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