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Monster Mash: Smithsonian's missing property; 'Miracle' casting; Canadian museum strike

December 14, 2009 |  9:21 am


-- Unaccounted for: The Smithsonian Institution reports $12.3 million in missing property since 2005, including 89 laptop computers. (The Washington Post)

-- Supporting roles: Matthew Modine and Elizabeth Franz have joined the cast of the upcoming Broadway revival of "The Miracle Worker," starring Abigail Breslin and Alison Pill. (Playbill)

-- Persistent: Workers at two Canadian museums have entered their 85th day of strikes. (Art Info)

-- Size doesn't matter: L.A.'s small-theater scene looks a lot like the downtown New York theater scene of the 1970s. (Variety)

-- Technology helps: More theaters are working to make productions accessible to the blind and deaf. (The Boston Globe)

-- Standing out: The New Yorker's Peter Schjeldahl names "Martin Kippenberger: The Problem Perspective," which originated at L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art, as one of the top museum shows of 2009. (The New Yorker)

-- Dudamel effect: A number of British orchestras are seeking out and hiring young conductors. (The Guardian)

-- Staying afloat: The Denver Center for the Performing Arts says it is weathering the recession better than expected. (The Denver Post)

-- And in the L.A. Times: Esa-Pekka Salonen talks about his difficult transition year; MOCA's folly at the Pacific Design Center; Times theater critic Charles McNulty on "The Browning Version."

-- David Ng

Photo: a view of the Smithsonian Sackler Gallery of Art. Credit: Tim Sloan / AFP / Getty Images