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Monster Mash: Viola Davis returning to Broadway; arrest made in Bradley murder; James Franco's new art project

January 6, 2010 |  9:26 am

Davis -- Back to Broadway: Viola Davis, a Tony winner and Oscar nominee, is joining Denzel Washington in the Broadway revival of "Fences" by August Wilson. (Playbill)

-- Prime suspect: Police have arrested 25-year-old Jose Fructuoso in connection with the slaying of Ben Bradley, a director and producer at the Fountain Theatre in Hollywood. (Los Angeles Times)

-- Strange project: James Franco said he will participate in a new gallery show at New York’s Deitch Projects that will be shot for a coming episode of "General Hospital." (New York Magazine)

-- Chilly humor: An ice sculpture parody of Al Gore has returned to Fairbanks, Alaska. (Fairbanks News Miner)

-- It's official: The struggling Fresno Metropolitan Museum is closing its doors indefinitely. (San Jose Mercury News)

-- Extravagant: The BBC is under fire for spending millions of pounds on artwork for its London headquarters. (The Daily Telegraph, via ArtForum)

-- Dispatches from the war front: Works by an Iraqi refugee artist go on display in Washington, D.C. (NPR)

-- Royal artwork: The first double portrait of Britain's Prince William and Prince Harry goes on display at the National Portrait Gallery. (CNN)

-- New appointment: The Cleveland Museum of Art has named a new curator of Japanese and Korean art. (The Cleveland Plain-Dealer)

-- Familiar faces: Lili Taylor will join Megan Mullally in the Broadway production of "Lips Together, Teeth Apart." (Theatermania)

-- Also in the L.A. Times: Arts funding in L.A. still looks meager despite institutional and political rhetoric; "American Idiot," the new musical featuring songs by Green Day, will open on Broadway in April.

-- David Ng

Photo: Viola Davis. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

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