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New York

These are the final weeks of the Bonnard show curated - and successfully exhibited - by London's Tate Gallery. Pierre Bonnard was a member of Les Nabis, a group of artists who expressed themselves through form rather than subject matter, simplifying and manipulating the outlines and colour of their paintings. He is best known for his domestic interiors of the 1880s and 1890s, the large areas of flat colour also reflecting his mastery of lithography. The 90 works shown here are a representative sample of his work from the 1880s to the 1940s and include a number of self-portraits.

Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd St, (00 1 212 708 9400) to 13 Oct

Brussels

"Jacques Brel" is the usual response to the question "How many famous Belgians do you know?" - reason enough to stroll along to this exhibition organised in the land of his birth. "An Evening on the Road with Jacques Brel" will be fascinating both for fans of the composer and singer (above), who died in 1978, and for those who have memories of scratchy records played by teachers during French lessons at school. You'll soon find yourself humming "If You Go Away" as you potter among the artefacts and reconstructed locations.

Jacques Brel Foundation, 11 place de la Vieille Halle aux Bles, Brussels (00 32 2 511 1020) to 31 Oct. Tickets: BF200 (concs BF100)

Helsinki

Head to the Finnish capital for a smorgasbord of film fun. The 11th Helsinki Film Festival, "Love and Anarchy", will be screening an eclectic line- up of celluloid entertainment at four theatres - the Bio Rex, the Kino Engel, the Summerkino Engel and the Kiasma, and this is your chance to see some critically acclaimed work that may not receive a general release. As well as the bigger titles such as Velvet Goldmine, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and The Truman Show, the festival will be reeling out international festival successes such as Harmony Korine's controversial Gummo, Petr Zelenka's Czech black comedy, Knoflkari (Buttoners), and John Sayles's Spanish-language Men with Guns.

Unioninkatu 10, FIN-00130 Helsinki (00 3589 1733 6501) to 27 Sept. Festival pass: FIM300, includes 11 films and catalogue; single tickets, FIM30

Seattle

The Puyallup Fair is Washington's granddaddy end-of-the-summer fair, set in the 160-acre Puyallup Fairgrounds. It began in 1900 and draws more than 1.3 million people, making it the sixth-largest fair in the US. The event is a curious mixture of traditional all-American attractions, such as rodeos, scone bakes and pumpkin contests, and big-name music acts, such as Bob Dylan, The Righteous Brothers and Howard Keel. Oh, and there's an ugly chicken contest, too.

Puyallup Fairgrounds, 110 9th Ave SW, Puyallup, near Seattle, WA (00 1 253 841 5045) to 27 Sept. Tickets: adult $7.50; concs $4.50

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