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Ben Wheatley's adaptation of a 1975 J.G. Ballard parable is beautiful to look at but dated in spirit.


Four directors do a good job of situating purgatory on a California highway, until they run out of gas.


Zero K

Don DeLillo's latest future-sprawl, cryonic freezing included, doesn't quite know what it most wants to say.

Unspeakable Practices, Unnatural Acts

Donald Barthelme's controlled zaniness helped paved the way for the likes of George Saunders and China Miéville.

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Mucha and his wife in Rome.

Exhibit: Alphonse Mucha

Rome Nearly 100 years after Alphonse Mucha visited Rome with his wife Maruska, here is a major retrospective presenting more than 250 works. The show explores the artistic vision and ideals behind Mucha's works and includes posters, drawings, paintings, decorative works, books and photographs that trace Mucha’s Czech roots and his passionate love of his country on all aspects of his career. 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.
Through Sept. 11
Tickets: €12
Complesso del Vittoriano di Roma - tel. 06.678.0664 Map
Dining in Rome
Symbolism, Belle Époque through the Great War in Milan.

Exhibit: Symbolism, Belle Époque through the Great War

Milan A look at Symbolist artists in Italy and elsewhere in Europe, including works by Odillon Redon, Alfred Kubin, Gustave Moreau, Hodler, von Stuck, Klimt, Giovanni Segantini and Galileo Chini. See exhibit website for details. 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 Duomo 12, Milan.
Through June 5
Tickets: €12
Palazzo Reale - tel. 02.8050.9362/02.54917 Map
Dining in Milan
A look at Roman-era nutrition.

Exhibit: How Romans Ate

Rome Titled Nutrire l'Impero, or Feeding the Empire, the exhibit examines how and what Romans ate in the first few centuries after Christ, which marked the beginnings of the so-called Mediterranean Diet. Open Tue.-Sunday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Closed Monday. Museo dell'Ara Pacis, Lungotevere in Augusta (corner of Via Tomacelli). Rome.
Through Nov. 15
Tickets: €10
Museo dell'Ara Pacis - tel. 06.0608 Map
Dining in Rome
Egyptian antiquities, many dating back more than 3,000 years.

Exhibit: Egypt's Millennial Splendor

Bologna Hundreds of Egyptian antiquities on loan from Leiden, Holland's National Museum of Antiquities. Most date to between 1300 and 1900 BC. Hours: Tue.-Thur. 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m.-10.p.m.; weekends 10-6:30. Museo Civico Archeologico. Via dell'Archiginnasio, 2. Bologna.
Through July 17
Tickets: €5
Museo Civico Archeologico (Bologna) - tel. + Map
Dining in Bologna
Placido Domingo sang Verdi in the 2014 edition of the festival.

Opera: Arena's 2016 Opera Festival

Verona As part of its 2016 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
The last Bucintoro, or royal barge.

Exhibit: Royal Barges

Turin A look at 18th-century royal barges and carriages, most used by Italy's Savoy monarchy. Included is the last Bucintoro, or royal barge, manufactured by Vittorio Amedeo in Venice between 1729 and 1731. See exhibit website for details.Hours: Tue.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; weekends 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Closed Monday. Venaria Reale, Piazza della Repubblica 4, Turin.
Through Dec. 31
Tickets: €10
La Venaria Reale - tel. 011.499.23.33 Map
Dining in Venaria Reale
Diana Krall in Umbria.

Jazz: Umbria Jazz Festival

Perugia This year's edition of the Umbria Jazz Festival includes Dine Krall and Ola Onabule (July 9), Mika (July 10), Pat Metheny and Ron Carter (July 13). Others include Ruthie Foster, Tuck & Patti and Enrico Rava. See website for times, prices and ticket availability. Arena Santa Giuliana, Piazza Partigiani, Perugia.
July 8-17
Tickets: €23-88 (depending on show)
Umbria Jazz - tel. 075.573.2432 Map
Dining in Perugia
Andrea Bocelli.

Concert: Andrea Bocelli

Lajatico, Pisa Tenor Andrea Bocelli performs at his hometown Teatro del Silenzio, an open-air amphitheater. The theater is used only once annually for his performance. This is the final year in a five-year singing project he began in 2006. Ticket information at website. Teatro del Silenzio‎, Via dell'Uccelliera, Lajatico, Pisa (Tuscany).
July 30; 8:15 p.m.
Tickets: €86-247
Teatro Del Silenzio - tel. 0587.643121‎ Map
Dining in Lajatico
Works by Parmigianino in Rome.

Exhibit: Art in Parma in the 16th Century

Rome Works by Parma's golden age artists, Correggio (1489–1534) and Parmigianino (1503–40), many on loan from major European museums. Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Closed Monday. Check website for details. Scuderie del Quirinale, via XXIV Maggio 16, Rome.
March 3-June 15
Tickets: €12
Scuderie del Quirinale - tel. 06.3996.7500 Map
Dining in Rome
Harlem Globetrotters on tour through Italy.

Sports: Harlem Globetrotters

Rome The Harlem Globetrotters come to Rome for their one exhibition in the city. May 29, 6:30 p.m. The team will also perform in Ragusa, Desio, Ferrara, Brescia and Genoa. . See the TicketOne website for details. Palazzetto dello Sport. Piazza Apollodoro. Rome.
May 29, 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: €21+
Palalottomatica Roma - tel. 199.128.800 Map
Dining in Rome
Black Sabbath in Verona.

Rock: Black Sabbath

Verona Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler reunite as part of the heavy metal band's "The End"world tour. One show, June 13, 7:45 p.m. Arena di Verona, Via dei Mutilati, 4. Verona.
June 13, 7:45 p.m.
Tickets: €350+
Arena di Verona - tel. 045.800.5151 Map
Dining in Verona
The Cure in Milan.

Rock: The Cure

Milan (Assago) Old school punk rockers The Cure in concert, with special guest The Twilight Sad. One show only, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. Ticket purchase online at TicketOne. Mediolanum Forum (Milan), Via G. di Vittorio, 6, Assago.
Nov. 2, 9 p.m.
Tickets: €50+
Mediolanumforum - tel. 892.101 (call center) Map
Dining in Assago
Roman Brogli Sacher.

Concert: Glass and Gershwin

Genoa Swiss conductor Roman Brogli Sacher and the Signum Saxophone Quartet direct works by Philip Glass, George Gershwin ("Cuban Overture" and "An American in Paris") and Dmitri Shostakovich ("Jazz Suite no. 2). June 30 at 8:30 p.m. Teatro Carlo Felice, Passo Eugenio Montale 4. Genoa.
June 30; 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: €25
Teatro Carlo Felice - tel. 010.53811 Map
Dining in Genoa
American jazz guitarist Pat Metheny.

Jazz: Pat Metheny and Ron Carter

Perugia Umbria Jazz Festival presents American guitarist Pat Metheny and bassist Ron Carter. July 13, 9 p.m. See website for festival details. Arena Santa Giuliana, Piazza Partigiani, Perugia.
July 13, 9 p.m.
Tickets: €23-45
Umbria Jazz - tel. 075.573.2432 Map
Dining in Perugia
Helmut Newton exhibit in Venice.

Photography: Helmut Newton

Venice "White Women/Sleepless Nights/Big Nudes" features some 200 photographs by Helmut Newton. The title is based on three Newton books of the same names. Hours: Daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Tuesday. Casa Tre Oci, Giudecca 43, Venice (Zitelle stop).
April 7-Aug. 7
Tickets: €12
Casa dei Tre Oci - tel. + Map
Dining in Venice
Detail from "Genesis."

Exhibit: Sebastião Salgado's "Genesis"

GenoaSebastião Salgado is a Brazilian social documentary photographer and photojournalist. His "Genesis" aims to present the unblemished faces of nature and humanity. Hours: Tue.-Sun. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Mon. 2 p.m-7 p.m. Palazzo Ducale, Piazza Matteotti 9. Genoa.
Feb. 27-June 26
Tickets: €11
Palazzo Ducale - tel. Map
Dining in Genoa
Graham Nash on tour.

Pop: Graham Nash

Rome British singer Graham Nash, of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young fame. One show only, June 4 at 9 p.m. Nash, who just released his first solo album in two decades, will also appear in Lucca, Como, Trento and Naples. Sala Sinopoli, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Viale de Coubertin 30, Rome.
June 4, 9 p.m.
Tickets: €30+
Auditorium Parco della Musica, Sala Sinopoii - tel. 06.802.42501 Map
Dining in Rome
Piotr Beczala.

Recital: Piotr Beczala

Milan Polish tenor Piotr Beczala. Piano Sarah Tysman. Music by Schumann, Karlowicz, Dvořák, Rachmaninov. June 12, 8 p.m. One performance only. Teatro alla Scala, Via Filodrammatici, 2, Milan.
June 12, 8 p.m.
Tickets: €5.50-35
Teatro alla Scala - tel. Map
Dining in MIlan
Ildar Abdrazakov.

Recital: Ildar Abdrazakov

Milan Russian basso Ildar Abdrazakov in concert. Piano: Mzia Bachtouridze. Music by Glinka, Musorgsky, Ibert e Fauré. May 30 at 8 p.m. Teatro alla Scala, Via Filodrammatici, 2, Milan.
May 30, 8 p.m.
Tickets: €5-35
Teatro alla Scala - tel. Map
Dining in MIlan
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 19-July 24
Tickets: €10
Palazzo Strozzi - tel. 055.277.6461/06 Map
Dining in Florence
Ai Weiwei.

Exhibit: Ai Weiwei

Florence New installations by Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei, who has made dozens of documentaries and contributed to hundreds of projects in connection to conditions in contemporary China. Hours: Daily and weekends 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Thursday until 11 p.m.) Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza Strozzi, Florence.
Sept. 22-Jan. 22, 2017
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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