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Monster Mash: Watts Towers receives big pledge of money; arts supporters rally against Kansas governor

February 11, 2011 |  8:42 am

Watts Cultural monument: The James Irvine Foundation has pledged $500,000 to help repair and preserve the Watts Towers in South L.A. (Los Angeles Times)

Angered: Hundreds of activists gathered in Topeka, Kan., to rally against Gov. Sam Brownback's decision to abolish the Kansas Arts Commission. (KTKA News)

Purple money: Pop star Prince makes a $250,000 gift to New York's American Ballet Theatre, plus other arts donations. (Los Angeles Times)

Proper etiquette: Oscar organizers say they won't tolerate insolent behavior from the artist known as Banksy if he should win in the documentary-feature category for "Exit Through the Gift Shop." (New York Times)

Going home: The Brooklyn Museum is sending hundreds of pre-Columbian artifacts back to Costa Rica, as part of a housekeeping move. (Associated Press)

For sale: Sotheby's announced that it will offer selections from one of the grandest collections of Chinese Art formed in the last century, the Meiyintang Collection, at an April 7 auction in Hong Kong. (Artdaily)

Fresh faces: Justin Guarini, Davey Havok, Van Hughes and Libby Winters will be joining the cast of the Broadway musical "American Idiot." (Theatermania)

Law suit: The state of Illinois is suing to protect the property from the defunct Peace Museum from destruction. (Chicago Tribune)

Humble: Woody Allen downplays his skills as a jazz clarinetist. (New York Observer)

Also in the L.A. Times: Theater critic Charles McNulty reviews Jane Fonda in "33 Variations" at the Ahmanson Theatre; the lineup for the 2011 Playboy Jazz Festival has been announced.

-- David Ng

Photo: The Watts Towers in South L.A. Credit: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times