PUBLISHED : Sunday, 17 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 17 June, 2012, 12:00am


San Francisco

For years Mozart's The Magic Flute has been a fixture of San Francisco's summer opera season. This year's production at the War Memorial Opera House promises to be like nothing seen before. The hi-tech retelling of the classic tale uses 3-D software in conjunction with more than 3,000 tempera and chalk paintings to create a wholly fresh operatic experience. The show runs until July 8.


Continuing through to next Thursday is Brooklyn's Northside festival. This eight-day celebration features more than 350 musical acts, 50 films and 120 guest speakers. Embracing the craze for genre-blending programmes of late, Northside has lured Of Montreal as well as Kool Keith. And ?uestlove will be there, alongside Swedish songster Jens Lekman and Wu-Tang Clan's GZA.


The curtain came down on Spain's Sonar festival yesterday. The three-day gathering consistently attracts an impressive and diverse roster of talent, which this year included British rock stalwarts New Order, American electronic musician James Murphy, indie siren Lana Del Rey, Fatboy Slim, and The Roots. Sonar is a roving affair that also takes place in Tokyo, Sao Paulo and Cape Town.

Los Angeles

The annual LA Film Fest is in full swing. Now in its 17th year, the gala combines independent fare with premieres of larger budget films straight out of Hollywood. There will be more than 200 features from more than 30 countries this year with a special focus on Asian filmmakers. And to top it all off there's a free screening of the 1980s kitsch classic, Dirty Dancing.

New York

Last Sunday, the theatre-loving world turned its eyes on the Tony Awards. The annual event, considered the industry's most prestigious, honours the best in Broadway shows and musicals. The night's big winner was Once, a bittersweet musical about a Czech flower seller and an Irish busker. It took home best musical, best actor (Steve Kazee, right), and six other Tonys.


The exhibition, 'Picasso to Warhol: 14 Modern Masters', opened yesterday at Perth's Art Gallery of Western Australia. It boasts more than 100 key works by 14 of modern art's most influential exponents, including Matisse, Picasso, Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol. The show represents the beginning of a partnership between the Aussie gallery and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.