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Arts & Culture

Italian culture is steeped in the arts, architecture, music, cinema and food. Italy has given rise to a number of architectural styles and design movements. Opera has its roots in Italy and many famous operas are still performed all around the world in the native language. As a cultural center, we connect our community to Italian art in all forms.

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Upcoming events

    • 26 Apr 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Traffic Zone Building, 250 Third Ave N., Suite 625, Minneapolis, MN 55401

    Join us for an exclusive evening with artist Mark Balma as we celebrate his remarkable facsimile of Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece. This event isn't merely a viewing—it's an engaging exploration of Renaissance brilliance.

    Mark Balma's Mona Lisa Facsimile: A Glimpse into Leonardo's World

    Mark Balma has meticulously replicated the Mona Lisa using Leonardo's techniques and materials, including rare pigments and traditional gesso.

    This facsimile reveals the vivid colors and intricate details obscured under the Mona Lisa's aged varnish, showcasing the painting as Leonardo originally intended.

    Crafted on a single poplar plank, just like the original, and framed in a hand-carved Florentine-style frame, this facsimile is a testament to Renaissance artistry.

    Balma's dedication to authenticity extends to every brushstroke, applied in layers as thin as 5 microns, mirroring Leonardo's mastery.

    An Evening with Leonardo da Vinci and His Times

    Step into the past and indulge in a Renaissance-style aperitivo as you immerse yourself in an era of artistic elegance. The event features a presentation by Mark Balma, shedding light on Leonardo's techniques and legacy. Experience the Mona Lisa's vibrant colors and meticulous details through Balma's dedicated recreation.

    Don't miss this unique opportunity to connect deeply with the history and beauty of the Renaissance era.

    The event will take place at the Traffic Zone Building, 250 Third Ave N., 

    6th floor, Minneapolis, MN 55401

    • 16 May 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Traffic Zone Building 250 N Third Avenue Suite #625 Minneapolis, MN 55401
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    Join us for a delightful evening of Italian card-playing as we revive the timeless tradition of BRISCOLA! 

    Whether you're a novice or an expert, this event is tailored just for you!

    Under the guidance of Italian native instructor Ileana, you'll navigate the game seamlessly in English, ensuring everyone can participate fully.

    Immerse yourself in the Italian tradition of "aperitivo" as you indulge in authentic Italian appetizers and beverages while enjoying the game.

    Briscola, a captivating Mediterranean card game played with a standard Italian 40-card deck, guarantees hours of entertainment for both seasoned players and newcomers alike.

    This event warmly welcomes both ICC members and non-members. Whether you arrive solo or with a companion, anticipate an evening filled with camaraderie and friendly competition.

    Gather your friends and join this Italian tradition.

    Don't miss out on APERITIVO & CARTE!

    Reserve your spot now for an evening of cards, culture and community.



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