Monster Mash: Soprano Hildegard Behrens dies; Shepard Fairey upset about article; Monty Python reunion
August 19, 2009 | 8:43 am
-- Passing: Legendary soprano Hildegard Behrens died yesterday while traveling in Tokyo. The Wagnerian opera star was 72.
-- Investigation: Federal agents are cracking down on illegal practices in the trade of Native American artifacts.
-- Sounding off: Shepard Fairey is upset about what he sees as shoddy reporting in a community newspaper about his Echo Park offices.
-- Comedy time: Monty Python will stage a reunion in New York this fall to commemorate its 40th anniversary.
-- Jet-setter: Times art critic Christopher Knight notes that LACMA's Michael Govan spent 10% of his time in New York.
-- Fancy footwork: Dance class enrollments are rising thanks to the popularity of TV shows like "So You Think You Can Dance."
-- New museum: Russia's cultural minister has revealed plans for a $94-million contemporary art museum in Moscow.
-- Garage sale: The National Geographic Society is looking for private and institutional collectors to buy photographs from its archives.
-- Some hope: Detroit cultural institutions managed to raise $3.75 million online despite technical glitches.
-- Curtain: Texas' Metropolitan Classical Ballet has eliminated the bulk of its upcoming season, save for holiday performances.
-- Different approach: A new online venture seeks to raise extra revenue for museums and galleries in Britain.
-- Public art debate: PETA is challenging Kansas City, Mo.'s decision to ban a circus-protest sculpture that depicts a chained and weeping baby elephant.
-- David Ng