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If you've still not had your fill of chemical toilets and grass-garnished beer and you're in Germany this month, don't miss the 12th Bizarre Festival, with its eclectic line-up of more than 60 bands on six stages. As well as the usual sidebar frivolities we've come to expect at these events - amusement park rides, open-air cinema, human table soccer and something called scad-diving - Bizarre promises a truly star-studded musical menu, including Iggy Pop (above), Portishead, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Goldie, Fun Lovin' Criminals and PJ Harvey. There's even an on-site hairdresser for when the tent-dwelling takes its toll on your coiffure ...

Butzweiler Hof, -Ossendorf (ticket hotline: 00 49 228 3676767) 21-23 Aug, three-day ticket including camping DM150

Washington DC

Catch this Mark Rothko retrospective - the first comprehensive US show of his work in 20 years - before it moves to New York's Whitney Museum of American Art on 17 September. The 115 works on canvas and paper encompass all phases of Rothko's career, from the 1930s through to the year of his suicide, 1970. The show reveals his major contribution to American abstract expressionism and his constant search to express a philosophical truth, but it also gives y ou the chance simply to lose yourself in the vibrant beauty of his shimmering, colour-rich, large-scale pieces.

National Gallery of Art, Constitution Avenue, Washington DC (00 1 202 737 4215) until 16 Aug, free

New York

In this, its 32nd season, the Mostly Mozart Festival showcases authentic period-instrument performances of both baroque and classical pieces. With conductor Gerard Schwarz demanding the usual high standard of performance, London's Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and 's Concerto Koln both make their debuts. Its not all Mozart: there will also be 35 Haydn quartets performed by six international string ensembles.

Lincoln Center, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, Broadway at 64th St, New York (00 1 212 875 5030) until 22 Aug, $20-$40

Tokyo

A major exhibition exploring the history of architecture and urbanism in the 20th century, At the End of the Century: One Hundred Years of Architecture, features work by architects from all over the world. Designed by Frank Gehry, the exhibition is divided into historical sections such as "Modern Learning and Living at the Bauhaus" and "Mass-Produced Housing and Industry after World War II". The social, cultural and political influences on building in each era are explored through photographs, drawings, artefacts, film and computer models of unbuilt works.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Kiba Park, Koto (Kiba station on the Tozai line), Tokyo (00 3 5245 4111) until 6 Sept, Y1,200

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