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Z for Zachariah

Craig Zobel's dystopian thriller is elevated by the controlled genius of Chiwetel Ejiofor.


H8RZ, or "haters," takes high school connivance to the outer limits and beyond.


The Illogic of Kassel

Vila-Matas' latest translated novel is a voyage into self, art and literature with a gimpy happy ending.

The Mersault Investigation

Algerian journalist Kamel Daoud beats incredible odds in re-imagining Camus' "The Stranger."

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Placido Domingo sang Verdi in the 2014 edition of the festival.

Opera: Arena's 2015 Opera Festival

Verona As part of its 2015 Opera Festival, Verona's Arena will stage "Aida," "Don Giovanni," "Romeo and Juliet," "Tosca" and "Nabucco," among others in a summer season that includes more than 75 performances and begins June 19, 2015 and runs through Sept. 6. See Arena website below for details, including dates, show times and performers. Teatro Filarmonica di Verona, Via Teatro Filarmonico. Verona.
June 19-Sept. 6
Tickets: €23-250
Arena di Verona - tel. 045.800.5151 Map
Dining in Verona
Works by China's Fan Zeng.

Exhibit: Fan Zeng

Rome Born in 1938, Fan Zeng is a considered a contemporary master of traditional Chinese figure painting. Hours: Mon.-Thur. 9.30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 9.30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.; Sun. 9.30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Complesso del Vittoriano, Via San Pietro in Carcere (Fori Imperiali), Rome.
June 30-Sept. 13
Tickets: €12
Complesso del Vittoriano di Roma - tel. 06.678.0664 Map
Dining in Rome
Simply Red in Milan and Rome.

Rock: Simply Red

Milan (Assago) Soul-pop Simply Red in concert as part of the band's global tour. One show only, Nov. 15 at 9 p.m. The band plays Rome's Palalottomatica on Nov. 14. Ticket purchase online at TicketOne. Mediolanum Forum (Milan), Via G. di Vittorio, 6, Assago.
Nov. 15, 9 p.m.
Tickets: €40+
Mediolanumforum - tel. 892.101 (call center) Map
Dining in Assago
Detail from "Energy Made Visible," which measures 8 x 20 feet.

Exhibit: "Energy Made Visible"

Venice Jackson Pollock's mural "Energy Made Visible," the largest the American artist ever created. It represents the break from representational painting on traditional canvases to his unique drip style, completed on canvases stretched out on the floor. Open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Tuesday. Collezione Peggy Guggenheim, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, Dorsoduro 701, Venice.
April 23-Nov. 9
Tickets: €15
Peggy Guggenheim Collection - tel. 041.2405.411 Map
Dining in Venice
Religious art from 17th-century Rome.

Exhibit: The Hopeful Popes

Rome A sweeping look at religious art with a focus on paintings from the 17th-century, with many of the works on loan from the Vatican archives. Papal patronage was once central to all artistic ventures in Rome. Hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily except Monday. Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, Lungotevere Castello, 50. Rome.
Through Nov. 15
Tickets: €10.50
Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant’Angelo - tel. 06.681.9111 Map
Dining in Rome
Charles Pollack "Self-Portrait," 1930s.

Exhibit: Charles Pollack

Venice A full retrospective dedicated to abstract painter Charles Pollock (1902-1988), elder brother of Jackson Pollock. Open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Tuesday. Collezione Peggy Guggenheim, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, Dorsoduro 701, Venice.
April 23-Sept. 14
Tickets: €15
Peggy Guggenheim Collection - tel. 041.2405.411 Map
Dining in Venice
Sacred art from Van Gogh to Fontana in Florence.

Exhibit: Divine Beauty

Florence The exhibition titled "Sacred art from Van Gogh to Fontana" explores a century of modern sacred art stretching from the 1880s to 1958, when the Church began liberalizing. Works by Italians Morelli, Previati, Casorati, Wildt, Guttuso and Fontana as well as Picasso, Van Gogh, Millet, Max Ernst, Munch, Rouault, Dix, Beckmann and Rodin. Daily and weekends 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Thursday until 11 p.m.) Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza Strozzi, Florence.
Sept. 26-Jan. 24
Tickets: €10
Palazzo Strozzi - tel. 055.277.6461/06 Map
Dining in Florence
MART remembers World War I with a yearlong exhibit.

Exhibit: "The Magnificent Obsession"

Rovereto, Trento MART marks the 100th anniversary of World War I with a yearlong retrospective that includes paintings, postcards, photos, letters, sketches and installations, all in some way linked to the Great War, which began in August 1914. Works by Max Beckmann, Marc Chagall, Albin Egger-Lienz, Fortunato Depero and Josef Sudek. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Closed Monday. MART, Corso Bettini 43, Rovereto, Trento.
Through Sept. 20
Tickets: €11
Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto (Mart) - tel. 800.397760/0464.438.887 Map
Dining in Rovereto
British rockers Deep Purple tour in 2015.

Rock: Deep Purple

Rome Veteran British rockers Deep Purple in concert, one show only, Nov. 15 at 9 p.m. The band will also perform in Padua and Florence. Ticket purchases online at TicketOne. More info at 892.101 (in Italy) or 02.5300.6501. Palalotomatica, EUR, Piazzale dello Sport, Rome.
Nov. 15, 2015; 9 p.m.
Tickets: €34.50
Palalottomatica Roma - tel. 199.128.800 Map
Dining in Rome
In 2016 at Palazzo Strozzi, a major look at the avant-garde movement.

Exhibit: The Guggenheims and the Avant-Garde

Florence A remarkable exhibit that tracks the genesis of the post-World War II avant-garde art with paintings by Pollock, Rothko, Motherwell, De Kooning, Gorky, Matta, Baziotes and Pousette-Dart. Hours: 9 a.m-8 p.m.; Thu. 9 a.m-11 p.m. Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza Strozzi, Florence.
March-July 2016
Tickets: €10
Palazzo Strozzi - tel. 055.277.6461/06 Map
Dining in Florence
Day and Boarding International High School in the Heart of Rome

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