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Scott Derrickson's foray into paranormal serial killings contrives its suspense.

Blue Ruin

Jeffrey Saulnier's low-budget thriller transforms rural Virginia into into a medieval dungeon.


The Book of My Lives

Aleksandar Hemon's poignant memoir falters when family tragedy becomes its focus.

Let Me Be Frank With You

Richard Ford revives Frank Bascombe in time to provide luminous late-middle age insights.

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Detail from Filipp Malavin's "Festa Contadina."

Exhibit: "Secessione e Avanguardia"

Rome The exhibit, titled Secessione e Avanguardia 1905-1915. L’arte in Italia prima della Grande Guerra, covers artistic ferment in Italy in the years before World War I and includes works by Felice Casorati, Umberto Boccioni, Edoardo Gioia, Giacomo Balla, Duilio Cambellotti and Giuseppe Pelizza da Volpedo, among others.Hours: 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. (Tue.-Thur.); Friday until 10 p.m. Closed Monday. GNAM: Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Viale delle Belle Arti 131.
Through Feb. 15
Tickets: €12
GNAM: Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea - tel. 06.322.982.21 Map
Dining in Rome
Chagall in Milan.

Exhibit: Chagall, 1908-1985

Milan The largest-ever Chagall retrospective Italy has ever hosted, with more than 220 works on display. 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. See exhibit site for details and recommended advanced booking. Palazzo Reale, Piazza Duomo 12, Milan.
Through Feb. 16
Tickets: €14
Palazzo Reale - tel. 02.8050.9362/02.54917 Map
Dining in Milan
Giuliano Vangi's works in Rome.

Exhibit: Giuliano Vangi

Rome Sculptures by acclaimed Italian Giuliano Vangi, whose works include the statue of St. John the Baptist in Florence, "La Lupa" in Siena and the entrance sculpture for the Vatican Museum. Hours: Tue-Sun. 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Box office closes one hour before. MACRO Testaccio, Piazza O. Giustiniani, 4 Rome.
Through Jan. 18
Tickets: €8.50
MACRO, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma - tel. 06.671.070.400/06.0808 Map
Dining in Rome
Works by Hans Memling in Rome.

Exhibit: The Flemish Renaissance

Rome Works by Hans Memling, a German-born painter who moved to Flanders and worked in the tradition of Early Netherlandish painting. It includes his famed "The Last Judgement" tripych. 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 Jan. 18
Tickets: €12
Scuderie del Quirinale - tel. 06.3996.7500 Map
Dining in Rome
Sam Smith in Milan.

Pop: Sam Smith

Milan Twenty-two year-old British singer-songwriter Sam Smith in his first Italian gig. One show only, March 9 at 9 p.m. For information, see Alcatraz site or Call Center TicketOne 892.101 (from Italy). Alcatraz, Via Valtellina 25/27, Milan.
March 9, 9 p.m.
Tickets: €32
Alcatraz - tel. 02.690.163.52 Map
Dining in Milan
Afghan rugs on the theme of war.

Exhibit: "Covering" War

Rovereto, Trento A remarkable collection of more than 50 Afghan rugs manufactured from 1979 on, whose themes and imprints are tied to that benighted country's seemingly endless legacy of war. 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 March 15
Tickets: €11
Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto (Mart) - tel. 800.397760/0464.438.887 Map
Dining in Rovereto
Tiepolo's drawings in Rome.

Exhibit: Tiepolo's colors

Rome A collection of Giambattista Tiepolo's drawings reveal how he came to develop both form and color. It is titled "I colori del disegno," "The Colors of Drawing." Hours: Tue.-Sun. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Closed Monday, Dec 25 and Jan. 1. Musei Capitolini, Piazza del Campidoglio 1, Rome.
Through Jan. 18
Tickets: €15
Musei Capitolini - tel. 06.06.08 Map
Dining in Rome
Paintings from Washington's National Gallery in Venice

Exhibit: The Poetry of Light

Venice More than 100 16th-to-18th century paintings on loan from the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. dedicated to the culture of art in Venice over those three centuries. Works by Giambattista Tiepolo, Marco Ricci, Francesco Zuccarelli, Canaletto and Francesco Guardi. Admission price covers entry into five local museums. Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Museo Corer, Piazza San Marco 52, Venice.
Dec. 5-March 15
Tickets: €16
Museo Correr - tel. 041.520.9070 Map
Dining in Venice
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
Don McCullin, U.S. soldier in Hue, Vietnam, 1968.

Photography: Through Open Eyes

Turin Seminal works by photographers Steve McCurry, Don McCullin, Elliott Erwitt, Alex Webb, Gabriele Basilico, Abbas, Paolo Pellegrin and Sebastião Salgado. Each photo narrates a historical moment. Hours: Tue.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; weekends 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Closed Monday. Venaria Reale, Piazza della Repubblica 4, Turin.
Through Feb. 8
Tickets: €10
La Venaria Reale - tel. 011.499.23.33 Map
Dining in Venaria Reale
Works by Escher in Rome.

Exhibit: Escher

Rome More than 150 works by Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972), the acclaimed Dutch graphic artist who focused on fantastical woodcuts, lithographs, and mezzotints. Includes his famed "Hand with Reflecting Sphere." Daily 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Weekends 10 a.m.-9 p.m. DART Chiostro del Bramante, Via della Pace, 5, Rome.
Through Feb. 22
Tickets: €13
Chiostro del Bramante - tel. 06.6880.9036 Map
Dining in Rome
Detail from Roger Ballen's "The Place of Eyeballs."

Photography: Festival Internazionale di Roma

Rome Photos by August Sander, Asger Carlsen, Larry Fink, Gianpaolo Arena and Roger Ballen, among others, as part of the 8th Annual Rome Photography Festival, this one focusing on human expression up close. Tuesday-Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Until 10 p.. on Saturday. Closed Monday. MACRO, Via Nizza 138, Sala ENEL, Rome.
Through Jan. 11
Tickets: €11
MACRO, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma - tel. 06.671.070.400/06.0808 Map
Dining in Rome
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.
Through Jan. 25
Tickets: €10
Museo dell'Ara Pacis - tel. 06.0608 Map
Dining in Rome
Guercino to Caravaggio in Rome.

Exhibit: Guercino to Caravaggio

Rome Works by Poussin, Guercino, Carracci Caravaggio, among 45 seminal Baroque works, most on loan from the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. Hours: Tue.-Sun. 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Galleria Nazionale di Arte Antica in Palazzo Barberini, Sala Ovale, via delle IV Fontane, 13. Tel. 06.328.10.
Through Feb. 8
Tickets: €12
Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica (Palazzo Barberini) - tel. 06.32810 Map
Dining in Rome
Felice Casorati's works in Cuneo.

Exhibit: Felice Casorati

Alba, Cuneo Felice Casorati (1883-1963) was an Italian painter, sculptor, and printmaker known for his highly idiosyncratic portraits and still lifes. Hours: Mon., Wed., Thu., Fri. 3-7 p.m., weekends and holidays 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Closed Tuesday. Free admission. See site for directions. Fondazione Ferrero, Via Vivaro 49..
Through Feb. 1
Fondazione Ferrero - tel. 0173.29.45.62/0173.28.52.59 Map
Dining in Alba
The Black Keys in concert in Milan.

Rock: The Black Keys

Milan (Assago) American rock duo The Black Keys, whose latest album "Turn Blue was released in 2013. One show only, Feb. 17 at 9 p.m. See Mediolanum website or TicketOne for details. Mediolanum Forum (Milan), Via G. di Vittorio, 6, Assago.
Feb. 17, 9 p.m.
Tickets: €39+
Mediolanumforum - tel. 892.101 (call center) Map
Dining in Assago
Luisa, Marchesa Casati Stampa di Soncino.

Exhibit: La Divina Marchesa

Venice The life and times of Luisa Casati (1881-1957), the Italian heiress who famously said, "I want to be a living work of art" and inspired portraits by Boldini, Bakst, Marinetti, Balla, Man Ray, Romain and Brooks, among others. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Museo Fortuny, San Marco 3758, Campo San Beneto, Venice.
Through March 8
Tickets: €9
Museo Fortuny - tel. 041.520.0995 Map
Dining in Venice
Tobias Rehberger's works in Rome.

Exhibit: Tobias Rehberger. Wrap it up

Rome Works by acclaimed Frankfurt-based Op artist Tobias Rehberger, who uses but disrupts traditional iconography. Hours: Tue-Sun. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (though 10 p.m on Saturday). Closed Monday. MACRO, Via Nizza, 128, Rome.
Through Jan. 11
Tickets: €12.50
MACRO, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma - tel. 06.671.070.400/06.0808 Map
Dining in Rome
Piero Manzoni's "Artist's Shit," 1961.

Exhibit: AZIMUT/H. Continuity and Newness

Venice AZIMUT/H. Continuity and Newness is a tribute to the post World War II neo-avantgarde in Italy. Works by Manzoni and Castellani, as well as Lucio Fontana, Alberto Burri, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Yves Klein, Jean Tinguely, Heinz Mack, Otto Piene and Günther Uecker. Open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Tuesday. Collezione Peggy Guggenheim, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, Dorsoduro 701, Venice.
Through Jan. 19
Tickets: €12
Peggy Guggenheim Collection - tel. 041.2405.411 Map
Dining in Venice
Mario Sironi's work in Rome.

Exhibit: Mario Sironi

Rome Mario Sironi (1885-1961) was a painter, illustrator, graphic artist, sculptor and decorator well-known for his interwar work. Hours: Monday-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, Sala Verdi Via San Pietro in Carcere (Fori Imperiali), Rome.
Through Feb. 8
Tickets: €12
Complesso del Vittoriano di Roma - tel. 06.678.0664 Map
Dining in Rome
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
Rockwell's America in Rome.

Exhibit: The Art of Norman Rockwell

Rome More than 100 works on loan from the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts in Italy's first major Rockwell retrospective. Rockwell (1894-1978) was among the major American magazine artists of the 20th century. 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.
Nov. 11-Feb. 8
Tickets: €13
Museo del Corso - tel. 06.6786.2098/06.916.508.451 Map
Dining in Rome
Interpol in Milan.

Alt rock: Interpol

Milan (Assago) New York alt-rockers Interpol in Milan, one show only Jan. 30 at 9 p.m. (with Heath). Interpol's latest album is "El Pintor." See TicketOne for details. Fabrique, Via Fantoli, 9 (tangeziale est, Milan).
Jan 30, 9 p.m.
Tickets: €38
Fabrique Milan - tel. +39.02.506.3008 Map
Dining in Milan
Paul Simon and Sting in Milan.

Jazz: Paul Simon & Sting

Milan Legendary singers Sting (The Police) and Paul Simon (Simon & Garfunkel) in an evening together. One show only, March 30 at 9 p.m. Ticket information at TicketOne. Mediolanum Forum (Milan), Via G. di Vittorio, 6, Assago.
March 30, 9 p.m.
Tickets: €74+
Mediolanumforum - tel. 892.101 (call center) Map
Dining in Assago
Giovanni Lanfranco's works, among others.

Exhibit: Rome, Vice and Misery

Rome Paintings that portray the hedonistic and downtrodden side of Rome in the Baroque centuries, with poverty and debauchery as themes. Hours: 10:45 a.m.-1 p.m.; 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Académie de France à Rome, Villa Medici (Grandes Galeries), Viale Trinità dei Monti, 1.
Through Jan. 15
Tickets: €12.50-14.50
Accademia di Francia - tel. 06.67611 Map
Dining in Rome
James Taylor in Rome and elsewhere in Italy.

Pop: James Taylor

Rome James Taylor on his month-long 2015 Italian tour. One Rome show only, April 15 at 9 p.m. He will also play Padua, Trieste, Florence and Milan, all in April. See TicketOne for details. Sala Santa Cecilia, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Viale de Coubertin 30, Rome.
April 15; 9 p.m.
Tickets: €45+
Auditorium Parco della Musica, Santa Cecilia - tel. 06.802.42501 Map
Dining in Rome
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
In Rome, 3,000 year old Chinese artifacts.

Exhibit: The Tombs of Mawangdu

Rome A detailed examination of life in ancient China (3500 BC-220 BC) using dozens of artifacts on loan from major Chinese museums, most made from porcelain and dug up in Hunan Province over the last 150 years. Hours: Tue.-Sun. 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Closed Monday. Palazzo Venezia, Sale Quattrocentesche, Via del Plebiscito, 118. Rome.
Through Feb. 16
Tickets: €5
Palazzo Venezia - tel. 06.699.9431 Map
Dining in Rome
Armor as aesthetic in Turin.

Exhibit: Knights, Mamluks and Samurai

Turin Italian, German, Islamic, Indian and Japanese suits of armor are presented here as art works to investigate the differences between Europe, the Middle East, and Japan. From the collections of the Frederick Stibbert Museum in Florence. Hours: Tue.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Closed Monday. Venaria Reale, Piazza della Repubblica 4, Turin.
Through Feb. 8
Tickets: €10
La Venaria Reale - tel. 011.499.23.33 Map
Dining in Venaria Reale
Lionel Richie in Milan.

Concert: Lionel Richie

Milan (Assago) Grammy-award winning Lionel Richie on his 2015 global tour. One show only, Feb. 15 at 9 p.m. See Mediolanum and TicketOne websites for details. Mediolanum Forum (Milan), Via G. di Vittorio, 6, Assago.
Feb. 15; 9 p.m.
Tickets: €50+
Mediolanumforum - tel. 892.101 (call center) Map
Dining in Assago
Frida Kahlo, Self-portrait as Tehuana (or Diego in my mind), 1943.

Exhibit: Frida & Diego

Genoa More than 100 works that demonstrate the intellectual, emotional and erotic kinship between Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. See exhibit site for details and advanced booking. Hours: Tue.-Sunday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Monday 2 p.m-7 p.m. Palazzo Ducale, Piazza Matteotti 9. Genoa.
Through Feb. 8
Tickets: €13
Palazzo Ducale - tel. Map
Dining in Genoa
Nickolas Muray's photos in Genoa.

Photography: Nickolas Muray

Genoa Nickolas Muray was a Hungarian-born American photographer known for his celebrity shots and ad images in the 1920s and 30s. Some 150 shots are on display. Hours: Tue.-Sun. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Palazzo Ducale, Piazza Matteotti 9. Genoa.
Through Feb. 8
Tickets: €8
Palazzo Ducale - tel. Map
Dining in Genoa
"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
Ed Ruscha, "Inner City Make Scream," 2014.

Exhibit: Ed Ruscha

Rome New paintings by Ed Ruscha, an American artist who has long been associated with the pop art movement. Hours: Tue-Sat 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. and by appointment. Closed Monday. Via Francesco Crispi, 16, Rome.
Nov. 20-Jan. 17
Gagosian Gallery - tel. 06.4208.6498 Map
Dining in Rome
Giorgio GRiffa's works at Lorcan O'Neill.

Gallery: Giorgio Griffa

Rome Turin-born Giorgio Griffa is an Italian abstract painter associated with the arte povera movement. His paintings are marks in acrylic colours on raw, unstretched canvases. Hours: Tue.-Sat. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Galleria Lorcan O'Neill, Vicolo dei Cantinari, 3. Rome.
Oct. 21-Dec. 20
Galleria Lorcan O'Neill - tel. 06.6889.2980 Map
Dining in Rome
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
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
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
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
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