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Monster Mash: Gustavo Dudamel in L.A.; Green Day breaks records; Brooke Shields photo removed

October 1, 2009 |  8:41 am


--Star power: Conductor Gustavo Dudamel arrives in L.A. amid fanfare and a media commotion.

--Rocking: Green Day's musical "American Idiot" breaks box-office records at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

--New job: Allison Vulgamore, who recently said she was stepping down as head of the Atlanta Symphony, is officially taking over the Philadelphia Orchestra.

--Controversial art: The Tate Modern in London has withdrawn a work by Richard Prince that uses a photograph of a naked Brooke Shields at age 10.

--Big donation: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts receives a $10-million gift from David M. Rubenstein, a co-founder of the private equity firm the Carlyle Group.

--Art theft: A ransom note has reportedly been found by owners of artwork that was stolen this week from a home in Pebble Beach, Calif.

--New phase: British artist Damien Hirst says he will no longer create his signature installation pieces featuring the bodies of animals and will instead concentrate on painting.

--Moving on: Harry Gugger, a partner at the architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron, is stepping down at the end of 2009 to set up his own practice.

--Blockbuster show: The Smithsonian American Art Museum is expected to announce that Steven Spielberg and George Lucas will combine their collections of Norman Rockwell artwork for a new 2010 exhibition.

--In the black: Producers of the Tony-winning Broadway revival of "West Side Story" say they have recouped their $14-million investment.

--Page to stage: Matthew Warchus, who won a Tony this year for directing "God of Carnage," will direct a stage adaptation of Roald Dahl's "Matilda" at the Royal Shakespeare Co. in England.

-- David Ng

Photo: Gustavo Dudamel poses for photographers at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times