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The Italian Cultural Center routinely organizes special opportunities for students of the adult language school to foster new friendships and practice their Italian language skills in informal social settings.

Upcoming events

    • 02 May 2015
    • 11:00 AM
    • 03 Oct 2015
    • 1:00 PM
    • Lake Calhoun West Lake Street kiosk behind Tin Fish

    Now that winter is giving way to milder temps, let’s shed our heavy jackets and go for a Passeggiata around Lake Calhoun. From May to October - on the 1st Saturday of every month - Italian speakers of all proficiencies can speak or practice their Italian while walking around the lake.

    The group will gather at the West Lake Street kiosk behind Tin Fish at 11 AM and walk clockwise. The group will return to Tin Fish at approx. 12 noon for lunch. Leading the walk may include ICC instructors, board members and/or volunteers.

    This is a great opportunity to meet fellow Italian speakers while enjoying one of Minneapolis greatest outdoor locations.

    The event is free and open to anyone.

    For additional information, please contact Peggy at

    • 07 May 2015
    • 5:30 PM
    • 28 May 2015
    • 7:30 PM
    • Hennepin Center for the Arts Building, 528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 502, Minneapolis, MN 55403
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     Become an opera expert, and learn more about the familiar Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi.  ICC native Italian instructor, Mirella Heimpel, will provide an intellectually stimulating, culturally appropriate and enjoyable context. The highlight of the course will occur during week three, when Sarah Knott, a classically trained opera singer will sing, as well as share her first hand experience. Join us to discover Italian opera and learn more about Italian cultural heritage.

    Mirella will be the guide as students discover Verdi, and learn the story of his famous opera, "Rigoletto". Students will follow along and listen to the opera, pausing to learn new vocabulary and memorizing the most famous arias. Although no previous knowledge of Italian, or ability to sing, is necessary for this class, part of the course is devoted to language exploration of a selection of arias, or duets, from the libretto. During the last lesson, the class will view a video of "Rigoletto", and will follow along with the music learned along the way.  You will enjoy this opera as you never have before!

    Class will meet, in suite 502 of the Hennepin Center for the Arts Building, for four weeks, beginning on Thursday, May 7, from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. There is no musical, or singing, experience required.

    Please bring your own Rigoletto libretto, or purchase a copy prior to the start of class.  The suggested libretto is from the Black Dog Opera Library, and it includes an English translation, and the complete opera in 2 CDs.  This is conducted by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

    Rigoletto (Black Dog Opera Library) (English and Italian Edition) by Francesco Maria Piave, Daniel S. Brink (1998) Hardcover

    All course attendees must be active ICC members, and the cost is the member rate of $135.  Please register here, and contact Peggy at with any questions. Space is limited.

    All events must be cancelled at least 72 hours prior to the event to receive a refund, less an administrative fee.

    • 08 May 2015
    • 7:00 PM
    • Alliance Francais, 113 N First Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401

    In partnership with Alliance Française Mpls/St.Paul, we are happy to bring you the Eurochannel Short Films Tour, a collection of films from many European countries, including 2 Italian shorts.  The films will be screened in the Grande Salle at Alliance FrançaiseAll films are broadcast in their original languages and subtitled in English. Each night will feature selections from the following four series: 

    Friday, May 8th at 7 pm  - Dreamers series A Place for Lovers series 




    France:Speed Dating 


    Sweden:A Jump 

    Spain:A Hotel Room Story 


    Friday, May 22nd at 7 pm-  Outsiders series The Runaways series 




    France:Gabin the Mime Artist 



    Sweden:Eating Lunch 

    • 19 May 2015
    • 6:30 PM
    • 528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 502
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      Do you dream of studying Italian in Italy?  Would you like to hear more about the recent experience at Sorrento Lingue?  If so, please join us on Tuesday, May nineteenth, for a Sorrento Travelogue.  We will share a photo presentation of the 2014 trip, and begin to look forward to study in Todi during the fall of 2015!

    The ICC is considering an educational travel opportunity, in a new location,  in September of 2015.  We are looking for 8 committed participants, and are half way there!  Join us to learn more, and sign up before the adventure is sold out!

    The event is FREE, but please register here in advance.  Contact Peggy at if you are interested in 2015 study/travel. 
    • 20 May 2015
    • 6:30 PM
    • The Butcher Block Restaurant, 308 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, 55414
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    Image result for butcher block restaurant minneapolis photosJoin us at the Butcher Block Restaurant, located at 308 Hennepin Avenue East, for a delightful evening, including a special "tasting menu" prepared by chef/owner Filippo Caffari.  We will gather on Wednesday, May 20th, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

    The special menu will include:

    Antipasti: Bruschetta and calamari served family style

    Insalata:  Beet arugala with gorgonzola, walnut and white balsamic vinaigrette

    Pasta Duo:  Rigatoni norcina and penne sorrentina

    Secondi: Pollo al marsala, rustic mashed potato

    Vino: ONE glass per person, Chianti or Pinot Grigio

    Note that a cash bar will be available, including additional wines available for purchase.

    Cost will be 58 dollars for members, and 65 dollars for non-members.  Please check out The Butcher Block Restaurant on their website, and register in advance here, no later than Friday, May 15th.

    Contact Peggy at with questions.  All events must be cancelled at least 72 hours in advance to receive a refund less an administrative fee.

    • 20 Sep 2015
    • 04 Oct 2015
    • La Lingua La Vita, Todi, Italy
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    UMBRIA ADVENTURE - 2015!!!

    Do you dream of studying Italian in Italy?  Would you love to visit the city of Todi, and explore the region of Umbria?  Now is the perfect opportunity for you to join fellow travelers at the ICC, study at a well-renowned language school and experience one of the most beautiful regions of Italy!

    For complete details go to our Educational Travel page. The group is limited to 8-10 participants and a non-refundable deposit of $250 per person is required. You can remit your payment via this Paypal link.  

    Please contact Peggy at for more information

Past events

25 Apr 2015 University of Minnesota Event
23 Apr 2015 Servizio Passaporti
22 Apr 2015 Chocolate for the Rainforest
18 Apr 2015 EN15 Make and Take --- Ravioli di ricotta e spinaci-Saturday, April 18, 1-3
04 Apr 2015 DOLCI: La Cassata Siciliana - Saturday, April 4th
31 Mar 2015 AE15 Educational Travel: Todi, Umbria Meeting, Tuesday, March 31
31 Mar 2015 ES15 Open House
26 Mar 2015 AE15 NEW! Spring Meet Up and Italian Conversation
01 Mar 2015 The Mafia Only Kills in Summer (La mafia uccide solo d'estate)
01 Mar 2015 Love in the City (L’amore in città)
01 Mar 2015 Italy in a Day (Un giorno da italiani)
28 Feb 2015 South Is Nothing (Il Sud è niente)
28 Feb 2015 Off Road (Fuoristrada)
28 Feb 2015 Zoran, My Nephew the Idiot (Zoran, il mio nipote scemo)
27 Feb 2015 Inside Buffalo
27 Feb 2015 The Art of Happiness (L'Arte della Felicità)
26 Feb 2015 I Can Quit Whenever I Want (Smetto Quando Voglio)
26 Feb 2015 VIP Pass - Includes all films and opening night party
26 Feb 2015 Opening Night Party plus film ticket
19 Feb 2015 ENW15 SOLD OUT! Walker Art Center - “Arte Povera” Exhibition Tour for Italian Speakers
29 Jan 2015 ENW15 Sorrento Travelogue, Thursday, January 29
10 Jan 2015 ENF15 Sorrento Travelogue, CANCELLED Sat, Jan 8
06 Jan 2015 EW15 Open House- CANCELLED--Due to Weather
02 Dec 2014 Italian Ambassador Visit/ Spoken in Italian - Tuesday, December 2, 2014
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
07 Oct 2014 EF14 NEW! MEMBER ONLY Appreciation Movie Night! - Tuesday Evening, October 7
04 Sep 2014 EF14 Walker Art Center-Sculpture Garden Tour in ITALIAN, Thursday, September 4
03 Sep 2014 FS14 Open House- Wednesday, September 3, 5:30-7 p.m.
31 Jul 2014 EU14 Walker Art Center-SOLD OUT!!!
12 Jul 2014 Quartetto Rosso - A Free Outdoor Italian Concert!
18 Jun 2014 EN14 Christopher Castellani-Boston Author Meet and Greet
10 May 2014 EN14 Make and Take --- Ravioli di ricotta e spinaci-NEW LOCATION!
01 Apr 2014 ES14 Open House- Tuesday, April 1, 5:30-7 p.m.
08 Mar 2014 Il restauro dei luoghi Verdiani - da Roncole a Sant'Agata passando per Busseto (Restoring Verdi's Places - from Roncole to Sant'Agata via Busseto)
25 Jan 2014 EW14 Make and Take --- Tortelloni!
11 Jan 2014 RESCHEDULED! Open House- Saturday, January 11, 2-4 pm
17 Dec 2013 ENF13 Sorrento Travelogue, Tuesday, December 17
07 Dec 2013 EN13 Make and Take --- Tortellini!
21 Nov 2013 ENF13 Italian Wine Tour
18 Nov 2013 ENF13 Festeggiamo Fall 2013
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!
04 Sep 2013 Fall Term OPEN HOUSE
17 Jun 2013 EN13 Festeggiamo Spring 2013
25 May 2013 EU13 Make and Take --- Tortelloni!
02 May 2013 ES13 A Concert of Italian Songs and Arias with the University of Minnesota Department of Music
07 Apr 2013 È stato il figlio (It was the son) tickets and sponsorship
07 Apr 2013 La kryptonite nella borsa (Kryptonite!) tickets and sponsorship
06 Apr 2013 Io sono Li (Shun Li and the Poet) tickets and sponsorship
06 Apr 2013 L'estate di Giacomo (Summer of Giacomo) tickets and sponsorship
06 Apr 2013 Un giorno speciale (A Special Day) tickets and sponsorship
05 Apr 2013 Terraferma (Dry Land) tickets and sponsorship
04 Apr 2013 Polvere -Il grande processo dell'amianto (Dust-The Great Asbestos Trial) tickets and sponsorship
04 Apr 2013 Italian Film Festival 2013
03 Apr 2013 ES13 Spring Term OPEN HOUSE - Film Festival Tickets on Sale!
07 Mar 2013 EW13 Dario Fo: EVENT RESCHEDULED!!
08 Jan 2013 Winter Term OPEN HOUSE
05 Jan 2013 Make and Take --- Tortellini!
06 Dec 2012 EN12F Festeggiamo Fall 2012
04 Sep 2012 Open House
18 Jun 2012 EN12S Festeggiamo Spring 2012
17 May 2012 Benny The Chef Is Here!
20 Apr 2012 365 Days of A Women Exhibit Private Tour
04 Apr 2012 Open House
01 Apr 2012 20 sigarette (20 Cigarettes ) tickets and sponsorship
01 Apr 2012 Into Paradiso (Into Paradise) tickets and sponsorship
01 Apr 2012 Senza arte né parte (Make a Fake) tickets and sponsorship
31 Mar 2012 Mine Vaganti (Loose Cannons) tickets and sponsorship
31 Mar 2012 Fughe e approdi (Return to the Aeolian Islands ) tickets and sponsorship
31 Mar 2012 Una vita tranquilla (A Quiet Life) tickets and sponsorship
30 Mar 2012 Caravaggio Tickets and Sponsorship
30 Mar 2012 Italian Film Festival 2012
21 Feb 2012 Cook With Carmela!!!
30 Nov 2011 Meet Carmela Tursi Hobbins - Author, Chef, Cooking Instructor
07 Nov 2011 EN11F Festeggiamo Fall 2011
06 Sep 2011 Open House
20 Jun 2011 EN11S Festeggiamo Spring 2011
04 Dec 2010 Giochi Per Parlare
22 Nov 2010 Festeggiamo Fall 2010
08 Sep 2010 Open House
09 Jun 2010 Book Club
07 Apr 2010 Open House
06 Jan 2010 Open House
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