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Monster Mash: Top museum tweeters; Picasso painting sells at Sotheby's auction; David Mamet heads back to Atlantic Theater Company

June 25, 2009 | 10:35 am

-- Serious tweeters: A U.K. researcher has ranked the top museums on Twitter based on how many followers each venue has obtained. Of the L.A. museums, the Getty comes in at No. 4 and the Hammer at No. 35.

-- Big sale: A late "musketeer" painting by Pablo Picasso fetched $11.5 million at a Sotheby's auction in London, but the overall draw was down nearly 68% from the equivalent auction last year.

-- Die Zauberflöte: A 35,000-year-old flute excavated in Germany is the oldest known musical instrument.

-- Inundated: The Albertina Museum in Vienna has started removing 950,000 artworks from its underground storage following heavy downpours.

-- Budget woes: All state-run museums in Nevada are cutting their days of operation to four from seven in an effort to save money.

-- Think of the children: A public statue of a nude squatting woman is upsetting some parents in the town of Burien, Wash.

-- Effing theater: David Mamet and Sam Shepard are among the playwrights who will present new work during the Atlantic Theater Company's 2009-10 season.

-- Disharmony: The Boston Symphony Orchestra has laid off 10 staff employees, or about 5% of its workforce.

-- Rescued: The city of Malibu has stepped in to purchase the city's troubled Performing Arts Center for $15 million.

-- Old friend: The Laserium light show, formerly a staple at the Griffith Observatory, re-opens at the Vine Theatre after a seven-year hiatus.

-- Vive la culture: Frederic Mitterand, nephew of former President Francois, is France's new cultural minister.

-- Fame or infamy: Octomom just won't go away. An artist in Whittier has immortalized Nadya Suleman in a new sculpture.

-- Sleepless in New York: Nora Ephron and her sister Delia will present their new play, "Love, Loss and What I Wore" at off-Broadway's Westside Theatre for a 12-week run this fall.

-- Theater royalty: German actress Hanne Hiob, a daughter of Bertolt Brecht, has died at age 86.

-- David Ng

Photo: The Getty Center. Credit: Los Angeles Times