October 12-13 agenda: Michael Jackson's 'This is it' single released

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Monday and Tuesday's selection: posthumous Michael Jackson single released, an expo on leading conceptual artist John Baldessari in England, the world's leading horticulture fair in the Netherlands, Hip Hop Honours celebrates 25 years of Def Jam productions in New York City, and more.

Michael Jackson's This is it single released
October 12

The first new Michael Jackson song to emerge since he passed away on June 25 is to be released, previewing a two-disc album also called This Is It that will come out on October 26 for the release of the MJ film on his tour reaharsals.

John Baldessari retrospective

October 13-January 10

John Baldessari, Californian artist born in 1931, is widely regarded as of one of the foremost conceptual artists. London's Tate Modern presents the first major retrospective of his work in the UK, from his early photo-and-text works, through his extensive use of ‘outsourced' imagery in the Combined Photographs, the irregular shaped and over-painted works of the 1990s, as well as his most recent production.

Horti Fair

October 13/16

The biggest gardening trade show in the world features special houses like the House of Quality, House of Technology, House of Genetics, the Good & Green Pavilion, among others, drawing 900 participants from around fifty countries. This year's theme is "For a sustainable future".


Prémio Leya Prize
October 13
Lisbon/ Portugal

This award goes to the top Portuguese-language novel in the world and has a purse of €100,000. 2008 was the first year of the award, which was given to Brazilian journalist and author Murilo Antônio de Carvalho. Leya is an international book company based in Portugal which established this award to support Portuguese-language authors.


VH1 Hip-Hop Honors
October 13
New York City/USA
The sixth annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors event at the Brooklyn Academy of Music celebrates the 25th anniversary of pioneering rap music record label Def Jam Recordings, with homage performances from such Def Jam artists as American rappers DMX, Public Enemy, The Roots, Redman, Scarface, Young Jeezy, Fabolous, Ludacris, Rick Ross, Method Man and Onyx, among others.


Autumn Edition of the Hong Kong Electronics Fair
October 13-16
Hong Kong/China

Heralded as Asia's biggest electronics event, the Hong Kong Electronics Fair showcases products and services from all over the world, having attracted over 2,600 exhibitors in 2008.