Weekly US Agenda: the holiday season, awards, and cars

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November is National American Indian Heritage Month in the US, leading up to Thanksgiving Day festivities, which officially usher in the holiday season. Then the next day is ‘Black Friday,' the biggest shopping day of the year.

"A Song for the Horse Nation" at National Museum of the American Indian
November 21, 2009 - July 7, 2010
New York, New York

November is National American Indian Heritage Month and the Museum of the American Indian in New York exhibits "A Song for the Horse Nation," tracing the historically central relationship of Indian culture with horses. Beaded horse masks, saddles, and other artifacts from tribes are displayed along with rifles owned by legendary Indian leaders, Geronimo and Chief Joseph. Demonstrations and performances launch the show, curated by Emil Her Many Horses, an Oglala Lakota Indian. www.si.edu

American Music Awards
November 22
Los Angeles, California

The 37th annual American Music Awards are telecast from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California. The all-star show of presenters and performers include: The Black Eyed Peas, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, Green Day, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Shakira and more. Categories include pop, rock, hip-hop, Latin, soul, and country music styles, with winner chosen by the voting public. http://abc.go.com/shows/american-music-awards

Major League Soccer Cup
November 22

Seattle, Washington

David Beckham and the LA Galaxy and the Real Salt Lake teams were long shots for the MLS Cup 2009. But the turnaround in the playoffs at the season make this game a battle of underdogs. The US Major League Soccer championships at Qwest Field happen in Seattle, Washington. Will winning be Beckham's gift before joining Milan's Football Club? http://web.mlsnet.com/index.jsp

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
November 26

New York, New York

The 83rd annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade begins at 9 am with floats and balloons heading down Central Park West to Macy's Department Store for Santa's arrival. James Taylor, Andy Williams, and Miley Cyrus perform along with China's Lang Lang, Japan's Harajuku Girls, Sesame Street's cast, marching bands, and clowns. More than 3 million onlookers line the streets for a glimpse of Snoopy, Shrek, Kermit, and Hello Kitty with 50 million watching on TV.

Christmas in Rockefeller
New York, New York

December 2

The 77th holiday lighting ceremony at the Rockefeller skating rink includes soul legend Aretha Franklin, Canadian crooner Michael Bublé, Alicia Keys, Barry Manilow, Latina pop star Shakira and the Radio City Rockettes will also kick off the night. The 76-foot tall Norway Spruce is lit with miles of LED lights and topped with Swarovski crystal star. The lights remain lit nightly through January. Telecast on NBC at 8 pm EST.

National Christmas Tree Lighting
Washington, DC

December 3

Grammy-winning artist Sheryl Crow and multi-platinum hip-hop act Common perform at the 86th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the White House Park. The show will be streamed live online (www.thenationaltree.org) and telecast on PBS-TV, December 4. President Obama will flip the switch to illuminate the tree.

LA Auto Show
Los Angeles Convention Center, California

December 4-13

Since 1907, the LA Auto Show opens the season in the US of vehicle conventions. This year features world debuts of Porsche Boxster Spyder, Toyota, Volkswagen, Honda, and Cadillac, and North American Debuts from BMW, Audi, GM, Lexus, Volvo, Mitsubishi, Porsche, Jaguar, and Mercedes-Benz and more. Over 1,000 of the 2010 makes and models of import and domestic cars are on display, including alternative fuel vehicles, race cars, concept cars, a Green Car Award, and the Youthmobile Design Challenge.

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

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 includes Martin Short, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert (Comedy Central's The Colbert Report), Harold Ramis ( Ghostbusters), and George Wendt ( Cheers), and many more. www.scfifty.com/

75th Anniversary at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco, California
December 19, 2009-January 16, 2011

Marking its 75th year, pioneering SFMOMA exhibits The Anniversary Show with more than 400 works from its collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, videos, photographs, and design objects, from a range of artists including Jackson Pollock, Frida Kahlo, and Jeff Koons, and the videos of Marcel Duchamp and Andy Warhol. www.sfmoma.org/exhibitions/401