The don’t miss list – Feb 25 to Mar 10,

Alexandra Korey, Devin Tooma
February 24, 2011

Special Events/Festa della donna

March 8, all over Italy


Italy celebrates International Women's Day, which was officially born of late-nineteenth-century strikes in New York and later ones in Russia, so get those yellow mimosas for the ladies in your life. After all, where would you be without them?



Special Events/ Aperitivo @ Tepidarium con le farfalle


The butterflies are back! Florence's grand greenhouse, the Tepidarium at the horticultural gardens, will host its butterfly exhibit, which invites visitors to interact with nature as they socialize in this spectacular venue. Enjoy a aperitivo, listen to live music and watch butterflies flutter by as you relax in this truly breathtaking (and heated!) structure. Wednesday is tango night, Thursdays chill back to lounge music, dance to live DJ sets on Fridays, improve your mood with ‘happy music' on Saturdays and get ready for the work week on Sundays with ‘relax music.' The 10-euro entrance includes one drink and the aperitivo buffet. What more could you want?


Open Wednesday through Sunday, starting at 7pm; closed Monday and Tuesday.


For more information, call 338/7507562 or 328/8865138; check out the event on Facebook.



Out of town/ Fosfeni: Voyage in new electronic music

February 25, March 4, 11 and 18, Cascina (Pisa)


The seventh annual innovative music festival, featuring the latest in entirely electronic sounds and image accompaniment by international artists including Australian Ben Frost, a long-time collaborator with Björk, Danish man Oval, Tuscans Gianluca Becuzzi and Fabio Orsi, who artfully weave together discombobulating ‘sound landscapes,' and many more.


For more information, see or call 055/287347. For tickets, call 055/210804 (



Sport/World Roller Skating Grand Prix

February 26 and 27, Nelson Mandela Forum, Florence


For the first time in seven years, Florence hosts this global gala of artistic roller-skating at the Nelson Mandela Forum. You've never seen moves like these! The competition will take place over two evenings, the first of which will see skaters executing a specific competition program, and the second focused on the creative, spectacular aspect of competitive skating. Tickets will go fast, so reserve now at or (you can even reserve a table and buffet!)


For more information, see or call 055/678841.



Concerts/Forever 7eventy carnival party

March 8, Saschall, Florence


From ABBA to Gloria Gaynor, Earth Wind and Fire to the Blues Brothers, a performance for all ages, but especially for those who want to boogie to the live sounds of over 20 on-stage artists grooving under a massive disco ball. Move it, move it . . .This annual show has been a wild success.


For more information, see or call 055/6504112.



Out of town /Four concurrent personal exhibits

Until May 1, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano


This world-class contemporary art gallery in a medieval town is hosting four exhibits, all at the same time. Moat Nasr's On the Other Side of the Mirror features intriguing installations and sculptures in mixed media (video installation of people taken from the other side of the mirror into which they peer, a 3-D work done entirely in match sticks and much more impressive work). In Giovanni Ozzola's  Settecento, haunting mixed media takes on nature and her ‘tempers.' Luca Pancrazzi's Blow Flow Raw explores interesting uses of red books, including a wall-sized one open to an unidentified page. Michelangelo Pistoletto, whose mirrored cube recently graced the Strozzi's courtyard, explores the concept of the black hole in Buco Nero, offering mind-bending uses of altered black and silver mirrors as well as two sculptures.


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Exhibitions/Suspended Sculptures

International group exhibition on the theme of suspension. Until May 8, EX3 Center for Contemporary Art, Florence


If you haven't yet explored the spaces of Florence's EX3, now is the time. The center's current exhibition features 16 international artists exploring the theme of ‘suspension' or ‘suspense.' These dramatic installations challenge the very nature of sculpture: most don't even touch the ground, giving way to the light, the mobile and the (seeming) mass-less.


For more information, call 055/0114971 or visit



Exhibitions/Renato Ranaldi: Fuoriasse fuoriquadro

Until April 15, Galleria il Ponte, Florence


An innovative exhibition focused on the off-canvas, off-axis work of Renato Renaldi, comprising 15 paintings representing the artist's recent work and an installation, Axis. Renaldi, whose work is perhaps best described as ‘sculpted painting,' maintains that what defines a painting is not what can be found on its surface; he therefore explores the limits of his workspace with various media, using his canvases' borders and corners. Bound to prompt reflection, the works are beautiful in their emptiness, bold colors and materials. As one of the city's hidden contemporary gems, Galleria il Ponte is also worth a stop.


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