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Monster Mash: Actor quits 'Rocky Horror' at Old Globe amid furor

August 19, 2011 |  7:50 am


Abrupt exit: Actor James Barbour has quit a production of "The Rocky Horror Show" at San Diego's Old Globe following a local furor over his 2008 sex case. (Los Angeles Times)

Time out: Artist Christian Marclay has released a statement objecting to plans at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts to charge admission to see his 24-hour installation "The Clock." (Modern Art Notes)

Biblical proportions: The Creation Museum in Kentucky is planning to build a life-size replica of Noah's ark. (Los Angeles Times)

New opera: A profile of the Sept. 11-themed  opera "Heart of a Soldier," based on the nonfiction book. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Going dark?: Funding has dried up for Tribute in Light, the annual Sept. 11 memorial featuring two gigantic beams of light in lower Manhattan. (New York Observer)

Generous: The Milwaukee Art Museum has received the largest bequest in its history, a $7.6 million gift from the estate of a Milwaukee business owner and his wife, Leonard and Bebe LeVine. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

Immortalized: Oscar-winning composer John Williams has commissioned sculptures of Leonard Bernstein, Serge Koussevitzky and Aaron Copland for the grounds at Tanglewood. (New York Times)

Settlement: YouTube has struck a licensing deal with music publishers, ending a four-year legal battle. (Los Angeles Times)

Ensemble cast: Christine Lahti, Cotter Smith and Reed Birney will star in Adam Rapp's "Dreams of Flying Dreams of Falling" at New York's Atlantic Theatre. (

Duet?: Leaders of the Sacramento Opera and Sacramento Philharmonic are discussing a merger. (Sacramento Bee)

Not pleased: A public radio station in Pittsburgh recently dropped its jazz in favor of news and has seen its ratings dip. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

New hire: Chicago's Joffrey Ballet has hired a new ballet master. (Chicago Sun-Times)

Austerity measures: The Greensboro Opera in North Carolina has canceled this season's planned performance of "La Bohème" and will lay off staff to cut costs. (News & Record)

Also in the L.A. Times: A review of "Joni's Jazz" at the Hollywood Bowl.

-- David Ng

Photo: James Barbour. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times