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HEYWOOD HILL’S “A YEAR IN BOOKS” FOR LIFE IS BACK

Heywood Hill 2017 competition

Book lovers & readers worldwide must rejoice!

Heywood Hill Bookshop
Heywood Hill Bookshop

After the 2016 success and crazy media coverage, London’s very posh and very exclusive Heywood Hill Bookshop at 10 Curzon Street returns with its “A Year in Books FOR LIFE” competition. Everyone from everywhere gets the chance to participate to the “win a hand-picked book a month for the rest of your life” draw.  The deadline ends at midnight (London time) on Tuesday, October 31st 2017.

To register, simply visit their page!

As advertised, the winner will be picked at random and announced in their November 2017 newsletter.

TURIN ROCK CONCERTS NOT TO MISS THIS FALL & WINTER

Kraftwerk

As always, the selection is quite subjective, but there you have it:

Bryan Adams
Bryan Adams

KRAFTWERK 3D “The Catalogue” Concerts – at OGR Turin, on November 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th, 2017 at 19.30 pm and 22.30 pm

electronic rock, the original edition

BRYAN ADAMS – at PalaAlpitour, on November 12th, 2017 at 9.00 pm

mostly pop-rock, mostly nostalgic, mainly for the over 30s

Ara Malikian
Ara Malikian

ARA MALIKIAN – at Teatro Colosseo, on November 23rd, 2017 at 9.00 pm

for the fans of some good old folk & rock music, with a twist

DEPECHE MODE – at PalaAlpitour, on December 9th and 11th, 2017 at 9.00 pm

Here’s the Revolution!!!!!!!!!!


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3 REASONS WHY THE BRUEGHELS’ EXHIBITION AT VENARIA IS A MUST

Pieter Bruegel the Elder, The Little Tower of Babel (1563)

There are only a couple of weeks left for the “Brueghel. Masterpieces of Flemish Art” Exhibition currently on display at Venaria Reale. For those still needing convincing, here are 3 awesome reasons for visiting it:

Pieter Brueghel the Elder, The Dutch Proverbs (1559)
Pieter Brueghel the Elder, The Dutch Proverbs (1559)
  1. Among many others, it relevantly discusses (and displays) some of the artists which greatly influenced the work of Pieter Brueghel the Elder: you’ll get the chance to see works signed by none other than Hieronymus Bosch (yup, the one with the funny visions of hell & such).
  2. The event sheds some delightfully clarifying light upon one of Pieter Brueghel the Elder’s most famous works – ”The Danish Proverbs”, whose abundance of references usually goes misunderstood, – and upon the artist’s obvious love for word play.
  3. Now is your chance to finally figure out who painted what & who was the father/son/nephew/son-in-law etc. of whom in the great Brueghel family tree, since there are so many of them, and they seem to have ran out of names, sometimes around the 1550’s.

More information on the event here

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TODERI & PAMUK’S INSTALLATION AT PALAZZO MADAMA PROLONGED

Pamuk & Toderi Installation in Turin

Palazzo Madama decided to prolong the display of the ”Words and Stars” installation ideated by Nobel-prize winner Orhan Pamuk and visual artist Grazia Toderi. If you haven’t seen it yet, there’s still time until March 29th, 2017.

Moreover, keep in mind that you can see it for free the first Wednesday of the month.

More info here

GIOVANNI ALLEVI CONCERTS IN TURIN ON JANUARY 6TH, 2017

Giovanni Allevi Turin Concert on January 6th 2017

Wait a minute, who?

Well, he’s the Italian piano guy with the messy hair, the one who speaks a bit funny and seems to be residing in another realm (I personally would place him among the elves, now that I finished Muriel Barbery’s fantasy novel on their life and artistic proclivities).

Without further ado, Giovanni Allevi and his pointy ears will mesmerize our ears, eyes and very souls during an extraordinary Turin concert at Teatro Colosseo on January 6th, 2017. The event is part of a bigger Italian tour entitled “Symphonic Celebration Tour” that celebrates the artist’s 25 years of live performances. As usually, Allevi will undertake the triple role of composer, pianist and orchestra conductor: he will perform some of the pieces that made him famous worldwide and will conduct some of Tchaikovsky, Puccini and Rossini’s masterpieces. Continue Reading

UPCOMING ENGLISH MOVIES AT CINEMA CENTRALE ARTHOUSE IN TURIN

Tim Burton's latest film in English original version screened in Turin

Since there are so few places in and around Turin to screen movies in their original language, I might as well write about them and help them become even more popular among cinephiles of all shapes and colors. If you count yourself among those who – just like me – absolutely HATE seeing dubbed movies, then the list of titles to be checked out before Christmas at Cinema Centrale Arthouse in Turin is the following:

Clint Eastwood's "Sully" at TFF 2016
Clint Eastwood’s “Sully”
  • Clint Eastwood’s “Sully” (2016) – ends Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
  • Tim Burton’s “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” (2016) – from Thursday, December 15th until Wednesday 21st, 2016
  • Stephen Frears’ “Florence Foster Jenkins” (2016) – from Thursday, December 22nd until Wednesday 28th, 2016

WHERE: Cinema Centrale Arthouse, Via Carlo Alberto 27, Turin

WHEN: usual screening hours: 16:00 – 18:00 – 20:00 – 22:00 (give or take 5-10 mins)

HOW MUCH: € 8 (Saturday, Sunday and legal holidays), € 7,50 (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday), € 5 (all days except Wednesdays for over 65, under 18, university students under 26, disabled), € 4,50 (all Wednesdays, for everyone)

PALAZZO MADAMA CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY WITH 1 EURO ENTRANCE FEES

Palazzo Madama celebrates 10th anniversary on December 16th 2016

If you happen to be circling the city center on December 16th and you’ve got some change in your pockets (1 EURO might just be enough) make sure you make a long stop at Palazzo Madama – that particular Friday Turin celebrates alla grande the museum’s 10th anniversary and also its much-awaited re-opening (yippee!!! full access to the entire museum, no more undergoing works).

The organizers though that the celebration could be made worthwhile by throwing in the equation this awesome 1 EURO entrance fee and prolonged visiting hours, too. The formula worked quite nicely this fall and proved its efficiency in bringing lots of visitors in, therefore the cold days outside and the chance of visiting permanent and temporary collections almost for free seem like a match made in heaven. Continue Reading

PALAZZO MADAMA’S “ON THE FRONT LINE” EXHIBITION PROLONGED

Camille Lepage, Sudan
A mother reacts to the killing of her son
Maysun, Egypt

It’s not even December yet, but the great news just keep on coming!

Although it was supposed to end this November 13th, due to its resounding public success the surprisingly artistic and emotionally charged “On the Front Line. Women Photojournalists in War Zones” photography Exhibition on display at Palazzo Madama has been prolonged for two full months more, until January 16th, 2017.

Read more about this event here

BRACE YOURSELVES: TORINO FILM FESTIVAL IS COMING!

The 34th Edition of Torino Film Festival opens on November 18th, 2016
Clint Eastwood's "Sully" at TFF 2016
Clint Eastwood’s “Sully” at TFF 2016

While some try to get into the early Christmas shopping buzz, there are also those of us who cannot find enough reasons to run away from it. Well, now it’s our chance to hide from the cold and celebrate life & art in a “stingier” way: the 34th edition of the Torino Film Festival will be in town from November 18th to November 26th, that is more than a week full of movies, popcorn and good old escapism. Moreover, this year’s edition will be dedicated to David Bowie.

As always, the blurred lines between old & new, various film genres, different technological epochs and directing styles are made clear by the kaleidoscopic choice of movies. It’s virtually impossible NOT to find something that’s EXACTLY whatever you wish to see, given the huge number of films included into the festival.

ALL MOVIES ARE SCREENED IN THEIR ORIGINAL VERSION, WITH ITALIAN/ENGLISH SUBTITLES. Continue Reading