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Monster Mash: LACMA kills film program; Council mulls $30-million loan to Cirque; '9 to 5' closing soon?

July 29, 2009 |  8:51 am

 King Kong

--Time to rent a DVD: Los Angeles County Museum of Art dumps its 40-year-old film program, which celebrated vintage Hollywood films, such as 1933's "King Kong."

--Big bucks for big show: Los Angeles City Council considers $30-million loan to Cirque du Soleil for its Hollywood & Highland show.

--In with the new: Banner featuring incoming Los Angeles Philharmonic music director Gustavo Dudamel goes up at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

--Final curtain?: Dolly Parton musical "9 to 5," which premiered at the Ahmanson Theatre last fall, and Disney's "The Little Mermaid" expected to close on Broadway after Labor Day, N.Y. Post's Michael Riedel says.

--Fire sale: Lehman Bros. Holdings begins selling off multimillion-dollar corporate art collection.

--More musical chairs: Salzburg Festival leadership changing yet again.

--Camp Alpha: U.S. troops in Iraq cause "major damage" to historic ruins of Babylon.

--Another name: David Allen Grier joins cast of "Race," David Mamet's new, no-longer-super-secret Broadway play.

--Congratulations: Architect Michael Rotondi and the Daly Genek firm are among winners of AIA/Los Angeles awards.

--'Vandalism'?: Scottish art exhibition encourages visitors to deface the Bible -- and the pope isn't happy.

--Overseas project: Architect from Westlake is creating Ghana's "Millennium City" development featuring green technologies.

--New appointment: President Obama names David Ferriero, chief of research libraries at the New York Public Library, as the next Archivist of the United States.

--We're shocked: Song-and-dance show about Ernest Hemingway's final days fails to find an audience.

-- Lisa Fung

Photo credit: Los Angeles Times 

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