February 24 agenda: NME music awards

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Wednesday's selection offers a music award ceremony and Microsoft Gamefest in London as well as a Picasso exhibition in Philadelphia, among other events.

NME: music awards
February 24
O2 Academy Brixton
London, UK

Founded by the music magazine New Musical Express, the NME awards were created as an alternative to the Brit Awards back in 1953. Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Muse, Oasis and Biffy Clyro are among the nominees for the 2010 edition.

Microsoft Gamefest

February 24-25
London, UK

A conference and workshop for XNA developers, those interested and involved in making games for the Xbox 360's online marketplace, which will feature the latest technical details for the new Project Natal motion sensor device.

Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris
February 24-April 25
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris is a survey exhibition of the works of Pablo Picasso during the time he "was at his most ferociously inventive." The exhibition follows him through the most creative period of his art career, documenting and commenting on the works he created between 1905 and 1945. His early experiments with abstraction, his attraction to Cubism and his dialogue with Surrealism are explored in relation to the important role Paris played in his life.