PUBLISHED : Sunday, 18 December, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 18 December, 2011, 12:00am


San Francisco

Metallica celebrated their 30th anniversary last week with a three-night show at The Fillmore auditorium in San Francisco. The band played a long set of hits and obscure tracks, and were joined onstage by guest stars such as Lynyrd Skynyrd's Gary Rossington, Faith No More's Jim Martin, Judas Priest's Rob Halford, and Animal from the old-school British punk band Anti-Nowhere League.


In the 1960s, Italian art historian Germano Celant came up with the idea that art should be associated with daily life, and he followed with a series of projects using objects from his home. This 'poor art' movement was short-lived, but several of his peers, including Luciano Fabro and Giuseppe Penone, created a series of installations. These are on show at the Bologna Museum of Modern Art until December 26.


It has been 150 years since the death of Utagawa Kuniyoshi, one of the last masters of the Japanese ukiyo-e style of woodblock prints and paintings, and the Mori Art Museum unveiled an exhibition featuring 420 pieces of his work yesterday. This is the largest collection of his work ever, and provides a comprehensive view of an artist who was known for his wild imagination - expect to see caricatures of supernatural figures.

New York

A six-minute prologue to the 2012 film, The Dark Knight Rises, was unveiled in New York last week to rave reviews. The film, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway and Marion Cotillard, is all but certain to become one of the highest-grossing blockbusters of next year and features nearly an hour's worth of footage shot in IMAX.


Hollywood star Christian Bale and Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou stood side by side at the premiere of Flowers of War in Beijing last week. The film, about an American mortician's life-changing experience in Japan-occupied Nanjing in 1937, is the mainland's Academy Award entry for best foreign language film. With a budget of US$100 million, Flowers of War is the most expensive Chinese film ever made.


Some of the biggest basketball stars of the 1990s, including Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Penny Hardaway, and Gary Payton, are taking part in an exhibition game at the Venetian Macao tonight. The game was partly organised by the Pro Basketball Alumni Association, a new venture started by former player Charles Smith, who was in Hong Kong last week working on organising more basketball events in south China.