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Monster Mash: Egypt to seek Nefertiti bust; Honolulu Symphony bankrupt; Broadway strike averted

December 21, 2009 |  9:01 am

Nefertiti -- Contested treasure: Egypt will demand the return of a 3,400-year-old bust of Queen Nefertiti from Berlin's New Museum. (Bloomberg)

-- In the red: The Honolulu Symphony has officially declared bankruptcy and intends to cut its payroll in half. (Honolulu Advertiser)

-- Strike averted: The union representing Broadway porters, cleaners and other workers has agreed to a contract. (New York Daily News)

-- No refunds? An investigation has been launched to determine if the Italian government paid millions of euros for a crucifix that is falsely attributed to Michelangelo. (Daily Telegraph)

-- Major gift: Cleveland's Mandel Foundation is donating $12 million to the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)

-- For sale: The home of the late architectural photographer Julius Shulman is on the market. (Curbed LA)

-- Gotcha: Police have arrested individuals who are believed to have stolen a sign from the former concentration camp at Auschwitz in Poland. (Los Angeles Times)

-- Silenced: The Metropolitan Opera is being mysterious about the abrupt departure of its children's chorus director. (The New York Times)

-- Diva: There's a new television documentary about the making of Rufus Wainwright's first opera, "Prima Donna." (The Washington Post)

-- And also in the L.A. Times: Our critics review the past decade in art, classical music, theater and architecture; a glimmer of hope in the recent NEA arts attendance survey.

Photo: The 3,400 year-old bust of Queen Nefertiti that Egypt is to demand from Berlin. Credit: Berthold Stadler / AFP/Getty Images