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Monster Mash: English PEN plans Pinter prize; man accused of violin theft extradited; Germany cracks down on gnome art

July 20, 2009 |  8:06 am

Harold Pinter --Tribute to his "spirit": English PEN announces new literary prize in honor of the late playwright Harold Pinter.

--Playing the bad guy: Neil Patrick Harris lends his voice to new Batman musical.

--Instruments worth $300,000: Long Beach man accused of violin thefts from Los Angeles Philharmonic musician is extradited from France.

--Poking fun or breaking the law? Germany has a problem with artist's sculpture of a Nazi gnome.

--Lack of tolerance: Museum of Tolerance neighbors sue the city of Los Angeles over museum expansion.

--More transfers: Chicago theater plans its own Broadway invasion.

--Buyer beware: Family claims it was "swindled" out of $400,000 in art auction on a cruise ship.

--Not dead yet: Encouraging signs that off-Broadway still has a pulse.

--Specialized musicals? British theater targets Asian audiences.

--Lisa Fung

Photo: Harold Pinter. Credit: Carl de Souza / Associated Press

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