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Monster Mash: Obama speaks at Pritzker ceremony; Julie Taymor said to be owed six months' pay

June 3, 2011 |  8:10 am


Executive speech: President Obama spoke Thursday evening at a Washington event presenting the 2011 Pritzker Architecture Prize to Eduardo Souto de Moura of Portugal. (Associated Press)

Money due? Producers of Broadway's "Spider-Man" are said to owe ousted director Julie Taymor six months' pay. (Daily Beast)

Crackdown: A group of artists in Beijing were detained by Chinese officials after a show of support for imprisoned artist Ai Weiwei. (Reuters)

Hard times: The financially troubled New York City Opera is said to be slashing its budget by half. (Parterre Box)

Making do: The Los Angeles County Museum of Art will have to improvise after giving up on withheld art loans from Russia for its upcoming exhibition "Gifts of the Sultans." (Los Angeles Times)

Celebrity concert: Tony Bennett will perform at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in September to celebrate his 85th birthday. (New York Times)

I see you: A music and pop culture museum in Seattle is hosting an exhibition devoted to the movie "Avatar." (Associated Press, via Washington Post)

Closed: A museum at the former Nazi death camp in Sobibor, Poland, has shut down due to lack of funding. (Jewish Chronicle)

Also in the L.A. Times: Theater critic Charles McNulty reviews "Extraordinary Chambers" at the Geffen Playhouse.

 -- David Ng

Photo: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the Pritzker Prize ceremony in Washington. Credit: Saul Loeb / AFP / Getty Images