Hot Dates February 2019

by Danilo Brunetti

Andy Warhol And The Last Supper – From Friday 1

Shortly before his death in 1987, Andy Warhol completed a series inspired by Da Vinci’s Last Supper that combined the great Renaissance master’s vision and perspective with Warhol’s distinctive commercial style and humor. The series represents the largest opus of religious art ever taken on by the famous American pop artist, with silkscreens, paintings, and drawings on paper, totaling over 100 variations. On occasion of both the 25th anniversary of the inauguration of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo, the Vatican Museums are hosting an exhibit that shines a light on these fascinating works that rarely go on loan. The exhibit is on display in the Vatican’s Braccio di Carlo Magno, just off St. Peter’s Basilica, and will later continue on to Pittsburgh.

Ute Lemper – Monday 4

Today Ute Lemper is a household name, famous worldwide for her interpretations of cabaret music and starring roles in musical theater productions. But 30 years ago, when she was just starting her career,  she was likened to her superstar compatriot, Marlene Dietrich, a fact that caused her no little amount of intimidation. Lemper is now presenting a new show based on the legendary femme fatale, in which she tells the story of the great Marlene’s life and career through the songs that marked the various chapters of her life, from the cabaret years to her collaborations with Burt Bacharach. The program features works by Jacques Brel, Cole Porter, Charles Trenet, Bob Dylan, and many more. Auditorium PDM.

Chinese New Year Parade  – Tuesday 5

Welcome, Year of the Pig! The Chinese New Year kicks off this month and Rome’s vibrant Chinese community celebrates with a parade in Piazza del Popolo, a performance of traditional Chinese opera, and folklore exhibits. People born in the year of the pig are said to be happy, easygoing, honest, trusting, sincere, and brave all qualities that bode well for the New Year. If you can’t make the parade, head to Rome’s unofficial Chinatown, the area in and around Piazza Vittorio, for some authentic Asian cuisine—and be sure to wear red, the Chinese color of luck.

Momix  – From Wednesday 20

One of the world’s most imaginative choreographers working today brings the beloved tale of Alice in Wonderland to
life in new and marvelous ways as part of Rome’s International Dance Festival. Moses Pendleton and his now-legendary dance troupe Momix interpret Lewis Carroll’s timeless story with charisma, originality, and the ingenious dance-acrobatics that the company’s dancers have become famous for. Join the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, and the entire cast of whimsical characters and enter a world where anything is possible. The brand-new performance is a production of the Roman Philharmonic Academy and has its world premiere at Rome’s Teatro Olimpico before going on tour around the country.

Quartetto Guadagnini  – Sunday 24 and Thursday 28

Get ready for all Mozart quartets, all the time, with this two-date performance by the Quartetto Guadagnini. The Roman Philharmonic Academy welcomes this award-winning chamber music ensemble, made up of Fabrizio Zoffoli and Cristina Papini on violin, Matteo Rocchi on viola, and Alessandra Cefaliello on cello, for a program that includes Mozart string quartets nos. 15, 19, 20, and 23 in their entirety, as well as excerpts from three others. Sandro Cappelletto narrates in Italian to add context to the works. See them perform at Teatro Argentina, one of the most beautiful and intimate performance venues in the city.

We Will Rock You  – From Wednesday 27

The greatest hits of inimitable rock band Queen have inspired the entertaining musical that has taken the world by storm
since its premiere in the West End in 2002. We Will Rock You uses Queen’s immortal songs to tell a completely original story about a time in the distant future where creativity is discouraged, free thought is stifled, and all music is banned. Catch the Italian version of the show (all songs are performed in the original language) at Teatro Brancaccio.

February’s Calendar

1 The Santa Cecilia Orchestra takes on Gershwin’s iconic Rhapsody in Blue

2 Opening night of Bizet’s fiery opera Carmen at Teatro Costanzi.

3 Treat the whole family to illusionist gala Supermagic 2019 – Alchimie.

4 Visit the Keats-Shelley House, dedicated to the two pillars of Romantic poetry.

5 Check out the vintage stores in the Monti neighborhood (Metro B Cavour)

6 Stroll down charming and romantic Via Margutta, made famous in Roman Holiday.

7 Book a table at trattoria Il Gabriello for a fresh Mediterranean feast.

8 Experience multimedia show The Last Judgement at Auditorium Conciliazione.

9 Take in a live rock performance at the Orion Club.

10 Pick up a Valentine’s gift for your other half with a little help from our guide.

11 Jazz musician John Scofield in concert at the Auditorium PDM.

12 See ancient art at the National Roman Museum at Palazzo Altemps.

13 Got a sweet tooth? Be sure to stop by one of the city’s premiere chocolate shops.

14 Toast to your love this Valentine’s Day with a romance-inspired cocktail.

15 Photos by Lisetta Carmi on exhibit at the Museum of Rome in Trastevere.

16 Discover the quaint and quirky Owl House, located on the grounds of Villa Torlonia.

17 Soccer teams AS Roma and Bologna battle it out at Stadio Olimpico.

18 Indulge in a supplì (fried rice ball) at I Supplì in Trastevere (Via S. Francesco a Ripa, 137).

19 Witnesses’ Testimonials: Recalling and Recounting Auschwitz is on at the PalaExpo.

20 Donizetti’s opera Anna Bolena opens at Teatro Costanzi.

21 Illustrious violinist Joshua Bell interprets Dvořák with the Santa Cecilia Orchestra.

22 See Italy and Ireland face off in 6 Nations rugby at Stadio Olimpico.

23 View exhibit Jackson Pollock and the New York School at the Vittoriano Complex.

24 Take a tour of Rome’s miniature masterpieces.

25 Partake in a wine tasting at Rimessa Roscioli (

26 Swedish dance ensemble Cullbergbaletten performs as part of the Equilibrio Dance Festival.

 27 Hit up the bars with locals in the San Lorenzo neighborhood.

 28 Revel in all of Rome from the top of the Janiculum Hill.