PUBLISHED : Sunday, 22 January, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 22 January, 2012, 12:00am


Washington, DC

In an effort to wipe out piracy, the US Congress is attempting to pass two radical anti-piracy bills, Sopa (Stop Online Piracy Act) and Pipa (Protect Intellectual Property Act), which would give the US attorney general the power to censor and block websites that are suspected of copyright infringement. Detractors argued that the heavy-handed approach would do great harm to the 'free internet'. Protest blackouts were evident on Wednesday.


Bruce Springsteen is about to release his 17th studio album, which 'The Boss' claims will contain a mix of his classic sound with 'new, unexpected textures'. He's launching it with a European tour, starting in Spain on May 13 and running through countries such as Germany, Italy, Portugal, Denmark, France and Britain.


It's the last week to see the exhibition 'The Court Painters of Joseon Dynasty', which showcases the paintings of Hwawon - a general term given to the dynasty's court painters from the 14th to 19th century - and the creativity they expressed despite being limited to painting only mundane details of court activities. The exhibition ends next Sunday at the Leeum Samsung Museum of Art.


The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened its museum library and archives to the general public for the first time on Tuesday. The four-storey, 22,500 sq ft space has more than 3,500 books, 1,400 audio recordings, and 270 videos, with personal letters written by Madonna and some rare concert footage of The Rolling Stones from the 1980s being the two biggest draws.


Forty-one oil paintings and 180 watercolours and drawings by 19th century Austrian painter Egon Schiele are on display at the Leopold Museum. Most of the works were completed from 1910-15, when Schiele was at the height of his fame as one of the leaders of the expressionist movement. The exhibition ends on January 30.


Today is the final day for cocoa nuts to catch the World Chocolate Wonderland exhibition at the Himalayas Centre. It features a large collection of Chinese cultural items - from rickshaws to terracotta warriors - made entirely of chocolate. The main draw should be either the five-tonne, nine-metre-long chocolate dragon or the free samples at the end of the exhibition.