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Monster Mash: L.A. Opera's emergency loan; vision-impaired actress cast in 'Miracle'; Albee's latest play

December 9, 2009 |  8:53 am

Chandler Pavilion -- Dire straits: Los Angeles Opera has received a $14-million emergency loan from the county to keep it afloat through the middle of next year. (Los Angeles Times)

-- New role: A vision-impaired actress has been cast as the understudy to Abigail Breslin in the Broadway revival of "The Miracle Worker" after complaints from advocacy groups. (The New York Times)

-- Not over yet: The Louvre in Paris and the Versailles Palace opened to the public today as a labor strike continued to wane, but the Pompidou Center remained shut. (Bloomberg)

-- Perturbed: Arts groups in New Jersey aren't pleased to learn that the state has frozen $10 million in grants. (The Newark Star-Ledger)

-- Gotham debut: Edward Albee's "Me, Myself & I" will have its New York City premiere in 2010 at the off-Broadway company Playwrights Horizons. (Playbill)

-- Digital enhancement: A former concert pianist who is an amputee has received a set of bionic fingers. (London Evening Standard)

-- New leaders: The Miami Art Museum has elected nine new trustees. (Art Forum)

-- Major gift: Ireland has granted $3.5 million for a planned Irish Arts Center in New York. (The New York Times)

-- And in the L.A. Times: Music critic Mark Swed on why L.A. Opera's "Ring" cycle is worth saving; a portrait by Rembrandt has sold for a record $32.9 million at a Christie's auction in London; the California Franchise Tax Board says arts license plates are tax-deductible.

-- David Ng

Photo: The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, home of the L.A. Opera. Credit: Robert Millard / L.A. Opera