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Monster Mash: Ai Weiwei charged with tax evasion; New York City Opera moving from Lincoln Center

May 23, 2011 |  7:44 am

Ai Official word: The Chinese government has stated that artist Ai Weiwei, who has been imprisoned since April, is being charged with tax evasion. Four close associates of the artist are also reported missing. (Los Angeles Times and The Guardian)

Moving out: New York City Opera plans to leave its home at Lincoln Center and cut staffing. The decision could cause trouble with a musicians union. (Wall Street Journal and New York Times)

Poor planning?: The National September 11th Memorial and Museum in New York doesn't have any restrooms in its current design. (New York Post)

Weighing in: The New York Times' music critic Anthony Tommasini calls for James Levine to step down as music director of the Metropolitan Opera. (New York Times)

Honored: "The Book of Mormon" and "War Horse" were the big winners at the Drama League awards. (Los Angeles Times)

Giving back: Andrew Lloyd Weber will donate $51.8 million to British art and culture organizations. (BBC News)

Not a fan: The Vatican has denounced a new public statue depicting Pope John Paul II. (Associated Press)

Additional performances: Broadway's "Baby It's You" will begin offering Friday matinees in June. (Playbill)

Breaking boundaries: A transgender violinist and singer is building her career in Baltimore. (Baltimore Sun)

Also in the L.A. Times: Theater critic Charles McNulty reviews "Three Days of Rain" at South Coast Repertory.

-- David Ng

Photo: Artists Cornelia Parker and Anish Kapoor, right, deliver a petition in London calling for the release of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. Credit: Ben Stansall / AFP/Getty Images

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