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april ulisse magazine
rome city guide special
frida kahlo in mostra alle scuderie del quirinale
"Viva la vida": Frida Kahlo uttered these words as she was painting her last work, in 1954. Following a serious accident, the great Mexican artist was as attentive to detail as a Flemish master. Her paintings, always small in size, give a glimpse of her surroundings, symbols of the daily experiences in which she felt trapped. In the years when she painted political murals in Mexico, she represented a generation of artists striving for greater expressive freedom. Rome celebrates her with a large exhibition at the Papal Stables of the Quirinal through 31 August.
cocktail of the month
CAPANNINA STRAWBERRY Federico Fortini’s cocktail, barman of La Capannina di Franceschi for over 30 years
Since 1929, La Capannina di Franceschi has been hosting the most glamorous events in Versilia, boasting a record as the oldest still-active dance hall in the world. Great stars of music, show business, movies and television have trod the prestigious stage in Forte dei Marmi, providing entertainment, dancing and thrills for a wide audience. The winning combination of live music and disco has never been abandoned, and you can still dance to contemporary songs mixed by the best DJs, then boogie to the sounds of the finest live bands. The historic Tuscan venue also boasts an excellent restaurant, listed in the most important Italian food-andwine guides.
music: raphael gualazzi
The great thing about Raphael is that he can’t be pigeonholed. You can’t call him a “pop artist”, though he’s appeared at the Sanremo Festival with Bob Rifo, aka Bloody Beetroots, a total red herring at the event. He can’t be lumped with the retro singersongwriters so many young Italian singers emulate. Raphael is one of the few complete Italian musicians, a rare breed hereabouts. He studied classical music and is versed in the language of jazz and blues. It’s no surprise that Caterina Caselli pegged him for her Sugar label, and the world radio guru Gilles Peterson launched him into the ether before he was discovered by Italian broadcasters. A deluxe version was recently released of his album “Happy Mistake”, with 6 bonus tracks including the two cuts from Sanremo.
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