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Monster Mash: John Paul II statue; Frank Gehry and Eisenhower

September 29, 2011 |  7:50 am

Sculptor Oliviero Rainaldi's depiction of Pope John Paul II

Religious icon: The artist who created a widely criticized sculpture of the late Pope John Paul II said he will carry out changes recommended by a committee. (Associated Press, via ABC News)

Master builder: Architect Frank Gehry will discuss the creation of the Eisenhower National Memorial in a talk scheduled for Oct. 5 at the National Archives. (Washington Post)

Speaking out: The wife of artist Ai Weiwei is urging Chinese lawmakers to reject draft legislation that would formalize police powers to hold dissidents in secret locations without telling their families. (Reuters)

Party time: A look at conductor Gustavo Dudamel and musician Herbie Hancock at the L.A. Philharmonic's season-opening gala. (Los Angeles Times)

Impressive line-up: New plays by Edward Albee, Kenneth Lonergan and Katori Hall will be part of the new season at New York's Signature Theatre Company. (Playbill)

Pretzel wars: Food vendors are involved in a new skirmish for prime spots in front of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. (New York Times)

Trippingly on the tongue: Shakespeare's Globe in Britian will host multilingual performances as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad. (The Stage UK)

Second chance: A British dance company mixes former drug addicts with professional dancers. (BBC News)

Surprise find: Police in Poland are puzzled by the discovery of a collection of 300 paintings that is believed to be worth in the millions of euros in a bricklayer's shed. (Telegraph)

Supporting the troops: Producers of Broadway's "War Horse" said they will donate the net proceeds from the Nov. 11 Veteran’s Day performance to the USO. (Playbill)

Separate ways: A court has approved the severance between the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Philly Pops. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Signed: The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's musicians and management have agreed to a new five-year contract. (Buffalo News)

Also in the L.A. Times: Music critic Mark Swed on the L.A. Philharmonic's season-opening concert with Gustavo Dudamel; a review of the San Francisco Ballet at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

-- David Ng

Photo: Sculptor Oliviero Rainaldi's controversial depiction of Pope John Paul II in Rome. Credit: Gregorio Borgia / Associated Press