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Jul 23, 2009

Events on the horizon.

By FLYP Staff

August 14 – September 6
Scottish Pride
International stars in music, theater, art, opera and dance converge on the Royal Mile for the Edinburgh International Festival, a 60-plus year institution founded to celebrate humanity in a post-war world. Highlights include adaptations of Macbeth, Ulysses and Peter Pan. Haggis is optional.

August 15
Hippies in the Heat
If burning a wooden effigy after eight days of “radical self-expression and radical self-reliance” in the middle of the Nevada desert sounds like fun, then get to the Burning Man festival. This year’s theme, “Evolution,” will try to top past organizing principles like “Fertility,” “Hell” and “Psyche.”

August 16
Main “Man”
If you’re tiring of TV’s vapid summer fare, like the spoiled teens of Bravo’s “NYC Prep” and the antics of TLC’s “Jon & Kate,” the new season of TNT’s “Mad Men” should bring some class to prime time. This go-around, the Emmy-winning drama follows the fallout from the British buyout of ad agency Sterling Cooper.

August 20
Afghan Idols
Hamid Karzai fights to hold onto the Afghan presidency as his countrymen go to the polls—amid threats from the Taliban—for their second democratic presidential election. Top rivals include U.S.-educated former World Bank analyst Ashraf Ghani and former anti-Soviet mujahid Abdullah Abdullah.

August 21
Inglourious Remake
Few genres feel more played out than the WWII flick, but Quentin Tarantino will try to inject some life by bringing his trademark hyper-violent style to his remake of Inglourious Basterds. Brad Pitt and B.J. Novak from “The Office” play revenge-minded Jewish-American soldiers; Diane Kruger is a German spy.

August 21–22
Geek Games
Chuckle all you like at video game fanatics, but the winner of this week’s World of Warcraft global finals takes home a cool $25K. The virtual face-off is just one part of BlizzCon 2009, which brings together aficionados of Blizzard Entertainment’s wildly successful real-time strategy and role-playing games.

August 25
Looks to the Stars
Four hundred years ago, Galileo unveiled his telescope, setting the stage for discoveries that would upend the Earth-centered worldview of the time. To commemorate the invention that prompted a papal condemnation, a week-long “Galileo 2009” exhibit will run in Rimini before moving to Vatican City.

August 31 – September 4
Weather Watch
The UN’s World Meteorological Association kicks off World Climate Conference*3 in Geneva. Participants will strive to create a global framework that uses climate change predictions to help alleviate the risks from shifting temperatures, while taking advantage of benefits that might arise in the process.

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