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Mar 25, 2009

Events on the horizon.

By FLYP Staff

April 2–5
Diplomatic Dervish
On the heels of a recent Clinton foray to Mexico and Biden’s tours of Chile and Costa Rica, President Obama heads across the pond. It’ll be a mad dash from London’s G20 summit to NATO meetings in France and Germany, and on to Turkey and the Czech Republic. On deck: Mexico and the Americas in mid-April.

April 10
All Grown Up
Tween star Miley Cyrus will squeeze in one more kid-friendly turn, with the release of Hannah Montana: The Movie, before Disney inevitably shifts focus to their newest fresh-faced starlet. On screen, art imitates life, as Hannah’s dad ships her back to Tennessee for some down-home values.

April 15–18
Still Monking Around
The Franciscans—of St. Francis and Friar Tuck fame—turn 800 years old this week with a gathering in Assisi. Some 2,000 monks, nuns and lay people are expected to attend in honor of the patron saint of animals, the environment and Italy.

April 18–21
It Takes a Village
National League of Cities members will hash out the issue of how exactly urban areas can go green in a cost-conscious climate at the Green Cities Conference and Expo. Host city Portland, Ore. will attempt to prove its liberal, eco-friendly image gets results by showing off recent initiatives like construction incentives.

April 20-22
Troubled Tomes
The book trade is having a rough go of it these days. Nevertheless, some 25,000 publishers, booksellers, librarians and distributors from over 100 countries will put their game face on for the London Book Fair.

April 21
Bottoms Up
The 2009 Craft Brewers Conference & Brew Expo in Boston will bring together some 3,000 beer fans, brewers and suppliers for its annual four-day suds-fest. Over the last four decades, craft brewers have become in vogue in the U.S. with the total number jumping over 1,000 percent to 1,500 nationwide.

April 22–25
King’s Ransom
Over 2,000 of the self-proclaimed “King of Pop” Michael Jackson’s personal effects (diamond-studded white glove included) are up for auction. That’s as long as legal challenges don’t derail the sale: MJJ Productions is contesting the contract that Julien’s Auction House needs to hold the Hollywood event.

April 24
A Second Small Step?
NASA launches the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), the first piece of the new Vision for Space Exploration. The LRO will spend a year orbiting the Moon, with a to-do list that includes constructing thermal and 3D maps, examining radiation levels and searching for a safe place to park.

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