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Monster Mash: Eli Broad's downtown museum gets another OK; Dallas Symphony CEO abruptly quits

August 18, 2010 |  8:22 am

Broad -- Vote of confidence: The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has approved Eli Broad's plan for a museum in downtown L.A. (Los Angeles Times)

-- Calling it quits: The head of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra has abruptly resigned his position after two years on the job. (Dallas Morning News)

-- Rumor has it: Stephen Sondheim isn't happy about a planned HBO miniseries that is loosely based on his life. (New York Post)

-- Blockbuster show: The Metropolitan Museum of Art's recent exhibition devoted to Pablo Picasso was the seventh-highest-attended show in the museum's history. (New York Times)

-- Populist power: A new poll shows that most New Yorkers are against the so-called "ground zero mosque." (New York Post)

-- Disputed artwork: Authorities in Prague, Czech Republic, are demanding that a work by Czech artist Alphonse Mucha be moved to the city from its location in a small town. (The Independent)

-- On-stage drama: A ballet dancer in Australia is accidentally stabbed on stage during a performance of "Romeo & Juliet." (The Canberra Times)

-- Backstage drama: Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer for "Black Swan," a drama set in the ballet world, directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel and Barbara Hershey. (Apple)

-- Also in the L.A. Times: a brand new $175-million performing arts center at Cal State Northridge will debut with the Moscow State Symphony.

-- David Ng

Photo: A parking lot in downtown Los Angeles where Eli Broad would like to build an art museum. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times