More and more cultural events are moving online — lucky for us! That means there are more and more ways to practice the languages we’re learning and to indulge in their according cultures, all from the safety and comfort of home. For the month of October, we bring you a roundup that includes a French workshop in mindfulness, learning to make traditional German pretzels, and a panel on Afro-Brazilian art. Settle inside to watch the leaves change, and enjoy!
OCTOBER 1 | MINDFULNESS & YOGA EN FRANÇAIS
The French Cultural Center of Boston hosts this online yoga workshop, conducted entirely in French, with a focus on grounding yourself in your body and promoting positive thought. Details and tickets here.
OCTOBER 2-6 | FILMFEST DC
Washington’s longest-running film festival is going online for the first time, and includes a roster of French films such as My Donkey, My Lover & I and Our Lady of the Nile. More details on the festival, tickets, and the films that will be screened are available here.
ALL OCTOBER | MOLAA EXHIBITS & PLAYLISTS
The Museum of Latin American Art, the only museum in the United States dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American and Latino art, has made their exhibits available online for you to peruse. They have also curated special playlists to go with each of their exhibits: a great way to get your language listening practice in while also taking in some art! Explore the exhibits and their playlists here.
OCTOBER 31 | VIRTUAL READING: A PECULIAR KIND OF IMMIGRANT’S SON
The National Hispanic Cultural Center hosts this reading and discussion with author Sergio Troncoso, whose stories touch on his own experience as a Mexican-American immigrant, navigating his relationship with
OCTOBER 3 | MULTICULTURALISM IN ITALIAN LITERATURE
This interview and Q&A session with writer Kossi Komla Ebri, conducted in Italian with English translation, will touch on the growing spectrum of cultural perspectives in Italian stories. Ebri’s book Neyla was the first African-Italian novel to be translated into English and published in the United States. Details and registration here.
OCTOBER 7 | VIRTUAL TOUR OF ITALIAN CITIES: VERONA
This bilingual virtual tour of Verona will be given by a native Italian teacher, covering the city’s best sights, most salient history points, and standout features. Attendees can choose their level of participation, including answering questions and language games to practice their Italian! Details and registration here.
OCTOBER 7 | “THE PIANO STUDENT” WITH LEA SINGER
A panel with the author of The Piano Student, a forthcoming novel about an affair between pianist Vladimir Horowitz and of his young male students. The panel also includes Elisabeth Stauffer, who translated the book from German to English. Details here.
OCTOBER 30 | PRETZEL BLITZ
Dank Haus, Chicago’s foremost German cultural center, is hosting ongoing online classes to learn how to make traditional German pretzels! This live telecast of an in-person class will allow any attendee to work from the same recipe and ask the chef questions as the class is going on. Registration here.
OCTOBER 16 | AFRO-BRAZILIAN ART & POLITICS
This panel hosted by CUNY’s Center for the Humanities brings together art scholars from Brazil and elsewhere to highlight the rapid growth of Afro-Brazilian art in the 20th century, and to underline the political tone that much of this art often carries. The conversation will touch on exchange with the African continent (including the slave trade), activism, and the progression of this vein of Brazilian art. Details here.
OCTOBER 25 | LIVE WORKSHOP ON PASTÉIS DE NATA
This live baking workshop will teach you how to make one of the most beloved Portuguese treats: the pastel de nata, a custard tart dating back centuries. The workshop will also be recorded for attendees to be able to rewatch after, if you have the desire to take a second crack at the pastries! Registration here.