October 15 agenda: the Rome Film Festival

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This Thursday's selection: the Rome Film Festival in Italy, the second largest book prize purse after the Nobel in Spain, Michelangelo and more in Seattle (USA), this year's winner of the prestigious Prince Phillip Designer award at Buckingham Palace and the new "Beatles to Bowie" photo exhibition in England, and more.

Rome Film Festival
October 15-23

Hollywood stars Meryl Streep and George Clooney lead the fourth edition of the Rome Film Festival, where Streep will receive a career Marcus Aurelius award and Clooney will star in Up in the Air, directed by Jason Reitman, who won the festival in 2007 for Juno. Czech director Milos Forman heads this year's jury.


Premio Planeta: Spanish literary award
October 15

Created in 1952 in Barcelona, Spain, to recognize underappreciated Spanish-language novels, the Premio Planeta Prize novel is the second-largest book prize in the world, after the Nobel Prize for Literature, with a purse of €600,000 awarded to the winner. The 2008 Premio Planet went to Fernando Savater, Spanish acclaimed author and philisopher, for his novel La Hermandad de la Buena Suerte.

Alexander Calder: A Balancing Act
October 15-April 11
Seattle, USA
This exhibition offers viewers a sense of the range of Alexander Calder's work from 1927 through the mid-1970s. More than thirty works-many from private collections rarely seen by the public trace the development of the American sculptor, with a focus on his most celebrated period during the late 1940s.

Michelangelo Public and Private: Drawings for the Sistine Chapel
October 15-April 11

Drawn exclusively from the collection of the Casa Buonarroti in Florence, the show explores Michelangelo's complex personality and different aspects of his life and career, centered around twelve original drawings by the Renaissance master. The exhibition also features portraits of the artist, personal documents, and decorative arts from the Casa Buonarroti.

Diwali Hindu festiva
October 15-19

A significant Hindu festival throughout the world and an official holiday in India which can be translated as "Festival of lights", Diwali is celebrated for five continuous days, with the third day celebrated as the main event. The festival is marked by Hindus worldwide by different colorful varieties of fireworks, candles, prayer and the exchanging of gifts.

Prince Philip Designers Prize announced in London

October 15

Nine designers are in the running for the prestigious design prize, set up by the husband of Queen Elizabeth II in 1959. Nominees for this year's 50th anniversary of the prize include David Adjaye, who designed the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, fashion designer Hussein Chalayan, who has exhibited at London's Tate Modern museum as well as at the Venice Art Biennale, and Red or Dead design label founder Wayne Hemingway, among others.

Beatles to Bowie: the 60s exposed

October 15-January 24

150 photographs chronicle the leading musicians of "Swinging London" in the 1960s, from pure pop to psychedelia, including rare portraits of The Beatles, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones plus 150 items of ephemera from what's become a seminal time in musical history.