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Monster Mash: Getty's Aphrodite unveiled in Sicily; Smithsonian asks employees to accept buyouts

May 18, 2011 |  7:50 am


Mighty Aphrodite: The J. Paul Getty Museum's statue of Aphrodite was unveiled in its new home in Sicily on Tuesday. (Los Angeles Times)

Hard times: Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough has asked many of the institution's federal employees to consider a new offer of buyouts or early retirement. (Washington Post)

New criteria: The New York Board of Regents has approved new rules for deaccessioning artworks. (WNYC)

Star writers: An omnibus production of one-act plays by Woody Allen, Ethan Coen and Elaine May is heading to Broadway. (Playbill)

Coming soon: San Francisco is getting a new center for live jazz performance. (Chicago Tribune)

Cultivating younger audiences: New York's Lincoln Center Theater is starting a program to provide $30 seats to its performances for people ages 21 to 35. (New York Times)

Starchitect: An interview with renowned architect Norman Foster. (CNN)

Consolation prizes: Daniel Radcliffe, who was snubbed in the Tony Award nominations, was honored at's Audience Choice Awards. (Variety)

Delayed: Berlin's Staatsoper opera house will reopen a year later than originally planned. (Associated Press, via Sacramento Bee)

Popular: The fitness company Ballet Beautiful has experienced a surge in business after training Natalie Portman for the film "Black Swan." (CNN)

New leader: The AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas has named Mark J. Weinstein, former head of the Washington National Opera, as president and chief executive officer. (Associated Press, via Wall Street Journal)

In memoriam: The Vienna State Opera this week will mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Gustav Mahler. (Agence France-Presse)

Also in the L.A. Times: Federal arts grants include $2.5 million for Southern California groups.

-- David Ng

Photo: The Getty Museum's Aphrodite sculpture is unveiled in the town of Aidone in Sicily. Credit: Ralph Frammolino