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La Festa di Ferragosto in Santa Barbara – August 17

Date 08.07.2014

La Festa di Ferragosto in Santa Barbara is being hosted by three Italian-American organizations in Santa Barbara, the Italian American Boot Club, the Italian Cultural Heritage Foundation, and Unico. The 2014 Ferragosto celebration features food, wine, gelato, live entertainment and  games for kids and adults. Ferragosto is an ancient Christian holiday in Italy marking the end of the harvest season and the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.

Proceeds from the event will support the re-introduction of Italian language classes at Santa Barbara High School!


Sunday, August 17, 2014 @ 12:30 pm
Lower Manning Park, Area 9, Montecito

$25 Adults
$8 Children 5-12 years old
Free Children under 5

Reservations Required.

For more information and to reserve your spot CLICK HERE.

A Summer Evening Event to Benefit L’Italo-Americano – August 16

Date 08.06.2014

On Saturday, August 16, 2014 @ 5:00 pm at Villa Barbera, L’Italo-Amerciano is hosting their Ferragosto summer evening benefit. The evening will be highlighted by a performace of G.Donizetti’s, L’Elisier D’Amore by the OC Opera, and live entertainment by Italian musician, Patrick Abbate. A traditional Italian buffet dinner with wine, limoncello, and espresso and cappuccino will be served.


Saturday, August 16 @ 5:00 pm
Villa Barbera
745 Sierra Madre Blvd., San Marino

RSVP by August 8

Raffle drawing for great prizes, including 7-night stay in Newport, 2-week language course in Sicily, and 2-night stays in three different locations in Italy.

$50 per person. Space is Limited.

For more information and to RSVP please call 626-359-7715 or email

Italian Movie Night at Regency Theater in Orange County – August 7

Date 08.06.2014

A hit in Italy, “A Five Star Life”, directed by Maria Sole Tognazzi, is the delightful story of one woman’s quest for happiness set against the world’s most stunning cities and opulent hotels. Stylish and independent, Irene is a single career woman in her forties with a job to die for. As a luxury hotel critic, she visits the world’s finest establishments incognito to assess their standards, meticulously judging every detail. Her unattached lifestyle affords her the freedom to jet around the globe, but doesn’t leave her with much of a personal life. When she’s not working, Irene’s world revolves around her absent-minded sister Silvia, two lively young nieces, and best friend—and former lover—Andrea. But when Silvia begins to deal with marital problems and Andrea faces an unexpected life change, Irene’s small support network is fractured, and she struggles to balance a glamorous career with a growing desire for something more.

Thursday, August 7 at 7 p.m
Regency Theater
26762 Verdugo St., San Juan Capistrano, 92675


Presentation of “The Venus Fixers” by Ilaria Dagnini Brey at the IIC on July 24

Date 07.20.2014

The Italian Institute of Culture in collaboration with the Italian Heritage Foundation present a book presentation of, The Venus Fixers, written by Ilaria Dagnini Brey on Thursday, July 24 at 6:30 pm. An untold chapter in WWII history, The Venus Fixers follows the story of the corps of unlikely soldiers who saved Italy’s most precious art and architecture from destruction.

THURSDAY, July 24 @ 6:30 pm

Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Los Angeles
1023 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, 90024

Please RSVP to

Author Ilaria Dagnini Brey is a journalist and translator who was born in Padua, Italy. The Venus Fixers is her first book.

Cinema Italiano! presents screening of “Nessuno mi puo’ Giudicare” at Bowers on July 20

Date 07.15.2014

CINEMA ITALIANO! Offered by the Italian Cultural Arts Council presents, ESCORT IN LOVE (Nessuno mi può giudicare), by  Massimiliano Bruno in Italian with English subtitles at Bowers Museum on Sunday, July 20 at 2:00 pm.

Bowers Museum
2002 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706
In the state-of-the art Norma Kershaw Auditorium

Register & Refreshments: 1:30 pm
Showtime: 2:00 pm

Admission fee of $10 Payable at Entrance $5 for Students (no need to RSVP)

Thirty-five year old Alice lives in a nice house in Rome. She has a husband, a nine year old son and three immigrant housekeepers. Her life seems a beautiful dream, but it soon turns out to be a nightmare. Her husband, an entrepreneur in the field of bathroom fittings, dies in a car accident and her lawyer tells her that she is on her uppers. She now has to figure out something for saving her son’s and her own lives. The only way she finds to earn money in short time is to do the oldest job in history. She searches for information on the Internet and finds someone who’s been doing this job for years: Eva. Eva is a beautiful woman in her thirties apparently superficial and cynical.  95 min., Comedy, Filmed in Italy.

Parking Notice! The north and south lots cost $6. Disabled parking is free. There is free parking in a public lot on Main Street (a short walk across from North Lot with easy access back to museum by traffic signal) Street parking is free.

Rhythm is the Cure – Italian Dance Workshop on July 14

Date 07.08.2014

This workshop by composer, singer, musician and dancer Alessandra Belloni focuses on Southern Italian ritual dances used as therapy, together with the music of the tambourine. Special attention will be given to tarantella, a dance born to heal from the bite of the tarantula.

Monday, July 14 @ 6:30 pm

Italian Cultural Institute
1023 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, 90024

Workshop is limited to 25 participants. RSVP is mandatory.

More information  and to RSVP contact

Exploring the World of Design – A Family Art Workshop on July 10

Date 06.23.2014

On the occasion of A Traveling Archive, the exhibition on view thru July 31st dedicated to the great designer Vico Magistretti, join the Italian Cultural Institute in collaboration with Fondazione Italia, for an afternoon of fun, hands-on creativity and playful exploration of the world of design. Silvia Rigon, an Italian artist and creative designer living in LA will introduce children and families to the basic flow of the design process where imagination and creativity meet problem-solving and constraints. Employing role-playing and design challenges, children will experiment with using a variety of materials, from wire to foam to cardboard while learning about the role of different elements involved in the production of a design artifact.

THURSDAY, July 10 @ 4:00 pm
Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Los Angeles
1023 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024

RSVP by Monday, July 7 to Hilary Stern.

This event is free. For children ages 4 to 12.

Silvia Rigon holds a degree in Painting from the Academy of Fine Arts of Venice (Italy), and a MFA from the Department of Design | Media Arts at UCLA (2002). She is a teaching faculty at the Center for the Visual, Media and Performing Arts at Pasadena City College. Previously, she worked at the Walt Disney Company and taught at RISD and UCLA. Her work has been exhibited internationally in such venues as: The Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Tokyo, Japan; The Center of Contemporary Art in Torun, Poland; The Center for Contemporary Art, Tallin, Estonia; The Parachute Factory (Yale University), New Haven; The California Institute of Nanotechnology, Los Angeles; The Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles.

Forza Azzuri! Italy vs. England – Saturday, June 14

Date 06.14.2014

FIFA WORLD CUP 2014 *ITALY VS ENGLAND* on Saturday, June 14 at 3:00 pm PST. The Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles will show game. Doors open at 2 pm.

Study: Bilingual Brains Age More Slowly

Date 06.09.2014

Learning a second language, even in adulthood, may slow the aging process of the human brain, improve problem solving and boost performance on intelligence tests, according to a recent study about bilingualism’s effect on cognitive aging. Researchers studied data for more than 800 native English speakers who were given an intelligence test at age 11 in 1947 and again between 2008 and 2010, when participants were in their 70s. Bilingual speakers showed higher scores on intelligence tests, researchers found.

For more information read the article in Science World Report.

“Pompeii” The Exhibition at the California Science Center

Date 06.08.2014

Over 150 precious artifacts on loan from the Naples National Archaeological Museum will be on show at the exhibit “Pompeii,” from now until January 4, 2015 at the California Science Center. The exhibit offers a glimpse into the opulent lifestyle and tragic end of this ancient society forgotten for centuries until its rediscovery over 250 years ago. From garden frescoes and marble statues to gladiator armors, coins and currency to religious altars and shrines – all set in their original surroundings – you can experience daily life in this once vibrant city. Through excavated artifacts, multimedia experiences, and hands-on science exhibits, guests will learn the science of archaeology, volcanology, and Roman engineering while exploring the ancient civilization of Pompeii.

For more information CLICK HERE.

Pompeii The Exhibition at The California Science Center

Pompeii The Exhibition at The California Science Center