Author: Mary Gray

Mary is Events & Associate Editor at The Florentine. She co-authored the 2017 edition of guidebook Time Out Florence and was recently named a Premio Famiglia Fiducia Fellow at Middlebury College's School in Italy, where she is a 2019 M.A. candidate in Italian Studies. Follow her (and her more photogenic Maltese-terrier mix Miró) on Instagram @VeryMaryGray.
October 18, 2018
events-articles

Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

LAUGHS/TSH Comedy Club: Matteo Lane October 24, 9.30pm The Student Hotel, viale Spartaco Lavagnini 70-72, Florence Splashy complex and community center The Student Hotel has a new series set to revive Florence’s standup comedy scene. The TSH Comedy Club’s inaugural event will feature Chicago-born, New York-based comedian Matteo Lane, a central figure on Comedy Central’s The Comedy […]
October 11, 2018
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

EXPLORE/Open Week: Villa La Pietra October 15-20 Villa La Pietra, via Bolognese 120, Florence Open Week at Villa La Pietra is a rare chance to explore the grounds of NYU Florence’s sprawling campus, formerly the residence of British scholar and writer Sir Harold Acton and family. Free guided visits (with required reservations) will run throughout […]
October 7, 2018
LIFESTYLE

Rental diaries, vol. 15

Sex and the City’s writing-by-the-window sage “couldn’t help but wonder” about a lot of things, rarely speaking in the cadence of certainty. One of the exceptions was her oft-quoted proclamation that New Yorkers are “always looking for a job, a boyfriend, or an apartment.” If the shiny story arcs are to be believed, early-2000s Manhattanites […]
October 5, 2018
FOOD + WINE

Fall 2018 food events in Florence

Around here there’s a saying—or rather, a general consensus—that the shoulder seasons no longer exist. But the crisp autumn breezes timidly moving through the city as this issue goes to bed have TF staff’s collective fingers crossed for a full-blown fall, the kind that can birth literary one-liners like “I’m so glad I live in […]
October 4, 2018
ART + CULTURE

Performance [art] anxiety

In the aftermath of a Linkiesta article that detailed behind-the-curtain contractual issues for participating artists in Palazzo Strozzi’s blockbuster exhibition Marina Abramović. The Cleaner—a September 6 story that prompted Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi’s director Arturo Galansino to respond candidly in an Exibart exclusive the next day—a query posted in an online forum caught my colleague’s eye. […]
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Best events in Florence in October 2018

AUDIO/Sonic Somatic October 5-7 Serre Torrigiani, via Gusciana 21, Florence After last year’s noteworthy Novoli-headquartered edition, sound-centered festival Sonic Somatic makes a comeback, this time touching down in Serre Torrigiani, the gasp-worthy greenhouse inside Florence’s definitive “secret garden” in via Gusciana. Exploring the interplay between space, body and sound, Sonic Somatic’s 2018 edition will spotlight […]
September 27, 2018
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

CHARITY/Corri La Vita September 30 Starting point: Cascine Park Keep your eyes peeled for purple T-shirts on September 30, or wear one yourself to help in the fight against breast cancer: Corri La Vita, now in its 16th edition, is one of the Florentine year’s definitive community events, a footrace not just for avid runners, […]
September 20, 2018
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

PINK/L’Eredità delle Donne September 21-23 Various venues in Florence Television personality Serena Dandini is the artistic director and force of nature behind new large-scale Florence festival L’Eredita’ delle Donne, twinned with Parisian event Les Journes du Matrimoine and part of this year’s European Heritage Days. Both celebrate the contributions of women to the creation of […]
September 13, 2018
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

ACROBATIC/CirkFantastik! September 13-23 Cascine Park (viale degli Olmi/piazzale del Re), Florence Take a break from “juggling” everything in your everyday life and escape to the circus. The Cascine will soon host the new edition of contemporary circus festival CirkFantastik!, an Estate Fiorentina fixture that turns the park into a bona-fide Big Top for 11 days. […]
September 12, 2018
LIFESTYLE

Rental diaries, vol. 14

Now that we—in the EU, at least—are all sick of the GDPR and would gift Lucifer our cookie consent on a Christmas tray if it meant the link would just go straight to the stupid article, our short-term memory as a society is rusty. Remember the inspiring uprising in the immediate Cambridge Analytica aftermath, when […]