Friday, July 8, 2011

Photoless Friday (20): What's on in Milan

Whoosh, it's already Photoless Friday, again!, and it's another good' un'! Loads of great summertime stuff to do, and a lot of it free, and some of it about to close, so hurry up...More......

Let's start off with the stuff about to expire, then I'll list the stuff stretching out over the whole summer in the next "What's on in Milan" messages can be dedicated only to the stuff getting ready to end (mostly art, just because that's what interests me the most).

Art your thing? Here are some of the things in Milan that look interesting to me (hence, you'll probably not find much--if anything at all--on modern/contemporary art), which are closing soon (remember that most museums are closed on Mondays):

Il teatro alla moda. Costume di scena. Grandi stilisti (Fashionable Theater. Event costumes. Great stylists). Closes: Sunday, 10 July. Palazzo Morando, via Sant'Andrea, 6. Tickets E. 8. Hours 9 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. For info: tel. +39.02.8846.5933,

L'anima di gomma (Rubber spirit)...should be about the nexus of aesthetic, technical aspects and fashion. Closes: 24 July. Triennale di Milano, viale Emilio Alemagna, 6. 10:30 A.M.-8:30 P.M. (Thursday/Friday until 11 P.M.) No entrance fee info listed, but could be a typo. For further information: +39.02.724.341.

Espressioni di Gio Ponti (Expressions of Gio Ponti). Closes: 24 July. Triennale di Milano, viale Emilio Alemagna, 6. 10:30 A.M. - 8:30 P.M. (Thursdays/Fridays until 11 P.M.). Entrance fee: E. 8. Thursday and Friday, from 7 P.M., entrance fee is E. 13, and includes Happy Hour at the Design Cafè. For information: +39.02.724.341.

Man Ray. Femmes e mode au Congo (Man Ray. Women and fashion in the Congo) [photographs]. Studio Marconi '65, via Tadino, 17. Closes 29 July. Hours: 10:30 A.M.-12:30 A.M., 3:30 P.M.-7 P.M. Free entrance. Closed Saturday and Sunday. For information: +

The Fifty Faces of Juliet [50 Man Ray photographs]. Closes 29 July. Fondazione Marconi, via Tadino, 15. 10:30 A.M.-12:30 A.M., 3:30 P.M.-7 P.M. Free entrance. Closed Saturday and Sunday. For information: +

Gio Ponti. Il fascino della ceramica (Gio Ponti. The allure of ceramics). Closes 31 July. Grattaceilo Pirelli, piazza Duca d'Aosta, 1. Hours: 3 P.M.-7 P.M. (Saturdays and Sundays: 10 A.M. - 7 P.M.). Entrance: free. For further information: +39-0541-787.681.

A Tribute to Photography. Primo Marella Gallery, 2. Viale Stelvio, 66. Closes: 31 July. No hours or entrance fee listed, but since it's a gallery, they might be expecting people to buy the works exhibited: forewarned is forearmed. For information. +39.02.8738.4885.

Like sports? On the Naviglio Grande (Grand Canal) there will be the Stranavigli on the 16th of July from 11 A.M. til 8 P.M. Described as a "creative water competition," it's a light-hearted competition dedicated to interesting kids in water sports and cementing good relationships between the various associations involved. Free admission, but signing up to the event is requested. For further info: +,

Bike? In bici alla scoperta di Milano (Discovering Milan while riding bikes) proposes a "Milan: True and False" itinerary, departing from the Palazzo Reale, Piazza Duomo, 12 (no time given). Fee: E.1. For more info:

The World Championship of Wakeboard at Milan's artifical lake (which, itself, deserves a separate post) is coming up, rapidly. Though the Idroscalo is out of town, it's easy to get to (take the "73/" bus from Corso Europa, and get off the "tribune" entrance). Dates: July 12-17, 2011. Check out the official webside of the wakeboarding: the Idroscalo will host activities for different interests: public art garden, children's activities, music...

...for example, like to wallow in the Blues? (no pun intended, but it's a pretty good one) From the 20th to the 21st of July starting at 9:30 P.M. at the "Idroscalo," there will be Blues in Idro, jazz concerts free-of-charge once inside the Idroscalo area (thought I think you have to pay to get into the Idroscalo).

For more info about all the activities at the Idroscalo, see:

Music fan and can't get enough of jazz? International musicians play at the Milan Jazzin' Festival from the first of July (ahem) to the 6th of August at the Arena Civica Gianni Brera, viale G. Byron, 2. Entrance fee: (looks like it varies event to event). Begins at 9 P.M. For more information:

[Would someone please bring Mose Allison to Milan???!!!]

Prefer classical music? The Milano Arte Musica: international festival of antique music has reached its fifth edition. It starts on the 20th of July, and ends on the 29th of August. Events begin at 8:30 P.M. and take place in different venues. Tickets are E. 10, on sale at the door at least 40 minutes prior to each concert; they may also be reserved: For more program information:, or call +39-02-7631.7176.

Prefer galavanting around after work? There also are Discovering Milan visits to the Last Supper and Santa Maria delle Grazie, to the Duomo and to the Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio planned for the evenings, beginning at 7:30 P.M. or at 8:00 P.M. (please gather at least 15 mintues prior to departure time). Tickets cost E. 13, and prepayment and reservations are obbligatory. For information, tickets and reservations: Ad Artem, +39.02.659.7728.

Rather follow literature, cinema, science, arte, philosophy games...(together with art and philosophy, go figure)? From the end of June (ahem) to the 12th of July, the "Lies and Truths" series of La Milanesiana 2011 is for you. Entrance is free, but only with reservations: +39.02.8738.7707,,

Want to get a bird's eye view of Milan?

There are two ways to do it: (1) from the terrace of the Duomo (up til the 24th of October, from 9 A.M. til 9 P.M. with elevator...which still leaves you with a flight of stairs, but only until 5:15 P.M. if you want to take the stairs all the way...are you nuts?!, E.5-8; for more info:; or (2) the Torre Branca (Branca Tower, til the 15th of October, via Camoens, Parco Sempione, hours are screwy, better check the web site:, check it for the fee, too). Actually, come to think of it, there's a third way, too: I think the caffè at the top of the Pirelli tower (that tall white polygonal tower just in front of the Central train station) is open...that tower houses regional offices.

Notti magiche al Castello. Sotterranei serali (Magic nights at the castle. Nighttime visits to the underground tunnels). Possibile until the 15th of october. Fee: E. 10. Screwy hours here, too, but reservations are obbligatory, so call Ad Artem, +39.02.659.6937.

Naviga lungo i navigli di Leonardo (Navigate along the canals of Leonardo da Vinci). Navigli lombardi, via Copernico, 42. Fee: E. 12. Departure times: 10.15 A.M., 11.20 A.M., 12.25 A.M., 3 P.M., 4:05 P.M., 5:10 P.M., 6:15 P.M. For more info, check the site, or call:, Autostradale: +39.02.339.10.794.

Feel like helping Italy celebrate its 150th anniversary? There's a concert (music written by Padre Davide da Bergamo) in honor of the Unification of Italy at the Duomo of Milan, in the piazza, starting at 7 P.M. on the 15th of July.

Wondering about that padre? How about some Giuseppe Verdi to honor the Unification, instead? I Lombardi alla prima crociata (The Lombards during the First Crusade) will be played on the "Salita alle Terrazze," piazza Duomo, also at 7 P.M. (Repeat performance: 18th of July at 9:30 P.M.) For more information about both of these two:

Stop! Stop! Stop! There's so much more music, in the churches and in various venues. Guess who's coming to town? ... Lou Reed, Afterhours, Chicago, George Benson, Take That, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, the Buena Vista Social Club, Duran Duran...all--except Take That (who'll play at the San Siro stadium, via dei Piccolomini, 5, fees: from E.36,80-92, 3:30 P.M., no telephone or web site given, so you'll have to hunt it up, yourself)--are at the Arena Civica (Civic Arena), viale G. Byron, 2, fees vary, for more information:

Want to combine music and art? At the Galleria d'Arte Moderna di Milano-GAM (Modern Art Gallery), via Palestro, 16, at 9:30 P.M. on the 22nd of July there will be the music of Verdi, Rossini and Bellini: Il canto degli italiani. Notturni in villa. Omaggio all'Italia (The Song of the Italians. Nighttime in the villa. Homage to Italy). Free admission. For more information: tel. +39.02.8912.2383, or

Outdoor cinema, anyone? The annual summertime Arianto series has begun. Three venues, all starting at 9 P.M., fee: E. 6,50. For more information: tel. +39.02.659.7732, (A WORD TO THE WISE: come slathered with anti-mosquito stuff.)

Craft and flea markets your thing? For starters, there's the Senigallia in the Porta Genova and surrounding areas every Saturday of July from 8 A.M. to 6 P.M.

Along the Martesana canal (Naviglio) there's another open-air vintage and craft market every first and third Sunday of the month. The next appointment in July is for the 17th, from 10 A.M. to 7 P.M. For info:

Thursdays in the area of Porta Genova there is the Ambrosiani antique and flea market from 7 A.M. to 3 P.M., for info call: 331.586.8336.

On the 17th of July, from 9 A.M. til 6 P.M., in via Fiori Chiari, via Madonnina, via Formentini there will be the Brera antique market, which takes place every third Sunday of the month. No further information given.

What, finally, to do with the kids?????

Here are a few good suggestions to finish off this list:

Pecci Playart&Drink: park the kids in workshops dedicated to music, while you treat yourself to an aperitif at the open bar, free for the kids...they don't say about the drinks! The hours are from 5:30 P.M. til 7 P.M. The days seem to be only every Monday til Monday the 25th of July. Museo Pecci Milano, Ripa di Porta Ticinese, 113. For more info: 0574.531.820.

Sforzinda, Sforza Castle, Piazza Castello. Games and activities to acquaint the families and kids (and not just the Milanese) with the castle. Closed Monday morning. Fee: E.1 per child; 6 activity booklet for E.5. Reservations are obbligatory: tel. +39.02.8846.3792,

Triennale Museum Kids, Triennale di Milano, viale Emilio Alemagna, 6. Workshops with special itineraries for kids through the museum's collections. Closed Mondays, the other days (though the info is a bit confused), it looks like the hours are from 10:30 A.M. to 11 P.M. Fee: E. 8. To check information: tel. +39.02.7243.4305,

MuseoEstate 2011, Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, via San Vittore, 21. Workshops, activities and guided tours for the whole family pretty much from 10 A.M. til 5 P.M. everyday esxcept Monday (some days even until 7 P.M.). Fee: E. 10. For more info: +

And this is just a taste of what Milan has to offer, as listed in the Milanomese, see also

Whew! Typing all this took me so long, it's not Friday here, anymore, it's already after midnight, but I hope you'll forgive me, and...


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