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Monster Mash: Ai Weiwei claims hacked Gmail accounts; 'Leap of Faith' moving forward; ancient skull stolen

January 20, 2010 |  8:55 am


-- Speaking out: Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei said that someone has hacked two of his Google e-mail accounts. (Daily Telegraph)

-- Troubled production?: The long-delayed stage adaptation of the film "Leap of Faith" gets a New York workshop run-through starring Raul Esparza. (New York Post)

-- Vanished: A skull of a well-known 14th century pirate has been stolen from a museum in Hamburg, Germany. (Der Spiegel)

-- Money trouble: Texas' Museo Alameda is under the spotlight after it was revealed that the Alameda National Center for Latino Arts and Culture spent grant money intended for its charter school on the cash-strapped museum. (San Antonio Express)

-- Sacre bleu: The European media react to the appointment of Jeffrey Deitch to L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art. (Art Forum)

-- Financial woes: Money is still a problem for an Orlando, Fla., performing arts center that is scheduled to break ground in the spring. (Orlando Sentinel)

-- Public will: The city of La Quinta, Calif. has decided to remove a large-scale public sculpture after several years of resident complaints. (Desert Sun)

-- Major donation: The Stratford Shakespeare Festival receives a $5-million challenge grant. (CBC)

-- Online innovation: Museum websites allow users to become curators. (New York Times)

-- Splitsville: The 2005 merger between the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Philadelphia Pops faces a possible termination. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

-- And in the L.A. Times: A replica of the Ferus Gallery is headed to Santa Monica; Placido Domingo goes baritone at the Met.

Photo: Ai Weiwei meets reporters in December. Credit: Frederic J. Brown / AFP/Getty Images