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The Congress

Israeli director Ari Folman makes a strange mash from a Stanslaw Lem story.

To Catch a Thief

Cary Grant and ravishing Grace Kelly make the French Riviera a place to remember.

BOOKS

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

Haruki Murakami sticks to three-decade-old themes — by now shopworn — in his latest novel.

The Dog

American Jack Livings, in his debut, digs deep under China's modern-day cuticles.

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Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici, the last scion of the House of Medici.

Exhibit: Art and Politics

Florence An artistic examination of Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici (1667-1743), the last scion of the House of Medici (known as the Electress Palatine). Museo delle Cappelle Medicee. Piazza di Madonna degli Aldobrandini, 6. Florence.
Through Nov. 2
Tickets: €8
Museo delle Cappelle Medicee - tel. +39.055.238.8602 Map
Dining in Florence
Israeli Tsibi Geva's works in Rome.

Exhibit: MACRO'S summer

Rome Exhibits by Israeli Tsibi Geva (through Sept. 14), Franco-Indian Chittrovanu Mazumdar (through Sept. 20) and Italian Cecilia Luci (through Sept. 7). See website (below) for details on each show. Hours: Tue-Sun. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.. Box office closes one hour before. MACRO, Via Reggio Emilia 54, Rome.
Through Sept. 20
Tickets: €12.50-14.50
MACRO, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma - tel. 06.671.070.400/06.0808 Map
Dining in Rome
Warhol works from billionaire Peter Brant's private collection.

Exhibit: Brant's Warhol

Rome Warhol works from the private collection of Peter Brant, who helped fund the 2006 Peabody- and Emmy-award winning film, "Andy Warhol: A Documentary." Hours: Monday, 2 p.m.-8 p.m.; Tue.-Sun. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Fondazione Roma Museo, Palazzo Cipolla. Via del Corso, 320. Rome.
Through Sept. 28
Tickets: €14
Museo Fondazione Roma - tel. 06.678.6209 Map
Dining in Rome
Images of the Italian south. Photo by Lello Mazzacane.

Photography: The Italian South

Milan outskirts Dozens of landmark photographs of the hardscrabble Italian southland taken over the last century, mostly by Italian photographers. Hours: Wed.-Fri. 5-7 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Villa Ghirlanda, Via Frova 10, Cinisello Balsamo, Milan.
Through Oct. 12
Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea - tel. 02.660.566 Map
Dining in Cinisello Balsamo
"Puro semplice e naturale" in Florence.

Exhibit: Pure, simple and natural

Florence A look at the clean lines that characterized painting in the 17th and 18th-centuries. Paintings by Andrea del Sarto, Santi di Tito, Ciampelli, Tarchiani, Vannini and Antonio Novelli, among others. Hours: 8:15 a.m.-6:50 p.m. Closed Monday. Galleria degli Uffizi, Piazzale degli Uffizi, Florence.
June 17-Nov. 2
Tickets: €6.50
Galleria degli Uffizi - tel. 055.238.8651 Map
Dining in Florence
Works by Sophie Totti in Rome.

Exhibit: Sophie Totti

Rome German artist Totti's exhibit is titled "Material Marks (as far as I can reach)." Hours: Tue.-Sat.: 11-1 p.m./3:30-7:30 p.m. Giacomo Guidi Arte Contemporanea, Palazzo Sforza Cesarini, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 282/284. Rome.
Through Sept. 13
Giacomo Guidi Arte Contemporanea - tel. 06.6880.1038/393.805.9116 Map
Dining in Rome
Works by Luciano Pedicini in Naples.

Photography: Luciano Pedicini

Naples A study of ancient facades by Italian photographer Luciano Pedicini. Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Closed Wednesday. Palazzo Reale di Napoli, Piazza del Plebiscito, 1. Naples.
Through Sept. 14
Tickets: €4
Palazzo Reale di Napoli - tel. +39.081.580.8328/8325/8289 Map
Dining in Naples
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.
Through Aug. 31
Tickets: €12
Scuderie del Quirinale - tel. 06.3996.7500 Map
Dining in Rome
"Il corpo femminile nell'arte del '900" at Rome's GNAM.

Exhibit: Forms of Seduction

Rome Works by De Chirico, Gino Severini, Giuseppe Capogrossi, Carlo Carrŕ, Renato Guttuso, Max Ernst, Manzů, Victor Brauner, Eric Heckel, Joan Mirň and Enrico Prampolini are on display to show how 20th-century artists responded to the female form and address seduction. Hours: 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Closed Monday. Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Viale delle Belle Arti 131.
Through Oct. 5
Tickets: €10
GNAM: Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea - tel. 06.322.982.21 Map
Dining in Rome
At MART, "Linguaggi plastici del XX secolo," a look at plasticity in painting and sculpture.

Exhibit: 20th-Century Plasticity

Rovereto, Trento A look at the work of sculptors Fausto Melotti, Alcide Ticň, Othmar Winkler, Eraldo Fozzer and Mauro De Carli, paying attention to how they manipulated form and gave it a pliable dimension. With supplemental pieces from Giorgio de Chirico, Lucio Fontana, Joan Miró and Graham Sutherland. Hours: Tue.-Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Closed Monday. Mart, Corso Bettini 43, Rovereto, Trento.
Through Oct. 12
Tickets: €11
Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto (Mart) - tel. 800.397760/0464.438.887 Map
Dining in Rovereto
The works of Gordon Parks in Verona.

Photography: Gordon Parks

Verona Some 160 photos by American writer-actor-poet-director Gordon Parks, who died in 2006 at age 93. Hours: Tue.-Sun. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Closed Monday. Spazio Forma exhibit hosted by the Centro Internazionale di Fotografia Scavi Scaligeri. Cortile del Tribunale (Piazza Viviani). Verona.
Through Sept. 28
Tickets: €5
Spazio Forma - tel. 02.581.180.67 Map
Dining in Milan
Gloria Gaynor in Milan.

Soul: Gloria Gaynor

Milan Disco soul legend Gloria Gaynor on her "I Will Survive" 30th anniversary tour. One show, Sept. 21 at 9:30 p.m. See TicketOne website for details. Alcatraz, Via Valtellina 21/25, Milan.
Sept. 21; 9:30 p.m.
Tickets: €40+
Alcatraz Milano - tel. 02.6910.6352 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
Ed Sheeran.

Pop: Ed Sheeran

Milan English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran's most recent album is "x" (pronounced "multiply"). He was nominated for Best New Artist at 2014 Grammy Awards. One show, Nov. 20 at 9 p.m. Alcatraz, Via Valtellina 21/25. Milan.
Nov. 20, 9 p.m.
Tickets: €36.80
Alcatraz Milano - tel. 02.6910.6352 Map
Dining in Milan
God is an Astronaut in Rome.

Rock: God is an Astronaut

Rome (Ciampino) The post-rock Irish band "God is an Astronaut," founded by twin brothers Niels Kinsella and Torsten Kinsella. One show only, Sept. 13 at 9 p.m. Orion Live Club. Viale John F. Kennedy, 5. Ciampino, Rome.
Sept. 13, 9 p.m.
Tickets: €20
Orion Live Club - tel. 06.8901.3645/338.7638681 Map
Dining in Ciampino
René Magritte's Le modčle rouge, "The Red Model."

Exhibit: "Mannerism to Surrealism"

Venice Works from the private Collection of Richard and Ulla Dreyfus-Best. The theme is the power of art through the ages. Paintings by Arnold Böcklin, Victor Brauner, Pieter Brueghel the Elder, Giorgio de Chirico, Francesco Clemente, Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, René Magritte, Man Ray and Andy Warhol. Open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Tuesday. Collezione Peggy Guggenheim, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, Dorsoduro 701, Venice.
Through Aug. 31
Tickets: €12
Peggy Guggenheim Collection - tel. 041.2405.411 Map
Dining in Venice
Martin Barré, "63-O," 1963,

Exhibit: Painting or How to Get Rid of It

Rome The exhibition brings together the works of four artists of different nationalities: Italian Fabio Mauri and American Marcia Hafif — who lived and worked in Rome — Frenchman Martin Barré and Swiss Olivier Mosset, who both lived in Paris for a long time. All pushed painting to extremes between 1959 and 1969. Hours: 10:45 a.m.-1 p.m.; 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Académie de France ŕ Rome, Villa Medici (Grandes Galeries), Viale Trinitŕ dei Monti, 1.
June 11-Sept. 14
Tickets: €12.50-14.50
Accademia di Francia - tel. 06.67611 Map
Dining in Rome
George Ezra in Rome.

Rock: George Ezra

Rome (Ciampino) British singer songwriter George Ezra, 21, has just released his first album, "Wanted on Voyage." One show only, Nov. 21 at 9 p.m. Orion Live Club. Viale John F. Kennedy, 5. Ciampino, Rome.
Nov 21, 9 p.m.
Tickets: €23
Orion Live Club - tel. 06.8901.3645/338.7638681 Map
Dining in Ciampino
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
Augustus' propaganda at Ara Pacis.

Exhibit: The Art of Command

Rome The exhibit explores the cultural policies and the propaganda used by Augustus and replicated through the centuries because of their success. Hours: Tue.-Sunday 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Closed Monday. Ticket office closes at 6 p.m. Museo dell'Ara Pacis, Lungotevere in Augusta (corner of Via Tomacelli). Rome.
Through Sept. 7
Tickets: €12 (with admission to Ara Pacis)
Museo dell'Ara Pacis - tel. 06.0608 Map
Dining in Rome
The 21st-century Glen Miller Orchestra in Padua.

Big Band: The Glenn Miller Orchestra

Padua Miller's band, founded in 1938, is still going strong. "Moonlight Serenade," "A String Of Pearls," "Little Brown Jug," "Pennsylvania 6-5000" and "In The Mood" are all in the band's repertoire. One show, Dec. 13 at 9 p.m. See theater website for details. Gran Teatro Geox, Padua.
Dec. 13; 9:15 p.m.
Tickets: €35+
Gran Teatro GEOX - tel. 049.807.8685 ‎ Map
Dining in Padua
"Swan Lake" on Christmas Day.

Ballet: Moscow Ballet

Padua The Moscow Ballet "La Classique," which tours frequently, performs "Swan Lake" on Christmas Day. Dec. 25 at 9:30 p.m. "La Classique" and the Bolshoi are not related. Gran Teatro Geox, Padua. Via Giuseppe Tassinari, 1. Padua.
Dec. 25, 9:30 p.m.
Tickets: €12-39
Gran Teatro GEOX - tel. 049.807.8685 ‎ Map
Dining in Padua
Sarah Jane Morris in Rome.

Pop: Sarah Jane Morris

Rome British pop, jazz and R&B singer Sarah Jane Morris as part of her "Bloody Rain" music project. One show only, Oct. 7 at 9 p.m. Sala Sinopoli, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Viale de Coubertin 30, Rome.
Oct. 7, 9 p.m.
Tickets: €25-30
Auditorium Parco della Musica, Sala Sinopoii - tel. 06.802.42501 Map
Dining in Rome
Stromae in December.

Concert: Stromae

Rome Paul Van Haver, better known as Stromae, is a Belgian singer-songwriter wno has established himself in hip hop and electronic music. His latest album is 20013's "Racine Carrée." One show only in Rome, Dec. 17 at 9 p.m. He appears at the Mediolanum Forum in Milan on Dec. 15. Ticket purchases online at TicketOne.Palalotomatica, EUR, Piazzale dello Sport, Rome.
Dec. 17; 9 p.m.
Tickets: €30-35
Palalottomatica Roma - tel. 199.128.800 Map
Dining in Rome
Ennio Morricone conducts in Milan.

Concert: Ennio Morricone

Milan, Assago Italian composer Ennio Morricone, two days shy of his 87th birthday, conducts some of his most memorable compositions for film. One show only, Nov. 8 at 8:45 p.m.Mediolanum Forum (Milan), Via G. di Vittorio, 6, Assago.
Nov. 8; 8:45 p.m.
Tickets: €50+
Mediolanumforum - tel. 892.101 (call center) Map
Dining in Assago
Kasabian in Rome on Halloween.

Rock: Kasabian

Rome British indie rock band Kasabian, whose most recent album is "48:13." One show only, Oct. 31 at 9 p.m. . Ticket purchase and show details at TicketOne or see Forum website. Palalotomatica, EUR, Piazzale dello Sport, Rome.
Oct. 31, 9 p.m.
Tickets: €28-34
Palalottomatica Roma - tel. 199.128.800 Map
Dining in Rome
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
Lindsey Stirling in Milan.

Pop: Lindsey Stirling

Milan YouTube channel queen Lindsey Stirling (see Lindseystomp) brings her violin talents to Milan. She has more than four million YouTube subscribers. One show only, Oct. 28 at 9 p.m. Alcatraz, Via Valtellina 21/25, Milan.
Oct. 28; 9 p.m.
Tickets: €28.75
Alcatraz Milano - tel. 02.6910.6352 Map
Dining in Milan
Lang Lang performs Mozart and Chopin in Rome.

Recital: Lang Lang

Rome Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang in a recital that includes selections exclusively from Mozart and Chopin. Nov. 21, 8:30 p.m. Sala Santa Ceclilia, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Viale de Coubertin 30, Rome.
Nov. 21, 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: €19-52
Auditorium Parco della Musica, Santa Cecilia - tel. 06.802.42501 Map
Dining in Rome
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
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
Katy Perry in Milan.

Pop: Katy Perry

Milan (Assago) Katy Perry's one Italian date on her Prismatic World Tour. Feb. 21, 2015. Mediolanum Forum (Milan), Via G. di Vittorio, 6, Assago.
Feb. 21; 8 p.m.
Tickets: €50+
Mediolanumforum - tel. 892.101 (call center) Map
Dining in Assago
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