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Monster Mash: Ai Weiwei's wife detained; Klan robes in museum

November 29, 2011 |  7:45 am

Ai Weiwei and Lu Quing

Her turn: Lu Qing, who's married to Ai Weiwei, was taken from the Chinese artist's studio by police and later released after being questioned for three hours. (CNN)

Racial history: The National Museum of African American History and Culture has accepted a gift of two authentic robes of the Ku Klux Klan. (Washington Post)

Arrested: Police in Miami say they have caught a man who is believed to have defrauded art collectors out of more than $1.2 million. (NBC Miami)

Holiday spirit: Broadway saw box-office revenue rise over the Thanksgiving holiday compared with last year. (Los Angeles Times)

The King is dead: Aria Resort is pulling the plug on "Viva Elvis," Cirque du Soliel’s tribute to Elvis Presley, at the end of 2012. (Las Vegas Review and Journal)

Inspirational: An early look at the new stage musical "Rocky," based on the Oscar-winning movie. (Broadway World)

Top of the heap: Eli Broad, Ai Weiwei and Larry Gagosian are among the art-world names to be recognized in the annual power ranking from Art + Auction magazine. (Bloomberg)

Dancing about architecture, literally: A dance choreographer is using the architecture of Frank Gehry as backdrops for her creations. (BBC News)

Honored: Playwright Tony Kushner is the recipient of the 2011 Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship. (Playbill)

Be prepared: The Istanbul Archaeology Museums are preparing their facilities for a possible earthquake. (Hurriyet Daily News)

Passing: Margie Petersen, a philanthropist and co-founder of the Petersen Automotive Museum in L.A., has died at age 76. (Los Angeles Times)

Also in the L.A. Times: Looking at the acrobatics in the musical "Bring It On" and behind the scenes at the Joffrey's "Nutcracker" coming to L.A.

— David Ng

Photo: November photo of Ai Weiwei, center, with his wife Lu Qing, left, and his company lawyer Du Yanlin. Credit: Andy Wong / Associated Press