Weekend selection: The American Music Awards in the USA, a major Tim Burton exhibition in New York and a Tutankhamun one in Toronto and tennis's ATP World Tour Finals in London, among other events.
November 21, 2009 - April 1, 2010
Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs in Toronto features 130 pieces from the renowned tomb and ancient sites representing some of the most important rulers throughout 2,000 years of ancient Egyptian history.
One of the main attractions of the show is the largest image of King Tut ever unearthed, a 10-foot statue of the pharaoh retaining much of its original paint.
The alternative film festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, with 10 new movies by some of the most talented emerging filmmakers from across Asia competing for the Kodak Vision Award and the first prize of $8,000. Tokyo FILMeX, Yurakucho Asahi Hall, Tokyo. Advance tickets from Y1,300, but Y1,700 on the door.
The Museum of Modern Art in New York will hold a major retrospective of the life and works of American director and artist Tim Burton. The retrospective will include a gallery exhibition and a film exhibition that documents Burton's career and his influential work as a producer, writer, concept artist, photographer and illustrator. For the first time in history, Burton fans will be able to see artwork he made as a student, examples of his nonprofessional films and excerpts from unrealized projects.
American Music Awards
Los Angeles, USA
The all-star artists scheduled to perform on the live show include Green Day, Rihanna, Shakira, Mary J. Blige - who all have new albums releasing before the end of 2009. Plus Lady Gaga, and hip-hop acts Eminem and the Black Eyed Peas, who are nominees. One of the major music awards shows in the US, the American Music Awards were created by television producer Dick Clark to compete with the Grammys. But the AMA nominees are based on retail sales and radio airplay, and chosen by the public through online voting. The most popular winners are "Favorites" - not the "Best."
Tennis: ATP World Tour Finals
The O2 Arena in London hosts the ATP World Tour Finals for the first time, as the eight best singles players and eight best doubles teams in men's tennis enter round-robin tournaments in this close season decider. Roger Federer is on course for a world record-equalling fifth win, should he emerge victorious by the weekend.
Miss Earth Coronation
Boracay Island, Philippines
Apart from a strong emphasis on environmental protection programs, Miss Earth also aims to showcase and promote various tourist destinations. Every year, 80 to 90 candidates from all over the world compete on beauty and knowledge of environmental issues.