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Senses of Italy: Melbourne Masterclass

Scent, sight, sound, taste, touch: all Italian-style. They are covered in a programme of Thursday evening lectures, Melbourne Masterclass : Senses of Italy, at the University of Melbourne, 6.15 – 8.15pm, 5 October – 2 November 2017. The series starts with Catherine Kovesi on Renaissance perfumes (Venice as olfactory heaven) and Antonio Artese on scent and Aquaflor (5 Oct). Then Christopher Marshall looks at Artemisia Gentileschi’s correspondence (‘it’s all about the money’) and Mark Nicholls at Rossellini’s Voyage to Italy (12 Oct). John Weretka uses paintings and poetry to examine the instruments, repertoires and status of Renaissance musicians (upwardly mobile), followed by Malcolm Angelucci on poetics, music and madness in Italy before 1914 (19 Oct). John Hajek and Anthony White consider Futurism and food, the art and appetites of the antigrazioso (26 Oct). Finally Andrea Rizzi explores the ideas and images of Renaissance texts (‘tactile values’), and Carl Villis reveals some attributions and reattributions of Italian Renaissance art in the National Gallery of Victoria (2 Nov). Further details on the contributions, authors, venue and registration can be found here.

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Sapori della memoria

IMG_2717On Wednesday 25 November at 6.30 pm, co-authors Mariella Totaro-Genevois and Nicoletta Zanardi, in conversation with food writer Tania Cammarano, will be introducing their new book, Sapori della memoria/Of Food and Memories (Martogezan, 2014) at the Museo Italiano, 199 Faraday Street, Carlton (free but booking essential). The book, also co-authored by Paola Marmini, is a collection of Italian recipes and related stories, written in Italian by Italians who live or have lived in Australia. The stories place the recipes in their contexts of time, space and emotions, demonstrating the reasons for their survival in the lives in Australia of the eighty or so contributors. The recipes and stories come from a wide variety of backgrounds and are published both in Italian and in English translation by Barbara McGilvray.

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Secret recipes in Melbourne, 21 July

image008You are invited to the launch of Margot Leopardi’s My Mother in Law’s Secret Recipes / Le ricette segrete di mia suocera on Tuesday 21 July, 6.30pm at the Museo Italiano, 189 Faraday Street, Carlton, presented by Ivano Ercole (free event but RSVP essential here). Chefs Margot and her husband Leopardo Leopardi have lived, cooked and taught in Italy, Germany and Australia and will share family recipes and stories from Margot’s book, now available in English and Italian versions. Enjoy Leo’s expressly prepared stuzzichini and a glass of wine, too.

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Il Paroliere: Italian word of the week-42

proprieta-curative-del-cavolo_462408e815abc19de1a9e3cebc982bf0‘Io manciu cipuddha e a iddhu c’abbrucianu l’uocchi.’ Come dici? ‘La mela cruda la tira drì una dbuda, la mela cota la n’tira drì una ciòpa.’ Prego? ‘Coi bisi in tècia gnanca la mare de S Piero no resta vecia.’ Basta! Vuoi fare le nozze coi fichi secchi, eh. Ma il sale in zucca ce l’ho anch’io, sai. Mica mi faccio travolgere da quest’ondata di ortaggi. Per fortuna a ciccio de sellero c’è Andrea …..

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Il Paroliere: Italian Word of the Week – 13

italian-language-courses-300x240Le donne, i cavallier, le armi, gli amori, le cortesie, le audaci imprese Patrizia canta.  Ma, a dire il vero, oggi il suo canto si limita ai cavallier e alle loro armi, e in particolare alle audaci imprese di questi prodi guerrieri dopo le giostre in cui si noquer tanto ma non tanto da perdere le gozzoviglie e le bisbocce, sempre sfrenate, che seguivano…

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Il Paroliere: Italian Word of the Week – 12

italian-language-courses-300x240It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents — except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets of Adelaide, rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness. A band of linguists sat round the fire, poking the ashes with an ancient instrument the name of which they had carelessly mislaid. Their eyes remained fixed on the decrepit Dutch oven (‘You mean a casserole’. ‘Nope, a bedourie’) in the middle of the dying fire in which their dinner was slowly cooking. ‘Tell us a story’, said one. ‘All right’, said Luciana, ‘I will‘ ……….


Il Paroliere: Italian Word of the Week – 7

Infilare? Intromettere? Infiltrare? Close, but no cigar. italian-language-courses-300x240Think neo-Sumerians hurling insults at their Amorite enemies for their disgusting eating habits (Oh gran bontà de’ wikieri antiqui!). Think furtive. Think hidden. Think Alba in early November, an economy-size mongrel, a generous loan from your bank manager, and a diamond from M’sieur Brillat-Savarin’s kitchen collection. OK, Brigid, time to step up to the microphone  for this week’s Il Paroliere …..