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Apr 07, 2009

Events on the horizon.

By FLYP Staff

April 19
Yes He Did?
Time to turn in those report cards, as the Obama presidency hits the 100-day mark. How’d he do on such benchmark items as stemming the economic blood let? A resounding success or an abysmal failure? The answer probably depends on which 24-hour news network you watch. Armchair pundits, rev your engines.

April 20 – 21
Corporate Space
Space exploration isn’t exclusive to governments anymore, as PayPal co-founder Elon Musk will send his pet project, SpaceX’s Falcon1, into orbit for the second time. This latest go-around marks the project’s first commercial venture, with the launching the Malaysian observational satellite, RazakSAT.

April 22 – May 3
Now Showing
Gotham mimics Hollywood during the two-week Tribeca Film Festival. This year’s showcase section features top flicks from France, Canada, the Netherlands, South Korea, Turkey and Palestine, while the sports category includes Spike Lee’s documentary on Lakers’ star Kobe Bryant.

April 24 – 26; April 30 – May 3
NOLA Knows Tunes
Get your crawfish craving on, because the time has come again for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, two long weekends of acclaimed music and classic Creole cuisine. Neil Young, Kings of Leon, James Taylor and Spoon are among this year’s headliners at the nearly 40-year-old festival.

April 26 – 28
Nonprofit Know-How
Social activists and innovators will hit the Bay Area this week for the Nonprofit Technology Conference, which focuses on using new tools and strategies to better serve communities. Hot topics include expanding broadband access and using social and mobile media to up the volume of minority voices.

April 28
Forever Young
Still going strong at 68, Bob Dylan releases his 33rd record today with Together Through Life. Preview track “Beyond Here Lies Nothin’” offers up blues, brass and contributing accordion work from Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo. Rumors say Dylan’s “never-ending” tour will continue to roll through the summer.

April 30 – May 3
Horror Haven
Slasher film fanatics will descend on Winnipeg, this year’s hosts for World Horror Convention, where programming will include tutorials on how to be the next R.L. Stine. Even though spring has arrived, the theme of “In the Dead of Winter: Hear the Wind Scream” is still likely to send chills down many a spine.

May 10 – 15
Lab Champs
The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest pre-college gathering of budding Einsteins and Hawkings, will bring over 1,500 high schoolers from 50 countries to Reno, Nev. to compete for over $4 million in prizes and scholarships. Last year’s winners included cost-effective fuel cells.

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