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Monster Mash: Getty gives James Cuno a big pay package; Roman Polanski's 'Carnage' to debut at Venice

May 19, 2011 |  7:50 am

Gettycenter Executive compensation: James Cuno, the new head of the Getty Trust, will receive a pay package comparable to that of his late predecessor. (Los Angeles Times)

World premieres: This year's Venice Film Festival will see the debut of two anticipated stage-to-screen adaptations -- Roman Polanski's "Carnage," based on "God of Carnage" by Yasmina Reza; and David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method," based on the historical drama "The Talking Cure" by Christopher Hampton. (Variety)

Cultural autopsy: an analysis of the collapse of Seattle's Intiman Theatre. (New York Times)

Please give: The bankrupt Philadelphia Orchestra is making a public appeal for donations. (Associated Press)

Infamous: The Auschwitz museum has unveiled its restored sign that reads "Work sets you free." (BBC News)

New leader: Lawrence R. Ricciardi, a retired IBM executive, is taking over as board president for the Morgan Library & Museum in New York. (New York Times)

Voicing dissent: Singers and production staff of the troubled New York City Opera are urging the board to take a new direction. (Wall Street Journal)

Cutting back: The Detroit City Council is proposing serious cuts to funding for most of the city's high-profile cultural sites. (Detroit News)

Also in the L.A. Times: Music critic Mark Swed reviews Sofia Gubaidulina at REDCAT.

-- David Ng

Photo: The Getty Center in Brentwood. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times