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Museyon’s Guide to the Weekend

Reads: The New York Times gives us a run down of swashbuckling reads that tell true tales of famous art and lost antiquities, perfect for summer beach reading. The best of the lot is The Art Detective: Fakes, Frauds and Finds and the Search for Lost Treasures by London paintings dealer Philip Mould, telling a dozen tales of mislabeled, misplaced, misattributed art; taking you on a journeys from London to the Bahamas.
If high art isn’t your thing, what about the art of video games? In preparation for the San Diego Comic Con happening at the end of next month, the video game publisher THQ (or Toy Head-quarters for the uninitiated) have released an art book to go along with their Darksiders franchise called, not surprisingly, The Art of Darksiders. The book includes with concept pieces and original work from video game artist Joe Madureira.
Celebrations: “Where were you when Michael Jackson died?” has become a question that many people find themselves readily able to answer. Today marks the one year anniversary of the death of the most famous pop-star ever to live and celebrations will be going on all over the world. In Tokyo, fans are holding a candlelight vigil, a gospel concert and prayer.
The Los Angeles area is bracing for throngs of fans at the final resting place of Jackson at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, CA as well as for a “Forever Michael” event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
In New York, fans have already begun to gather at the Apollo theater in Harlem where Michael Jackson and his brothers won an amateur night. The Rev. Al Sharpton will be holding a moment of silence in the afternoon.

Film Openings: This weekend, Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz team-up for Knight and Day, which has something to do with a more attractive Maxwell Smart type character. It’s unclear. Also up is the buddy comedy Grown-ups with real life friends Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James, David Spade and Rob Schneider, which for summertime fare, it could be worse.

If mainstream cinema isn’t your style, check out the three critically acclaimed indie films coming out this weekend: Dogtooth (Yorgos Lanthimos), about the lives of three teenagers held captive by their parents, never having set foot in the outside world; Les Herbes folles (Wild Grass) (Alain Resnais), a wallet lost and found opens the door – just a crack – to romantic adventure for Georges and Marguerite. [Synopsis courtesy of Cannes Film Festival];
Restrepo (Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington) The true story of Sebastian Junger (The Perfect Storm) and Tim Hetherington and their imbedding with the men of Second Platoon in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley, a stronghold of al Qaeda and the Taliban for a year.

Sports: It’s not often that two of the world’s biggest sporting events converge but such is the perfect storm that is currently the World Cup and Wimbledon. And both tournaments aren’t disappointing in the excitement arena with France and Italy being eliminated early by underdogs in the World Cup and Nicolas Mahut and John Isner playing the longest tennis match in history, playing for over 11 hours, at Wimbledon. Wimbledon lasts through July 4th while the World Cup final will be held on July 11th.

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