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Monster Mash: Smithsonian removes controversial Jesus video; Thomas Kinkade faces personal problems

December 1, 2010 |  8:08 am

Fire_in_my_belly Controversial: The National Portrait Gallery in Washington has removed a video work depicting a crucified Jesus covered in ants that certain politicians had criticized. The video was part of the Smithsonian's "Hide/Seek" exhibition. (The Washington Post)

Populist appeal: Thomas Kinkade, the "painter of light," is going through difficult financial and personal times. (NPR)

Spidey senses: Producers of Broadway's "Spider-Man" have reported $1 million in ticket sales so far. (NY1)

Tough sells: "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" and "The Scottsboro Boys" will be closing earlier than expected on Broadway, on Jan. 2 and Dec. 12, respectively. (Showbiz411 and New York Times)

Creationist-land? The organization behind the Creation Museum in Kentucky is expected to announce plans for a new creationist-themed amusement park. (MSNBC)

New digs: The Miami Art Museum has broken ground on its new $200-million home in Biscayne Bay. (Miami Herald)

Popular demand: The Signature Theatre Company's revival of "Angels in America" by Tony Kushner has received another extension and will get a new cast through March 27. (Playbill)

Labor standoff: The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has canceled two additional weeks of concerts after last week's failed negotiations to end the eight-week musicians' strike. (Detroit Free Press)

Stepping down: Joan Rosenbaum, the head of New York's Jewish Museum since 1981, will step down as director at the end of June. (New York Times)

Birthday celebration: Hal Holbrook performed his long-running solo stage show as Mark Twain on the occassion of the author's 175th birthday in Elmira, N.Y. (Associated Press)

Oops! A man in Canada mistook a $5,000 sculpture for firewood, thinking it was an old pile of trees. (Edmonton Journal)

And in the L.A. Times: Theater critic Charles McNulty on Tennessee Williams' "Vieux Carré," which is being reinterpreted by the Wooster Group; art critic Christopher Knight reviews "Kim Schoenstadt: Matrix 160" at the Wadsworth Atheneum Art Museum; Grant Gershon has extended his contract as music director of the L.A. Master Chorale through 2014-15.

-- David Ng

Photo: from the video "A Fire in My Belly" that was recently removed by the Smithsonian. Credit: Penny Starr / CNSNews.com

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I thought it was very nice that they left the images of two Brothers kissing while one holds a gun to the others' stomach, and the Smithsonian proceeds to say they have an "after exhibit activity for children to artistically express their feelings on what they saw in the exhibit"


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