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Monster Mash: James Franco's 'Rebel' postponed at Venice Biennale; Ai Weiwei book sheds new light

May 31, 2011 |  8:03 am


Delayed: It is unclear whether James Franco's art installation, "Rebel," will debut at the Venice Biennale, as previously scheduled. (The Independent)

Personal: A recent book taken from Ai Weiwei's online writings reveals an intimate side of the Chinese artist who has been imprisoned since April. (Los Angeles Times)

New finds: NASA satellite technology has revealed previously unknown sites from ancient Egypt. (Discovery)

Epic: The San Francisco Opera has unveiled its new production of "Siegfried," part of its new staging of the "Ring" cycle. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Disputed: The descendant of a Jewish Egyptologist who was forced to leave Germany after the Nazis came to power is engaged in a legal battle over his grandfather's collection of artifacts. (Bloomberg)

Ancient: A 2,000-year old Roman sculpture could sell for $1 million at auction in June. (Reuters)

Poking fun: A theatrical spoof titled "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Lights" will play as part of the 19th annual Young Playwrights Festival in Hollywood. (Los Angeles Times)

Also in the L.A. Times: Art critic Christopher Knight reviews "Tim Burton" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

-- David Ng

Photo: James Franco. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times