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Italy has a long and deeply rooted artistic tradition. Even in the Neolithic Age, the inhabitants of Italy produced beautiful artefacts. Many influences from different European regions have enriched the country over the centuries and left Italy with what is possibly the largest collection of artistic treasures in the world. While many regions of Italy have developed independently after the fall of the Roman Empire, the Italian Renaissance represents the pinnacle of the art scene. Artists such as Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci and later Bernini and Caravaggio have left an unparalleled artistic legacy to humanity.

In modern times, Italian art has expanded its influence and includes interior and fashion designers, music artists and performers whose art has achieved new levels of beauty and sophistication and is admired around the world.

The Italian Cultural Center promotes and supports Italian arts and culture in the Twin Cities. Our partnership with the Walker Art Center, the Minnesota Opera and the Minneapolis Institute of Art is a testament to our continued commitment.

We are proud to bring a variety of interesting cultural events certain to entertain and delight our members and friends. We invite you to sign-up for these events and keep the Italian artistic tradition alive in Minnesota.
 


Upcoming events

    • 26 Oct 2018
    • 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
    • Center for Early Modern History, University of Minnesota 1210 Heller 267 19th Ave S. Minneapolis MN


    TALK


    I Figli d’Arte Cuticchio, Tradition and Innovation in Contemporary Sicilian Puppet Theater by Michael Wyatt (Independent Scholar associated with Stanford University). 

    In conjunction with performances of The Great Duel Between Orlando And Rinaldo for The Beautiful Angelica’s Sake, OPERA DEI PUPI, SICILIAN PUPPET THEATER at Illusion Theater.

    Center for Early Modern History, University of Minnesota
    Friday, October 26 @ 12:15 pm. 1210 Heller 267 19th Ave S. Minneapolis MN. FREE EVENT








            

                                                







    • 27 Oct 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Open Eye Figure Theater, 506 E 24th Street, Minneapolis, MN



    Meet the Artist! Talk and Puppet Demonstration with Puppet Master Mimmo Cuticchio, hosted by Open Eye Figure Theater.

    In conjunction with performances of The Great Duel Between Orlando And Rinaldo for The Beautiful Angelica’s Sake, OPERA DEI PUPI, SICILIAN PUPPET THEATER at Illusion Theater.

    Italian Puppet Master Mimmo Cuticchio will interact with the audience and reveal the secrets of the performances and share the technical and practical knowledge of puppetry. Curated by Francesca Bortoletti, Associate Researcher at the University of Minnesota.


    Saturday, Oct. 27th
    9:30 am Refreshments
    10:00 - 11:00: talk and demonstration


    FREE - Reservations recommended

    Click here


            

                                                







    • 27 Oct 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Illusion Theater, 528 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis MN 55403



    READ MORE AND BOOK YOUR SEAT


            

                                                







    • 28 Oct 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • 19 May 2019
    • 7:30 PM
    • Ordway Center for Performing Arts

    Once again we are proud to announce
    our partnership with

    MN Opera

    with exclusive discounts
    for members of The Italian Cultural Center
    !

    Not a member?
    Join today!

    Discount for all performances and
    and a special Italian Th
    ree Pack


    ALL PERFORMANCES

    Enjoy 20% OFF individual tickets to any performance in the 18-19 season!

    OPERA THAT UNITES. Opera has the unique power to celebrate our common humanity and to create an unwavering bond between artists, audience, and community. Every piece and part harmoniously combine to create an opera season full of joy, vulnerability, love, laughter, and hope. We invite you to join us—the season won’t be the same without you!

    Understand every word, English translations projected above the stage at every performance.

    La Rondine – Oct.6-13, 2018

    Silent Night – Nov. 10-18, 2018

    The Italian Straw Hat – Jan. 26-Feb. 2, 2019

    The Fix – Mar. 16-23, 2019

    La Traviata – May 4-19, 2019

    For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit -
    https://mnopera.org/season/2018-2019/

     
    Online: 

    Contact Meredith at secretary@theitalianculturalcenter.org or call (612) 295-4111 to receive your promo code and enter it in the promo code box BEFORE selecting your performance and seats.

    Phone: 

    Contact Meredith at secretary@theitalianculturalcenter.org or call (612) 295-4111 to receive your promo code. Call MN Opera Patron Services at 612-333-6669, M-F: 10am-5pm, and mention your promo code.

    Not a member of The Italian Cultural Center?
    Join today!


    Limit up to 4 seats regularly $50 or more (zones A+-E). Offer ends May 20, 2019. There are no refunds or exchanges on individual ticket orders. Fees and restrictions may apply. 



    The ITALIAN THREE PACK

    Try our Italian 3-Pack of operas – Puccini’s nostalgic and wistful La Rondine, the madcap comedy The Italian Straw Hat, and Verdi’s beloved La Traviata, filled with hummable melodies – all for as little as $99!
    Save over 50% on our best prices.

    La Rondine - Oct. 6, 9, 11, and 13, 2018
    The Italian Straw Hat
    - Jan. 26, 29, 31, and Feb. 3, 2019
    La Traviata
    - May 14, 16, 18, and 19

    For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit -
    https://mnopera.org/season/2018-2019/

    Online:
    Contact Meredith at secretary@theitalianculturalcenter.org or call (612) 295-4111 to receive your promo code (and link that will autoload with code) and enter it in the promo code box BEFORE selecting your performance and seats.

    Phone:

    Contact Meredith at secretary@theitalianculturalcenter.org or call (612) 295-4111 to receive your promo code. Call MN Opera Patron Services at 612-333-6669, M-F: 10am-5pm, and mention your code.

    Not a member of The Italian Cultural Center?
    Join today!


    Valid on select performance dates for up to two tickets to each show in seating sections B-E while supplies last. Not valid with any other offer. No refunds or exchanges. Fees and restrictions may apply. Offer ends Oct. 12.













    • 01 Nov 2018
    • 6:00 AM (CDT)
    • 30 Nov 2018
    • 11:00 PM (CST)
    • Will be announced soon!
    Register

    Help us bring Italian Theater 

    to the Twin Cities 

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    Master-puppeteer Mimmo Cuticchio

    November 2018




    In 2008 UNESCO proclaimed the Opera dei Pupi a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The theatre has ancient roots in literary masterpieces of the Renaissance – epic medieval European novels that created a unique style of theatre in Sicily at the end of the 19th century. The stories were narrated and sung in the streets of Palermo by storytellers (cuntisti) and subsequently transferred to the theater where the movement of the puppets (Pupi) was added.

    Mimmo Cuticchio renews this century-old theatrical tradition and ensures its legacy. His art nurtures and reinvents the Opera dei Pupi and takes it to new creative directions by infusing the art form with new stories, different theatrical languages, genders and forms of the contemporary theater. Cuticchio takes this Sicilian tradition beyond the geographical borders of Sicily, with appearances in Europe, Indonesia, Japan, Australia and the USA. 

    ICC is eager to bring this artist and art form into the American Midwest for the first time, to share oral literary tradition. The magic of the world he creates delivers profound artistic and human values that belong to Italian history, language, and culture. 

    We have planned a series of performances and meetings for a broad audience and all ages to enjoy in November 2018. We will familiarize the viewers with this form of art through different initiatives occurring before the performances. The audience will thus be prepared to share the experience of an ancient yet alive, new, experimental form of art.

    Some of the main actors of the Twin Cities puppet scene will be actively involved to create a dialogue between the different arts communities and with the ICC’s intention to foster a new and different tradition of puppet theater.

    The stellar artistic reputation of Mimmo Cuticchio and his company, coupled with the uniqueness of his artistic practice, provides ICC an opportunity to expose Twin Cities audiences to this Sicilian art form. The board of ICC has decided that expanding our arts offerings is a good way to expand our activities and highlight important Italian contributions to world culture. While the Twin Cities offers a wide variety of puppetry, Cuticchio’s form is unique and will add to the local dialogue.

    This will be the largest live performance project ICC has undertaken. Bringing such project to a reality requires a great balance of energy, passion but also financial support from our members and community partners. The ICC, as a non-profit organization, has the duty to define strong strategies to help cover the costs.

    We are currently applying for local and Italian grants but also wanted to ask if you would be interested in supporting the project (total budget of $25.000).  

    We have planned different options for you to choose from:

    Tickets for the performance

    An exclusive dinner with Mimmo Cuticchio

    Option A - $5,000

    14

    4 guests

    Option B - $2,500

    12

    2 guests

    Option C - $1,000

    10

    Option D - $500

    4

    Option E - $250

    2


    GRAZIE!


    VIDEOS

    John Turturro and Mimmo Cuticchio: https://vimeo.com/24118533

    Mimmo Cuticchio and his son Giacomo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsXD9vUkduo&t=90s

    National Geographic documentary on Mimmo Cuticchio and his company (1984): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxVii0J1P4A


    Questions? Contact Tiziana Cervesato, ICC Events & Membership Director, at events@theitalianculturalcenter.org










    • 08 Nov 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue N, Minneapolis MN 55401
    • 40
    Register

    Vini del Centro Italia - Wines from Central Italy


    Taste and journey through Central Italy’s regions of Abruzzo, Tuscany, Umbria, Le Marche and Emilia Romagna. Seminar style wine tasting expertly lead by Nikki Erpelding, sampling the wines of the esteemed Leonardo LoCascio Italian wine portfolio.

    The tasting will be on Thursday, November 8th, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM, at North Loop Wine and Spirits' beautiful cellar space in Minneapolis. Free parking available in the lot adjacent to the building as well as metered street parking nearby. Light appetizers

    Space is limited! Sign-up today  




    Meet Nikki Erpelding 
    Territory Manager-Midwest
    Leonardo LoCascio Selections
    The Winebow Group

    Program Instructor for the Wine Professional Certificate, Saint Paul College And Owner/Instructor, Vine Lab Wine & Spirits Academy MN

    With a passion for food and wine…Nikki’s storied career includes, restaurant management, boutique wine wholesaler, retail management/buyer in Wine & Spirits. Nikki’s full-time position is Italian fine wine specialist & Territory Manager of Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska & the Dakotas, for Leonardo LoCascio Selections, a member of The Winebow Group.

    Nikki’s role as wine educator began in 2011 at Saint Paul College teaching the 14 week-Wine Professional Certificate program and now also runs the Globally recognized WSET level 1 and 2 wine courses at her new school, Vine Lab Wine & Spirits Academy MN.

    Wine cheers the sad, revives the old, inspires the young, makes weariness forget his toil ~
    Lord Byron
      



    All events must be cancelled 72 hours in advance to receive a refund, less administrative fee.

    WHEN: Thursday, November 8th 2018  6:30 – 8:00 PM
    WHERE: North Loop Wine & Spirits, 218 Washington Avenue N, Minneapolis MN 55401
    PRICE: $25 (Member) & $35 (Non-Member)




     

    • 18 Nov 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Mid-City Kitchen, 693 Raymond Avenue, St. Paul 55114
    • 10
    Register

    Gnocchi – delicate Italian dumplings made from potatoes and traditionally served as a first course – are a versatile and delicious alternative to fresh pasta. Most Italian regions have their own version of these soft pillows of goodness.  

    To learn how to make traditional gnocchi, join our instructor, Modena native, Romina Montanari for a hands-on session.

    The class will be held at Mid-City Kitchen in St. Paul. Romina, will demonstrate and guide you through the process of making your very own gnocchi!  Each participant will sample gnocchi in a light sauce and enjoy a glass of wine in a fun atmosphere. Everyone will take home the gnocchi they just made.

    All ingredients are included, but please bring a large cookie tray and two light kitchen towels to carry your gnocchi home.

    The event is scheduled for Sunday, November 18th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM.  The location is easy to find, conveniently located near the Green line of the light rail. If you choose to drive, free parking is available.

    Register now! Our Make & Take events are very popular and we expect to sell out.

    By registering to this event, you fully agree on the following terms and conditions: Event Liability Release


    Contact Tiziana, at events@theitalianculturalcenter.org, with your questions.

    As always, all events must be cancelled at least 72 hours in advance to receive a refund, less administrative costs.


    WHEN: Sunday, November 18th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

    WHERE: Mid-City Kitchen, 693 Raymond Avenue, St. Paul 55114

    REGISTRATION: 
    Member - $50
    Non-member - $60



    • 29 Nov 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM
    • Walker Art Center, main lobby on Vineland
    • 14
    Register


    Tracing Events of Recent Italian History
    at the Walker Art Center


    Join us at the Walker Art Center for another “Made for ICC” tour!

    This tour will focus on works currently on view at the Walker that reference events of Italian history, first and foremost early 20th century Italian anarchists and the terrorist left-wing movement Brigate Rosse. Through the discussion of works by German photographer Wolfgang Tillmans and Italian sculptor Lara Favaretto, the tour will also include considerations about the current Italian political landscape thus linking the past with the present.

    The following works will be included in the tour:

    • Sarah Charlesworth "April 21, 1978 from Modern History" (1978) from I am you, you are too exhibition
    • Wolfgang Tillmans “Anti-Brexit Posters” (2016) from I am you, you are too exhibition
    • Lara Favaretto: “L’écume des mers” (2013) from I am you, you are too exhibition
    • Siah Armajani: “Model for Gazebo for One Anarchist: Luigi Galleani” (1991) from Follow This Line exhibition
    • Siah Armajani: “Sacco and Vanzetti Reading Room #3” (1988) from Follow This Line exhibition

    The tour is in English and will be led by Lorella Angelini.

    The tour will take place on Thursday, November 29, from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m.  Participants will meet at the Walker Art Center main lobby on Vineland. 


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    Lorella Angelini has been a Tour Guide with the Walker Art Center since 2003. She arrived in the United States twenty years ago when she accepted a transfer within the multinational company she was working for in Milan. She holds a graduate degree in Civil Engineering from Marche Polytechnic University and she specialized in Marketing at SDA Bocconi in Milan. Deeply passionate about art, especially contemporary art, Lorella has been building her knowledge through collaboration with the Walker Art Center and the Weisman Museum of Art.

    Click here for more information about the Walker Art Center. 

    Space is limited - Register now!


    All events must be cancelled 72 hours in advance to receive a refund, less administrative fee.

    WHEN: Thursday, November 29th, 6:30 – 7:45 PM
    WHERE: Walker Art Center, main lobby on Vineland
    PRICE: $15 (Member) and $25 (Non-Member)


                      Photo: Walker Art Center


Past events

14 Oct 2018 Make & Take Class: Tagliatelle & Tagliolini. EF18
04 Oct 2018 Wine Tasting: Vini del Nord Italia. EF18
23 Sep 2018 Frammenti d’Italia al Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. EF18
13 Sep 2018 Aperitivo and cards. The Italian way. EF18
21 Jun 2018 SOLD OUT ... again! Aperitivo and cards. The Italian way. ES18
07 Jun 2018 SOLD OUT! Searching for Bits and Pieces of Italy at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. ES18
29 Apr 2018 Make & Take Class: Ravioli di Spinaci e Ricotta. ES18
19 Apr 2018 NEW! Italian Excellence in Arts & Sciences. Inaugural Lecture. ES18
12 Apr 2018 SOLD OUT! It's back! Aperitivo and cards. The Italian way. ES18
12 Apr 2018 Happening in the Community: free screening of "Io Sono Li", 2011 Italian drama movie
08 Apr 2018 SOLD OUT! - Make & Take Class: Gnocchi. ES18
25 Mar 2018 SOLD OUT! Make & Take Class: Gnocchi. ES18
19 Dec 2017 WAITLIST! EF17 Tombola, Panettone & Pandoro. An Italian Holiday Tradition.
07 Dec 2017 EF17 Aperitivo & Cards. Last chance to learn how to play Scopone Scientifico with Luisa & Ileana!
02 Nov 2017 SOLD OUT! EF17 Opera: Le Nozze di Figaro. Presentation and live performance
27 Oct 2017 We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay!
12 Oct 2017 EF17 Torneo di Scopone Scientifico / Scopone Tournament (no previous experience needed)
12 Oct 2017 EF17 Meet Zoe Cinel, an Italian Artist from Florence
24 Sep 2017 SOLD OUT! EF17 Make & Take Class: Tagliatelle & Tagliolini
21 Sep 2017 EF17 Wine Tasting: Scrumptious Sangiovese
14 Sep 2017 EF17 Aperitivo and cards. Last session before the GRAN TORNEO! Don't miss it!
06 Sep 2017 EF17 NEW! Italian Higher Education - A Comparative Analysis
12 Jun 2017 Sardinia. The Footstep of the God
21 May 2017 Sebastian Maniscalco: Why Would You Do That? National Tour
18 May 2017 ES17 Preview: the new Minneapolis Sculpture Garden at the Walker!
04 May 2017 ES17 SOLD OUT! Mia tours series: Italian Renaissance & Baroque Art Guided Tour
30 Apr 2017 ES17 ONLY ONE SPOT LEFT! Make & Take Class: Ravioli di Spinaci e Ricotta
27 Apr 2017 ES17 IT'S TONIGHT, join us! Aperitivo and cards. The Italian way.
07 Apr 2017 Neorealism’s Casualisation of Labour - Lecture at the UoM with Professor Karl Schoonover
06 Apr 2017 ES17 “By Italians, for Italians”: Italo-American Movie Theatres
06 Apr 2017 The Cinematic Life of Petroleum - Workshop at the UoM with Professor Karl Schoonover
29 Mar 2017 ES17 Music and Mathematics: an Italian Perspective
26 Mar 2017 ES17 Make & Take Class: Gnocchi
20 Mar 2017 IL VOLO: Notte Magica World Tour
16 Mar 2017 Only 1 spot left! EW17 Mia tours series: Ancient Greco-Roman Art Guided Tour
12 Mar 2017 CW17 Festa italiana in pizzeria! Italian Pizza Party for Families
03 Mar 2017 Issues of Translation: published translations of books by noted contemporary Italian writer Antonio Tabucchi
26 Jan 2017 Only 1 spot left! EW17 Aperitivo and cards. The Italian way.
19 Jan 2017 SOLD OUT! EW17 Donna Leon and Venice: The Tale of Two Cities
11 Jan 2017 Cinema! The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
08 Jan 2017 EW17 Viva l'Italia! From our friends of Opera on Tap
01 Dec 2016 EF16 Celebrating the vibrant history of Venice: "Visualizing Sanudo's Diarii. The Multimedia Festival in Renaissance Venice"
13 Nov 2016 EF16 Celebrating the vibrant history of Venice: Special Concert Performance "¡Sacabuche!: Venetia 1500"
11 Nov 2016 CONSORTIUM CARISSIMI: Early Italian Baroque Meets Jazz
01 Nov 2016 Ferrante Night at Moon Palace Books
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)
19 May 2016 EU16 The Italian Experience in Minnesota - An Overview, Thursday, May 19, 2016
15 May 2016 SOLD OUT! EU16 Make & Take Class:Tagliatelle – Sunday, May 15, 2016
10 Apr 2016 ES16 SOLD OUT! Make & Take Class: Gnocchi – Sunday, April 10th
30 Mar 2016 ES16 Travelogue: A student in Perugia – Pictures and memories
24 Mar 2016 ES16 Giuseppe Garibaldi and the Formation of Italian Identity - Thursday, March 24, 2016
03 Mar 2016 EW16 Italian Heritage: Puccini’s Tosca – Thur. 3/3
11 Feb 2016 EW16 Mia tours series: Italian Modern Art Guided Tour
09 Feb 2016 EW16 Italian Heritage: Carnevale di Venezia - Tuesday, Feb 9
28 Jan 2016 EW16 Mia tours series: Italian Baroque Art Guided Tour
22 Jan 2016 EW16 Wine Tasting series: Wines of Southern Italy
14 Jan 2016 EW16 SOLD OUT! Taste the Regions: Puglia (Apulia)
10 Dec 2015 EF15 SOLD OUT! Mia tours series: Italian Renaissance Art Guided Tour - Thursday, December 10
19 Nov 2015 SOLD OUT! EF15 Mia tours series: Ancient Roman Art Guided Tour
07 Nov 2015 EF15 Make & Take Pasta Class: Ravioli di ricotta & spinaci @ American Swedish Institute
24 Oct 2015 EF15 SOLD OUT! Make & Take Pasta Class: Ravioli di zucca @ Nonna Rosa’s
15 Oct 2015 EF15 Taste the Regions/Cities: Rome, the eternal city - October 15th
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
19 Feb 2015 ENW15 SOLD OUT! Walker Art Center - “Arte Povera” Exhibition Tour for Italian Speakers
03 Jan 2015 Brunello Cucinelli: A humanist enterprise in the world of industry
01 Nov 2014 EF14 Welcome Reception for Isabella Dalla Ragione
30 Oct 2014 EF14 Walker Art Center- Exhibition Tour for Italian Speakers -- Thursday, October 30
24 Oct 2014 FREE Screening – Men of the Cloth – Friday, October 24
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