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Italian Photography Exhibits in Milan, Fall 2016

This time of year is great for filling up on cultural activities: the days are getting shorter, the air is getting cooler and we haven’t hit the crazy winter holiday/exams period yet.

To get your fill, why not make the most of your time studying abroad in Milan focusing on Italian culture and history? We highly suggest a good photography exhibit to do so. Photography combines both art and history: each picture is a snapshot of a particular time, frozen forever.

With that in mind, we’ve put together some info on 4 great historical Italian photography exhibits that will be in Milan this fall (with some going on into the winter months too). Check out each exhibit’s website for opening hours.

Read on, but don’t take our word for it, see for yourself. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words.

Black and white group of ducksToni Nicolini Photos 1960s-2000s
What: If photography could be poetry, Italian photography Nicolini would be one of the modern period’s best realist poets. His photos span several decades and several areas of Italy and beyond. Learn a little about what was happening in Italy during the second half of the last century through the eyes of this poet-photographer.
When: 16 September-23 October 2016
Where: FORMA, Via Meravigli 5 (M1 Cordusio)
How much: €8 – €6

Young woman headshotFederico Patellani Photos 1945-1946
What: A little further afield (you’ll have to go to Cinisello Balsamo, a Milan suburb, to see it), this exhibit focuses on the specific period right after WWII and specifically when the Republic of Italy was founded on 2 June 1946. That was also the first time women were given the vote in Italy. A mix of everyday life and photos focusing on the birth of a new country, 70 large-scale photos are included in the show.
When: 18 September 2016-15 January 2017
Where: MUFOCO, Via Frova 10, Cinisello Balsamo (M5 Bignami, then tram 31)
How much: Free admission

Two women with reflectionItalian Women Photographers 1965-2015
What: This unique exhibit features around 50 Italian photographers, all women. With the emergence of feminism and social change in the ’60s, women in Italy began stepping behind the camera to capture a before-unseen point of view. The show also features a multimedia installation that includes interviews with photographers along with their works of art.
When: 5 October 2016-8 January 2017
Where: Triennale di Milano, Viale Alemagna 6 (M1 M2 Cadorna)
How much: €6

La Scala after bombingMilano, Story of a Rebirth 1943-1953
What: Another exhibit focusing on the time around WWII (during and after), this one doesn’t open until mid-November. You’ll see lots of images about the destruction from the war and the reconstruction after it was over. There are also posters, objects and mementos from the time period.
When: 10 November 2016-12 February 2017
Where: Palazzo Morando, Via Sant’Andrea 6 (M1 San Babila or M3 Montenapoleone)
How much: €10 – €8

Movies in English in Milan Oct. 2016 – Feb. 2017

A group of mostly strangers in a dark room, all watching the same thing at the same time. This is part of the movie theater experience. But you’re a study abroad student in Milano and your Italian might not be quite good enough to enjoy a full-length feature film. So what can you do? Don’t worry, a series of films in English is screened in cinemas in Milano each week for the international community.

Movies shown in their original language (i.e. English) are available in Milan every week at 3 different cinemas on 3 different days of the week. This is where they’re located:

Mondays – Anteo Spaziocinema, Via Milazzo 9 (Porta Garibaldi or Moscova stops, green line)
Tuesdays – Arcobaleno Film Center, Viale Tunisia 11 (Porta Venezia stop, red line)
Thursdays – Cinema Mexico, Via Savona 57 (Porta Genova stop, green line)

For more information on the program, go to the Sound & Motion Pictures website (information in Italian, PDF download in English). And always be sure to check dates and times with the movie theater.

Without further ado, here’s a list of the upcoming movies. Enjoy the show!

Sound & Motion Pictures flyer4, 6 October
ME BEFORE YOU
directed by Thea Sharrock, starring Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin; 110 minutes

10, 11, 13 October
ELVIS & NIXON
directed by Liza Johnson, starring Michael Shannon, Kevin Spacey; 86 minutes

17, 18, 20 October
WAR DOGS
directed by Todd Phillips, starring Jonah Hill, Miles Teller; 149 minutes

24, 25, 27 October
CAFÉ SOCIETY
directed by Woody Allen, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart; 96 minutes

31 October, 3 November
THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
directed by Antoine Fuqua, starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt; 132 minutes

8, 10 November
INFERNO
directed by Ron Howard, starring Tom Hanks, Ben Foster; 121 minutes

14, 15, 17 November
AMERICAN PASTORAL
directed by Ewan McGregor, starring Ewan McGregor, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Connelly; 126 minutes

21, 22, 24 November
I, DANIEL BLAKE
directed by Ken Loach, starring Dave Johns, Hayley Squires; 100 minutes

28, 29 November, 1 December
GENIUS
directed by Michael Grandage, starring Colin Firth, Jude Law; 104 minutes

5, 6 December
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS
directed by Tom Ford, starring Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal; 115 minutes

13, 15 December
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM
directed by David Yates, starring Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller; 120 minutes

9, 10, 12 January
ARRIVAL
directed by Denis Villeneuve, starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner; 116 minutes

16, 17, 19 January
ALLIED
directed by Robert Zemeckis, starring Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard; 120 minutes

23, 24, 26 January
SULLY
directed by Clint Eastwood, starring Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart; 96 minutes

30, 31 January, 2 February
FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS
directed by Stephen Frears, starring Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant; 111 minutes

6, 7, 9 February
CAPTAIN FANTASTIC
directed by Matt Ross starring Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay; 118 minutes

Fall Recipe: Risotto alla Zucca

Fall is right around the corner and while that means the end of beach days, the end of swimming outdoors, the end of long sunny evenings, it also means the beginning of fall traditions, including those involving warm, filling comfort food.

If you like you like the savory-sweet taste of pumpkin, this recipe is perfect. Risotto alla zucca, pumpkin risotto, is a typical dish in the Lombardy region. If you’re already an expert risotto chef, this will be an easy upgrade to the traditional risotto giallo, which uses just saffron as a flavoring. If not, the instructions below will walk you through the basic steps for making a risotto, with the addition of tasty pumpkin and nutmeg.

This recipe is vegetarian, gluten-free and can even be made vegan (just get rid of the butter altogether and use a cheese substitute instead of the cheese). Whether you make the vegetarian or vegan version, we’re sure you’ll like it as much as we do!

Risotto alla zucca, serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 small Mantovana or Delica pumpkin (c. 700g)
  • 1 small onion (c. 150g)
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 1tbsp butter
  • 350g Arborio or Carnaroli rice
  • 1 glass dry white wine
  • 700ml broth
  • 2-3tsp nutmeg
  • 80g grated Parmigiano Reggiano or Grana Padano cheese
  • Salt (to taste)

Preparation

  1. Cook the pumpkin. It can either boiled by cutting it up (after removing the rind and seeds), but a tastier way of cooking the pumpkin is to roast it. Do this by carefully cutting it in half, removing the seeds and baking in a pan at 200°C for about 30-40 minutes, until the pulp is soft. Let cool, spoon out pulp and discard the rind.
  2. Dice the onion. Saute onion in the olive oil and butter until transparent, then add the pumpkin. Cook for about 5 more minutes, then remove from the pan.
  3. Heat the broth in a separate pan. Add the rice to the original pan and “toast” it by cooking on high, stirring often. Then add the white wine. Turn down the heat. Begin adding the broth as the rice cooks.
  4. After about 15 minutes (or halfway through the rice’s cooking time depending on the variety used) add the onion and pumpkin mixture. Continue adding broth until the rice is al dente (more or less broth may be needed to cook the rice). Remove from heat.
  5. Add the nutmeg to taste, the grated cheese and any additional salt if necessary. Buon apetito!

What’s Happening in Milano in September 2016

If August in Milan is the month for mass exodus, September is the month for reentry for students, young professionals, families and pensioners. So it’s no wonder that tons of events are planned for the months that marks the start of the school year. Here we’ve put together the best the city has to offer, whether you’re interested in music, video gaming, film, fashion, good eats or wine. The hard part will be deciding where to go!

MITO logoFor Classical Music Lovers
What: MiTo Music Festival
When: 2-22 September
Where: Various venues around Milano
This music fest, in its 10th edition, features classical music concerts at all the main auditoriums and concert locations around the city. Many performances have free admission and the other have ticket prices ranging between €5 and €20. Tickets can be purchased online, at Teatro Dal Verme or at the concert location 90 minutes before the performance. One of this year’s main events is MITO Open Singing, in the Piazza del Duomo this Saturday, where the audience is invited to sing along with 1,000 choir singers.

Milano Game Fest logoFor Video Game Nerds
What: Milano Game Festival
When: 8-12 September
Where: IULM University, Via Carlo Bo 7 (M3 Romolo)
Much like a film festival provides a shared experience of viewing a newly released movie, the Milano Game Festival allows participants to experience one brand new video game together. Everyone plays the same game at the same time for about two hours, sharing a common experience to discuss and remember. Held as part of the XXI Triennale “Design after Design,” game creators will be available to meet attendees. Registration is required online.

Milano Film Fest logoFor Movie Buffs
What: Milano Film Festival
When: 8-18 September
Where: The Tortona area and other locations in Milano
Emerging film-makers from different parts of the world are featured at this annual event, now hosting it 21st edition. Some of the more well-known projects to check out are “Lo and Behold” (2016) directed by Werner Herzog, a documentary about the digital era and the internet, and “Gimme Danger” directed by Jim Jarmusch, with Iggy Pop talking about his band The Stooges. You can buy tickets or the MFF Card at the BASE Milano infopoint, online or at the venues. Tickets range from €5 to €8 and a MFF Card is only €10 for students and provides discounts on all screenings.

13901605_615408035303987_8422224077917196079_nFor Fashionistas
What: Vogue Fashion’s Night Out
When: 20 September
Where: Shopping areas in and near the city center
The fashion magazine Vogue has been organizing this event every year since 2009, to kick off the start of Fashion Week. This year, the only city in Italy with activities will be Milan (it was previously also held in other cities like Florence and Rome). The whole city comes out to check out shops, get freebies from various stores and companies, go to cocktail parties, support charities and attend concerts and other cultural events.

What: Women’s Fashion Week
When: 21-26 September
Where: Various venues around Milano
Want to paparazzi the VIPs and fashion models going to and leaving the biggest fashions shows? Or just get the latest on all the new Spring/Summer 2017 looks? Then you can’t miss Milano Fashion Week! Though the fashion shows are often reserved to industry insiders and celebrities, there are several events open to the public. In Piazza Gae Aulenti, you can hit up the Fashion Hub at UniCredit Pavilion, where 14 brands will be featured. You can watch the shows on jumbo screens in the same area, as well as Piazzetta Croce Rossa, or online. Finally, Franca Sozzani has curated the exhibit, “Crafting the Future: Stories of Artisanship and Innovation,” at the recently opened MUDEC museum.

Food Truck Fest logoFor Foodies
What: Streeat – Food Truck Festival
When: 16-18 September
Where: Carroponte, Via Granelli 1, Sesto San Giovanni (M1 Sesto Marelli, M5 Bignami)
The best food trucks (and food Ape Piaggios and food bikes and food carts and food motorcycles) in Italy will be in Milano for you to enjoy. There will also be plenty of craft beer, wines cocktails and smoothies to choose from and good live music while you’re eating and drinking. There will be lots of regional Italian options, international fare, and vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and lactose free choices.

Bottigile Aperto locationOctober Bonus Event: For Wine Connoisseurs  
What: Milano Wine Show – Bottiglie Aperte
When: 1-3 October
Where: Il Palazzo delle Stelline, Corso Magenta 61 (M1-M2 Cadorna)
Want to experience a full day of wine tasting excellent DOC and DOCG Italian wine from all over the country? Then this is the event for you! Tickets aren’t cheap (they start at €36.50 for a one-day pass) but you’ll get your pick of all the varietals from all the different regions in Italy from more than 100 producers. Sommeliers will also be on hand to explain the wines you’re tasting. Get more info on their website and a link to buy tickets.

7 Reasons to Learn Italian When Studying Abroad

Students chatting in front of bilingual signsSo, you’ve chosen Italy as your study abroad destination. You have your favorite travel guide and have read the latest blogs (including MilanoZine!) to find out more about your upcoming experience, where to travel, what to expect.

The only question you still have is a simple one: is it worth the time and effort to study Italian while you’re there? The language is really only spoken in Italy, a relatively small country, you think. You already speak English flawlessly. And, let’s face it, English is today’s #1 international language for business and travel. So why bother with a language that’s only spoken by around 85 million people around the world?

Because of these 7 excellent reasons, that’s why! Here are the top 7 reasons you absolutely have to study Italian while you’re in Italy.

    1. Become a prime candidate in industries of Italian excellence
      With an increasingly smaller world, speaking a foreign language is a great asset to have when looking for a job. And “Made in Italy” brands, especially fashion & design, food & beverage and the automotive industry, will really value your Italian language skills. Your CV will immediately stand out to prospective employers if you can boast a good level of Italian, unlike some of your peers.
    2. Become a master of other important skills
      There are lots of studies that look at the advantages of being bilingual. The idea is that learning (and regularly using) a foreign language can help develop other parts of the brain. Studies have shown that bilinguals are better at using their executive control system, more creative and better at making decisions. That means speaking more than one language can make you even smarter in other areas.
    3. Become a truly global citizen
      Polyglots are said to make up about half the world’s population, whether they speak more than one language and/or dialect. Learning Italian will open your eyes to the way Italy sees and interprets the world an make the world seem just a little bit smaller. In general, it’s easier to get exposed to and appreciate new and different points of view. So you can join the world’s other multilinguals and understand them a bit better.
    4. Become a better person
      Learning a foreign language involves a healthy dose of personal growth. You will learn more about yourself and how you see the world, and how that may change in a new language. And don’t underestimate the personal growth that comes from being a beginning language learner: it’s not easy to express your very grown-up thoughts and feelings using the vocabulary of a toddler!
    5. Become a favorite with the locals
      If you know the local language, it will be a lot easier for you to mingle with people living in Italy. From the guy serving your morning espresso to the lady selling you a train ticket, to the fans sitting next you at a soccer game, you’ll be able to communicate much easier if you speak Italian. It will also be easier to meet friends from Milan and other parts of Italy. So use your language skills and be a social butterfly!
    6. Become an expert on art, music and food jargon
      Did you know that chiaroscuro literally means light and dark? Or that allegro means happy? What about the correct way to pronounce bruschetta (the “c” is hard, not like the English “ch” sound)? There are tons of Italian loanwords in English, lots of which relate to art – the Renaissance had a pretty big influence – music – Verdi, opera, etc. were also pretty important – and of course food – the whole world truly does love Italian cuisine. So as you learn Italian, you’ll also learn more about all this vocab that’s already found in English. And you can show off your skills to all your friends back home who don’t speak the language.
    7. Become a speaker of Dante’s language
      And Petrarch’s, and Manzoni’s, and Levi’s and Eco’s. Italian literature is full of great writers, and if you know the language, you can read them in the original. From “Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita / mi ritrovai per una selva oscura” (the first line of Dante’s Inferno) to “Quel ramo del lago di Como…” (the opening line of Manzoni’s I Promessi Sposi), you can get a better understanding of what these great writers have said, thus getting a better grasp of Italian culture and history.

These 7 reasons should be more than enough for you to get motivated… so, what are you waiting for? Check out a few of the schools offering Italian language courses in Milan or, if you’re a Bocconi student, get in touch with the Language Center for extracurricular classes. Buono studio!

Movies in English in Milan: August and September 2016

The smell of popcorn, the darkness, a room full of people all focused on the same thing at the same time. What’s not to love about going to the cinema? If you don’t speak Italian, you might think this is something you’ll have to forgo during your time studying in Milan. But never fear! A series of films in English is screened in movie theaters each week for the international community.

Movies shown in their original language (read: English) are available in Milan every week at 3 different cinemas on 3 different days of the week. This is where they’re located:

Mondays – Anteo Spaziocinema, Via Milazzo 9 (Porta Garibaldi or Moscova stops, green line)
Tuesdays – Arcobaleno Film Center, Viale Tunisia 11 (Porta Venezia stop, red line)
Thursdays – Cinema Mexico, Via Savona 57 (Porta Genova stop, green line)

For more information on the program, go to the Sound & Motion Pictures website (information in Italian, PDF download in English). And always be sure to check dates and times with the movie theater.

Without further ado, here’s a list of the upcoming movies. Enjoy the show!

Film review logo25 August
ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
directed by J. Bobin, starring J. Depp, A. Hathaway, M. Wasikowska; 112 minutes

29, 30 August, 1 September
MAGGIE’S PLAN
directed by R. Miller, starting G. Gerwig, J. Moore; 100 minutes

5, 6, 8 September
EVERYBODY WANTS SOME
directed by R. Linklater, starring W. Brittain, B. Autrey; 116 minutes

12, 13, 15 September
EYE IN THE SKY
directed by G. Hood, starring H. Mirren, A. Paul; 102 minutes

19, 20, 22 September
SUICIDE SQUAD
directed by D. Ayer, starring W. Smith, J. Leto; 120 minutes

27, 29 September
JASON BOURNE
directed by P. Greengrass, starring M. Damon, V. Cassel; 120 minutes

Champions League Final Match and Festival in Milano

Football fans unite!

It’s almost time for one of the most important football matches of the season. And it will be played right here in Milano! The UEFA Champions League final match will be at San Siro this Saturday. And the city is getting ready to welcome all the fans (many of whom are Spanish supporters of the two competing teams, Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid) who want to be a part of the action.

Stadium with Champions League bannersIf you’re lucky enough to have tickets to the match, you can get into stadium as early as 5:45pm. Just head to the San Siro Stadio stop on the purple line of the underground. Be sure to get there early to get through security and find your seat. The match starts at 8:45 and Alicia Keys will be performing before the whistle blows during the opening ceremony.

If you don’t have tickets, there are plenty of other events around the city, starting at 10am on Thursday 26 May. The first event is a concert of the Italian Gospel Choir in Piazza del Duomo (who will be also perform on the same day at 9:30pm).

Cathedral with bird and Champions League structureMost of the action Thursday 26 May to Sunday 29 May will take place in the area between Piazza del Duomo and Castello Sforzesco. Events include live music in Piazza del Duomo and football matches and workshops in the Castello Sforzesco area. You can also win special prizes and meet past players from important Champions League teams. For the latest info on events, see the Turismo Milano website.

If you want to see the trophy itself, it will be on display before the match in front of the Duomo. There’s also a museum of sorts set up in front of the castle, with official jerseys of the 32 teams in this year’s tournament and lots of photos of important moments in the history of the tournament.

Finally, if you want to watch the match with other the fans who didn’t make it to the stadium, you have two options. For Real fans, head to the Pagano stop on the red line, where jumbo screens and street food will be set up. Atlético fans should go to Piazza Duca d’Aosta (Centrale stop on the yellow and green lines) to watch the match on jumbo screens and hang out with fellow supporters. And, depending on which team is victorious, happy fans will be celebrating late into the night!

Bienvenida Madrid!