly grounded in poetry of G.B. Marino.

    We will slide into this event another world premier performance; a work of Kenny Wheeler composed for the Italian ensemble, which gave birth to the stateside of the same name. ~ Garrick Comeaux, Artistic Director

    Friday, November 11 at 7:30 p.m. 

    & Sunday, November 13 at 2:00 p.m. at the Landmark Center


    • 13 Nov 2016
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, 511 Groveland, Minneapolis

    The ICC is excited to announce a wonderful series of events, focused on the vibrant history of Venice, which is being organized this fall at the James Ford Bell Library.  

    We are a proud sponsor, and encourage you to follow this link to learn more and to register for the free lecture series.

    The James Ford Bell Library offers a 50% discount to active ICC members for the special concert performance of ¡Sacabuche! Venetia 1500 on Sunday, November 13th at 2:00 p.m. This multimedia performance, inspired by the aerial map of Venice from 1500 by Jacopo de' Barbari, weaves music, texts and the map in a conversation that offers audience members insight into the cultural landscape of sixteenth-century Venice. Contact Barbara at to receive the discount code and follow this link to register

    WHEN: Sunday, November 13th at 2:00 p.m. 
    WHERE: Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, 511 Groveland, Minneapolis
    PRICE: $10 for ICC members; $20 for non-members 

    Contact Tiziana, at, with your questions.

    • 01 Dec 2016
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 4th Floor Gallery, O. Meredith Wilson Library, University of Minnesota, west bank

    The ICC is excited to announce a wonderful series of events, focused on the vibrant history of Venice, which is being organized this fall at the James Ford Bell Library.  

    We are a proud sponsor, and encourage you to follow this link to learn more and to register for the free lecture series.

    On Thursday, December 1st at 7:00 p.m., Dr. Francesca Bortoletti's lecture (Research Associate, Center for Early Modern History, University of Minnesota)  "Visualizing Sanudo's Diarii. The Multimedia Festival in Renaissance Venice" will focus on the festivals and civic celebrations of Venice, the most successful Italian republic of the Renaissance. These events were characterized by a distinctive tradition and they were presented with great aesthetic and political success. Festivals commemorated Venice’s victories or alliances and celebrated the coronation of the dogi, marriages, and the passage of distinguished visitors.  An erudite Venetian diarist and history, Marin Sanudo, tried to write down everything—from daily life to political events—documenting almost 40 years of Venetian history in 58 volumes.  By focusing on Venice festivals as a ‘case study’ of the work-in-progress Digital Archive on Festival in Renaissance Italy, this lecture will present some examples of interrelated textual and iconographic materials, visualizing Sanudo’s Diarii and his narrative.  We will observe festivals in relation to the visual and poetical culture in Renaissance Venice, presenting once again the festival as a multimedia event.

    WHEN: Thursday, December 1st at 7:00 p.m. 
    WHERE: 4th Floor Gallery, O. Meredith Wilson Library, University of Minnesota, west bank
    PRICE: Free

    Contact Tiziana, at, with your questions.

Past events

27 Oct 2016 EF16 Celebrating the vibrant history of Venice: "A Knight of the Italian Renaissance: Pietro Bembo and the Order of Malta"
20 Oct 2016 EF16 Celebrating the vibrant history of Venice: "The Fifteenth-Century Mediterranean: Trade in a Transitional Time"
15 Oct 2016 EF16 Discover the Caponi Art Park
10 Oct 2016 BORDERS (OF THE HUMAN): Naoki Sakai and Sandro Mezzadra: A Winton Chair Cornerstone Event (Oct 10-12, 2016)
08 Sep 2016 Earthquake Fundraiser: CLOSED, Thank you for the overwhelming response!
19 May 2016 EU16 The Italian Experience in Minnesota - An Overview, Thursday, May 19, 2016
15 Apr 2016 Sebastian Maniscalco heads to Pantages 4/15!
24 Mar 2016 ES16 Giuseppe Garibaldi and the Formation of Italian Identity - Thursday, March 24, 2016
14 Feb 2016 Cineforum Series: Film “Matrimonio all’italiana” (Marriage Italian Style)
11 Oct 2015 CE15 - Piccoli Pizzaioli series: Panzerotti class for children
05 Oct 2015 RED DESERT (1964) A film by Italian Director Michelangelo Antonioni
19 Aug 2015 ES15 Cocktail Reception at Historic Clifton House
07 Jul 2015 ES15 SOLD OUT! - Symposium - Leonardo Da Vinci: the Scientist, The Inventor, The Artist: Legacy of the Ultimate Renaissance Man.
22 May 2015 Eurochannel Short Films Tour
25 Apr 2015 University of Minnesota Event
24 Apr 2015 EN15 U of M Film, "Refugees in Cinecitta"- Friday, April 24
22 Apr 2015 Chocolate for the Rainforest
04 Apr 2015 DOLCI: La Cassata Siciliana - Saturday, April 4th
14 Mar 2015 CE15 SOLD OUT! I piccoli pizzaioli – a pizza making class for children
07 Feb 2015 Sold Out! I piccoli pizzaioli – a pizza making class for children
01 Feb 2015 1 Open Spot! DOLCI – Italian treats for Carnevale! Sunday, Feb 1st
02 Dec 2014 Italian Ambassador Visit/ Spoken in Italian - Tuesday, December 2, 2014
27 Sep 2014 EF14 DOLCI - Tiramisu! Saturday, September 27
18 Jun 2014 EN14 Christopher Castellani-Boston Author Meet and Greet
14 Nov 2013 Give To The Max Day!
11 Nov 2013 ENF13 Young Professionals----Meet and Greet!
21 Oct 2013 ENF13 Meet New Italian American Author, Deborah Stevens...Book Signing and Wine Giveaway!
31 May 2013 CineForum May: Zabriskie Point
02 May 2013 ES13 A Concert of Italian Songs and Arias with the University of Minnesota Department of Music
01 May 2013 Euro-American Celebration
26 Apr 2013 CineForum April: Zabriskie Point
03 Apr 2013 ES13 Spring Term OPEN HOUSE - Film Festival Tickets on Sale!
22 Feb 2013 CineForum 2013: Blow Up
25 Jan 2013 CineForum 2013: Il deserto rosso
15 Nov 2012 Give To The Max Day!
19 Oct 2012 We Need Your Feedback! Take a short survey here!
15 Oct 2012 Jovanotti at First Ave
21 Sep 2012 Festa Italiana Event
25 Aug 2012 Italian Exchange Students Need Host Families
23 Jul 2012 Festa Italiana Kickoff!
22 Jul 2012 AS Roma Soccer In Chicago
16 Jun 2012 ICC Soccer Team Mini World Cup Tournament
25 May 2012 CineForum 2012: Mio fratello è figlio unico (My Brother Is an Only Child)
09 Dec 2011 Concert by Ivailo Giurov
16 Oct 2011 ICC Soccer Team
23 Sep 2011 Festa Italiana: First Italian Festival
11 Sep 2011 Recreational indoor soccer for men over 35
28 Aug 2011 Wheels of Italy
21 Aug 2011 Italian Exchange Students Need Host Families
18 Jul 2011 Festa Italiana Fundraiser; First Italian Festival
11 Jun 2011 ICC Soccer Team
10 Jun 2011 La Doppia Ora at Edina Theater
14 Apr 2011 Italian Films at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival
05 Mar 2011 Minnesota Opera Presents: La Traviata
13 Feb 2011 Roberto Plano plays with Dakota Valley Symphony
10 Feb 2011 U of MN Italian Conversation Group
29 Jan 2011 Chocolate Tasting Classes by Chocolate BonaVita
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