March 27-28 agenda: Roppongi Art Night in Tokyo

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The Independent Online

This weekend's highlights comprise a white night art event in Tokyo, the election of Mr. World in Korea, a Picasso exhibit in New York, the richest horse race in the world taking place in Dubai, while every electricity consumer is encouraged to turn it off for an hour on Saturday evening.

Roppongi Art Night
March 27
Tokyo, Japan

It may be art, but the Roppongi Art Night 2010 is likely to end up closer to a street festival. The event will be held from dusk on March 27 to the following dawn. Similar in theme to the "White Night" events started in Paris in 2002 and now held in several countries around the world, the first Roppongi incarnation attracted incredible installations and some truly avant-garde performances, from a robot that breathed fire to a traditional Japanese teahouse made out of Styrofoam.
http://www.roppongiartnight.com/en/index.html


Mr. World pageant
March 27
Incheon, Korea

Begun in 1996, this pageant is organized by the Miss World Organization and is one of the biggest male beauty pageants in the world. The last contest took place in 2007 and elected Spanish contestant Juan Garcia.
http://www.mrworld.tv


Earth Hour
March 27
International

Organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Earth Hour encourages individuals, companies and civic landmarks to do their part in recognizing global conservation efforts by shutting off their lights from 8:30 to 9:30 pm. In 2009, hundreds of millions of people in more than 4,000 cities in 87 countries on seven continents participated and landmark monuments also turned off thier lights like the Acropolis and Parthenon in Athens, St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, Big Ben and Houses of Parliament in London, Paris's Elysee Palace and Eiffel Tower, Beijing's Birds Nest and many other monuments worldwide.
http://www.earthhour.org


Horse Racing: Dubai World Cup
March 27
Dubai Racing Club

The richest horse race in the world will change track in 2010 and take place in the brand new Meydan resort: 700 hectares dedicated to horse racing sports that can welcome up to 60,000 people. This year's race will also feature a Santana and Elton John concert.
http://www.dubaiworldcup.com


Picasso: Themes and Variations
March 28 - September 6
MoMA
New York, USA

One hundred works by Picasso will examine the themes and variations that reappear throughout his career. The exhibition traces the links between his early depictions of itinerant circus performers during his Blue and Rose periods, through to his inventive use of shape and form during his Cubism phase. The exhibition explores his experimentation with the mediums of etching, lithography, painting and printmaking as well as showing how the artist developed his style whilst investigating new themes.
http://www.moma.org

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