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Verdi Opera Lecture Series: Aida on June 5 with Fabrizio Mancinelli

Date 05.30.2014

Verdi’s Bicentennial celebration continues with a special lecture on Aida led in English by Fabrizio Mancinelli, film composer and conductor, at the Italian Cultural Institute on Thursday, June 5.

Thursday, June 5
6:30 – 8:30 pm

FEE: $65 (single class)

Istituto Italiano di Cultura Los Angeles
1023 Hilgard Ave
Los Angeles, California 90024
Tel. 310-443-3250

For more information email classes.iicla@esteri.it


Fondazione Italia’s Kids Italian Immersion Summer Camp Open for Enrollment

Date 05.20.2014

Make Friends! Have Fun! All in Italian! All Levels Welcome! Our campers (ages 4 to 10) enjoy language arts, singing, food tasting, music, theater, outdoor fun, interactive games, arts & crafts and dance-all in Italian!

July 14 – July 18

9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Dunsmore Community Center in La Crescenta

Full week for $275 or choose any three days for $180. $10 Sibling discount available.

For more information and to enroll online CLICK HERE


Sicilian Street Festival in San Diego on May 18

Date 05.14.2014

The 21st Annual Sicilian Street Festival in San Diego celebrates San Diego’s rich Sicilian heritage. The festival was started in 1993 by Mario Cefalu, a  native of Portocello, Sicily who emigrated to the United States and soon made his mark on San Diego by opening Soluntos Bakery in Little Italy. Over the years the Sicilian Festival has grown in size and scope, providing a wonderful opportunity each year to celebrate the food, music, art, and tradition brought to San Diego by Sicilian immigrants.

FREE ADMISSION! Bring the family and children for FREE Children’s Rides & Entertainment!

Sunday, May 18 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

For location and Sicilian Street Festival information CLICK HERE.


Cinema Italiano presents “Il Primo Incarico” on May 18 at Bowers Museum

Date 05.14.2014

Cinema Italiano, presented by the Italian Cultural Arts Council, will screen “Il Primo Incarico” (“The First Assignment”) directed by Francesco Cecere
in Italian with English subtitles at Bowers Museum. A hit at the Venice Film Festival, Francesco Cecere’s exquisite drama follows a young teacher who is posted to a provincial Puglian town where she struggles to connect with the local children, get over her aristocratic boyfriend, and face the many prejudices against independent women of her era.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

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

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

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

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.


Italian CSET Sub-Test III offered at UCLA on May 17

Date 05.13.2014

It’s not too late to register! Fondazione Italia is an Italian Assessor Agency that has been approved to administer the language portion (Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking) of the Italian California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) in Los Angeles to teachers wishing to complete their requirements to obtain a Single Subject Credential in Italian.

The next offering will be on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 9:00 am at UCLA.

Emergemcy Registration Fee is $138.

Registration deadline is May 14, 2014.

For more information including sample exams and test overview, and to register online CLICK HERE.


VINO CALIFORNIA 2014 Grand Wine Tasting on May 14

Date 05.12.2014

The Vino California 2014 Grand Tasting is the ultimate celebration of Italian wines on the west coast! Featuring exclusively native varietals, this walk-around tasting promises an authentic Italian experience with each sip. Join Vino California as we pay homage to Italy’s rich wine making heritage and discover the incredible array of traditional and rare varietals produced by the Italian terroir. In addition to these spectacular wines, attendees will have the opportunity to taste a variety of culinary delights by Valentino Restaurant Executive Chef, Nico Chessa.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
6:00 – 8:30 pm

VALENTINO Restaurant
3115 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Special $20 discount off $60 ticket price for Italy-America Chamber of Commerce West Members and Friends of Fondazione Italia!

CLICK HERE for tickets and enter IACCW14 promotional code.


Fondazione Italia’s 6-Week Summer Session Open for Enrollment

Date 05.12.2014

Fondazione Italia is currently open for enrollment for our 6-week summer session offering Italian language courses at all levels for children and adults.

Session starts June 6 & 7 at our language learning centers in Burbank, Hermosa Beach, and West LA.

Six 90-minute classes for $126!

For more information and to enroll online CLICK HERE


“Bread and Chocolate” 40th Anniversary Screening on May 9

Date 05.07.2014

“Pane e Cioccolata” (Bread & Chocolate) will have its 40th anniversary screening on Friday, May 9 at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood in conjunction with “Nino!,” a worldwide celebration of the work of Italian actor Nino Manfredi (1921-2004).

Franco Brusati’s acclaimed 1974 comedy-drama “Bread and Chocolate” stars Manfredi as a Sicilian immigrant in Switzerland who loses his work permit through a series of inopportune incidents. Homeless and unemployed, his dream of a better life in a new country seemingly shattered, he refuses to give up. Ripe with social, historical and philosophical overtones, “Bread and Chocolate” is as poignant as it is hilarious. Roger Ebert described it as “a sneaky comedy that winds up being serious about its subject.” The screening will be introduced by Erminia Manfredi, Nino’s widow. The restoration of “Bread and Chocolate” was made possible by the generous contributions of Bologna Cinematheque, National Cinematheque and Lucky Red.

Friday, May 9 at 7:30 pm

Linwood Dunn Theater
1313 Vine Street
Hollywood, California

Free to students and friends of Fondazione Italia!

Must RSVP to Mary Downey at mdowney@oscars.org.


Italian Opera – Lecture on Verdi’s “Il Travatore” at the IIC on May 8

Date 05.07.2014

Giuseppe Verdi’s Bicentennial celebration continues with a special course comprised of a series of lectures dedicated to understanding Verdi’s most popular operas. Lectures are led in English by Fabrizio Mancinelli, film composer and conductor. The lecture on Thursday, May 8 will focus on “Il Travatore.”

Istituto Italiano di Cultura Los Angeles
1023 Hilgard Ave
Los Angeles, California 90024

6:30 – 8:30 pm

FEE: $65 (single class)

Tel. 310-443-4250


Arte Povera: A Sustainability Art Workshop for Kids on May 3

Date 04.29.2014

This workshop with Luigia Martelloni will teach kids how to make art out of everyday objects like plastic cups, pieces of wood, twigs and branches, and old books. All that can be reused and become a work of art! Arte Povera is an Italian art movement recognized on international level as one of the most important avant-garde art tendencies of the 20th century. In the Mid – Sixties it brought about a radical definition of art that emerged as an alternative to the images typical of the consumer society.  Typically, an artist “Povero” works with primary materials: elements that belongs to nature, found and recycled objects that express the energy inside of all things. The use of recycled and reusable materials is a key component in the concept of sustainability.

Visual artist, art director, filmmaker, and photographer, Luigia Martelloni grew up in Rome, where she studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti. She graduated magna cum laude. In 1993 she moved to Los Angeles where she continues to work as a visual artist, photographer, art educator and filmmaker.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

10:30 AM to 12 PM
Italian Cultural Institute
1023 Hilgard Avenue – LA 90024

Fees: $60 ($90 for 2 siblings)

To register please call 310-824-7408