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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

    • 29 Jan 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 Thursday, January 29th, at 6:30 p.m. (weather permitting), for a Sorrento Travelogue.  Members of the 2014 travel group will be on hand to share their experience, as well as their  photos of the trip.  We will meet in suite 502 of the Hennepin Center for the Arts Building.

    The ICC is considering an educational travel opportunity, in a new location,  in September of 2015.  We are looking for 8 committed participants and will have some details to share.

    The event is FREE, but please register here in advance.  Contact Peggy at if you are interested in 2015 study/travel. 
    • 19 Feb 2015
    • 5:30 PM
    • 19 Mar 2015
    • 7:30 PM
    • Hennepin Center for the Arts Building, 528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 502, Minneapolis, MN 55403
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    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, "Rigoletto". 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 "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 five weeks, beginning on Thursday,February 19, 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 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 $160.  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.

    • 19 Feb 2015
    • 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
    • Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403
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    In collaboration with the Walker Art Center, we offer a rare opportunity to experience Italian contemporary art here in Minneapolis. The on-going exhibition, “Art at the Center: 75 Years of Walker Collection”, which celebrates the 75 years of the institution gathers a number of works of art by Italian artists belonging to the influential movement known as “Arte Povera”.

    The Arte Povera movement developed during the second half of 1960’s between the end of Italian economical resurgence after World War II and the rise of worker/student insurrections. This movement is widely recognized for the richness of its ideas and its ability to influence new generations of artists. The art magazine, Frieze defines Arte Povera as “organic, industrial, bio-chemical, in flux, phenomenological, presentational and non-representational, almost devoid of color and implicitly anti-consumerist”.

    Organized and led by Lorella Angelini, this “made for ICC” tour represents a unique opportunity to focus on the works of art by Arte Povera’s artists currently on display at the Walker. It will also draw a comparison between Arte Povera and the well-known American Pop Art, a major movement that developed during the same period of time and is associated with famous artists, such as Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg.

    The tour will take place on Thursday, February 19th, 6:00 - 7:15 p.m. Participants will meet at the Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Avenue, in the Bazinet Lobby, located near the Vineland entrance. The tour will be spoken in Italian. The cost is $15 for members; $20 for non-members.

    Lorella is a native of Pesaro, in the Marche region of Italy. She holds a graduate degree in Civil Engineering from Marche Polytechnic University. She moved to the USA in 1998. When she arrived in Minneapolis in 1999, she became a member of the Walker Art Center and joined its tour guide team in 2003. She enjoys participating in the life of the Walker, where she has been able to nourish her passion for art, while learning teaching skills and techniques.

    Space will be limited, so please register here today. Contact Peggy at with questions. Please note that this event will be conducted in Italian.

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

Past events

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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