MN Opera: La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini

Lose your heart to the timeless love story that has moved audiences for generations. In Puccini’s classic tale, six young Parisian artists survive on nothing but their friendship and the promise of a love so strong it transcends even death. Heartwarming and heartbreaking in equal measure, this time-honored story – the inspiration behind Rent –... Continue Reading →


Make & Take Class: Ravioli di Spinaci e Ricotta

Italian cuisine is known worldwide for its simple yet undeniably delicious flavors. Whether it's gelato on a hot summer day or a freshly baked Neapolitan pizza, there's no occasion that isn't improved by Italian food. If you too have a passion for cucina italiana, why not try your hand at making your own? On Sunday, April... Continue Reading →

Colazione all’italiana

Unable to join us for our weekly Italian conversation hour? The Italian Cultural Center has another opportunity to practice speaking in Italian! On April 29, from 9:30-11:00 AM, Italian native Elisabetta Re will lead a small group in casual conversation in Italian. Participants will also enjoy traditional Italian coffee, Italian breakfast staples (such as pane,... Continue Reading →

Aperitivo and cards. The Italian way.

An under-appreciated cultural practice in Italy is playing cards! The Italian Cultural Center has an event series for those interested in learning more about Italian card games: "Aperitivo and cards. The Italian way." Join their representatives Luisa and Ileana on April 27, from 6:00-8:00 pm for a genuine and fun Italian experience of aperitivo and... Continue Reading →

Part-time Italian Teaching Position!

JoEllyn Jolstad, the Adult Enrichment Coordinator at Washburn High School is currently seeking an Italian 1 teacher for their adult education program! The class would be on Mondays from 6:30-8:30pm at Washburn High School and is a lovely opportunity for those who have a passion for teaching! For more info, please contact Natalie Gindraux at... Continue Reading →

Culture Shock Music Highlights Playlist!

If you've been enjoying our French and Italian Music Highlights posts, check out our new YouTube playlist that complies all of the songs and videos included in our posts! We'll update it whenever we add new artists and songs in a Music Highlight post. And if you missed them, go check out our highlights of... Continue Reading →

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Italian Music Highlight: Il Volo

It's time for our second Italian music spotlight! This time, we're spreading the good word about the Italian boy band Il Volo. If you're in tune to the European pop music scene, there's no way you haven't heard of this amazing music group. Their sound features two tenors and a baritone, resulting in beautiful "popera"... Continue Reading →

The Bembos of Venice Exhibit at Wilson Library

Next time you're looking for a study break in Wilson Library, head up to the 4th floor to check out the library's exhibit on the Bembo family. A famous merchant family from Renaissance Italy, the Bembos are known for rising the social ranks in their Mediterranean society. Their social status was meticulously gained through a combination of guile... Continue Reading →

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