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Ninotchka

Ernst Lubitsch got the best of Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas on the eve of World War II.

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South African Neill Bloomkamp never gains traction in a hackneyed sci-fi fantasy.

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The Melancholy of Resistance

Lázló Krasznahorkai's majestic whale and circus story portrays decay as a virtue.

Break it Down

Lydia Davis' early stories demonstrate an uncanny gift for "real-time" subversion.

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Detail from Rodin's "Fish Woman," on display in Rome.

Exhibit: Rodin's "Marble Life"

Rome More than 60 marble works by French sculptor August Rodin on loan from various French collections. Hours: Tue.-Sunday 9:30 a.m-7:30 p.m. Closed Monday. Museo Nazionale Romano, Viale Enrico De Nicola, 79. Rome.
Through May 25
Tickets: €10
Museo Nazionale Romano - Terme di Diocleziano - tel. 06.3996.7700 Map
Dining in Rome
"Television" in concert in Milan.

Rock: Television

Milan The legendary 1970s New York City rock-art punk band Television with Tom Verlaine in a concert that includes their signature song "Marquee Moon." One show only, June 3 at 8:30 p.m. See TicketOne website for details. Alcatraz, Via Valtellina 21/25, Milan.
June 3; 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: €35+
Alcatraz Milano - tel. 02.6910.6352 Map
Dining in Milan
Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring" in Bologna.

Exhibit: Vermeer, Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age

Bologna Works by Vermeer (including "The Girl with a Pearl Earring," on loan), Rembrandt (eight works), Frans Hals, Ter Borch, Claesz, Van Goyen, Van Honthorst, Hobbema, Van Ruisdael, and Steen. Hours: Mon.-Thur. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday and Sunday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Palazzo Ghisilardi Fava. Via Manzoni, 2. Bologna.
Feb. 8-May 25
Tickets: €13
Palazzo Fava - tel. 051.1993.6317 Map
Dining in Bologna
Thirty Seconds to Mars in Rome on June 20 as part of the PostePay Rock in Roma festival.

Rock: PostePay Rock in Roma

Rome Major bands from June through August at the Rock in Roma festival. Billy Idol, June 9; Thirty Seconds to Mars, June 20; the Rolling Stones, June 22; Metallica, July 1; Placebo, July 24, and a host of others. See festival website for details, ticket purchase details and venues. Tickets also available from Ticketone site. Ippodromo delle Capannelle, via Appia Nuova, 1245. Rome.
June 3-August 2
Tickets: €35 and up
Ippodromo delle Capannelle - tel. 892.101 (Italy only) Map
Dining in Rome
Modigliani, Soutine, Utrillo, Suzanne Valadon, and Kisling in Rome.

Exhibit: Modigliani and Friends

Rome Modigliani paintings (120 in all) from the Jonas Netter collection. The exhibit also includes works by Soutine, Utrillo, Suzanne Valadon, Kisling, and others. See exhibit site for details and advanced booking. Hours: Tues.-Sunday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday, 2:30-8 p.m. Museo di Palazzo Cipolla, Via del Corso, 320, Rome. Wheelchair access at Via Montecatini, 18.
Through April 6
Tickets: €13
Museo del Corso - tel. 06.6786.2098/06.916.508.451 Map
Dining in Rome
Conductor Pinchas Zukerman and London's Royal Philharmonic.

Concert: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Naples London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Pinchas Zukerman, performs Beethoven and Brahms. April 27, 8:30 p.m., one performance only. Teatro di San Carlo, Via San Carlo, 98/F, Naples.
April 27; 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: €30-120
Teatro di San Carlo - tel. 081.797.2331/797.2412 Map
Dining in Naples
British rockers Deep Purple in concert in Barolo.

Rock: Deep Purple

Barolo, Cuneo Veteran British rockers Deep Purple in concert in this small wine town near Cuneo. Standing room only. See TicketOne website for details. July 18 at 9 p.m. Piazza Colbert, Barolo, Cuneo.
July 18, 9:30 p.m.
Tickets: €30-50
Piazza Colbert - tel. 892.101 (toll free in Italy) Map
Dining in Barolo
Alkaline Trio and Bayside in Milan and Bologna.

Punk: Alkaline Trio (and Bayside)

Milan Alkaline Trio is an Illinois punk rock band consisting of Matt Skiba (vocals, guitar), Dan Andriano (vocals, bass), and Derek Grant (drums). The band's ninth studio album, "My Shame Is True," was released in 2013. With guests Bayside. On May 6 at Bologna's Zona Roveri. See Ticketone website for details. Factory Milano, Via Arcangelo Corelli, 36 (Tangenziale EST-Uscita Forlanini). Milan.
May 5, 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: €23
Factory Milano - tel. No phone number Map
Dining in Milan
Slovak baritone Dalibor Jenis.

Opera: Rossini's "William Tell"

Turin Gioachino Rossini "William Tell," a new staging in coproduction with Rossini Opera Festival of Pesaro. Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda; director: Graham Vick. With Dalibor Jenis, John Osborn, Angela Meade and Mirco Palazzi. May 7-18, fiver performances. See Teatro Regio website for details. Teatro Regio di Torino, Piazza Castello, 215, Turin.
May 7-18 (5 performances)
Tickets: €35-160
Teatro Regio di Torino - tel. 011.881.5557 Map
Dining in Turin
Carmela Remigio as Anne.

Opera: Stravinsky's "The Rake's Progress"

Venice "The Rake's Progress" by Igor Stravinsky. Directed by Damiano Michieletto; conductor Diego Matheuz. With Carmela Remigio, Juan Francisco Gatell, Alex Esposito, Natasha Petrinski and Matteo Ferrara. Check La Fenice website for dates and performance times. Teatro La Fenice, Campo San Fantin 1965, Venice.
June 27-July 5 (5 performances)
Tickets: €77-205
Teatro La Fenice - tel. 041.2424 Map
Dining in Venice
Neil Young in Barolo.

Rock: Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Barolo, Cuneo Neil Young and Crazy Horse in concert in this small wine town near Cuneo. Standing room only. See TicketOne website for details. July 21 at 9 p.m. Piazza Colbert, Barolo, Cuneo.
July 21, 9 p.m.
Tickets: €45
Piazza Colbert - tel. 892.101 (toll free in Italy) Map
Dining in Barolo
Toshiko Horiuchi-MacAdam's "Harmonic Motion."

Exhibit: "Harmonic Motion"

Rome A massive hand-knitted installation by Japanese artist Toshiko Horiuchi-MacAdam titled "Harmonic Motion" and situated in the museum courtyard. Plaited entirely by hand, the work combines ropes of different colors. Hours: Tue-Sun. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Closed Monday. Ticket office closes one hour before doors. MACRO, Via Nizza, 138 (sala ENEL), Rome.
Through Dec. 31
Tickets: €12.50
MACRO, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma - tel. 06.671.070.400/06.0808 Map
Dining in Rome
Miley Cyrus in Milan.

Pop: Miley Cyrus

Milan (Assago) American recording artist Miley Cyrus in concert as part of the European "Bangerz" tour. One show only, June 8. See Mediolanum link below for information. Mediolanum Forum (Milan), Via G. di Vittorio, 6, Assago.
June 8, 9 p.m.
Tickets: €30+
Mediolanumforum - tel. 892.101 (call center) Map
Dining in Assago
Steve Hackett and band.

Rock: Steve Hackett

Rome British singer-songwriter and guitarist Steve Hackett, once a part of "Genesis." His band includes Roger King. Gary O'Toole, Rob Townsend, Nick Beggs and Nad Sylvan. One show only, May 21 at 9 p.m. Auditorium Conciliazione, Via della Conciliazione, 4. Rome.
May 21, 9 p.m.
Tickets: €35-57
Auditorium Conciliazione - tel. 800.904.560 Map
Dining in Rome
Treasures from the Florence city library.

Exhibit: Once Upon a Time

Florence Documents from the Florence city library archives, including Leonardo da Vinci's baptismal certificate, three drawings by Raffaello, and a copy of a lecture on Dante's "Inferno" given by Galileo. Hours: 8:15 a.m.-7 p.m. Closed Monday. Sala Bianca, Palazzo Pitti, Via Ricasoli 58-60, Florence.
Through April 27
Tickets: €13
Galleria dell'Accademia (Florence) - tel. 055.238.8612 Map
Dining in Florence
From inside Hadrian's tomb.

Exhibit: Da uomini a Dei

Rome The "From Men to Gods" exhibit contains dozens of items from Roman Emperor Hadrian's tomb. It also chronicles the detailed death rituals associated with the emperors. Hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily except Monday. Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, Lungotevere Castello, 50. Rome.
Through April 27
Tickets: €10.50
Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant’Angelo - tel. 06.681.9111 Map
Dining in Rome
Munch exhibit in Genoa on the 150th anniversary of his birth.

Exhibit: Edvard Munch

Genoa Italy's largest Munch exhibit on the 150th anniversary of the Norwegian painter's birth. Book ahead. Hours: Tue-Sunday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Monday 2 p.m-7 p.m. Palazzo Ducale, Piazza Matteotti 9. Genoa.
Through April 27
Tickets: €10
Palazzo Ducale - tel. 010.55.74.064/65 Map
Dining in Genoa
Lisa Stansfield.

Pop: Lisa Stansfield

Padua British recording artist Lisa Stansfield. Her latest album is "Northern Soul." One show only, May 28 at 9:30 p.m. Gran Teatro Geox, Via Giuseppe Tassinari. Padua.
May 28, 9:30 p.m.
Tickets: €29-39
Gran Teatro GEOX - tel. 049.807.8685 ‎ Map
Dining in Padua
John Butler.

Jam: The John Butler Trio

Bologna The John Butler Trio is an Australian roots and jam band led by guitarist and vocalist John Butler. One show only, May 18 at 9:30 p.m. See Estragon website or ticket details. Estragon, Via Stalingrado, 83, Bologna.
May 18; 10 p.m.
Tickets: €20
Estragon Bologna - tel. 051.323490 Map
Dining in Bologna
Tori Amos in concert in Padua.

Alt Rock: Tori Amos

Padua American singer-songwriter Tori Amos in concert. The performance will follow the release of her new album "Unrepentant Geraldines." One show only, June 4 at 9 p.m. Gran Teatro Geox, Via Tassinari, 1. Padua.
June 4; 9 p.m.
Tickets: €30-50
Gran Teatro GEOX - tel. 049.807.8685 ‎ Map
Dining in Padua
Luigi Ghirri's take on Versailles.

Photography: Modena's photographers, 1950s-1990s

Modena Shots by famed local photographers, including Olivo Barbieri, Franco Fontana, Luigi Ghirri, Cesare Leonardi and Franco Vaccari. Hours: Wed. and Fri. 3 p.m-7 p.m; Thur. 3 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sat./Sun. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Fondazione Fotografia Modena, Foro Boario. Via Bono da Nonantola, 2. Modena.
April 12-May 25
Tickets: €5
Fondazione Fotografia Modena - tel. 335.162.1739 or 059.2389 Map
Dining in Modena
Axel Hütte's landscapes in Modena.

Photography: Axel Hütte

Modena German Axel Hütte is an artist known for his landscape photography, with this exhibit focusing on Grand Tour locations and Norway. Hours: Wed. and Fri. 3 p.m-7 p.m; Thur. 3 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sat./Sun. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Foro Boario via Bono da Nonantola, 2. Modena
April 12-June 29
Tickets: €5
Fondazione Fotografia Modena - tel. 335.162.1739 or 059.2389 Map
Dining in Modena
Finnish conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Opera: Richard Strauss' "Elektra"

Milan "Elektra," by Richard Strauss in coproduction with New York's Metropolitan Opera House and Berlin's Staatsoper Unter den Linden (and three others). A new German-language production featuring Waltraud Meier, Evelyn Herlitzius, Adrianne Pieczonka, and Tom Randle. Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen. May 18-June 10, six performances. See La Scala website for showtimes. Teatro alla Scala, Via Filodrammatici, 2, Milan.
May 18-June 10 (6 performances)
Tickets: €13-210
Teatro alla Scala - tel. 02.72.003.744 Map
Dining in MIlan
Placido Domingo sings Verdi on July 17.

Opera: Arena's Opera Festival

Verona As part of its 2014 Opera Festival, Verona's Arena will stage Verdi's "A Masked Ball" and "Aida," Bizet's "Carmen," Puccini's "Turandot" and "Madama Butterfly," among others in a summer season that includes more than 75 performances and begins June 20 and runs through Sept. 6. On July 17, tenor Placido Domingo will sing Verdi. See Arena website below for performance details, including dates, show times and performers. Teatro Filarmonica di Verona, Via Teatro Filarmonico, Verona.
June 20-Sept. 7
Tickets: €13-250
Arena di Verona - tel. 045.800.5151 Map
Dining in Verona
Victorian period paintings in Rome.

Exhibit: Alma-Tadema and the Victorians

Rome Paintings by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Edward Burne-Jones, John William Godward, Arthur Hughes, and Albert Moore, among others, in an exhibit dedicated to 19th-century British painters and their Victorian aesthetics. Daily 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Weekends until 9 p.m. DART Chiostro del Bramante, Via della Pace, 5, Rome.
Feb. 16-June 5
Tickets: €13
Chiostro del Bramante - tel. 06.6880.9036 Map
Dining in Rome
Vassily Kandinsky's work in Milan.

Exhibit: Kandinsky's Progress

Milan More than 100 Kandinsky works on loan from the Pompidou Center in Paris. Hours: Mon. 2.30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.; Tue/Wed/Fri/Sun. 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Thursday and Sat. 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Palazzo Reale, Piazza del Duomo 12.
Through May 4
Tickets: €11
Palazzo Reale - tel. 02.8050.9362/02.54917 Map
Dining in Milan
Inside Etruscan life through the ancient city of Cerveteri.

Exhibit: Etruscan Cerveteri

Rome In collaboration with the Musée du Louvre-Lens, an overview — through images, artifacts and videos — of how the Etruscan-age city of Cerveteri functioned on a day-to-day basis. Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Closed Monday. Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Via Nazionale, 194. Rome.
April 15-July 20
Tickets: €10
Palazzo delle Esposizioni - tel. 06.3996.7500 Map
Dining in Rome
Visions of Pushkin's Russia.

Exhibit: Pushkin's Life and Times

Trento Items on loan from Moscow's Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts help illustrate the life and times of the author and the Russia in which he lived. Hours: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Monday. Castello del Buonconsiglio, Via Bernardo Clesio 5, Trento.
Through May 4
Tickets: €7
Castello del Buonconsiglio - tel. 0461.233.770 Map
Dining in Trento
The life and work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo in 2014.

Exhibit: Frida Kahlo

Rome In 2014, a comprehensive exhibition on the life and work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), a symbol of the artistic avant-garde and of the exuberance of Mexican culture in the 20th century. See website for details. Book ahead. Hours: Sun.-Thur. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Scuderie del Quirinale, Via XXIV Maggio 16, Rome.
March 20-July 14, 2014
Tickets: €12
Scuderie del Quirinale - tel. 06.3996.7500 Map
Dining in Rome
Italian landscape photography in Rome.

Photography: Italian landscapes

Rome On display are 90 photographs shot between 1950 and 2010 as part of an exhibit dedicated to all the schools of Italian landscape photography. Hours: Tue.-Sun. 10 a.m-8 p.m. Closed Monday. Free to EU residents under 18 and EU senior citizens over 65. Museo di Roma in Trastevere, Piazza Sant'Egidio, Rome.
Through April 20
Tickets: €7.50
Museo di Rome in Trastevere - tel. 06.0608 Map
Dining in Rome
Simon Hantaď's works in Rome.

Exhibit: Simon Hantaď

Rome Works by Hungarian-born abstract artist Hantaď (1922-2008) painted from 1958 to 2004 and on loan from the Pompidou Center in Paris. Hours: Tue.-Sunday 10:45 a.m.-1 p.m.; 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Closed Monday. French Academy, Piazza della Trinitŕ dei Monti, 1. Rome.
Through May 11
Tickets: €8
Accademia di Francia - tel. 06.67611 Map
Dining in Rome
Rock veterans Yes.

Rock: Yes

Padua English rock veterans Yes on their European tour. Chris Squire (bass), Steve Howe (guitar), Alan White (drums), Geoff Downes (keyboard), and Jon Davison (vocals). One show, May 17 at 9:30 p.m. In Milan on May 18 at Teatro della Luna. Gran Teatro Geox, Via Tassinari, 1. Padua.
May 17; 9:30 p.m.
Tickets: €12-57
Gran Teatro GEOX - tel. 049.807.8685 ‎ Map
Dining in Padua
Svetlana Zakharova.

Ballet: "Don Quixote" (9 performances)

MilanMarius Petipa's "Don Quixote" with Rudolf Nureyev's choreography and guest dancer Svetlana Zakharova. Sept. 17-29, nine performances. See La Scale website for performance details. Teatro alla Scala, Via Filodrammatici, 2, Milan.
Sept. 17-29
Tickets: €11-127
Teatro alla Scala - tel. 02.72.003.744 Map
Dining in MIlan
Bryn Terfl.

Recital: Bryn Terfl

Milan Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfl. Terfel shared the "Best Opera Recording" 2013 Grammy Award for the Metropolitan Opera's recording of Richard Wagner's Der Ring Des Nibelungen. Piano Malcolm Martineau. One performance only, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. Teatro alla Scala, Via Filodrammatici, 2, Milan.
Sept. 28, 8 p.m.
Tickets: €5.50-35
Teatro alla Scala - tel. 02.72.003.744 Map
Dining in MIlan
Paintings by Bologna masters.

Exhibit: Bologna's 19th-Century

Bologna Works by Giovanni Barbieri, Luigi Bertelli, Luigi Busi, Ottavio Campedelli, and Alessandro Guardassoni and others afford an overview of 19th-century Bologna art. Hours: Thur-Sunday 10 a.m.-7 p.m; Tue-Wed 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Monday. Pinacoteca Nazionale, Via Belle Arti 56, Bologna.
Through April 27
Pinacoteca Nazionale - tel. 051.636.83.41 Map
Dining in Bologna
Ben Harper in concert.

Blues: Ben Harper

Padua American singer-songwriter Ben Harper, whose latest album is "Get Up!" One show, May 9 at 9 p.m. See theater website for details. Gran Teatro Geox, Padua.
May 9; 9:30 p.m.
Tickets: €25-55
Gran Teatro GEOX - tel. 049.807.8685 ‎ Map
Dining in Padua
"Zorba the Greek," the ballet, in Naples.

Ballet: "Zorba the Greek"

Naples Ballet version of Nikos Kazantzakis' novel, choreographed by New Yorker Lorca Massine Orchestra with music by Mikis Theodorakis. See San Carlo website for showtimes. Teatro di San Carlo, Via San Carlo, 98/F, Naples.
July 18-Aug. 1 (3 performances)
Tickets: €16-60
Teatro di San Carlo - tel. 081.797.2331/797.2412 Map
Dining in Naples
An overview of Pasolini's artistic contribution.

Exhibit: Pasolini's Rome

Rome A detailed look at the work and art of writer-director Pier-Paolo Pasolini, considered a groundbreaking Italian contemporary figure. Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Closed Monday. Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Via Nazionale, 194, Rome.
April 15-July 20
Tickets: €12.50
Palazzo delle Esposizioni - tel. 06.3996.7500 Map
Dining in Rome
Chinese conductor Zhang Xian.

Ballet: Sir Kenneth MacMillan's "Romeo and Juliet"

Milan British choreographer Sir Kenneth MacMillan's "Romeo and Juliet," by Prokofiev. Dancers: Svetlana Zakharova, Roberto Bolle and Massimo Murru. Conductor: Zhang Xian. Oct. 10-23, 12 performances. See La Scala website for showtimes. Teatro alla Scala, Via Filodrammatici, 2, Milan.
Oct. 10-23 (12 performances)
Tickets: €11-127
Teatro alla Scala - tel. 02.72.003.744 Map
Dining in MIlan
Calder in the Guggenheim garden.

Exhibits: The Schulhof Collection

Venice Eighty-three works by Alberto Burri, Alexander Calder, Giuseppe Capogrossi, Ellsworth Kelly, Willem de Kooning, Lucio Fontana, Jean Dubuffet, Jasper Johns, Donald Judd, Anish Kapoor, Mark Rothko, Frank Stella, Cy Twombly, and Andy Warhol, among others, are added to the collection at the bequest of Hannelore B. Schulhof, who died in early 2012. The additons extend the reach of the overall collection into the 1970s and even 1980s. Daily: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Tuesday. Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Dorsoduro 701. Venice, Italy.
From Oct. 12
Peggy Guggenheim Collection - tel. 041.2405.411 Map
Dining in Venice
Henri Cartier Bresson, 1908-2004.

Photography: Henri Cartier Bresson

Rome A retrospective dedicated to French photographer Henri Cartier Bresson, including photos, letters and drawings. Open Tue.-Sunday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Closed Monday. Museo dell'Ara Pacis, Lungotevere in Augusta (corner of Via Tomacelli). Rome.
Sept. 25-Jan. 6, 2015
Tickets: €10
Museo dell'Ara Pacis - tel. 06.0608 Map
Dining in Rome
Plácido Domingo and Anja Harteros.

Opera: Verdi's "Simon Boccanegra"

Milan Verdi's "Simon Boccanegra" in coproduction with Berlin's Staatsoper Unter den Linden. Simone: Leo Nucci and Plácido Domingo; Amelia" Carmen Giannattasio and Anja Harteros. Oct.31-Nov. 19, nine performances. Check La Scala website for showtimes.Teatro alla Scala, Via Filodrammatici, 2, Milan.
Oct. 31-Nov. 19 (9 performances)
Tickets: €13-210
Teatro alla Scala - tel. 02.72.003.744 Map
Dining in MIlan
Elton John in December.

Rock: Elton John

Milan (Assago) Elton John and his band in concert. One show only, Dec. 12 at 9 p.m. Ticket purchase online at TicketOne. See Mediolanum link below for information. Mediolanum Forum (Milan), Via G. di Vittorio, 6, Assago.
Dec. 4, 9 p.m.
Tickets: €50-138
Mediolanumforum - tel. 892.101 (call center) Map
Dining in Assago
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