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Zimbabwe Marimba Night Dance Party features Polyphony Marimba, an acoustic 8-piece African-style marimba ensemble. At Cumbe, Center for African and Diaspora Dance, 558 Fulton [Flatbush/Rockwell] St, Bklyn. 7/1, 8pm, $15

Opening 8/18 at the Met, Chinese Gardens: Pavilions, Studios, Retreats—60 paintings and other depictions of these idealized landscapes are exhibited in the Astor Chinese Garden Court.

One of the many reasons to visit the Brooklyn Museum is the long-term installation Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity—1,200 pieces that trace millennia of Egyptian sculpture, relief, paintings, and pottery.

A Burning Hot Summer, courtesy of esteemed French film director Philippe Garrel, stars Monica Bellucci. 6/29, IFC

The Philippines
Maharlika , 111 1st Ave. [7th] 646.392.7880, was, according to some, the original name of the Philippines. While the restaurant serves some classic Filipino dishes and there are playful retro references, the sensibility is definitely modern.

Without a doubt, Chile central in New York is Puro Chile, 221 Centre [Grand/Hester] 212.925.7876. You'll find handiwork from that country: jewelry, clothing, home accessories, china, pottery and books. Fill up the larder, too with Chilean foods. A few steps away is Puro Wines, which sells, of course, Chilean wines.

A big hit in Sweden, Easy Money, open 7/11 at Film Forum. It's a thriller starring The Killing's Joel Kinnaman. Which is enough for us.

Sweden's neighbor to the left weighs in with film adaptations of Gunnar Staalesen's crime novels featuring private investigator Varg Veum. At Scandinavia House thru 8/3, Wednesdays at 7pm, Fridays at 6:30pm, $10.

Dominican Republic
Ballplayer: Pelotero is a documentary opening 7/13 about how Major League Baseball searches for prospects in the Dominican Republic, focusing on two young men signed at age 16.

The Netherlands
At the Guggenheim as of this Friday, a mid-career retrospective of Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra.

Casa Mono
Pata Negra
Tía Pol

Australia's version of football, called Footy or Aussie Rules, is played by the New York Magpies club.

Modern Art from India, at the Rubin, is a fascinating look at the way India's artists interpreted abstraction, distinct from European counterparts.

The Caribbean
Caribbean: Crossroads of the World is an ambitious undertaking, organized by El Museo del Barrio with the Queens Museum of Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem. With over 400 works of art and artifacts drawn from Caribbean nations, the exhibition examines the transactional and cultural currents that spread from those countries to Europe and North America and back again. One admission to any of the museums gets you in free to the other two.

Ukrainian Kilims: Journey of a Heritage displays three dozen rugs from The Ukrainian Museum's collection, examples of an important and beautiful tradition.

In Flushing, the Voelker Orth Museum may not have much of a profile, but it's worth knowing about: Conrad Voelker emigrated from Germany in 1881, and his house was in the family until his granddaughter established the museum in her will. The bird sanctuary and Victorian garden are highlights.

Sri Lanka
Sample the hoppers, curries, and other Sri Lankan dishes at Sigiri, 91 1st Ave. [5th/6th] 212.614.9333.

Twenty Twelve on BBC America starting this Thursday, starring Hugh Bonneville (Downtown Abbey), a mock documentary about the group responsible for making the London Olympics happen. Best before: July 27.

The Matchmaker is a sweet and funny comedy set in Haifa, 1968, a comedy-of-age story from director Avi Nesher. Opens 7/20

South Africa
The great Athol Fugard directs his searing play The Train Driver, based on a true story, at the Signature Theatre, starting 8/14.

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama's installation Fireflies on the Water is at the Whitney right now, a room in which only one viewer is allowed at a time. It's shown with a retrospective of Kusama's work (she's now 83), that will open 7/12.

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