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Monster Mash: LACMA to revamp film program; China accuses Ai Weiwei of 'economic crimes'

April 7, 2011 |  7:30 am


Overhaul: The Los Angeles County Museum of Art will relaunch its film program in September, partnering with Film Independent. (Los Angeles Times)

Charges: Chinese authorities are accusing artist Ai Weiwei of "economic crimes" after seizing him and putting him in detention. (Los Angeles Times)

Corporate philanthropy: Google is handing out grants totaling $12 million to science museums in the U.S. and the U.K. (Google)

"Mona Lisa" mystery: Researchers will attempt to identify the woman who modeled for Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" by digging up the remains of an Italian noblewoman. (BBC News)

Budget woes: A shutdown of the federal government would mean many cultural institutions in Washington, D.C., would close. But there are still sightseeing options for tourists. (Washington Post)

Consolidating: The classical and jazz categories are among those affected by the sweeping changes in the Grammy Awards. (Los Angeles Times)

Scam alleged: A Chicago area art gallery owner has been charged with selling allegedly phony artwork he passed off as original pieces by artists such as Salvador Dali and Marc Chagall. (Chicago Tribune)

Acquitted: There was some bizarre jury behavior in the acquittal of an art dealer accused of scamming Robert De Niro. (New York Daily News)

Musical comedy: Jerry Mitchell will direct "Hairspray" at the Hollywood Bowl this summer. (Playbill)

Sentencing: A man has received five years of probation, a $10,000 fine and must serve 100 hours of community service after pleading guilty to damaging ancient rock art on the Colorado River. (Arizona Daily Sun)

Closing: The Tony-winning revival of "La Cage aux Folles" on Broadway will end its run on May 1. (Broadway World)

Also in the L.A. Times: A review of soprano Renée Fleming in concert in Costa Mesa.

-- David Ng

Photo: The Bing Theater at LACMA. Credit: LACMA