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Monster mash: JFK White House concerts redux; no fall season for ABT; Games give gallery a boost

March 3, 2010 |  9:22 am

Getprev-6 Remembering JFK: As part of its 2010-2011 season, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has announced a two-week series of programs and shows marking the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's inauguration. Among the offerings will be re-creations of two famous White House concerts, with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves performing works originally presented by Pablo Casals and Grace Bumbry. (Associated Press)

Cut short: American Ballet Theatre will forgo this fall's repertory season in New York, citing the need to focus its resources and fund-raising on its new production of "The Nutcracker." (Wall Street Journal)

Glory days: One big winner at this year's Winter Olympics was the Vancouver Art Gallery, which enjoyed its busiest 17-day period ever. (Vancouver Sun)

Tribute: The Richard Christiansen Theater, named for the former chief drama critic of the Chicago Tribune, opened with a ceremony that drew a slew of Windy City stage alums, many now ensconced in Hollywood and New York. (Chicago Tribune)

Room to grow: Jim Morrison's first poem and letters from Whitney Houston, Patti Smith and the Grateful Dead will be on display when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland opens its library and archives in a high-tech building later this year. (Associated Press)

Hot shot: A half-century-old Masudaya multi-action Target Robot -- with original box and accessories -- sold for a record $52,900 at a Pennsylvania auction of toys and collectibles. (Art Daily)

And in the Los Angeles Times: A Tarzana widow gets probation after investigators say she tried to sell timepieces back to the Jerusalem museum from which her husband allegedly stole them.

-- Karen Wada

Above: Yo-Yo Ma during an appearance at UCLA's Royce Hall in 2007. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times