34. MIAMI NICE
Over the past few years, reports on what's new for the season in Miami have been pretty predictable: Art Deco gems turned into boutique hotels, celebrity-backed restaurants, decadent nightclubs. This winter, though, the arts are the region's star attraction. The Miami Beach Cultural Park is made up of a trio of buildings: the Miami City Ballet's new digs by Arquitectonica; a major addition to the Bass Museum of Art, opening this month, by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki; and a new arts library that just broke ground. Surrounding it all is a sculpture park that stretches to the beach. And the culture keeps coming: organizers of Art Basel, one of the contemporary art world's top fairs, will unveil a satellite show in Miami Beach on December 12.
35. DOWN THE SILK ROAD
One highlight of the annual Hong Kong Arts Festival, which runs February 7 through March 11, will be the March 2 performance of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project, an opus inspired by music from the Middle East and Asia. Ma's program isn't final yet, but the famed cellist will most likely treat audiences to chamber music backed by traditional Mongolian instruments, and an Azerbaijani piece for violin, viola, and cello. www.hk.artsfestival.org
36. BUILDING A MYSTERY
Spanish structural virtuoso Santiago Calatrava is on a roll. The architect just unveiled a huge science museum in Valencia, Spain, and a new airport terminal in Bilbao; his lyrical addition to the lakefront Milwaukee Art Museum opens in May. Also slated for this spring is a new opera house in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, in the Canary Islands. In typical Calatrava style, the structure will be a daring blend of intrigue and urban sculpture, with a 190-foot-tall concrete arch soaring above an auditorium for 1,800 spectators and a chamber music hall that seats 400.
37. FOOD HALL
Starting this fall, foodies can add the American Center for Wine, Food & the Arts to their itineraries of the Napa Valley. The creation of vintner Robert Mondavi, the 12-acre, $50 million complex is a full-on celebration of food and wine as American culture. The center has planned hands-on kitchens and gardens, plus cooking classes, wine tastings, outdoor concerts, and, of course, a restaurant. www.theamericancenter.org
38. MIES MANIA
Modern architecture is hotter than ever. Case in point: two New York City museums are planning their first-ever shows about the granddaddy of mid-century Modernism, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Mies mania begins June 21 with the opening of the Whitney's "Mies in America." The show runs through September 11 and examines his projects in the U.S.A., including the sleek Seagram Building. "Mies in Berlin," on view at MOMA, also from June 21 through September 11, presents the architect's work from his days in the German capital, before he fled World War II Europe and headed to Chicago.
39. MASS APPEAL
January 27 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi — and the opera world is pulling out all the stops. Milan's La Scala and the Teatro Regio di Parma in the maestro's hometown have both scheduled a full year of Verdi's greatest hits, including Rigoletto, La Traviata, Falstaff, Macbeth, and Otello. Americans are getting in on the Verdi spirit, too: the New York Grand Opera has been performing all 28 of his operas since 1994. In culmination, NYGO artistic director Vincent La Selva leads a performance of Verdi's Requiem in Carnegie Hall on the anniversary itself.
40. STIEGLITZ (AND FRIENDS) ON DISPLAY
Alfred Stieglitz is known mainly as a photographic pioneer and Georgia O'Keeffe's beloved. But he was also an influential gallery owner who introduced America to artists who would become giants of modern art, including Picasso, Matisse, Cézanne, and Brancusi. "Modern Art and America: Alfred Stieglitz and His New York Galleries," on view at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., from January 28 through April 22, will feature 175 paintings, sculptures, and photos that Stieglitz showed between 1908 and 1946, including partial re-creations of original shows. The exhibit also examines the work of Stieglitz's pals Edward Steichen and Paul Strand, as well as pieces by O'Keeffe and the master himself.