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Monster Mash: Eisenhower family wants overhaul of Gehry memorial

January 12, 2012 |  7:52 am

he family of Dwight D. Eisenhower wants to overhaul the layout of the former president's planned memorial, which was designed by Frank Gehry

Drama continues: The family of Dwight D. Eisenhower wants to overhaul the layout of the former president's planned memorial, which was designed by Frank Gehry. (Associated Press)

Expanding: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is planning a new museum in Helsinki, Finland. (Agence France-Presse)

Genius: A letter written by Ludwig van Beethoven has surfaced in Germany. (BBC News)

Disruptive: A ringing cellphone halted a recent performance of Mahler's Ninth Symphony by the New York Philharmonic. (Baltimore Sun)

Rumor has it: Broadway's "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever," which received scathing reviews, could close on Feb. 19. (New York Post)

Apply within: Carnegie Hall is launching a new national youth orchestra. (Wall Street Journal)

Coming soon?: Broadway producers of the musical "Leap of Faith" are eyeing a possible spring opening. (New York Times)

Keeping count: Attendance at the Museum of Modern Art in New York dropped 11% last season, while the Metropolitan Museum of Art saw an increase in visitors. (Bloomberg)

Holy look-see: The Vatican Museums saw more than 5 million visitors in 2011. (Catholic News Agency)

Donation: Philanthropist Dame Jillian Sackler is giving $5 million to the Smithsonian's Asian art museum, which bears her late husband's name. The gallery will host Ai Weiwei's "Fragments," a large-scale sculptural work. (Associated Press and Washington Post)

Strange timing: The Charles Dickens Museum in London is defending its decision to close for a revamp during the 200th anniversary year of the author's birth. (BBC News)

Passing: Photographer Jan Groover, who specialized in still lifes, has died at 68. (New York Times)

Also in the L.A Times: The Kodak Theatre in Hollywood could be losing its most famous tenant -- the annual Academy Awards ceremony.

-- David Ng

Photo: Frank Gehry at a 2011 discussion for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. Credit: Charles Dharapak / Associated Press

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