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Monster Mash: Dance innovator Pina Bausch dies; award for Michael Maltzan; new exec director at Pasadena Playhouse

June 30, 2009 |  8:12 am

Pina Bausch --Modern dance innovator: German dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch dies at 68, five days after receiving cancer diagnosis.

--Worthy cause: Architect Michael Maltzen's Inner-City Arts project wins a high-profile award.

--Keep repeating: Entertainment Weekly is still reporting that "Grey's Anatomy" actor T.R. Knight will join  "Lend Me a Tenor" on Broadway. But first, a stint in "Parade" at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.

--Whose is it? Van Gogh's "The Night Café" is at the center of suit between a descendant of a former owner and Yale University Art Gallery.

--A new playhouse to call home: Stephen Eich, formerly of the Geffen Playhouse, takes the post of executive director of the Pasadena Playhouse.

--Nonbinding accord: Forty-six nations pledge to boost efforts to return Nazi-looted artworks to Jewish victims and their heirs.

--No kidding: Jerry Lewis to direct a musical version of his 1963 film "The Nutty Professor," with music by Marvin Hamlisch.

--A star is born: Tate Britain commissions an unknown artist for high-profile showing.

--Not laughing: Artist flees Turkey over collage portraying prime minister as a dog.

--Lisa Fung

Photo: Pina Bausch. Credit: Michael Probst / Associated Press