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Monster Mash: Iran's embassy woes in London; Seiji Ozawa planning comeback

August 2, 2010 |  8:04 am


-- Cultural controversy: Iran seeks to overhaul its image in Britain with a new embassy featuring an art gallery and cultural center. But not everyone is happy about it. (The Guardian and Daily Telegraph)

-- Returning to the podium: Conductor Seiji Ozawa, 74, plans a comeback concert next month, saying he has started his "second life" after surgery for esophageal cancer and seven months of treatment. (Agence France-Presse)

-- Baring it all: Photographer Spencer Tunick reveals his image of a nude multitude in front of the Sydney Opera House. (Sydney Morning Herald)

-- Heading home: Police in Brazil have recovered a painting by Candido Portinari two weeks after it was stolen from a museum. (CBC)

-- Supporting role: Boyd Gaines will join James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave in the upcoming Broadway production of "Driving Miss Daisy." (Playbill)

-- Family time: President Obama and members of the first family visited the International Spy Museum in Washington on Friday. (CNN)

-- Odd request: An Australian sculptor has advertised for cremated remains of the dead to use in a new creation. (Herald Sun)

-- And in the L.A. Times: a conversation with Michael Govan, the director of LACMA; theater critic Charles McNulty reviews "'Robin and the 7 Hoods" at the Old Globe.

-- David Ng

Photo: A design of the proposed Iranian Embassy in London. Credit: Daneshgar Architects