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Monster Mash: Gap co-founder Donald Fisher dies; MoMA's surprise gift; Hugh Jackman, Daniel Craig keep their cool

September 28, 2009 |  8:46 am


-- Arts patron: Donald Fisher, the co-founder of Gap Inc. and an important art collector, has passed away at age 81, just days after agreeing to leave his collection to SFMOMA.

-- Big earners: Glenn Lowry of the Museum of Modern Art and Peter Gelb of the Metropolitan Opera are among the top-earning executives of nonprofit organizations in a survey from USA Today.

-- Major windfall: Details emerge about a surprise gift of more than $10 million to MoMA by a man from Vermont.

-- Still talking: Chazz Palminteri is taking his one-man show, "A Bronx Tale," to the Venetian in Las Vegas for a limited engagement in October.

-- Cultural booster: Michelle Obama talks about the importance of the arts at the Pittsburgh G-20 summit.

-- Art controversy: The Tate Modern in London is scheduled to re-create an exhibition that was criticized as racist when a version appeared in New York.

-- Big stars: The Sydney Theatre Company's 2010 season will include William Hurt, Philip Seymour Hoffman and co-artistic director Cate Blanchett.

-- Going high-tech: The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is offering visitors an iPhone application to access information about the painter.

-- Masterpieces for sale: The town of Southampton in Britain finds itself in the middle of an art deaccessioning debate.

-- Be afraid: David Cronenberg is in talks to remake his 1986 film "The Fly." An opera version produced in L.A. last year -- and directed by Cronenberg -- was panned by critics.

-- Keeping cool: Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig stay professional when a cellphone twice interrupts a performance of "A Steady Rain" on Broadway.

-- David Ng

Photo: Gap co-founder and arts patron Donald Fisher. Credit: Gap