North America agenda: Webby Awards honor internet's best
Thursday 09 June 2011
Coming up: music fests from Bonnaroo to the Montreal Jazz Festival kick off the summer, and kudo fests from Broadway's Tony Awards to the internet's Webby Awards, plus art from Jean-Paul Gaultier to Picasso.
10th Bonnaroo Festival
Tennessee's four-day Bonnaroo Festival draws nearly 90,000 people to Great Stage Park, a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee. Headliners include Eminem and Lil Wayne and Canadian rock band Arcade Fire, The Black Keys, Robert Plant & Band of Joy, Mumford & Sons, The Strokes, The Decemberists, Widespread Panic, My Morning Jacket, Scissor Sisters, and dozens more, including Buffalo Springfield (featuring Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Richie Furay, Rick Rosas and Joe Vitale). It is the top-grossing festival in North America, joining Lollapalooza and Coachella, Rockskilde in Europe and others. Bonnaroo tickets are priced at $249.50 (€171).
Picasso from Musee National Picasso
June 11 - September 25
DeYoung Museum, San Francisco, California
The de Young hosts an exhibition of more than 100 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints drawn from every phase of the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso's career. The rare exhibit is possible due to the temporary closure of the Musée Picasso in Paris until 2012 for renovations. It covers the artist's range of style including La Celestine (1904) from the Blue Period, Two Brothers (1906) from the Rose Period, the expressionist Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907), Cubist Man with a Guitar (1911), neoclassical Portrait of Olga (1917), six Surrealist bronze heads of the artist's mistress, Marie-Therese Walter, (1950), and the late self-portrait, The Matador (1970).
33rd Playboy Jazz Festival
Los Angeles, California
Hosted by comedian Bill Cosby at the famed Hollywood Bowl, the Playboy Jazz Fest focuses a long weekend, with concerts both day and evening. The program features Buddy Guy, Dianne Reeves, The Roots, the Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra, Harmony 3 with Ronnie Laws, Walter Beasley and Stanley Jordan, and a tribute to James Brown with Pee Wee Ellis.
65th Tony Awards
New York, New York
The Tonys ceremony recognizes the best of Broadway theater featuring an annual ceremony presenting awards for categories such as plays and musicals, acting, direction, costumes, scenic design, music, choreography, and revival. The equivalent to Britain's Laurence Olivier Award, the Tonys show is telecast live.
New York, New York
With the famous five-word speeches required, winners of this internet honor are forced to be creative - and funny in accepting the kudos. An international prize for the best of the internet for websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, mobile and mobile apps. Each of the 70 categories gets a Webby, awarded by the 750-member academy, including David Bowie and Richard Branson. Hosted by Webby winner Lisa Kudrow (
Friends) at the Hammerstein Ballroom, the People's Voice award will be announced. The show can be watched live on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thewebbyawards
31st Licensing International Expo
Las Vegas, Nevada
The 2011 Licensing International Expo brings together more than 6,000 brands, including Barbie dolls, John Wayne and Led Zepplin, and attracts 21,000 attendees from over 90 countries. Toy companies including Mattel and Hasbro, film studios from Disney to Warner Bros., television outlets from Cartoon Network to the BBC will be offering products and merchandising opportunities for apparel, videogames, sports and more.
38th Global Health Council Conference 2011
Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington DC
Global Health Council's 38th Annual International Conference on Global Health will chart the progress on the world's global health goals with over 2,500 practitioners, global health and world leaders, activists, multi-lateral organizations, public and private sector health professionals, academics, and researchers through the evaluation of health programs and performance effectiveness. 2011's theme is Securing a Healthier Future in a Challenging World, with a focus on health needs in Africa and vulnerable regions of the world. During the week-long event, a number of awards will be announced, including the Gates Award for Global Health and media in health awards.
17th Los Angeles Film Festival
Los Angeles, California
The LA Film Fest, produced by Film Independent, screens over 200 feature films, shorts and music videos from more than 30 countries, primarily showcasing indie films as well as the high-profile, similar to the Gotham Awards in New York City. Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro serves as the 2011 Guest Director and premieres his horror film Don't Be Afraid of the Dark starring Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce. The program also includes ‘conversations' with actor James Franco (
127 Hours) and director Julie Taymor, who launched the Spider-Man musical on Broadway.
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier
June 17 - October 2
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
For the 35th anniversary of fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier, the first retrospective devoted to the couturier spans selections from his 1976 ready-to-wear collection to 120 dresses from his haute couture firm in 1997. The exhibition celebrates the refined avant-garde style and ties with music (Madonna, Lady Gaga), cinema (Luc Besson, Pedro Almodóvar), dance, theater, and television with clips of films, concerts, ballets, and fashion shows. Photography features images of Andy Warhol, Jean-Baptiste Mondino, and Robert Doisneau. The show travels to the Dallas Museum of Art in November.
June 24 - July 3 and July 5-10
The world's largest music festival attracts up to 1,000,000 visitors and is spread over 11 stages. The 11-day event covers alternative to zydeco from noon until midnight. This year featured artists include: Kanye West, Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj, Peter Gabriel, Def Leppard, The Black Keys, Katy Perry, Florence and the Machine, as well as sports, jugglers, a marketplace and interactive exhibits set against Lake Michigan.
24th BIO International Convention
The 24th Annual BIO convention, the global biotechnology industry event of the year, takes place June 27-30 in Washington, DC. Last year's convention boasted keynote luncheons with former US Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush and former US Vice President Al Gore. More than 15,000 participants ranging from scientists to C-level executives worldwide will be introduced to the latest in biotech innovations for healthcare, industrial and environmental, and food.
32nd Montreal International Jazz Festival
June 30 - July 12
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Also known simply as ‘Jazz Fest,' the largest jazz festival in the world attracts more than two million attendees. Artists include pianist-singer Diana Krall, newcomer Esperanza Spalding, veterans Tony Bennett and Dave Brubeck, and saxophonist Wayne Shorter. Also South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour, DeeDee Bridgewater, Jean-Luc Ponty, Steel Pulse and Bootsy Collins. Robert Plant kicks it off. Other pop acts include k.d. lang, Sade, Eliza Doolittle, Wanda Jackson and Marianne Faithfull.
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