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Monster Mash: Tom Hanks in Ohio; Da Vinci mystery painting; Denver Art Museum's new leader

October 13, 2009 |  8:53 am


-- Cause celebre: Tom Hanks lends a fundraising hand to Ohio's Great Lakes Theater Festival, where he got his start as an actor. (The Cleveland Plain Dealer)

-- Lost masterpiece?: Fingerprints suggest that a portrait cataloged as a 19th century German painting is actually a long-lost work by Leonardo da Vinci. (Antiques Trade Gazette)

-- Major appointment: The Denver Art Museum is expected to announce today Christoph Heinrich as its next director. (The Denver Post)

-- Stage revival: The Iraq National Theatre in Baghdad has reopened after six years. (Daily Telegraph)

-- Taking a stand: Guards at the Philadelphia Museum of Art have voted in favor of unionizing. (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

-- New season: London's Young Vic has announced its spring 2010 lineup, which will feature works directed by Luc Bondy and actress Fiona Shaw. (Playbill)

-- Cultural initiative: The Kennedy Center launches a pilot arts education program in Sacramento. (Backstage)

-- Fiscal trouble: Golden Gate Opera, in Sausalito, is facing serious financial difficulties. (Contra Costa Times

-- Presidential art: A contrarian take on the White House art installation debate. (Modern Art Notes)

-- And from the L.A. Times: Some federal lawmakers see money earmarked for museums as wasteful pork. (Los Angeles Times)

-- David Ng

Photo: Tom Hanks. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times