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Lang Lang Superstar
Inarguably the most famous pianist in the world, Lang Lang has achieved the status of a rock star. He recorded for years for Deutsche Gramaphon and Teldec, then in 2010, he signed with Sony for a purpoted $3 million. But despite all the hoopla, he is still considered one of the greatest living pianists, and has worked hard to promote classical music among young people. He'll perform a recital of music by Mozart and Chopin at the Auditorium Parco della Musica. more

Cellist Sol Gabetta
The Award-winning young Argentine cellist has become one of the most sought-after soloists on the international stage. She records for Sony Classics, and plays a 1759 G. B. Guadagnini cello. She'll perform a program of music by Beethoven, Brahms and Servias with Finnish pianist Henri Sigfridsson at the Teatro Argentina, Thursday, November 27. more

The Parov Stelar Band
Austrian Marcus Füreder (aka Parov Stelar), known as one of the pioneers of Electroswing is a producer and DJ whose musical style has roots in Jazz, House, Electro and Breakbeat. His tracks have been used on hundreds of compilations worldwide as well as in TV shows, TV series, movies and advertising spots. He'll be performing in Rome with his live band at Atlantico Live, Saturday, November 22. more

Dee Dee Bridgewater
Three-time Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Dee Dee Bridgewater, is also a Tony Award - winning stage actress and host of National Public Radio's syndicated radio show JazzSet. Her performance this week is a highlight of the annual Rome Jazz Festival, at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, Tuesday, November 25. more

Momix: Alchemy
The legendary dance troupe, combining acrobatics, ballet, illusion and special effects, which was founded and directed by choreographer Moses Pendelton, presents its latest production inspired by "the art of alchemy, and the alchemy of art." The show is back after a run in Rome last season. Great if you missed it or if you want to see it again.Teatro Olimpico, Through Sunday, November 30   more

Teatro dell'Opera: Rusalka
Dvorak's opera, a fairy-tale involving water sprites, is not often performed, but the troubled Teatro dell'Opera di Roma at last opens its season with a new production of the opera, designed and directed by Denis Krief which promises to deliver on the work's potential for charm. In the first cast, the title role will be sung by the wonderful Bulgarian soprano Svetla Vassileva, who appears at the Vienna State Opera, La Scala Milan and Covent Garden London. more

Thanksgiving in Rome
This most American holiday is just another work day here in Rome, but many of us expats would be bereft if we didn't find a way to celebrate. If you are ambitious enough to serve up a home-cooked meal, you'll need to find the ingredients, many of them nearly unknown here in Italy.   You can order delicious, freshly-made American apple and pumpkin pies from Homebaked in Monteverde Vecchio. You'll pumpkin pie filling, dried cranberries, Karo corn syrup, pecans, evaporated milk and other essentials, at Drogheria Innocenzi in Piazza San Cosimato, Trastevere, or the Castroni stores scattered throughout the city. You'll find both on our gourmet foods page. And you can order American foods online at myamericanmarket.com.
If you'd rather go to a restaurant, you'll have a surprising array of options. Mama's Ristorante, a very homey place just north of the GRA off via Flaminia, serves a complete Thanksgiving meal. Bakery House Roma in two locations on Corso Trieste, (Piazza Istria)  and Via Riano (Ponte Milvio) serves turkey with all the trimmings, at the reasonable price of €30, and part of the proceds goes to Save the Children. You'll need to reserve here by November 25.  Vivi Bistrot on the grounds of the beautiful Villa Pamphili on the Janiculum hill, serves the traditional meal buffet style at €35. For those who want to splurge, La Terrazza, the restaurant at the Hotel Eden with one Michelin Star, serves a truly luxurious meal at €120. At the opposite end of the dining spectrum, if you are more inclined towards an informal setting, Sloppy Sam's in Campo de' Fiori will hosts a home-style Thanksgiving dinner, from 9-10:30 pm at only €20 including unlimited prosecco. The Abbey Theatre, an Irish pub and sports bar near Piazza Navona will be serving the full meal followed by open mic at 11 pm. Finally the Highlander Pub will offer a buffet Thanksgiving diiner from 6-8 pm followed by televised football. Needless to say, advance reservations for all of the above are essential.

In the Museums
At the Museo Carlo Bilotti, Imago Mundi, African art from the collection of Luciano Benetton. At the Museo di Roma-Palazzo Braschi,. Food - Il Futuro Del Cibo, addressing the problem of feeding a burgeoning population, opens this week at the Palazzo Espozioni. And at the same museum, Numeri – Tutto quello che conta da zero a infinito, an inter-active exhibition for all ages. A retrospective of work by Norman Rockwell is at the Museo Fondazione Roma - Palazzo Sciarra Colonna. At the Galleria D’Arte Moderna di Roma Capitale, clay sculptures of Neapolitan artist, Vincenzo Gemito and Artisti dell’Ottocento: temi e riscoperte, paintings from the museum’s permanent collection of the late 19th and early 20th century paintings. At GNAM, the Galleria Nazionale D'Arte Moderna, Secessione e Avanguardia. 1905-1915 explores Italian art before WWI. At the Museo di Roma Palazzo Braschi Fotografie di Roma dal 1986 al 2006 presents iimages of the Eternal City collected from the portfolios of nine widely recognized Italian photographers. And at the same museum, Nino! an homage to the beloved actor Nino Manfredi. At the Scuderie del Quirinale, Memling. Rinascimento Fiammingo, one of the foremeost artists of the Flemish Renaissance. And at the Villa Medici, I Bassifond del Borocco, works from the first half of the 17th century. At the Complesso del Vittoriano, Mario Sironi 1885 – 1961, a major retrospective of one of the greatest masters of 20th century Italian art, as well as a retropsective of Roman artist Gianni Testa. At the Palazzo Barberini, Da Guercino a Carvaggio, works from the collectionof Sir Denis Mahon. At the Musei Capitolini, Tiepolo: I colori del disegno works by the master painters and printmakers of 18th-century Venice. A major retrospetive of the work of MC Escher is at the Chiostro Bramante. At MACRO, an exhibition of the annual Rome Foto Festival. At the Palazzo Venezia, La Leggendarie tombe di Mawangdu, relics from a 2,000 year-old aristocratic Chinese tomb.
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