Louvre Museum Paris Before May 19
The Louvre is, of course, one of the world's great art museums. So why make a point of getting there before May 19? Because that's when the film version of ''The Da Vinci Code" opens. The Louvre is always crowded. Once the movie rolls out, expect it to be inundated. (The film was partially filmed there, and the Louvre figures prominently in the plot.) And if you want to see the ''Mona Lisa," definitely get there before May 19. Of course, Dan Brown's novel has already sold more than 43 million copies worldwide -- so maybe it's already too late.
34-36 Quai du Louvre. 011-33-1-40-20-50-50. www.louvre.fr.
'Fit for a Princess'
Philadelphia Museum of Art Through May 21
Before Princess Diana, there was Princess Grace. If Diana Spencer made royalty into a (figurative) Hollywood movie, then Philadelphia-born Grace Kelly made Hollywood royalty into real royalty. Kelly (1929-82), who starred in such classic films as ''Rear Window" and ''High Noon," and won a best actress Oscar for ''The Country Girl," married Prince Rainier III of Monaco on April 19, 1956. The wedding was an international sensation. To commemorate the event's 50th anniversary, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is exhibiting Kelly's wedding dress, which has not been on public display since 1977. Also on view are Kelly's prayer book, headpiece, veil, and shoes.
26th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway. 215-763-8100. www.philamuseum.org.
'Love-Lies-Bleeding'Steppenwolf Theatre Company Chicago April 27-May 28
Best known as one of today's foremost novelists, Don DeLillo has also had several plays produced. The latest is this deeply moving and bracingly intelligent examination of the ethics of life and death. A stroke has left a famous artist in a vegetative state. His ex-wife, his son, and his much-younger current wife debate what to do as they recall their own very different, and highly charged, relationships with him. The production is staged by Steppenwolf artistic director Martha Lavey. Heading the cast is John Heard.
1650 North Halsted St., 312-335-1650. www.steppenwolf.org.
'Kiki Smith' Walker Art Center Minneapolis Through May 14
Grace Kelly was one kind of modern feminine icon -- and, in her very different way, Kiki Smith is, too. The human figure is her great inspiration. ''I think I chose it as a subject because it is the one that we all share," Smith has said. ''It's something that everybody has their own authentic experience with." This comprehensive exhibition looks at a quarter century of Smith's artwork, demonstrating both its variety and range, as well as her ongoing concern with feminist themes. Included among the more than 125 works on display are sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs, films, and installations.
1750 Hennepin Ave. 612-375-7600. www.walker.art.org.
'The Renoir Returns' The Phillips Collection Washington April 15-July 30
The Phillips Collection is among the world's great small museums. It largely owes that status to its holdings, a wondrous trove of Renoirs and Klees and Cézannes and Braques and other modern masters. For four years, 60 of the Phillips' best-known paintings have been touring the world while an expansion project has been underway at the museum. Now, led by Renoir's ''Luncheon of the Boating Party," they return to their home. That's as good an excuse as any (not that one is needed) for paying a visit to the Phillips.
1600 21st St., NW. 202-387-2151. www.phillipscollection.org.
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