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Monster Mash: Swed weighs in on Wagner-'Ring' debate; LACMA loses a curator; dispute over Wikipedia images

July 16, 2009 |  7:48 am

Das Rheinhold at Los Angeles Opera

--Why the 'Ring' matters: Music critic Mark Swed weighs in on why the Ring Festival should move ahead as originally planned.

--Strong reactions: County Supervisor Mike Antonovich revives debate over composer Richard Wagner and "Ring": "If we had a book fair, you wouldn’t put Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ as the focus."

--Two-year tenure ends: Photo curator Charlotte Cotton leaving Los Angeles County Museum of Art for job in England.

--Well, duh--what did they expect? Decision to dump journalists from Tony Award voting pool causes outcry.

--Copyright protected or not? Britain's National Portrait Gallery threatens legal action over 3,300 images uploaded to Wikipedia.

--Stepping down: After 23 years, Robert Rodzinski to retire as head of the prestigious Van Cliburn Foundation

--Sudden burst of interest: Andy Warhol's portrait of Michael Jackson temporarily pulled from auction block. 

--Andy Warhol, the musical: Yale Rep plans world premiere of "Pop!" based on events in the life of the Pop artist.

--Trail-blazing writer: Playwright-screenwriter Judi Ann Mason dies at 54.

--Longtime collaborator: Avant-garde theater director Robert Wilson pays "last" homage to ailing Japanese dancer.

--Next best thing to being there: Christie's auction house introduces an iPhone app.

--Lisa Fung

Photo: Arnold Bezuyen as Loge, center, and Graham Clark as Mime, center foreground, with the ensemble in Los Angeles Opera's production of Wagner's "Das Rheingold." Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Opera