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Monster Mash: Libyan antiquities looted; Ai Weiwei hit with taxes

November 1, 2011 |  7:30 am

China has ordered artist Ai Weiwei to pay $2.4 million in back taxes and fines

Missing: Interpol has confirmed that Libyan antiquities were looted during the uprising in the country. (The Art Newspaper)

Or else: China has ordered artist Ai Weiwei to pay $2.4 million in back taxes and fines. (Reuters)

Best of the best: Architect Robert A.M. Stern has been chosen to design the long-planned American Revolution Museum. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Filling in: Stephanie J. Block will assume the lead role in "Anything Goes" while Sutton Foster is making a TV pilot. (

Taking over: Beau Bridges will succeed John Larroquette in the Broadway revival of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." (Playbill)

Not budging: Musicians with the Louisville Orchestra have rejected management's latest contract offer. (Louisvile Courier-Journal)

Backing out: Warner Music Group has withdrawn its bid for EMI Group's recorded-music business. (Bloomberg)

Large-scale: A New York sculptor is looking for a home for her tribute to terror victims. (Associated Press, via San Francisco Chronicle)

Appointment: The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago has named a new senior curator. (Chicago Tribune)

At the ballet: Longtime L.A. fundraiser Nicholas T. Goldsborough has been appointed the executive director of the Miami City Ballet. (Los Angeles Times)

Boffo: Hugh Jackman's Broadway show racked up an impressive box-office tally of $1.2 million in its first week in previews. (Culture Monster)

Numbers: A look at New York's Museum of Mathematics, created by a Harvard graduate with help from Google and other sources. (Bloomberg)

Endangered: The Canadian Air and Space Museum, which is facing the loss of its location, has received a letter of support from the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum. (CTV News)

Stage veterans: Kathleen Chalfant and Richard Easton will star in an upcoming off-Broadway revival of Tina Howe’s "Painting Churches." (

Birds of a feather: An artist from Minnesota has won the 2011 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest with his acrylic painting of a wood duck. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Also in the L.A. Times: Theater critic Charles McNulty reviews "Twelfth Night" at A Noise Within's new location.

-- David Ng

Photo: Ai Weiwei. Credit: Barbara Demick / Los Angeles Times