For vintage lovers and secondhand savants, hunting season is officially underway. Mega-marketplace Vintage Selection returns to Stazione Leopolda for its 31st edition, filling the venue with the castoffs of Europe’s chicest (filtered, of course, through the buying tastes of top Italian resellers, who will be here in droves). “The Next Past” is the meta-seeming theme for the January edition, which, per tradition, trails the Pitti Immagine trade shows. Besides its high potential for cool clothing scores, the fair will feature a variety of books, bags, accessories and design objects for sale. Admission is 5 euro with a special discount offered on the website.
January 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, known as Giorno della Memoria in Italy. Numerous associations and institutions are hosting lectures, exhibitions and presentations; here are our highlights.
Fusing contemporary cabaret, pop opera and classic theatre is DragPennyOpera, inspired by John Gay’s 18th-century satirical work, The Beggar’s Opera, a lampooning look at the “high entertainment” of the era. “A story of death, love, sex and money” is the tagline for the new tale, told in signature raucous style by Milan-based group Nina’s Drag Queens. At its center is Macheath, an outlaw awaiting execution, and the women he’s wronged in his life. A special promo is in place for those who attended Florence Queer Festival or the Rocky Horror Show last fall: present your ticket from either of these events in person at the box office (open 4-7pm, Thursday to Saturday) and spend just 15 euro. For more information, see Teatro Puccini's website.
British cinema icon Michael Caine narrates this colorful time-travel documentary highlighting a legendary period in London. Te film journeys back in time to the Swinging '60s, showcasing how Michael and members of his generation mingled with the major icons of the era: the Beatles, Twiggy, photographer David Bailey, Mary Quant (creator of the miniskirt), the Rolling Stones, artist David Hockney and others. Revisit this golden age of pop culture through the eyes of a young Michael Caine; two screenings are set for this weekend. For details and to confirm times, see La Compagnia's website.
Tasso Hostel takes a trip to the Upside Down for the first edition of Series Night in collaboration with the Associazione Fenix. Show off how well you know Netflix's breakout series, which has turned the pop culture world, well, upside down with its retro aesthetic, cracking soundtrack and quirky stars. You'll need to download the smartphone app Telegram to participate in the trivia part of the evening, either in a team or on your own: the game will begin at 9pm sharp and registration takes place from 7pm forward. Cost is 13 euro for registration, one drink and food. Or just stop in for the sci-fi themed after party and DJ set (from 11pm; 10 euro for entrance fee + 1 drink). For more information, see the Facebook event.