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2002 | T+L 100 Great Escapes: Culture

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90 Capital Events
Whichever way you spell it, the Belgian city of Brugge—a.k.a. Bruges—will be a hub of artistic activity all year long as one of the European cultural capitals for 2002 (Salamanca, Spain, is the other). The party begins with the unveiling of a new concert hall at 20:02 on 20/02/2002 (that's 8:02 p.m. on February 20). Throughout the year, expect avant-garde art along with comforting classics, such as Swan Lake by the Royal Ballet of Flanders on March 22 and 23. For listings, go to www.brugge2002.be. —Raul Barreneche

91 Play Misty For Me
Visitors to Switzerland's National Exhibition (May 15—October 20) will be rubbing their eyes in disbelief at the Cloud, a building in Yverdon-les-Bains, created by American designers-of-the-moment Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio, the husband-and-wife team behind the dramatic reinvention of New York City's Brasserie. The multimedia exhibition hall and café appears to rise from the waters of Lake Neuchâtel; some 33,000 nozzles spray a constant mist over its exterior, transforming the building into a mass of vapor that seemingly hovers above the lake. Drier venues for concerts, films, and other Swiss National Exhibition events can be found on the shores of Biel and Morat lakes; one site, the Mobile de Jura, is a floating gallery for 120 passengers that drifts on the three lakes. Check www.expo.02.ch for event listings. —R.B.

92 Cinematic Getaways
In Italian for Beginners, six troubled people spend one night a week during a bleak Copenhagen winter absorbing the sunny warmth of Mediterranean culture in an Italian class that changes their lives (opens January 18). • Director Alfonso Cuarón (Great Expectations) returns with Y Tu Mamá También (And Your Mother, Too), a darkly comic tale about a couple of teenagers who lure a stunning older woman to an idyllic Mexican beach (opens March 15). • Eric Rohmer, 81-year-old avatar of the French new wave, reconstructs 18th-century Paris using painted backdrops and digital technology in The Lady and the Duke, based on the memoirs of an Englishwoman who witnessed the French Revolution (opens in April). —Leslie Camhi

93 Rare Arias
This April, the Brooklyn Academy of Music hits a high note with a monthlong cycle of three Monteverdi operas seldom performed together: Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria, Orfeo, and L'Incoronazione di Poppea. The buzz is big for the reteaming of Royal Shakespeare Company artistic director Adrian Noble with acclaimed American conductor William Christie and his Arts Florissants orchestra for Il Ritorno. The production even comes with its own swoon-inducing romance: the parts of Penelope and Ulysses will be played by real-life couple Marijana Mijanovic and Kresimir Spicer; she's a Serb, he's a Croat. 718/636-4100; www.bam.org.Adriana Leshko

94 Spanish Eyes
Goya had a lifelong fascination with capturing female faces, and the rich, luminous portraits of aristocratic ladies and sultry bourgeoises in the upcoming exhibition "Goya: Images of Women" (March 10—June 2 at the National Gallery of Art; 202/737-4215) reflect his evolving talent. The show's 115 paintings, drawings, prints, and tapestries—several on display for the first time in the United States—will arrive in Washington from Madrid's Prado, where they'll be on view until February 9. —R.B.

95 Queens For The Day
Is Queens the hot new borough for art in New York?This summer, the answer will be yes. The Museum of Modern Art is moving across the East River when its West 53rd Street location closes in May for a $650 million expansion (to be completed in 2005). MOMA QNS, housed in a former stapler factory, will open by early July; highlights from the permanent collection—van Gogh's Starry Night, Picasso's Demoiselles d'Avignon—will be on view along with limited-run exhibitions (45-20 33rd St., Long Island City; 212/708-9400). Back in Manhattan, two museums amp up their offerings to fill the void. The Asia Society has just unveiled its revamped space, which includes a sleek glass staircase (a brilliant blue to match the Ming vases) and a stylish garden café (725 Park Ave.; 212/288-6400). Uptown, the Studio Museum in Harlem is building new galleries for its impressive collection of African-American art (144 W. 125th St.; 212/864-4500). —R.B.

96 A Really Big Show
The 11th edition of "Documenta," the heavy-hitting art exhibition mounted every five years in Kassel, Germany, will open June 8 and run till September 15. Artistic director Okwui Enwezor developed a series of public forums on social issues, currently under way around the world (St. Lucia hosts a seminar on Creole culture this month). www.documenta.de. —R.B.

97 World Beat
New world musicians include German crooner Maximilian Hecker, with his lush debut album, Infinite Love Songs (Kitty-Yo). • Tokyo-based noise-pop star Cornelius is poised to make a stateside breakthrough with Point (Matador). • Watch for the release of Departure Lounge's techno-tinged melodies in Too Late to Die Young (Nettwerk). —A.L.

98 Hot Tickets
Revival fever is sweeping theaters, from L.A. to the U.K. This month at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night opens with Tony Award winner Brian Dennehy (February 22—April 6) before moving to Broadway. L.A.'s Ahmanson Theater launches an all-new production of Into the Woods (February 10—March 24), and London's Almeida Theatre presents a much-anticipated production of King Lear (January 31—April 20)—it stars Olivier Award winner Oliver Ford Davies as Lear and reunites director Jonathan Kent and set designer Paul Brown, best known for their work on The Tempest. —A.L.

99 Deep in the Art of Texas
Bigger is better, especially if you're from Texas, where a major expansion of a Fort Worth institution is slated to open in November. Japan's Pritzker laureate Tadao Ando, known for his serene compositions of silky-smooth concrete, designed a new building for the Modern Art Museum (817/738-9215; www.themodern.org). Ando's series of soaring, interconnected pavilions (above) will overlook a beautiful reflecting pool. —R.B.

100 Armchair Travel
PAGE TURNERS A great book takes you on a journey, but with In the Footsteps of Popes (William Morrow), Professor Enrico Bruschini brings the stories, secrets, and masterpieces of the Vatican into your living room. Novelist and naturalist Peter Matthiessen wrote the eloquent text for the beautifully illustrated Birds of Heaven: Travels with Cranes (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). Blessedly free of cliché, Jon Michael Riley's Irish File (Rizzoli) is as bracing as a ramble along the Cliffs of Moher. And two works of fiction offer escapism for readers who can't live on facts alone: the promising first novel by Tess Uriza Holthe, When the Elephants Dance (Crown), incorporates Filipino myth and legend; and perennial favorite Andrea Barrett (Ship Fever) spans the globe in Servants of the Map (Norton). —A.L.

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