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Monster Mash: Gustavo Dudamel's wonder years; more NEA bickering; Anne Frank on YouTube

October 2, 2009 |  9:13 am


-- Family album: Gustavo Dudamel's relatives talk about the conductor's early passion for music.

-- Politics as usual: The National Endowment for the Arts' Rocco Landesman responds to attacks by Republican politicians.

-- Nixed trip: The New York Philharmonic has canceled its trip to Cuba scheduled for this month due to the U.S. government's decision to bar the travel of a group of patrons. 

-- Video history: The Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam launches its own YouTube channel.

-- Oompa Loompa: A new stage musical of Roald Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" is reported to be in the works.

-- Waterworks: Lincoln Center's famous fountain returns after 18 months of renovations.

-- Rumors of a mutiny: Is there hostility between the cast and director of the Broadway revival of Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs"?

-- Magic kingdom: After months of anticipation, the Disney Family Museum opens its doors to the public in San Francisco.

-- Cultural icebreaker: Taiwan's National Palace Museum is opening its first joint exhibition with mainland China.

-- Chorus of disapproval: A new production of Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde" at the Royal Opera in London received boos from the audience.

-- Fake art: Federal authorities have recovered a counterfeit copy of a watercolor painting by Andrew Wyeth.

-- Creature feature: The off-Broadway musical "The Toxic Avenger" is set for a national tour in 2010.

-- David Ng

Photo: Gustavo Dudamel, center, at age 16. Credit: Hoy/Dudamel Family Album