During the filming of Ridley Scott's Hannibal in Florence last year, some local politicians fretted that the gory sequel to 1991 thriller The Silence of the Lambs could turn their city into a "setting for morbid thrills and vulgar horror." But the film's been a boon for the Capponi family, whose 15th century palazzo was used as Hannibal "the Canni-bal" Lecter's Italian base. For $890, groups of up to 10 people can take a 45-min. tour of the palace, led by Count Niccolo Capponi, who plays a small role in the film. Also included is a tasting of wine-including a "nice Chianti"-from the family winery. See .
When the Sex Pistols launched their first single, Anarchy in the U.K., in 1976, British magazine Melody Maker said the rock group did "as much for music as World War II did for peace." But their snarl-ing lyrics, raw playing and confronting fashions (ripped clothes, safety pins) helped establish punk as the archetype of teen angst and rebellion. "Punkulture: Images from a Music Revolution," at the Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, attempts to capture the social phenomenon through photographs, videos and music. Clothes from the era are displayed in a "London Underground tube train carriage," and visitors to the exhibition can also enter the "living room" of a Kiwi student in the late 1970s. Through May 27.
The Mississippi Arts Pavilion is showing royalist tendencies again. The Jackson museum, which mounted "Palaces of St. Petersburg" in 1996 and "Splendors of Versailles" in 1998, is staging what it bills as the largest exhibition of Spanish royal treasures ever presented in North America. "The Majesty of Spain" includes recreations of five rooms from royal palaces and residences, including the Porcelain Room from the Palace of Aranjuez and the Hall of Stuccoes from the Palace of El Pardo. Also on show are paintings by Francisco Goya, a gilded 17-m gondola, and the carriage of 19th century King Fernando VII. Through Sept. 3.
Most major airlines already carry medical equipment, including first-aid kits and portable defibrillators. But American Airlines is the first to provide registered nurses for passengers who aren't sick enough to need an air ambulance, but who still need a medical helping hand. Under the airlines' Skycare program, passengers requesting a nurse pay the cost of an additional ticket, discounted by 30%, plus a $90 hourly fee. The nurse consults with the traveler's physician before take-off. Initially available on flights between Dallas and Chicago, the service will later be expanded to other domestic and international flights.