PUBLISHED : Sunday, 07 August, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 07 August, 2011, 12:00am


New Jersey

Weezer and The Flaming Lips played two gigs together in New Jersey and Long Island last week - together being the key word because it was less a double bill and more a quirky joint performance. Frontmen Rivers Cuomo of Weezer and the Lips' Wayne Coyne (pictured) started the show by rolling on-stage in a bubble, then ripping into Black Sabbath's Sweet Leaf. The two outfits then played side by side, with each taking turns performing songs.


It's the final week for 'Holy Russia', an exhibition devoted to the history of Christian Russia, with 450 artworks from the 10th to the 19th centuries. The items were drawn from 25 Russian museums, libraries and archives. The show was a huge success at the Louvre last year.


A concert to be staged in Beijing sometime in the near future is being organised by US President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and (pictured) of the Black Eyed Peas (yes, really). The US State Department said last week that the show was in the planning stages, with the goal of promoting and encouraging American students to study in China and 'celebrate Chinese-American cultural relations'.


The days of Lollapalooza - originally conceived as a farewell tour for Jane's Addiction - being a hard-rock-driven tour are long gone, as Eminem and Coldplay headline this weekend's edition along with Foo Fighters (pictured), Muse, Cee Lo Green, and indie favourites Kid Cudi and Bright Eyes. The festival is even bigger this year, with more than 130 performers playing on eight stages scattered across Lakefront Park.


Hongkongers Edison Chen and Josie Ho (pictured) headline this weekend's Zebra Festival on Jinshan Beach. MC Hotdog (who writes most of Chen's raps) and Taiwanese rocker Zhang Zhenyue fill out the roster along with a host of DJs and indie musicians. As if the sun and sand aren't enough, Grammy award-winning producer Steven Lillywhite will be there scouting for local talent.


Taiwanese government officials were not happy last week when the Venice Film Festival, in announcing its line-up, described Taiwanese film Seediq Bale as originating from 'China, Taiwan'. Both Taiwan's government information office and the film's production company wrote letters of complaint and protests are being planned. This isn't the first such incident between the Venice film folks and the island - the same happened with 2007's Lust, Caution.