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Monster Mash: Broads make ARTnews 200 ranking; more Michael Jackson tributes; opera star DiDonato breaks her leg

July 7, 2009 |  8:30 am


-- Art-world elite: Eli and Edythe Broad are among those who made ARTnews magazine's recently released ranking of the world's top 200 art collectors.

-- Dedication: The London and touring productions of "Thriller -- Live" are scheduled to pay onstage tribute to Michael Jackson today with speeches and a moment of silence.

-- Something fishy: Times art critic Christopher Knight examines OCMA's deaccessioning merry-go-round.

-- Starchitecture: Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation has revealed duplex designs by 14 prominent architecture firms, including Gehry Partners, in its ongoing effort to rebuild New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward.

-- Did she take it literally?: Opera star Joyce DiDonato breaks her leg on opening night of "The Barber of Seville" at London's Royal Opera House. The mezzo-soprano will reprise her role in "Barber" at LA Opera in November.

-- Auction house blues: Sales at London's June auctions of Impressionist and contemporary works of art fell 70% from the same month last year.

-- Caveat emptor: Counterfeits are flooding the Russian avant-garde art market, far outnumbering the quantity of authentic works.

-- Kumar goes to Washington: Actor Kal Penn begins his new job this week as part of the White House's Office of Public Liaison, where he will help the Obama administration connect with arts and entertainment groups as well as the Asian and Pacific Islander communities.

-- Making room: In a controversial move, Boston's Gardner Museum has demolished a carriage house to create space for new buildings designed by Renzo Piano.

-- Back for more: John Malkovich is currently reprising his role as serial killer Jack Unterweger in a touring European stage production. The actor first performed the role in L.A. in May 2008.

-- Best of the '80s: The cast recording of Broadway's "Rock of Ages" hits stores today. The Tony-nominated musical began its life in Hollywood before moving to Las Vegas and eventually to New York.

-- Actresses: Leslie Caron will join Kristin Scott Thomas in a Paris production of Stephen Sondheim's "A Little Night Music," which is set for Feb. 2010.

-- David Ng

Photo: Eli and Edythe Broad. Credit: Dan Steinberg / Associated Press