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Monster Mash: Ancient tomb found; statue smugglers thwarted; BP poses sticky situation for nonprofits

May 19, 2010 |  7:55 am

StatuesHidden treasure: An ancient tomb discovered inside a pyramid in Chiapas in southern Mexico may be 2,700 years old, which would make it the oldest such burial site in Mesoamerica. (BBC)

Hot property: Police in southern Greece have seized a a rare twin pair of 2,500-year-old marble statues and arrested two farmers who allegedly planned to sell the illegally excavated pieces abroad for more than $12 million. (Associated Press)

Image issues: The big BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico could pose a PR problem for nonprofits such as the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art that have received contributions from the petroleum giant. (Los Angeles Times)

Great expectations: Director Julie Taymor says her upcoming Broadway musical, “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” would need to be a huge hit on par with her Disney musical “The Lion King” to cover its costs and, ultimately, turn a profit. (New York Times)

Ailing: Broadway composer Charles Strouse ("Annie," "Bye Bye Birdie") was taken to the hospital after falling ill while onstage after receiving a lifetime achievement award in Philadelphia. (Philadelphia Daily News)

Time to go: The Tony-nominated revival of "A Little Night Music" with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury will close on June 20 after 217 performances. Yasmina Reza's Tony-winning play, "God of Carnage," which opened in March 2009, will end its Broadway run June 6, three weeks earlier than previously announced. (TheaterMania and Playbill)

Musician and muse: Yvonne Loriod, the French pianist, ardent advocate and source of inspiration for her late husband, composer Olivier Messiaen, has died at 86. (Telegraph)

Also in the Los Angeles Times: Architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne reviews Frank Gehry's Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas; the J. Paul Getty Museum uses new technology to reveal the wonders of an old treasure; Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic enter the final stretch of their national tour.

-- Karen Wada

Photo: Two illegally excavated statues seized by police in southern Greece. Credit: Thanassis Stavrakis / Associated Press