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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 /