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Monster Mash: Broadway's 'Brighton Beach' closes; forgery case reopened; Ground Zero center in danger

November 2, 2009 |  8:25 am


-- Open and shut: Despite good reviews, the Broadway revival of Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs" closed Sunday after just one week. (Newsday). Some thoughts on the reasons (Los Angeles Times).

-- F is for fake: The FBI has reopened a case involving a Louisiana couple accused of selling art forgeries. (Associated Press)

-- Spreading the word: José Antonio Abreu, the founder of Venezuela's El Sistema, discusses music education in Canada. (The Globe and Mail)

-- In danger: The proposed performing arts center at New York's Ground Zero could be axed before it breaks ground. (New York Times)

-- Classical prize: A musician tries to restore the luster to the once-prestigious International Tchaikovsky   Competition. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

-- On the move: Galleries in San Francisco are leaving the city's arts districts in search of cheaper rent. (San Francisco Chronicle)

-- Tale of two cities: Which is Asia's top cultural metropolis -- Hong Kong or Singapore? (Wall Street Journal)

-- Felicitations: French playwright-novelist Marie NDiaye wins her country's highest literary honor for her novel "Three Powerful Women." (Bloomberg)

-- Lucky find: A contemporary Egyptian sculpture that sat in a Cleveland man's garden for nearly 40 years has been sold for $118,000. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

-- And in the L.A. Times: San Diego's Old Globe announces its 2010 summer season; the heirs of George and Ira Gershwin are at odds over foreign royalties; winners are announced in the First Annual Art Awards.  

-- David Ng

Photo: Laurie Metcalf and Dennis Boutsikaris in "Brighton Beach Memoirs." Credit: Joan Marcus / Via Bloomberg