Uffizi uschmizi. How to get your cultural fix without leaving the five boroughs: music, movies, art, photography. Take every one of our suggestions and you'll pay $211.85. Buy a ticket online to the Uffizi, it's 19.50 euros ($30.55). Current round-trip coach to Paris on Air France, $1194—or more. Halibut at London's Belvedere Restaurant: $43.34.
You get the idea.
Well regarded Maria Volonte sings Songs of Argentine Passion at Joe's Pub on Wednesday, 9:30pm.
Pianist and composer Monique DiMattina is at home playing classical, jazz, and pop. She's at Rockwood Music Hall on Thursday, 7pm.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Goran Bregovic and his Wedding and Funeral Band plays surprisingly irresistible Balkan folk music tonight at
Ottawans Peter Kiesewalter and Tyley Ross and their nine-piece band, the East Village Opera Company, are at Lincoln Center's Guggenheim Bandshell on August 14th, mixing opera and pop music like there's no tomorrow.
The Olympics will turn everyone's attention to Beijing next month. Get a city preview at Beijing 2008: A Photographic Journey, at the China Institute, 125 E. 65th [Park/Lex], now through August 17th.
Beauty in Trouble, a drama that plays out in Prague and Italy, scored enthusiastic reviews. At the Angelika.
Celebrate Bastille Day on 60th Street [5th/Lex] this Sunday, noon-6pm.
Werner Herzog finds, among other things, unforgettable images in Antarctica, in his Encounters at the End of the World, at Film Forum.
If you still haven't caught up with the Met's new
Greek and Roman Galleries.
From Another Shore: Recent Icelandic Art is at the Scandinavia House, now through August 15th. Today's main image is Limbo Lamp for Petur by Ólafur Elíasson.
Check out the photography of the late Indian art critic Richard Bartholomew—there are some superb images from his travels in India. An online exhibit, or by appointment at Sepia/The Alkazi Collection, 148 W. 24th [6th/7th]
Our country doesn't have as many great reporters as we need right now, but Richard Engel is one. His new book, War Journal: My Five Years in Iraq is a clear-eyed, sobering account of that country.
Fellini's Nights of Cabiria screens at the Walter Reade on July 26th and 27th.
Last chance for Murakami at the Brooklyn Museum.
It closes on Sunday.
The NY Korean Film Festival takes place August 22nd-31st at Cinema Village and BAM Cinematek.
El Topo, the 1971 cult/underground movie starring, and directed by, Alejandro Jodorowsky, screens at IFC,
July 11th and 12th, midnight.
At the Frick, their three Vermeers are on one wall for the first time in nearly a decade. Now through November 2nd.
Nelson Mandela: Man of the People, a 90th birthday tribute, opens July 12th at the Schomburg Center.
Sweden's wave of melodic pop continues unabated. The compilation CD Thank You For the Music is ample proof.
A Very British Gangster, the documentary by British investigative reporter Donal MacIntyre, about Dominic Noonan and his network of criminals,
opens July 18th.
The Healing Touch of Tibetan Art opens July 17th at
Tibet House, 22 W. 15th [5th/6th].
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