Akbank Sanat’s Baroque Music Days are starting with soprano Hande Soner’s concert on January 6th

The festival will continue with prominent English lutist Lynda Sayce on January 20th and conclude with a performance by the Belgian Ensemble del Moianes and B’Rock’s chief violinist, Jorge Jimenez.

Twenty-four sculptures and three-dimensional steel figures by the Barcelona-based American artist Frank Plant are being shown at SODA. Based on the artist’s physical and social observations, the show, We Know What You Are Thinking, runs through January 8th.

A. Halim Kulaksız, who is celebrating his 50th year as a photographer, is coming together with photography buffs at his exhibition, Istanbul, City of Skylines, at the Taksim Cumhuriyet Exhibition Hall on January 4th.

Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, maker of films like Volver, All ABout My Mother and Talk to Her, is the January guest of Akbank Sanat’s informal chats series, Readings From Film Frames.

The Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic is dedicating its January 13th concert to Leyla Gencer. The concert, starting at 8 p.m. at Lütfi Kırdar International Convention and Exhibition Center, features works of Mozart, Mascagni, Verdi, Strauss, Rossini and Beethoven.
Known in musical circles as ‘the Paganini of the double-bass’, the 1962 Paris-born French double-bass master of Spanish origin, Renaud Garcia-Fons, will take the stage at Babylon the evening of January 18th.

Assessment of Damage is a show featuring watercolors, oils, photographs and videos by Necla Rüzgar, who focuses on the conflict and gradual blurring of ideals. It can be see at Outlet Gallery to the end of January.

Feyza Eren, who brought out her first solo album in 2000, is at Tamirhane starting at 3 p.m. January 16th as part of Morning Jazz Sessions, featuring Feyza Eren on vocals, Kaan Mete on guitar, Baran Say on bass guitar, and Ediz Hafızoğlu on drums.
Raw States, featuring work by Özlem Gök, Melike Kılıç, Tunca Subaşı and Johannes Vogl, is a show on at Siemens Sanat through January 25th. Curated by Mürteza Fidan and T. Melih Görgün, it includes works in a variety of genres such as drawings, installations, sculptures and videos
Cem Ertekin’s Contemporary Ballet Company is taking viewers to an abandoned sculpture gallery in Rome. The company’s new work, L’epopea della Pinacoteca dell’opere di Scultura, will be performed at Caddebostan Culture Center on January 29th.
 A giant of a book: Art Museums

Galeri Baraz owner Yahşi Baraz has visited many of the world’s leading museums since the age of 19. Following years of meticulous toil, the vast archive created by the research he has done and the notes he has taken has now been turned into a book. A book to whet readers’ appetites, it consists of four main chapters, Dynastic Museums, State Museums, Private Museums and Modern Museums, and features photographs of the museums themselves as well as reproductions of the art works.

1 The Hermitage (Russia)
One of the world’s largest and oldest museums, the Hermitage houses approximately 3 million works of art. It also boasts the world’s largest collection of paintings.

2 The Prado (Spain)
    Established in 1819 to exhibit the painting collection of the Kingdom of Spain, the Prado has not only masterpieces of European art but also examples from the Baroque period and the Enlightenment.

3 The Louvre (Paris)
    Used as a palace by the kings of France, the Louvre is many people’s primary reason for visiting Paris. The museum, which consists of seven sections, boasts a rich collection.

Uzungöl, in the mountains.
Nazan Bekiroğlu, whose new book, (loosely translated, On the Road) has just appeared, was born and raIsed In Trabzon. We talked wIth her about the cIty where she stIll lIves today.

You are a native of Trabzon and you insist on living there. What is it that draws you to Trabzon?
I think I’ve gone beyond mere attachment to place. Trabzon or somewhere else - it doesn’t make any difference to me any more. But one thing is certain, namely, that I feel comfortable, happy and safe living here. And if I live here like an outsider (which is entirely my own fault), certainly a common language has developed between me and this city’s proud, generous and pure-hearted but easily angered people.

You don’t seem to give a lot of attention to Trabzon in your works? Is that correct?
It appears that way. But whenever I speak of rain, clouds or the sea, it’s always Trabzon I have in mind. Every sea is the Black Sea for a person who is used to looking at the Black Sea night and day. There’s even a special chapter devoted to it in Yol Hâli.

What about your childhood in Trabzon?
That Trabzon is a portrait of a time when all houses were set in gardens. It’s a state of mind. Trabzon today is a city that has lost its gardens. It needs to get them back.

What would you recommend to people going to Trabzon today?
Let them arrive on a stormy day. A day when the sea is churning with waves and foam from the horizon right up to the shore. Then let them go to Ayasofya and lean their backs against the wall.