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Monster Mash: Endeavour sets L.A. landing for late 2012; Eli Broad appoints museum veteran

June 2, 2011 |  7:50 am


Retirement: The space shuttle Endeavour is expected to arrive at its permanent home at the California Science Center in L.A. in the second half of 2012. (Los Angeles Times)

Appointment: Eli Broad's museum has named as second in command a veteran of San Diego museums. (Los Angeles Times)

New hyphenate: A play written by actor Jesse Eisenberg, nominated for an Oscar for his performance in "The Social Network," will be produced by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater as part of its 2011-12 season. (New York Times)

Honored: Britain's Royal Academy has bestowed titles to imprisoned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and Danish artist Per Kirkeby. (Reuters)

Donation: The Louvre Museum in Paris is receiving a $3-million gift from the founder of EBay for the purpose of spotlighting Persian art. (Los Angeles Times)

Replacement: Philip William McKinley, the director hired to take over from Julie Taymor on Broadway's "Spider-Man," talks about his work on the musical. (Broadway World)

Really? A new stage musical based on the movie "Rocky" is in the works. (New York Times)

Reunited: One of China's best-known ancient paintings -- which was torn into two parts in the 17th century -- was shown in its entirety in Taiwan on Wednesday for the first time in more than 360 years. (Agence France-Presse)

Tourists: The 33 Chilean miners who survived after their mine collapsed last year recently visited the Acropolis Museum as part of a trip to Greece at the invitation of a local mining company. (Associated Press, via Washington Post)

Also in the L.A. Times: South Coast Repertory announces its lineup for the upcoming season; Anish Kapoor's "Ascension" falls flat in Venice.

-- David Ng

Photo: The Endeavour lands at Florida's Kennedy Space Center on June 1, 2011. Credit: Timothy A. Clary / AFP/Getty Images