The Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles offers all levels of instruction in Italian language, cooking and culture — from Italian for travelers to singing lessons, to a lecture on the Watts Towers (designed by Italian immigrant Sabato Rodia) followed by an Italian lunch — but the gem of their fall schedule is Italiarama. This 10-week course is designed to immerse intermediate, non-native Italian speakers in Italian culture, both pop and highbrow. Students cook Italian meals, become versed in slang and idiom, read and discuss one Italian book each month, and learn and chat about operas, movies and Italian TV. Registration is open now. 1023 Hilgard Ave., Wstwd. (310) 443-3250, —Karina Longworth

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