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Date: Thursday, September 17, 2015 Hours: 6:30 PM Venue: IIC Organized by: IIC In collaboration with: Department of French and Italian at USC   In conjunction with the exhibit Massimiliano Gatti. Passages and on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Pier Paolo Pasolini's death, the IIC remembers the director, poet, writer and intellect...

by Ezra David Romero   For many Americans, their only association with figs comes in the form of a Fig Newton. And indeed, once upon a time, most of the figs grown in California ended up in fig pastes and cookies like those familiar chewy squares.   But tastes change, and the fig industry has gone through tough times. Lack of demand a...

When word first went out that Lillian's Italian Kitchen, one of Santa Cruz's most popular, and coziest, restaurants, was moving to a vast space just down the street, I heard some worried muttering. Would the Moreno family be able to maintain the homey, intimate atmosphere developed at their little eatery over the last nine years? Relax. "Va be...

by Willie Clark   Those looking for a little comic relief during this caustic election season would do well to check out opening night at the Sacramento Italian Film Festival. The 34th installment of the festival, sponsored by the Italian Cultural Society of Sacramento, kicks off at 8 p.m. Friday with a screening of the 2015 Italian com...

Early this month, the Italian American Heritage Foundation of San Jose has presented a new exhibition dedicated to all the Italian Americans in the Santa Clara Valley. The exposition, opened to the public last April 9, will be on display through May 30. The IAHF's library exhibit is a historic glimpse into the contributions of Italian Americans to...

Distinguished international conductor and acclaimed Mozart interpreter Hans Graf, recently named Music Director Laureate of the Houston Symphony after serving as its music director for 12 years, makes his Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra debut conducting the highly anticipated Los Angeles debut of Italian piano sensation Alessio Bax, whose artistry "q...

Every year, S. Pellegrino releases a list of what they believe are the world's 50 best restaurants. While some chefs, under the condition of anonymity, will tell you it is a popularity contest driven by restaurant PR teams, the list as a whole can still serve as a good guide, especially when used in conjunction with other restaurant ranking systems...

In un articolo apparso sul Corriere della Sera nel gennaio 2010, il noto filologo e critico letterario Cesare Segre denunciava la crisi della nostra lingua e l'uso improprio che se ne fa nella vita di tutti i giorni, specialmente nei differenti contesti in cui viene applicata. Segre insisteva in particolare sulla mancanza di selettività dei cosidde...

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 6 to 8 PMItalian Cultural Institute, 1023 Hilgard Avenue - LA 90024 Fees: $40 ($35 for IIC & NASA members). To register please call 310-824-7408 or email to classes.iicla@esteri.it   Led by Diego Meraviglia - Gold-Pin Pro Sommelier, Master Taster, North American Sommelier Asso...

by Mayank Keshaviah "The most perfect imperfect man I ever met" is the description cub reporter Michael McCormick (Troy Whitaker) gives of Vince Lombardi (Bert Emmett) in Eric Simonson's play about the NFL coaching legend. The play, which ran on Broadway in 2010-2011, focuses on one week during the 1965 football season during which McCormick comes...

by Jeannine Guilyard   Italy's Oscar contender is about to make its U.S. premiere. Claudio Caligari's "Non essere cattivo" (Don't Be Bad) is in the lineup of "Cinema Italian Style" – LA's annual showcase of conetemporary Italian cinema. Produced by Luce Cinecittà and the American Cinematheque, and under the artistic director of Italian journ...

Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday would have been Saturday and the Coachella Valley is celebrating with special music and menu deals at restaurants and hotels all this week.   We've singled out a dozen Sinatra-related celebrations happening this week, but this still makes up only a fraction of quality activities happening in and around the dese...