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Week of Friday, October 17 - Thursday, October 23
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Rome's International Film Festival
The Parco della Musica goes through a fabulous transformation this week as the the Rome Film Festival opens with a "festival village" temporarily added to the grounds, offering shops, snacks and restaurants, and all of the internal theaters of the Auditorium will be utilized for screenings, with a spillover at the MAXXI museum down the street and at the Cinema Barberini in town. There are fifty-one feature films in the official selection, including several English-language entries, although the opening and closing films are both Italian comedies. Masterclasses and movie talks will feature Brad Anderson, Geraldine Chaplin, Clive Owen, Asia Argento, Wim Wenders and Kevin Costner and many others. Notable among the American films: Oren Moverman's Time Out of Mind, with Richard Gere, Kyra Sedgwick, Steve Buscemi, Jena Malone and Ben Vereen in which a homeless man tries to reconnect with his estranged daughter. Mike Bender's Black and White with Kevin Costner in which a grieving widower is drawn into a custody battle over his granddaughter, whom he helped raise her entire life. David Fincher's Gone Girl, based on the Gillian Flynn bestseller, with Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike and Neil Patrick Harris. Richard Glatzer's Still Alice with Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin and Kate Bosworth, in which a happily married linguistics professor with three grown children discovers she has Alzheimer's disease. And from the UK: Stephen Daldry's Trash, with Martin Sheen and Rooney Mara in which three kids who make a discovery in a Brazilian garbage dump soon find themselves running from the cops and trying to right a terrible wrong. Full program.

Rinaldo Alessandrini and the Concerto Italiano
A treat for lovers of historic music. Alessandrini, a virtuoso on baroque keyboards,  is considered a foremost interpreter of early Italian opera. He has toured extensively with his ensemble, and their recordings have been awarded numerous awards. They're at the Aula Magna, Università la Sapienza, with a program of madrigals and sinfonie, Saturday, October 18. more

Uto Ughi in Recital
A . Ughi, who has long been considered one of the world's leading violin virtuosi performs a special recital in memory of Adriana Panni, the late president of the Accademia Filarmonica. He'll be accompanied by pianist Marco Grisanti, who is Professor of Chamber Music at the Campobasso Conservatory. The program includes favorite violin solos by Bach, Wieniawski, Saint-Saens and Ravel. At the Teatro Olimpico, Thursday, October 23. more

Snoop Dogg
The hugely famous gangsta-rapper, actor, producer and hip hop artist has sold ov er 30 million albums worldwide. His latest album, Reincarnated, was released last year, and his new release, scheduled for this year, is a collaboration with Wiz Khalifa. He'll be performing in Rome at  Atlantico, Sunday, October 19. more

Gino Paoli and Danilo Rea
Veteran singer-songwriter Gino Paoli, one of the most beloved Italian song stylists of his generation, wrote such all-time hits as "Senza fine." He'll appear in Rome with his frequent collaborator, the brilliant jazz pianist Danilo Rea, at the
Auditorium Parco della Musica, Thursday, October 23. more

Cirque du Soleil: Quidam
In this ninth Cirque du Soleil spectacular, Zoé is a bored little girl whose parents ignore her. She slides into an imaginary world - the world of Quidam, a word simultaneously implying everyone and no none - where she meets an array of colorful characters who encourage her to free her soul. The show premiered in 1996 in Montreal. It's currently on a year-long European tour that began last January. At the Palalottomatica, October 22-29. more

A New Rigoletto
The Teatro dell'Opera di Rome, which has been beset by relentless union problems and budgetary nightmares, nevertheless completes its 2013-2014 season with this new production of Verdi's popular opera, designed by Frederica Parolini, directed by Leo Muscato and conducted by Renato Palumbo. The Gilda, in most of the performances, is the young soprano Claudia Boyle who appears this season at the Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden and the English National Opera. The Duke is Gianluca Terranova, who has performed the role at the Teatro alla Scala Milan at the Los Angeles Opera. October 21-31. more

RomaEuropa Festival: King Arthur
The highlight of the RomaEuropa Festival this week is a "dramatic opera", created from texts by John Dryden and music by Henry Purcell. Motus, founded in Rimini in 1991, combines theater, sculpture, design, video art, and music to explore the work of great writers. With the baroque ensemble Sezione Aurea, and an animated video created in real time.  Teatro Argentina, Saturday-Sunday, October 18-19. more

In the Museums
Opening this week at the Scuderie del Quirinale, Memling. Rinascimento Fiammingo, one of the foremeost artists of the Flemish Renaissance. And opening 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, the works of important young German artist Tobias Rehberger, as well as an exhibition of the annual Rome Foto Festival, and Shout!, displaying work by 11 emerging Indonesian artists. At the Palazzo Venezia, La Leggendarie tombe di Mawangdu, relics from a 2,000 year-old aristocratic Chinese tomb. At the Castel Sant'Angelo, I Papi della speranza, More than one hundred master works reflecting  the religious environment in 16th century Rome. At the Museo Carlo Bilotti, Dreamings and the Australian Aboriginal – Art Meets De Chirico,  selection of contemporary Australian Aboriginal works in acrylic from the Missana Sordelllo collection.
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