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Sep 10, 2008

Events that will matter.

By FLYP Staff

Find out tomorrow’s headlines today with our interactive graphic of the next few weeks’ most attention-grabbing events.

September 12
Coen Bros are Back
Burn After Reading, Joel and Ethan Coen’s first film since the acclaimed No Country for Old Men, will be less dark. The plot follows an ex-CIA analyst who is blackmailed when his unpublished memoir is discovered by a physical trainer, complete with heartthrob actors Brad Pitt and George Clooney.

September 16–21
Par for the Continent
The U.S. versus Europe Ryder Cup rivalry has lost a little of its luster of late, with America’s top duffers losing three straight matches to their Continental counterparts, dating back to 1999. And with world-number-one Tiger Woods out due to a knee injury, the U.S. once again enters as a major underdog.

September 19–21
Ear Plugs Necessary
Even though band members rarely moved while onstage, My Bloody Valentine was known for their live performances. After a 16-years hiatus, they’re back, performing at the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in Monticello, N.Y. The festival is littered with other top bands, from Built to Spill to Yo La Tengo.

September 20
Hangin’ Tough
After ten years of enduring the rumors of a reunion, fans of the not-so-new New Kids on the Block will get their fix with an album and a 48-concert tour. The pop sensations, now pushing 40, will first do the right stuff in Toronto, then step-by-step their way around the States.

September 20
Bread for Farms
Back before food prices were headline news, Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp held a charity music festival to do something about the plight of farmers. This year’s Farm Aid—its 23rd iteration—will take place in Mansfield, Mass., with a lineup of musicians well worth their weight in grain.

September 21
I Do…Or Else
The date is set: employees at Iran’s state-owned Pars Special Economic Energy Zone Company must be married, or they’ll be fired. Workers can thank their bosses at this gas and petrochemical giant for helping them avoid premarital sex and other morally dubious acts, which are illegal in the Islamic republic.

September 23
Txt Ur Leadr
For International Peace Day on the 21st, the United Nations is asking cell phone users in the U.S. to text 160-character messages about nonviolence to phone number 69866. Two days later, those messages will be presented to delegates on the first day of the 192-member General Assembly.

September 24
Tapping the Stars
Private eye to the stars, Anthony Pellicano, will receive his sentence today after being convicted in May on 76 counts of racketeering, wiretapping and conspiracy. Hollywood itself could not have brought together a better cast for the trial: it’s the victimized Sylvester Stallone versus the villainous Chris Rock.

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