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Monster Mash: MacArthur 'genius' grants announced; New York Phil president to step down

September 28, 2010 |  8:26 am

Pardo -- Award winners: Artist Jorge Pardo, theater director David Cromer and jazz musician Jason Moran are among those who have been awarded the MacArthur "genius" grants. (Los Angeles Times)

-- Moving on: Zarin Mehta will be resigning as president of the New York Philharmonic at the end of the 2011-12 season. (New York Times)

-- Major cuts: Museums in Hartford, Conn., have been cutting curator positions in response to the economic downturn. (Hartford Courant)

-- Laid off: The Indianapolis Museum of Art has let go 33 full-time security officers and 23 part-time gallery attendants in attempt to overhaul security and customer service. (Indy Star)

-- Donation: Kohl’s Department Stores plans to give the Milwaukee Art Museum $2.7 million over the next three years. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

-- Back to the boards: Zach Grenier will reprise his Broadway role alongside Jane Fonda in "33 Variations" at the Ahmanson Theater. (Playbill)

-- Pulling up stakes: The Seattle City Council has voted unanimously to allow the Museum of History & Industry to relocate. (Seattle Times)

-- Passing: Frank Bayer, whose career in theater included serving as casting director and production supervisor at L.A.'s Center Theatre Group, has died at age 74. (BroadwayWorld)

-- Also in the L.A. Times: Placido Domingo is stepping down from his position as general director at the Washington National Opera in 2011; confusion reigns over the fate of the Downtown Art Walk; music critic Mark Swed reviews "The Marriage of Figaro" at L.A. Opera.

-- David Ng

Photo: Jorge Pardo. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

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