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Monster Mash: Plans for Presidio art museum abandoned; an 'arts Olympics' in the works for Asia-Pacific region; Iranian artists opt for lower profile

July 6, 2009 |  9:09 am


-- Museum feud: Plans for a new contemporary art museum in San Francisco's Presidio have been scrapped following a development battle between the city and Gap founder Don Fisher.

-- International effort: Japan and Australia are working on plans to present an "arts Olympics" every two years to showcase artists in the Asia-Pacific region.

-- Price is right: A recap of OCMA's controversial sale of 18 California Impressionist paintings.

-- Quiet for now: Iranian artists adopt a low profile after several in their ranks were said to be arrested or beaten during the government's crackdown on protesters.

-- Big sale: The heiress to the Johnson & Johnson family fortune is putting 200 paintings and works of art up for auction this week.

-- Still limber: Ballet performer Frederic Franklin, 95, will take the stage this week in the role of the friar in American Ballet Theatre's presentation of "Romeo & Juliet."

-- Memory lane: Three longtime Hollywood Bowl fans remember the early days of L.A.'s most famous summer music venue.

-- Star attraction: A tour through Katharine Hepburn's personal theatrical papers, which are currently on view at the New York Library for the Performing Arts.

-- Harmonious: Crossroads and Ambassadors of Harmony won the top prizes at this year's Barbershop Harmony International Competition, which concluded Saturday in Anaheim.

-- Billy Potter, Harry Elliot: Actor Daniel Radcliffe says he's taking ballet classes in a bid to broaden his casting potential post-Harry Potter.

-- David Ng

Photo: A rendering of the proposed contemporary art museum at the Presidio in San Francisco. Credit: Gluckman Mayner Architects