If such pop-culture comets as Kanye West and the Olsen twins don't excite you when they come to town, then maybe a Nobel Prize-winning author will. Coinciding with this year's Le French May, Alisan Fine Arts gallery, operated by Alice King, is inviting back to the city Gao Xingjian, the Paris-based painter-novelist who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2000. Gao, who has been living in France since 1987, will be here from May 22 to unveil a series of 25 ink paintings at the Central gallery inside the Prince's Building that evening. The exhibition will run until June 11. He will also take part in a series of events at the Gao Xingjian Arts Festival at Chinese University. Your best chance to hear the highly regarded artist is a public lecture titled 'The Finite and the Infinite - the Aesthetics of Creation' on May 23. He is also likely to be on hand during the Gao Xingjian symposium starting on May 28 and the premiere of his play Of Mountains and Seas, at the open-air theatre in the New Asia College Amphitheatre on May 30. It all takes place on Chinese University's campus. Some of the events - including the lecture - are free, but the play is a ticketed item. For full details, visit www.gxjartsfest2008.com .