December 11 agenda: Second City comedy theater celebrates its 50th anniversary in Chicago

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Friday agenda: the Nobel Peace laureate is honored in Oslo during a concert, an exhibition of Florentine photographs in the Italian city, Second City 50th anniversary in the USA, among other events.

Peace Nobel Prize concert
December 11
Oslo, Norway

A Nobel Peace Prize concert is scheduled in Oslo, Norway, hosted by American actor Will Smith to honor President Barack Obama, the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Portraits of Spaces
December 11 - January 24
Florence, Italy

An exhibition of 20 photographs of some of Florence's most impressive interiors by German photographer Candida Höfer will go on show at the Palazzo Medici Riccardi.


Second City 50th anniversary
December 11-12
Chicago (Illinois), USA

Famous comedians who started at Second City, the renowned comedy theater, and the television show SCTV, will reunite over a weekend of performances to celebrate its 50th anniversary, December 11-12. Alumni on stage include Martin Short, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert (Comedy Central's The Stephen Colbert Report), Harold Ramis ( Ghostbusters), and George Wendt ( Cheers), and many more.


Travel on two wheels
December 11-13
Chiba City, Japan

The Cycle Mode International 2009 - the largest bicycle showcase in Japan - is being held at the Makuhari Messe Convention Centre, and if it runs on two wheels and is powered by legs, then it will be on display. All the latest in sporting bicycles, frames, parts and clothing.


Film releases

Amazing Tale: Three Guns: Internationally acclaimed director Zhang Yimou made his name with sweeping dramas such as "Raise the Red Lantern'' but here he takes the American Coen brother's 1984 thriller "Blood Simple" and sets it in a noodle shop in ancient China. Comedian Xiao Shenyang stars. China release date: December 11.

The Princess and the Frog : The animation movie features the voices of Anika Noni Rose, John Goodman, Terence Howard, Angela Bassett and Oprah Winfrey. The Princess and the Frog is Disney's first hand-drawn animated film since Home on the Range in 2004. US Release date: December 11