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Monster Mash: Renzo Piano unveils designs for cultural center; South Carolina arts group avoids demise

June 30, 2011 |  7:55 am

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Starchitect: Renzo Piano has revealed designs for the Niarchos Cultural Center in Greece. A completion date for the center is scheduled for some time in 2015. (Architectural Record)

Saved: The South Carolina Arts Commission avoids an attempt at elimination by the state's governor. (Los Angeles Times)

Revivals: Productions of "Porgy and Bess," starring Audra McDonald, and "Private Lives," starring Kim Cattrall, are headed to Broadway. (Broadway.com and Los Angeles Times)

Missing: A thief is believed to have stolen a painting worth $350,000 from the Carlyle Hotel in New York. (New York Post)

Backtracking: Alan Gilbert, the music director of the New York Philharmonic, wants to restore the group's free summer concert series that was canceled this year. (New York Times)

Promotion: Violinist Kim Kaloyanides Kennedy has been named to the post of acting concertmaster of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. (Detroit Free Press)

Major gift: Terence Conran, the founder of the Habitat chain of stores, is donating $28 million to London's Design Museum. (Bloomberg)

Musicians protest: Members of the New York City Opera Orchestra protest plans to move the company from Lincoln Center. (Union local statement)

Appointment: The Seattle Art Museum has named Catharina Manchanda as its new modern-art curator. (Seattle Times)

For sale: A school district in Pennsylvania is planning to sell a painting by Walter Emerson Baum to raise money. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Expanding: The Brooklyn Academy of Music will offer cultural programming for the sports-oriented Barclays Center arena. (New York Times)

Duet: The School of Dance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is teaming up with the American Ballet Theatre in New York. (Winston-Salem Journal)

Also in the L.A. Times: Theater critic Charles McNulty reviews a production of "The Cherry Orchard," starring Zoe Wanamaker, in London.

-- David Ng

Photo: Renzo Piano's design for the Niarchos Cultural Center in Greece. Credit: Renzo Piano Building Workshop, via Architectural Record

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