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Monster Mash: Huntington Library to receive $100-million-plus gift; more 'Spider-Man' safety issues

November 17, 2010 |  7:47 am

Huntington Windfall: The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino is expected to receive a gift exceeding $100 million from the estate of the late Frances Brody. (Los Angeles Times)

Safety first: State inspectors were scheduled to visit Broadway’s Foxwoods Theater on Wednesday to assess more flying sequences in the upcoming musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.” (New York Times)

And the nominees are: John Baldessari, Marina Abramovic and Louise Bourgeois are among the nominees for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum's Art Awards. (The Wall Street Journal)

Overhaul: The organizers of The Wasserstein Prize, an award given to encourage the work of a young female playwright, are reexamining their selection process following criticism of the committee's inability to find a 2010 winner. (Playbill)

Cutting back: The New York State Museum will implement layoffs and schedule changes due to the state budget crisis. (WNYT)

Corporate sponsor: Samsung, the electronics corporation, is funding a new curatorial position at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. (Art Daily)

Appointment: Theater director Sam Gold has been named an associate artist at New York's Roundabout Theatre Company. (Theatermania)

Labor negotiations: Fort Worth Symphony musicians have voted to approve a contract with wage cuts. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

Cultural treasures: Peking opera, Spanish flamenco and the art of French gastronomy have earned places on UNESCO's list of intangible world heritages to preserve. (Reuters)

Also in the L.A. Times: L.A.'s Japanese American National Museum wins a federal medal for excellence, and $10,000; Cate Blanchett has returned to the stage in "Uncle Vanya" at the Sydney Theatre Company.

-- David Ng

Photo: the Huntington, in San Marino. Credit: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times