Last week in culture, we experienced great beauty as well as tremendous tragedy - from Nelson Mandela's birthday to the catastrophic movie theater shootings in Aurora, Colorado. Click on for more from the week.

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  • Australian street artist James Cochran spray paints a portrait of Usain Bolt, Jamaica's world record holder in the 100 and 200 meter sprints, on the wall of a building beside a car park in east London, Friday, July 20, 2012. Cochran, who has been a street painter for 20 years, has been working on the piece for four days since Tuesday and is due to finish it later today. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • Charles Austin of Teaneck, N.J., works in the hot sun on his sand art during the 26th Annual New Jersey Sandcastle Contest at the 18th Avenue Beach in Belmar, N.J., Wednesday, July, 18, 2012. The hazy, hot and humid conditions across New Jersey could give way to severe thunderstorms later Wednesday. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

  • Dancers in Taiwan's Paper Windmill Cultural Foundation perform during a dress rehearsal of Paper Windmill Fantasia in, Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, July 17, 2012 ahead of their performances in Beijing, China, July 20-22. With integration of familiar nursery rhymes, passionate dance, literary meaning and sophisticated art forms, this drama claims an unprecedented performance demonstrating the unique innovations of the modern theater in Taiwan. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

  • In this photo taken with a fisheye lens, a visitor walks through an installation entitled "Light Music" by Lis Rhodes in The Tanks at Tate Modern in London, Monday, July 16, 2012. The Tanks, a new gallery space at the Tate Modern, is the world's first museum space permanently dedicated to exhibiting live art, performance, installation and film works. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

  • Children from a school close to former South African President Nelson Mandela's house sing and dance to traditional drum beat as they celebrate his birth day in Qunu, South Africa, Wednesday, July 18, 2012. Across the country, and even abroad, people are doing good deeds to honor the country's most famous statesman on his 94th birthday Wednesday. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

  • A revelers holds a firework as he takes part in 'Correfoc' (Run with fire) party in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, July 15, 2012. Correfocs or "fire-runs" are among the most striking features present in Catalan festivals. In the correfoc, a group of individuals will dress as devils and light fireworks. While dancing to the drums of a traditional gralla, they will set off their fireworks among crowds of spectators. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

  • A dancer from the Bangarra Dance Theatre performs a scene from their show TERRAIN at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Tuesday, July 17, 2012. The Aboriginal dance troupe's show is a fusion of contemporary dance and traditional story telling. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

  • Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Malia Obama

    President Barack Obama dances to the music with first lady Michelle Obama, with daughter Malia Obama, right, while attending Team USA and Brazil in an Olympic men's exhibition basketball game, Monday, July 16, 2012, in Washington. Team USA won 80-69. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

  • Members of the National Youth Theatre of Britain greet arriving athletes and officials at their Olympic Village in east London with welcoming song and dance routines, one week ahead of the start of the London 2012 Olympic games Friday July 20, 2012. (AP Photo/John Stillwell, Pool)

  • A Muslim child carries floral offerings on her head as she walks with her family at a shrine in New Delhi, India, Thursday, July 19,2012. Islamic holiest month of Ramadan will begin later this week. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

  • A rider is dwarfed by the mountains as they ride the Whistler bike park in Whistler, B.C. Canada on Wednesday, July, 18, 2012. Whistler will host one of the world's largest mountain bike festivals, Crankworx, from August 10-19, showcasing the best riders in the business. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)

  • Nepalese people burn straw effigies of Ghanta Karna, symbolic of demons, during a festival celebrated after paddy planting in Bhaktapur, outskirts of Katmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, July 17, 2012. The festival is believed to ward off evil spirits, and bring peace and prosperity. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

  • A participant gets a sprinkle of water on his face during a water festival in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, July 17, 2012. The event promotes tourism of local county offices ahead of summer vacation season. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

  • An Indian worker prepares idols of elephant headed Hindu god Ganesh at a workshop in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, July 17, 2012. The idols will be immersed in the Arabian Sea at the end of a festival. (AP Photo/ Rajanish Kakade)

  • Dancers perform on the London Eye in London as part of London 2012 Olympic Festival, Sunday, July 15, 2012. The performances "Surprises : Streb," choreographed by New Yorker Elizabeth Streb, took place on various London's landmarks. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

  • A Palestinian reads from the Quran during the dawn prayer on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan at a mosque in the West Bank city of Jenin, Friday, July 20, 2012. Muslims from Morocco to Afghanistan are steeling themselves for the toughest Ramadan in more than three decades with no food or drink, not even a sip of water, for 14 hours a day during the hottest time of the year. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas).

  • High school students lay on the mud while performing an exercise during a summer military camp for students at the Cheongryong Self-denial Training Camp on Daebu Island in Ansan, South Korea, Friday, July 20, 2012. About 80 students took part in the three-day camp to strengthen their bodies and mind. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

  • Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is greeted by crowds during her visit the City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds, England.

  • U.S. singer, Madonna, performs in Hyde Park, London, Tuesday, July 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Jonathan Short)

  • In this Sunday, July 15, 2012 photo, DJ Kyoko performs at the Tokyo Fashion Fuse event in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)

  • Participants of the Miss World Next Top Model 2012 beauty pageant perform during the contest, in Beirut, Lebanon, late Sunday, July 15, 2012. Thirty-eight models gathered from all over the world to compete in the biggest international event to be held in Lebanon. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

  • Kasey Kahne performs a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sunday, July 15, 2012, in Loudon, N.H. (AP Photo/Autostock, Matthew T. Thacker)

  • Hindu pilgrims, known as Kanwarias, take holy dips in the Ganges River in Allahabad, India, Sunday, July 15, 2012. Kanwarias are devotees performing a ritual pilgrimage in which they walk the roads of India, clad in saffron, and carrying ornately decorated canisters of sacred water from the Ganges River over their shoulders to take it back to Hindu temples in their hometowns, during the Hindu lunar month of Shravana. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

  • Stefan Voltz, aka "Mr. 10000 Voltz", performs during the ninth German Air Guitar Championship in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, July 14, 2012. The competition consists of two rounds, the freestyle and a compulsory exercise. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

  • John Scott, the Pearly King of Mile End, left, Jimmy Juker, the Pearly King of Camberwell and Bermondsey, center, and Shaun Austin, the Pearly King of Tower Hamlets talk outside a pub in London's Tower Hamlets Borough Thursday, July 19, 2012. The Pearly Kings were at the pub for an event to promote the Cockney language and culture in London's East End as the city prepares for the 2012 Summer Olympics. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

  • An anti-nuclear protester dressed as a clown is watched by police officers during a rally in downtown Tokyo Monday, July 16, 2012. Tens of thousands of people gathered at a Tokyo park, demanding

  • Pilgrims bathe in a waterfall believed to have purifying powers in Saut d' Eau, Haiti, Saturday, July 14, 2012. The annual pilgrimage is made in honor of Haiti's most celebrated patron saint, Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Legend has it that she appeared on a palm tree in 1847 in the Palms Grove in Saut d'Eau and was integrated into Haiti's voodoo culture as the goddess of love, Ezili Danto. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

  • Shamecca Davis hugs her son Isaiah Bow, who was an eye witness to the shooting, outside Gateway High School where witness were brought for questioning Friday, July 20, 2012 in Denver. After leaving the theater Bow went back in to find his girlfriend. " I didn't want to leave her in there. But she's ok now," Bow said. A gunman wearing a gas mask set off an unknown gas and fired into a crowded movie theater at a midnight opening of the Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises," killing at least 12 people and injuring at least 50 others, authorities said. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)

  • Cast member Will Ferrell speaks at a press conference for "The Campaign" on Tuesday, July 17, 2012, in Los Angeles. "The Campaign" opens in theaters on August 10. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

  • A patron reads a leaflet in front of a run-down ticket box at Seoul's last old-style one-screen cinema at Seodaemun Art Hall in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, July 11, 2012. Seoul's last old-style one-screen cinema, soon to be knocked down and replaced by a new tourist hotel, played its final movie Wednesday - the Italian classic "The Bicycle Thief."(AP Photo/Hye Soo Nah)

  • Seven year-old Amanda Kaas walks on painted rocks near the water's edge in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn as hot and humid weather continued on Monday, July 16, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Young men make a human pyramid during a rally marking the 33th anniversary of the Sandinista revolution in Managua, Nicaragua, Thursday, July 19, 2012. Nicaragua's Sandinista party celebrated the 33th anniversary of their July 19, 1979 toppling of dictator Anastasio Somoza. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

  • A woman carrying oranges on her head walks to a party in honor of former South African President Nelson Mandela during celebrations for Mandela's birthday in Mvezo, South Africa, Wednesday, July 18, 2012. Across the country, and even abroad, people are doing good deeds to honor the country's most famous statesman on his 94th birthday today. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

  • In this photo taken with a fisheye lens, people watch the premier of "The Dark Knight Rises" inside the Liberty Science Center IMAX theater during the museum's first attempt at showcasing a full length Hollywood feature film on its premier day, Friday, July 20, 2012, in Jersey City, N.J. A gunman in a gas mask barged into a crowded Denver-area theater during a midnight premiere of the Batman movie on Friday, July 20, 2012, hurled a gas canister and then opened fire, killing 12 people and injuring at least 50 others in one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • This July 14, 2012 file photo shows the tandem lawn chair rig that two men flew from a gas station in Bend, Ore., while suspended from helium-filled party balloons in an attempt to reach Montana. The men ran into thunderstorms and decided to land, shooting out balloons with the BB rifles in plastic pipe scabbards mounted beside the lawn chairs. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard, File)