Stevie Wonder headlines today's inaugural Global Soul Festival, organised by The Tonight Show bandleader Rickey Minor, which also celebrates the 40th anniversary of Marvin Gaye's seminal album What's Going On. Other artists on the bill include Grace Potter, Sharon Jones, Janelle Monae and Jennifer Hudson, who'll perform their own songs as well as covers of Gaye hits.
It's the last week to check out the versatile work of late Italian artist Gino Severini, one of the leading artists of the futurist movement in early 20th-century Italy. But as the name of the exhibition, 'Futuriste et N?oclassique (Futuristic and Neoclassical)', points out, the exhibition also focuses on Severini's later realist classicist works.
Yao Ming, Asia's most famous athlete, announced his retirement from professional basketball last Wednesday in his hometown. The 30-year-old began his career at 17, playing for the Shanghai Sharks. In 2002, he made his way to the National Basketball Association in the US. Throughout his nine-year NBA career, he played for the Houston Rockets. Yao said he would focus on his new role as owner of the Sharks, which he bought in 2009.
More than 130,000 nerds, uh, we mean fans have packed out the San Diego Convention Centre this weekend for Comic-Con, the biggest comic book event in the world. In addition to the comic industry's biggest stars (Stan Lee, Jim Lee, Grant Morrison), many big names in the film industry, including Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola, will be in attendance plugging their projects.
The 'Gli Irripetibili Anni 60' exhibition at the Fondazione Roma Museum ends its three-month run this week. On show are 170 paintings and sculptures from the 1950s to the 70s when Italy's avant-garde scene was thriving. The show is divided into four themes: monochromatic abstraction, use of popular objects and images, British pop art, and new directions in sculpture.
Lady Gaga's shtick might have reached boiling point. At a show a week ago, the singer took the stage in a mermaid suit while sitting in a wheelchair. Some upset fans threw eggs at her. Singer/actress Bette Midler accused Gaga of plagiarism. 'I've been doing the singing mermaid in a wheelchair since 1980,' Midler tweeted.