Prof. Dr. Tankut Öktem’s sculpture retrospective is at Kibele Sanat Galeri starting from October 5th. Öktem began molding sculptures out of mud and candle wax at the age of three and was selected for the Turkish government’s ‘Child Prodigy’ program at age seven. Through December 5th.

The American Hospital Art Gallery, ‘Operation Room’, is hosting Burcu Perçin’s exhibition ‘Yok Yer’ October 6- November 14. Perçin has recently attracted attention for her canvases that depict space as shaped by a combination of landscape and traditional ‘peinture’.

‘The Secret Language of the City’, the Independent Art Association’s exhibition for the first-ever Istanbul Triennial, awaits art lovers at the Hünkâr Kasrı (Imperial Pavilion) at Eminönü, October 4-24. Featured in the Hülya Yazicı-curated exhibition are works in the painting, sculpture, photography, video and installation genres produced by 25 Turkish artists around the concepts of solitude-alienation-disidentification-loss of language. The Istanbul Triennial is expected to take on an international aspect in future with the participation of artists from abroad.

Goran Bregovic, who composed the music for Emir Kusturica’s films ‘The Time of the Gypsies’, ‘Arizona Dream’ and ‘Underground’, will be at Maçka Küçükçiftlik Park the evening of October 8th. The Wedding&The Funeral Band will be accompanying him in the concert.

Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra (BIFO) is opening the 2010-2011 season on October 13th with a concert at the Caddebostan Culture Center under the baton of artistic director and permanent conductor, Sascha Goetzel. The concert will be repeated at Lütfi Kırdar on October 14th.

Organized with the support of Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture, the International Classical Music Festival is at Aya Irini October 16-20. The Festival kicks off on the 16th with a concert by Quartet San Francisco, a leading U.S. chamber ensemble.

The Danish trio WhoMadeWho, which brings together musical genres like Electronica, Indie Rock and Disco Punk, is at Tamirhane the evening of October 23rd, promising powerful vocals, a bone-shaking bass, a rhythmic guitar and, accompanying it with all, a mighty drum.

Rampa is hosting Güçlü Öztekin’s 4th solo show, ‘kAPLANKADİLAk - He was a dirty man but he washed his hands well’, from September 18 through October 23rd. The show is the second for Rampa, one of Istanbul’s new art venues.

Brazzaville 21, whom Istanbul music lovers will remember from the 2004 Istanbul Jazz Festival, is at Salon on October 21st.

Tortured Soul 29, which creates brand new vibrations by combining house-jazz, funk and soul, is on stage at Babylon on October 29th. The group, which recorded their first album, ‘Introducing Tortured Soul’, in 2004, has given numerous concerts in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Japan.

Prof. Dr. Mehmet Mahir’s solo painting exhibition is at the Bali Art Gallery in Maçka starting from October 21st. The artist’s works, which were inspired by the musical notes of Bach’s piano pieces, can be viewed through November 7th.