Salt Lake City and Honorary Italian Consul Michael Homer will recognize October as Italian-American Heritage Month in the city.
Utah's Capital City is the host venue of several public exhibits, performances, presentations and celebration eventsthat will take place throughout the month, with descriptions provied by the city: Da Vinci: the Genius, an exhibit at The Leonardo: A Museum for Science Technology and Art celebrating one of the most revered and dynamic minds of all time. With over 200 pieces including 75 life-size machine inventions, the exhibition offers an unmatched look inside the mind of the ultimate Renaissance Man. Presented by Merit Medical Systems, Zions Bank, and The Larry H. Miller Group. www.theleonardo.org/exhibits/discover/da-Vinci-the-genius/.Giuseppe Verdi's Il Trovatore, Utah Opera, October 13, 15, 17, 19, 7:30 p.m., October 21, 2 p.m., Capitol Theatre, tickets start at $13, visit www.utahopera.org or call 801-355-ARTS (2787) Thursday, October 4 – Our Story: Italian-Americans in Utah, a 67-minute documentary film, and special project of the Utah State Historical Society, 7 - 8:30 pm at the main auditorium, Salt Lake City Public Library, free admission. The film chronicles the evolution of Italians in Utah from the Italian-Mormon Settlers 1850s-1870s to the wave of Italianimmigrants in the Industrial and Mining and Railroad Era from 1890s-1929, and to the present Italian-American families in Utah Reconnecting with their Ancestral Roots. Sponsored the Utah State Historical Society and the Utah Film Center www.utahfilmcenter.org/. Saturday, October 6 - Festa di Colombo 2012, the annual Columbus Day Dinner fundraiser sponsored by the Italian-American Civic League at The Leonardo, $40 admission, social hour 6-7 pm, dinner at 7 pm, 4-course dinner, drinks, dancing, DJ and live music. For more information see www.utahitalians.com, or call 597-9098.Friday, October 12 - "Italian Ancestry: Finding Your Family Roots" (Come Ricostruire, Preservare e Condividere la Storia della Tua Famiglia), at the Family History Library, 35 South West Temple, 6-8 pm, presentation by noted Italian genealogist Ruth Lapioli Merriman, free admission, sponsored by the Utah Chapter of Pursuing Our Italian Names Together (POINT), THE American Network of Italian Genealogy, www.point-pointers.net.Monday, October 15 - "Milan, an Austrian city inside Italy", slideshow and presentation by Alessandro Galvani, 6:30 pm at the City and County Building, room 335, 451 South State Street. Public is welcome, no admission fee, refreshments, sponsored by the Italian Center of the West, www.italianinutah.com, RSVP (801) 364-8259Tuesday, October 16 - Cultures of Utah - Italians, presentation by Joanne R. Milner, executive producer of the documentary film, "Our Story: Italian-Americans in Utah," 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.., Fort Douglas Commanders House, sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Utah, www.osher.utah.edu.Wednesday, October 24 - Italian Extravaganza! Italian/Music/Film students talent show, an evening of fun and talent with performances by University of Utah students, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thompson Chamber Music Hall, David Gardner Hall, University of Utah Campus,sponsored by the Italian Club of Salt Lake City, for more information see www.italianclubofsaltlake.com,