Weekly Events: June 19 to June 26

Posted on June 19, 2006

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Paris – Fête de la Musique
From medieval music to gospels to military marches at the Ecole Militaire and hip hop; all musical styles are en vogue for the big Music Fiesta of the summer. A lot of upcoming talent, but also hopeless crooners, belt out their individual best on local squares, bars and cafes. Legend Cesaria Evora lends grandeur to the proceedings with a performance at the Bastille.
When: June 21, noon to midnight. Free.
Where: Various locations.
Check the website for full details.
Also in Paris – Photographer Cindy Sherman at Jeu de Paume
London – Anthony and Cleopatra at the Globe
Luxury Traveler sheds light on the upcoming production of the tragic love story at London’s historic Globe theatre:
Following acclaimed productions of Coriolanus and Titus Andronicus, The Edges of Rome theatre season at Shakespeare’s Globe continues with Antony & Cleopatra directed by Dominic Dromgoole. (….) Shakespeare’s great tragic figure, Cleopatra, will be played by Frances Barber – an actress herself famed for "infinite variety". Nicholas Jones will play Antony whose recent theatre work includes Polonius in Hamlet at the Old Vic (2004). With designs by Mike Britton and music by Keith McGowan and Belinda Sykes, the production is influenced by Jacobean staging, clothing and music. For information or booking please follow this link.
London – Documentary on Film Director Derek Jarman: Life as art.
Another London tip this week, iconoclastic director Derek Jarman gets the post-humous docu treatment. From the website:
Director Andy Kimpton-Nye eschews an exhaustive analysis of Jarman’s life and oeuvre (which could never fit into sixty minutes, anyway) to proffer a breezy survey of the director’s childhood and a joyful appreciation of his career. In lieu of Jarman’s own words, we are treated to the witty and insightful reminiscences of collaborators including actors Tilda Swinton and Nigel Terry and producer James MacKay.
Madrid – pioneer Picasso show at the Prado
A unique exhibition and the first of its kind:
The exhibit marks the 25th anniversary of the return of Pablo Picasso’s famous Guernica painting (pictured) to Spain from New York’s MOMA, an event that signified the country’s triumph over political unrest. Although Picasso completed the painting in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War, he lent it to the New York museum with the understanding that it would be sent home to Spain when citizens were given democratic rights.

The show features over 100 Picasso works spanning all stages of his career, as well as major works from other artists working at the same time period as Picasso. The Museo del Prado showcases the bulk of the work done by other artists, while the Reina Sofia places more emphasis on Guernica and its legacy. Many of the paintings are on loan from other museums. For some, it is the first time in decades that they have appeared anywhere in Europe. (Via Travel Post Insider)

When: June 6 – September 3
Where: Museo del Prado, Paseo del Prado, Upper Goya entrance only
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