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Monster Mash: Frank Gehry working down under; Metropolitan Opera's budget woes continue

June 17, 2010 |  8:07 am

Gehry -- Major commission: Architect Frank Gehry is set to work on a major redesign of the University of Technology Sydney in Australia. (Sydney Morning Herald)

-- Money woes: Documents filed by the Metropolitan Opera for the fiscal year that ended July 2009 show that the company is continuing to struggle financially. (Associated Press)

-- Public art: Chinese artist Zhang Huan's Buddha sculpture in San Francisco has become a target for taggers. (San Francisco Chronicle)

-- Change of pace: Danny Boyle, the Oscar-winning director of "Slumdog Millionaire," will stage the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (BBC News)

-- Old bones: Researchers believe they have found the remains of the artist Caravaggio. (The Globe and Mail)

-- Trending upward: The Spoleto Festival USA has exceeded its box-office goals for this year. (The Post and Courier)

-- Music behind bars: A prison orchestra in the Philippines has given its first concert. (Associated Press)

-- Better to give: Eli Broad has backed an initiative by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates for wealthy Americans to give at least half of their fortunes to charity. (Bloomberg)

-- And in the L.A. Times: Times pop music critic Ann Powers reviews Sting's collaboration with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl; Haniwa Horse could become 'a new icon' of LACMA's Japanese art collection; the Tony-winning creative team behind the Broadway production of "Red" will tackle Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" in Houston.

-- David Ng

Photo: Frank Gehry. Credit: Frank Gehry

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