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Monster Mash: London riots impact theaters; Ai Weiwei lashes out

August 10, 2011 |  7:39 am

  London riots

Civil unrest: Some London theaters have canceled shows due to the ongoing riots, but none yet in the West End. (The Stage UK)

Not quiet anymore: Artist Ai Weiwei has lashed out against the Chinese government on Twitter, stating that colleagues who were incarcerated have suffered mental abuse and physical torture. (Telegraph)

Pricey: Cirque du Soleil's "Iris" at the Kodak Theatre is charging some of the highest ticket prices ever for an L.A. theatrical event. (Los Angeles Times)

Disappointing: The Broadway musical "Catch Me If You Can," based on the movie, will close on Sept. 4 having played 170 regular performances. A national tour will begin in 2012. (

Cancellation: Robert Crumb has pulled out of an appearance at the Graphic arts festival in Sydney, Australia, later this month after being described as a "self-confessed sex pervert" in a newspaper. (The Australian)

Labor trouble: The Montreal Symphony, headed by artistic director Kent Nagano, is mired in union negotiations. (CBC)

For sale: Artwork that belonged to actor Tony Curtis is heading for auction. (Associated Press)

Two-hander: Sigourney Weaver and Tom Wopat will perform in a New York remounting of Anne Nelson's play "The Guys" to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. (Theatermania)

Remembrance: Chicago's Field Museum will mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with a new exhibit. (Associated Press, via Chicago Tribune)

Mistrust: The musicians union of the bankrupt Philadelphia Orchestra isn't buying management's latest statements about the orchestra's endowment. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Connect the dots: Damien Hirst will exhibit his dot paintings simultaneously at Gagosian Gallery locations around the world. (L Magazine)

Bucking the trend: The Seattle Opera has announced a balanced budget for the 2010-11 season. (Seattle Times)

Legendary restaurant: Art and other memorabilia from the recently closed Elaine's in New York will go up for auction. (New York Times)

Immortalized: An artist has created conjoined nude sculptures of pop stars Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. (TMZ)

Also in the L.A. Times: An interview with "Saturday Night Live" alum Ana Gasteyer about her new cabaret show in Hollywood.

-- David Ng

Photo: Police in London detain suspected rioters. Credit: Kerim Okten / EPA