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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

    • 01 Nov 2014
    • 6:00 PM
    • 528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 502, Minneapolis, MN 55403
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    For thousands of years, peasants in Umbria and Tuscany cultivated fruit trees and family orchards. This way of life ended after the Second World War. The varieties in these regions were replaced, first, by generic fruit and, more recently, by fruit from other countries. Italian author and agronomist, Isabella Dalla Ragione will give a lecture at Minneapolis Institute of Arts in November linking frescoes found in palazzos in Umbria with species in her orchard, an open-air museum of heirloom and forgotten fruits.

    We are delighted to host Isabella at the ICC for an informal meet-and-greet reception on Saturday, Nov. 1st at 6 PM. We invite you to meet Isabella and learn more about her extraordinary work celebrating art and nature.

    Light appetizers and beverages (including wine) will be served. Donations and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Isabella’s latest project Archeologia Arborea Foundation (

    • 12 Nov 2014
    • 5:30 PM
    • 17 Dec 2014
    • 7:30 PM
    • 528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 502, Minneapolis, MN 55403
    • 10
    This course is for students who have completed Beginner 3. Students will review and practice language structures and vocabulary acquired in the previous levels.

    PLEASE NOTE:  Classes will be held on November 12, December 3, December 10, and December 17.

    • 13 Nov 2014
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • La Cucina di Nonna Rosa Ristorante Italiano
    • 27
    FESTEGGIAMO with Nonna Rosa!
    We would like to invite the ICC's current adult students of Italian, to join us for a very special evening at La Cucina di Nonna Rosa Ristorante Italiano in Robbinsdale, Thursday, November 13, 2014, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
    We will focus on the Italian region of Puglia.  Rosa (owner Francesco's mother) is visiting, and a highlight of the evening will be her authentic orecchiette demonstration!! In addition,ICC instructor, Luisa (a native of Puglia), will treat us to a discussion and demonstration of "Pizzica e tarantismo"!  We will provide an opportunity for each of you to put into practice the language skills you have learned during fall term.  Expect to hear lots of Italian, with an English back up, as necessary!

    Our dinner menu will consist of a salad, pasta, seasonal pork tenderloin, and gelato.  Samples of two wines of Puglia will be included.
    Cost for the event will be $37 per person, In addition, a cash bar will be available. Please register for the event here before November 10, and contact Peggy at with your questions.
    All events must be cancelled 72 hours in advance to receive a refund, less an administrative fee.
    • 17 Nov 2014
    • 5:30 PM
    • 08 Dec 2014
    • 7:30 PM
    • Hennepin Center for the Arts Building, 528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 502, Minneapolis, MN 55403
    • 6

    Studying famous opera pieces, will effectively help you build new vocabulary, as the memorization of the music facilitates the memorization of the words.  Please join ICC native Italian instructor, Mirella Heimpel, 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, "La Traviata". Students will follow along and listen to the opera, pausing to learn new vocabulary and memorizing the most famous arias.  During the last lesson, the class will view a video of "La Traviata", 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 Monday, November 17, from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.  The final session will meet until 8 p.m., in order to view the entire video. Participants must have attained intermediate Italian skills, or have completed at least the equivalent of an Intermediate 1 class.  There is no musical, or singing, experience required.

    Please bring your own Traviata 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.

    All course attendees must be active ICC members, and the cost is the member rate of $120.  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.

    • 18 Nov 2014
    • 6:00 PM
    • 09 Dec 2014
    • 8:00 PM
    • ICC, Hennepin Center for the Arts, 528 Hennepin Ave, Suite 502, Minneapolis, MN 55403
    • 3

    Join our new conversation class to put into practice the many grammatical skills and vocabulary you have learned. The class will be focused on refinement of conversational ability. Every week a different topic will be developed and discussed in group. Prerequisites: Intermediate 1 or approval from instructor.This class will meet once per week for 4 weeks. 

    • 06 Jan 2015
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • 528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 502, Minneapolis, MN 55403

    Join us on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, from 5:30 until 7:00 p.m., in suite 502 of the Hennepin Center for the Arts building. 

    Winterl term enrollment will open soon, and this is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the Italian language classes the ICC has to offer!  You can view class materials, meet our native instructors, and register for a winter term class.

    Even if you are not interested in a language class, we encourage you to attend to learn of the many events the ICC has planned for the future.  Put your skills to work as an Italian Cultural Center volunteer!

    Please contact Peggy at with your questions.

Past events

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
The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization
 528 Hennepin Ave | Minneapolis, MN 55403 | (612) 298-2223 

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