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Monster Mash: Ai Weiwei takes Berlin teaching post; same-sex marriage on Broadway

July 14, 2011 |  7:55 am


New job: Ai Weiwei, who was recently released from detainment in China, has accepted a visiting teaching post at the Berlin University of the Arts, but it remains uncertain if the dissident artist can travel. (Reuters)

Celebrating: The St. James Theatre on Broadway will serve as a venue for gay weddings on July 25, the day after same-sex marriage becomes legal in New York. (Associated Press, via Washington Post)

Chopping block: The House Appropriations Committee has endorsed slashing funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities. (Insider Higher Ed)

Dark comedy: New images have been released from Roman Polanski's film version of the play "God of Carnage," opening later this year. (Indiewire)

Fighting back: Musicians with the Louisville Orchestra express displeasure with management's ultimatum that they show up for work or be fired. (WDRB News)

Familiar face: Marc Pachter, a former director of the National Portrait Gallery, has been named acting director of the National Museum of American History. (Washington Post)

Public stunt: A man who describes himself as a "hacker artist" is in trouble for allegedly installing spyware in Apple computers in stores in New York. (Art Info)

Money trouble: Japanese violinist Akiko Suwanai could be facing problems with the country's tax authorities. (Wall Street Journal)

And in the L.A. Times: Cultural institutions around the city prepare for Carmageddon, the two-day shutdown of the 405 Freeway.

-- David Ng

Photo: Ai Weiwei greeting journalists after being released last month in Beijing. Credit: Ng Han Guan / Associated Press