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Monster Mash: Cleveland Orchestra musicians decide to strike; Jordan wants Dead Sea Scrolls; unhappy opera stars

January 18, 2010 |  9:02 am


-- Walking out: Musicians of the Cleveland Orchestra have decided to strike after rejecting a 5% pay cut. (Bloomberg)

-- Diplomatic maneuvering: The tourism minister of Jordan said her country was seeking the help of Western nations to regain possession of the Dead Sea Scrolls. (Art Daily)

-- Getting vocal: Opera singers accuse the new British reality TV show "Popstar to Operastar" of exploiting the art form. (Daily Telegraph)

-- Unhappy feet: The Colorado Ballet faces a budgetary shortfall, with individual contributions plummeting 60%. (Denver Post)

-- Micro art: A Taiwanese artist has carved a tiny tiger sculpture that sits 1 millimeter tall. (Agence France-Presse)

-- Executive art: A photograph taken by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev sold for approximately $1.7 million at a charity auction in St. Petersburg. (Bloomberg)

-- Renaissance: Venice's Palazzo Ducale has been restored. (Daily Telegraph)

-- And in the L.A. Times: The L.A. Conservancy is holding an online competition among 20 places of worship built in the 1960s; music critic Mark Swed on Lorin Maazel and the L.A. Philharmonic.

-- David Ng

Photo: The Cleveland Orchestra. Credit: Roger Mastroianni / The Cleveland Orchestra