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Monster Mash: Beyonce accused of dance plagiarism; Beatrice Gersh dies

October 11, 2011 |  7:33 am


Déjà vu: A Belgian choreographer has accused pop star Beyoncé of plagiarizing some of her dance moves in a music video for her single "Countdown." (The Guardian)

Passing: Beatrice Gersh, the art collector and L.A. arts patron, has died at 87. (Los Angeles Times)

Upper crust: A recent study shows that arts funding mainly benefits wealthy, white audiences. (Associated Press, via Washington Post)

Good news: The Metropolitan Opera in New York says its donations for the recent fiscal year were a record-breaking 50% higher than the year before. (New York Times)

Getting ready: A Brooklyn artist is continuing with her plan to give birth in an art gallery. (Los Angeles Times)

Intimate appraisal: A look back at the life of Spalding Gray, via his journals. (New York Times)

Crossing the pond: Actress America Ferrera is joining the London cast of the musical "Chicago." (Entertainment Weekly)

Back for more: Filmmaker Terry Gilliam is planning to mount a second opera following his operatic debut earlier this year with Berlioz's "The Damnation of Faust." (The Independent)

Together at last: Two halves of an ancient Greek statue have been reunited and are on display in a Turkish museum. (NPR)

Sidelined: Mariusz Kwiecien, the star of the Metropolitan Opera's upcoming production of Mozart's "Don Giovanni," has hurt his back during a rehearsal. (New York Times)

For sale: A bronze sculpture of a young ballerina by Edgar Degas is set to hit the auction block in November. (Associated Press, via Washington Post)

Portable pop art: A new mobile application allows users to browse the art and information on the career of Andy Warhol. (New York Times)

Also in the L.A. Times: Art critic Christopher Knight reviews "Now Dig This!" at the UCLA Hammer Museum; L.A. architect Anthony Lumsden has died at 83; music critic Mark Swed reviews violinist Tim Fain at the Broad Stage.

-- David Ng

Photo: Beyoncé. Credit: Kena Betancur / Reuters