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Join Geronimo Stilton and his team in a new adventure throughout the “Thousand Wonders” (Le Mille Meraviglie) of the regions of Italy! This NEW course presented in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles is based on a special edition of Geronimo Stilton, “Viaggio alla Scoperta Dell’Italia,” that was created for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the aim of bringing kids closer to the many artistic and cultural beauties of Italy, even the lesser-known ones! In our highly engaging multi-level course, kids 7+ will be involved in a treasure hunt that takes them on a journey to discover the land and culture of Italy. The classes will be taught in Italian (English when necessary). Click here for schedule and registration information. A copy of the book will be donated to each student by the Italian Cultural Institute!
On Earth Day the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Los Angeles presents an online screening of the animated feature, “TRASH” (2020) directed by Luca Della Grotta and Francesco Dafano. Special pre-recorded video introduction by the directors Della Grotta and Dafano. In English.
Boxes, bottles, cans. Garbage. Abandoned everywhere. Ignored by everyone. Inert. Until nightfall… Slim is an old cardboard box. Resigned to his fate, he doesn’t believe in the legend of the Magic Pyramid: a magical place where it’s possible for all garbage to be Carriers again, useful to themselves and others. His life changes when a small box, Spark, interrupts his routine. Spark involves Slim and his pal Bubbles in an adventure which will take him to the place where he belongs, a toy store. But someone is looking for Spark. The disused Kudo, lord of the landfill. Kudo’s gang pursues the group until they capture him. After an epic battle Slim saves Spark and they are able to find the Magic Pyramid. At its feet their destiny is fulfilled, they are given a second chance: another life.
Click here to REGISTER and get the link to access the movie
Available from 6 PM PDT on April 22 until 11:59 PM PDT on April 24, 2021.
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.
Food & Culture: An Italian Perspective presented by the Chapman University Italian Studies Department will now be coming to you virtually from the Musco Center For the Arts. Mark your calendar for this event that will feature Dario Cecchini- famed butcher seen on the Netflix series ‘Chef’s Table’, Sir Bruno Serato- a celebrity chef and CNN Hero praised for feeding pasta to thousands of hungry kids each year though his non-profit Caterina’s Club and many more. The event is free but you should register.
Saturday, May 1st at 11:00am (PST)
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