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The Etruscans were the most important civilization in the Italian peninsula prior to the Romans. Their sophistication greatly contributed to the formation of Roman civilization and culture. This 1-hour virtual workshop will explore aspects of Etruscan culture not covered in Part 1 such as their view of the afterlife and the legacy they left behind. There will also be a virtual tour of what was once part of Etruria in Italy. Presentation will be in English and you do not need to have attended Part 1 to participate. Your teacher is Maestra Antonella.
Date: Sunday, April 11
Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am PST
Buona Pasqua! Enjoy this article from Gambero Rosso International on Easter food traditions in Italy.
Buona Pasqua! Happy Easter! – On March 27 @ 9:00 am PST learn to make a traditional Easter Fiadone with Mamma Anna Maria. Fiadone is a typical ricotta cheese-based Easter dessert from Abruzzo. You can practice some Italian (Mamma Anna Maria doesn’t speak any English, and Fabrizio will translate her instructions) and discover the wonders of the Abruzzo region. The live cooking class will be on Saturday, March 27 at 5:00 pm Italy time (9:00 am PST) live streaming on Italia Sweet Italian Facebook page. Register to receive list of ingredients.
Dantedì is the annual official day dedicated to Dante Alighieri in Italy and around the world. Please see schedule of events presented by the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles below in celebration of Dante Alighieri’s 700th anniversary!
Filming Italy LA: Dante 700, presented as part of Filming Italy Los Angeles 2021, with an exclusive section of Dante’s readings by special guests of the 2021 edition and past editions of the festival and, in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna, the online screening of L’Inferno, a silent film from 1911, introduced by Gianluca Farinelli, Director of the Cineteca.
Organized by IIC Los Angeles and Agnus Dei Production in collaboration with Cineteca di Bologna
Drawing Dante One, Nobody and a Hundred Thousand Faces. On display in a building in the historic center of Ravenna, a few steps from the tomb of the great poet, 30 works from the first four editions of Dante Plus, a collective exhibition on the face of Dante Alighieri by artists such as Milo Manara, Mauro Gatti, Resli Tale, and Ilaria Urbinati. The retrospective will be available through a virtual tour accompanied by the presentation of Federico Ciattaglia, Consul General of Italy in Houston.
Organized by IIC Los Angeles e Bonobolabo, Ravenna
Professor Guy Raffa, University of Texas Austin presents, “The Afterlife of Dante in 2021” sponsored by the Valentine Giamatti Fund. Guy P. Raffa is an award-winning scholar, teacher, and digital humanist. He writes and speaks on Italian culture and history, primarily on Dante Alighieri’s life, works, and legacy. In addition to publishing books and journal articles, he has written essays for popular venues on topics ranging from medieval warfare and George Washington’s Siege of Boston, to Google’s hiring assumptions and bearded baseball players. He also created the Dantesworld Website (http://danteworlds.laits.utexas.edu) a multimedia tour of Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise. His latest book is Dante’s Bones: How a Poet invented Italy (Harvard UP, 2020, illustrated)
How to join on Thursday, 25 March @ 4:30 pm EST
Meeting ID: 990 4408 8838
Please see FAU’s robust “Italy in Transit” International Symposium program series slated for next week! Register HERE. Times are in the EST.
Dante Art Workshop for Kids
Saturday, March 20 @ 2:30 pm PST
On the occasion of the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante, please join us for a 1-hour virtual guided painting workshop where kids 5+ will learn about Dante . Your teacher is Maestra Ylenia. Presentation will be in Italian (English will be used when necessary). Fee:|$10.00. Register HERE.
Dante Art Workshop for Adults
Saturday, March 20 @ 4:00 pm PST – In English | Saturday, March 20 @ 5:30 pm PST – In Italian
On the occasion of the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante, please join us for a 1-hour virtual guided painting workshop where you will also learn about Dante’s life and career. Your teacher is Maestra Ylenia. Fee: $10.00. Register HERE.
The Etruscan Civilization
Sunday, April 11 @ 10:00 am PST
The Etruscans were the most important civilization in the Italian peninsula prior to the Romans. Their sophistication greatly contributed to the formation of Roman civilization and culture. This 1-hour virtual workshop will explore aspects of Etruscan such as their view of the afterlife and the legacy they left behind. There will also be a virtual tour of what was once part of Etruria in Italy. Presentation will be in English. Your teacher is Maestra Antonella. Fee: $10.00. Register HERE.
On March 8 at 11:00 am PST everyone is invited to join Paola Riccardi and the American-Italian Philadelphia Society for a conversation in Italian on the contributions of great Italian women. Presentation is via Zoom and will be conducted in Italian.