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Monster Mash: Michelle Obama's arts day; Brad Pitt's architects; 'Nine' does Cannes

May 19, 2009 |  8:52 am

-- Showing support: Michelle Obama makes a case for the arts during her visit to New York City.

-- Building a dream team: Brad Pitt picks more architects, including Frank Gehry (of course), for his "Make It Right" project in New Orleans

-- Another day, another award: Lynn Nottage's "Ruined" picks up yet another award -- this time an Obie.

-- You saw it here first: Weinstein Co. gives Cannes a look at Rob Marshall's "Nine" and the theatrical trailer.

-- Out with the old: Trustees approve controversial expansion, designed by Renzo Piano, at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

-- Broadway guy: Artistic director Bartlett Sher maps out a succession plan for Seattle's Intiman Theatre.

-- Getting rid of evidence: British police fear thieves melted down a $4.6-million stolen Henry Moore sculpture for scrap metal.

-- 15 more minutes of fame: Details of the "Octomom" musical emerge.

-- New job: UCLA's Dagmar Richter is named chairwoman of the architecture department at Cornell University.

--That's Dr. Kushner: The University of Minnesota is set to present an honorary degree to playwright Tony Kushner.

-- Lisa Fung

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