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May 07, 2009

Events on the horizon.

By FLYP Staff

May 15–16
They Want to Believe

Space heads descend on McMinnville, Ore., this weekend for the tenth annual UFO Fest. Held at the site of a famous 1950 sighting, revelers can tune in for talks by UFO witnesses and “internationally recognized” experts, as well as get in touch with their inner aliens during the all-ages costume parade.

May 18–21
TV Tea Leaves

Besieged by ratings losses, the big four TV networks will roll out their fall lineups during the annual upfront week. While execs try to sell ad time to budget-conscious buyers, fans of low-rated critical darlings, like “Chuck” and “Privileged,” wait to hear if their shows will survive for another season.

May 23
Hot Handlebars

Facial hair becomes serious business at the World Beard and Moustache Championships in Anchorage. Whether your hopes lies with Beard Team USA or the Australian Bushrangers, be assured that with categories ranging from Dali moustache to full-beard freestyle, a five o’clock shadow won’t cut it.

May 24–June 7
Parisian Sets

World number one Rafael Nadal has owned the red clay of Roland-Garros for the last four years, but archrival Roger Federer and Serb upstart Novak Djokovic are intent on ending his hold on tennis’s second major. On the women’s side, look for an open field that includes Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams.

May 26–28
Spelling Test

With the English language set to record its one millionth word in June, it’s a big year for the lingua franca of international business, science and diplomacy. So it’s up to this year’s roster of whiz kids at the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., to show that America’s linguistic future is in good hands.

May 27
All In

Recession be damned: the World Series of Poker introduces its new $40,000 No-Limit Hold’em tournament. It’s not just Americans who will ante up to try and claim the top prize of almost $10 million; this year, 124 nations will be represented, up from 24 in 2004.

June 2
Top Tomes

Britain passes out one of its highest literary honors this week, when it awards the Orange Prize for Fiction for the best book by a female author of any nationality. Three Americans—with tales about a Serbian scientist, a prodigal son and 1930s Alabama—will vie for the prize against three of the U.K.’s top scribes.

June 2
Get Your Game On

It’s a banner day for video gamers, with two major releases and the opening of this year’s E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo in L.A. Upgrades to life simulator “The Sims 3” allow greater control of your character’s weight, while “Starcraft II” lets would-be military strategists test their mettle in outer space.

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Jacob Ward
May 25, 2009