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Globetrotting

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 04 September, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 04 September, 2011, 12:00am

Los Angeles

Although the actual awards aren't to be taken seriously, MTV's Video Music Awards show is always good for producing a pop culture moment or two each year. Last Sunday, Beyonce revealed her pregnancy during the event, and that news promptly set a social media record for the most tweets per second at 8,868, beating news of the death of Osama Bin Laden and this year's earthquake in Japan.

Reading

Rain and mud didn't dampen the mood at the Reading Festival last weekend, where 70,000 music fans celebrated the climax of the British summer festival season with acts such as Muse, the Strokes, Pulp and a bunch of indie favourites including Tyler, the Creator. Highlights included Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker joining New York rockers the Strokes on stage to cover The Cars' Just What I Needed, and Queen guitarist Brian May performing alongside My Chemical Romance (pictured).

Kyoto

It's the final week for the 'Moholy-Nagy in Motion' exhibition, which celebrates the films, photography and paintings of Hungarian-born artist L?szl? Moholy-Nagy. Moholy-Nagy is widely seen as the father of 'light art' - a form of kinetic art using light as the main medium - and this exhibition features more than 300 works spanning his career.

Busan

It's been quite a year so far for Hong Kong filmmaker Tsui Hark. After winning a lifetime achievement award at the New York Asian Film Festival earlier this year, the 61-year-old has now been named the winner of the Asian Filmmaker of the Year award to be presented at this year's Busan International Film Festival. The festival takes place from October 6 to 14.

Beijing

Japanese conceptual artist Chiharu Shiota opens her exhibition, 'Chiharu Shiota: Presence of the Past', at the Caochangdi arts area this Wednesday. Shiota is known for her surreal sculptures and drawings, which often have futuristic themes sometimes compared to imagery from The Matrix series of sci-fi films.

New York

If you think you know Superman, Batman and other DC comic book heroes, think again. DC is rebooting its entire fictional universe, putting every series back to #1 issues. Last Wednesday, fans lined up around the block at Midtown Comics in Times Square for a midnight book signing of Justice League #1 (the first book in the new series) and a chance to meet the edition's writer, Geoff Johns, and artist Jim Lee.

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