David Farr's creepy thriller about babies and unstable mothers is at once unsettling but predictable.
Alejandro Amenábar's mediocre devil-worship thriller is really an object lesson in manipulated hysteria.
Jensen Beach's 15 stories are set in Sweden and convey equal doses of wisdom and melancholy.
Roberto Bolaño's understated Rome-set novella is a posthumous example of the Chilean writer's genius.
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Exhibit: Alphonse MuchaRome 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
Complesso del Vittoriano di Roma - tel. 06.678.0664 Map
Dining in Rome
Exhibit: How Romans AteRome 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
Museo dell'Ara Pacis - tel. 06.0608 Map
Dining in Rome
Opera: Arena's 2016 Opera FestivalVerona 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
Arena di Verona - tel. 045.800.5151 Map
Dining in Verona
Exhibit: Royal BargesTurin 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
La Venaria Reale - tel. 011.499.23.33 Map
Dining in Venaria Reale
Concert: Andrea BocelliLajatico, 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.
Teatro Del Silenzio - tel. 0587.643121 Map
Dining in Lajatico
Sports: Harlem GlobetrottersRome 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.
Palalottomatica Roma - tel. 199.128.800 Map
Dining in Rome
Rock: The CureMilan (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.
Mediolanumforum - tel. 892.101 (call center) Map
Dining in Assago
Photography: Helmut NewtonVenice "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
Casa dei Tre Oci - tel. +39.041.241.2332 Map
Dining in Venice
Exhibit: Ai WeiweiFlorence 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
Palazzo Strozzi - tel. 055.277.6461/06 Map
Dining in Florence